Slow Life


The fascinating world of corals and sponges.

30
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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Chicken Beauty Pageants


I would have put the full title of the video in he header, but Tor UK has an auto-feed to their authors’ blogs, and it would have come up as “New from @MarkCN: Cocks”. Which would have been amusing, admittedly…

28
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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Consulting the Oracle

John_William_Waterhouse_oracle_1884
By John William Waterhouse, 1884.

27
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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The History of the Movie Trailer


Filmmaker IQ made this pretty neat short video about the history of movie trailers. There’s more here.

26
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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film

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Spring on the Allotment

Spring
Bath Tub
It’s all go now. Manure has broken down nicely into the soil. I’ve dug over a couple more beds, but the gist of it is, the ground is already much better than at this stage last year. I repaired a broken greenhouse panel, which blew down in the bad weather in February, and we’ve been potting seeds in there. Outside we’ve planted the first phase of carrots – we’re planting in phases so we don’t get gluts – and root parsley. The second photo up above is of the random corner bath, which now contains strawberries at the front and onions planted at the back.

The grassy area behind the shed is in full swing as well, with our two new trees showing life. Last year that was full of glass, which I think came from a former broken greenhouse; and bits of slate which, cleaned, have proven quite useful. This is the thing with some city allotments – it’s not a perfect world, and they’re occasionally used as dumping grounds. People move on from their plot, leaving things in a right state. It’s technically against their contract, but the council tend not to chase the matter up. This is the sad side to allotment sites in Nottingham. Whereas some of the more prestigious sites in the centre of the city get a lot of funding, ours, which lies at the periphery of the city, is rather forgotten about…

24
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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Pride of Namibia


A nice little video of community wildlife management in Namibia.

22
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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Molt.


Seriously – if you don’t like spiders, don’t hit play.

21
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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film

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Faithful Unto Death

Sir Edward John Poynter
By Sir Edward John Poynter, 1865 (of a character from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Last Days of Pompeii.)

20
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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Klitschko vs. Illiteracy

In a fight against illiteracy among the young, heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko becomes an artist and typographer. You can even download the font he creates in the video.

18
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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Allotment Updates

Allotment
We are now, pretty much, in full swing. The grass seed, which was planted last autumn, has come up really well – giving much needed colour, as well as a sitting area for hot days. First early potatoes are now in the ground, as well as a few more onions. The manure has been dug in properly, so that should hopefully get the soil improving. It was also a tremendous afternoon to be working there. I remember this time last year, we spent most of the early months building beds and so forth. It’s been much more enjoyable in the second year.

16
Mar 2014
AUTHOR Mark Newton
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