Image of Shakespeare Discovered in Botanical Tome
By Wes Porter Saturday, July 4, 2015
Botanist Mark Griffiths found it hard to believe that he had discovered what had been missed for four centuries: the only known contemporary portrait of William Shakespeare.
Poisonous Rare Plant Used by Russian, Chinese Assassins
By Wes Porter Friday, July 3, 2015
The official state flower of South Carolina since 1924 has been Carolina jasmine Gelsemium sempervirens. Native to southeast United States from Virginia to Texas and onwards south through Mexico into Guatemala, it is one of the classic flowers of the American South, its scented yellow blooms heralding the arrival of spring. Given full a rich, moist, organic soil in full sun the twining vine will cover arbors, verandahs, porches or, unsupported a formal groundcover. The small print at the bottom of the page tells us that the foliage and blossoms are also poisonous.
Geobotanical Prospecting: Plants Reveal Riches
By Wes Porter Thursday, July 2, 2015
Bitumen near the Caspian Sea and in California; cobalt, iron and nickel in Russia; copper and nickel in central and southern Africa; copper and silver in Montana; gold in Australia; tin and tungsten in England – all have been revealed by indicator plants.
Perennial Care, Scottish Rose, Squash Patch Sex
By Wes Porter Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Queried the CBC: FIFA Women’s World Cup: will artificial turf be a factor in BC Place games? What ever Beckham’s opinion – he thinks the real thing is best – the last Saturday afternoon in June answered that question as Canada faced off against England on their home (artificial) turf. Grass is so much cooler than the fake stuff and it was as hot as it gets that day in Paradise on the Pacific, aka Vancouver. Alas Canada lost to England 2-1, proving that while the real thing may be cooler, artificial turf didn’t affect the football, aka soccer.
Scottish artist looks forward to various exhibitions
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Scottish artist Charles Jamieson is preparing for an exhibition at the Brownston Gallery in Modbury, South Devon in September.
A great summer for Farnham artist
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Just for Yew
By Wes Porter Thursday, June 25, 2015
On 19 June 1215, sheltered by a yew tree in meadow by the Thames River, King John delivered the Magna Carta on demand of the barons. The first document of the English constitution derives its name from Medieval Latin, literally Great Charter. It is sometimes referred to erroneously as ‘Magna Charta’ – and equally erroneously a being signed by King John. In fact, he sealed it.
Glassmaker’s butterflies snapped up in 24 hours
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, June 24, 2015
A wealthy American collector bought the work of a British glassmaker just 24 hours after it appeared in London’s Vessel Gallery window.
With Wine, Endless Treasures Await
By David White Tuesday, June 23, 2015
On January 12, 2007, one of the world’s greatest violin players set up shop in the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station in Washington, D.C. Wearing jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a Washington Nationals baseball cap, 39-year-old Joshua Bell pulled out his instrument—handcrafted by Antonio Stradivari in 1713 and purchased in 2003 for nearly $4 million—and played six classical songs for rush-hour commuters.
Art news: Creative Coverage Mixed Show, Bungay, UK July 3 to July 17
By Tim Saunders Thursday, June 18, 2015
The work of a celebrated Royal College of Art graduate is to feature in an exhibition in England this July.
Wine-making shortcut gives bubbly a fruitier aroma
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The best sparkling wines take months to ferment to perfection. In recent years, many winemakers have turned to commercial yeast products to give this process a boost. How they ultimately affect bubbly has been an open question, but now scientists have stepped in to find out. They report their findings in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
The Waterloo Elm Chair
By Wes Porter Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo two hundred years ago on 18th June 1815. His command post was located in the shelter of an elm tree, Ulmus minor.
There sure is a lot of talk about baseball returning to Montreal
By Dan Calabrese Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I suppose I want this for the same reason I wanted Twin Peaks brought back from the dead (and got it). I’m not one to live in the past, but it’s also not my style to accept the unjust demise of something that deserved a better fate. Agent Cooper deserved better than to be stuck forever in the Black Lodge while BOB possessed his soul and made him smash his forehead into that mirror while cackling, “How’s Annie?”
Dog born without eyes is changing lives (video)
By News on the Net Saturday, June 6, 2015
A blind golden retriever in Canada is melting hearts all over the place. His name is Smiley and even though he was born without sight and spent his early days at a puppy mill, he’s a very happy pooch and he leads a very full life.
The Raising of Roses
By Wes Porter Friday, June 5, 2015
A man in his forties, armed with a bouquet of roses, is wanted for a mid-afternoon robbery last week of a Royal bank branch in Calgary. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. Maclean’s, 14 June 2010