Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Lady of Shalott

"The Lady of Shalott", is a famous poem written by Lord Alfred Tennyson in 1842.The poem tells us the story of the Lady of Shalott,who lives in an island castle in a river which flows to Camelot.She has been cursed to endlessly weave a magic web and she can not look outside,directly at the world.
She can only see the world reflected through a mirror;she can only see it's shadows.
One day she sees Sir Lanchelot through the mirror and she stops weaving.She leaves the castle,gets to a boat,where she writes her name and floats to Camelot.
She dies before getting in the palace and when Lancelot sees her dead,he praizes her beauty.
There has been much analysis of the poem.It shows the contradiction between art and life;the Lady is the artist that weaves her art and is isolated by the world,which is believed is what Tennyson thought of himself.
It can also be interpreted as the rebellion of a girl who is locked in a tower , protected from real life.
Or we can even see ourselves today,waching the world through internet or tv,not facing what is real.

You can read the poem in the link

The poem has inpired many painters
John W. Waterhouse,"The Lady of Shalott"

John W. Waterhouse,"I Am Half Sick of Shadows' said the Lady of Shalott"

William Maw Egley,"The Lady of Shalott"
                  Sidney H. Meteyard,"I Am Half Sick of Shadows' said the Lady of Shalott"

                                              John Atkinson Grimshaw,"The Lady of Shalott"

                                                John William Waterhouse,"The Lady of Shalott"

Check out Lorenna MCkennitt singing "The Lady of Shalott"

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Lord Arthur Saville is a Murderer

"Lord Arthur Saville's Crime", is a short mystery story
written by Oscar Wilde(1854-1900).
It's the story of Lord Arthur Saville, who gets his hand read by a chiromanist, who tells him that he will commit murder in the future. Lord Arthur, takes this profecy seriously and decides to postpone his soon to be marriage and commit murder...
It's a brilliant,strange, ironic story with Wilde playing a game of fate.

Project Gutenberg link of e-book:

Μy Love Is Like a Red Red Rose

Passion Flower

Green Echinacea

Spider Flower

Scarlet Pimpernel

Blue Bell Tunicate

Blue Murraya Flower

Cannas Flower

Blue Gem

Tiger Orchid

Saturday, 4 December 2010

What's on the Menu?

From Da Vinci to Andy Warhol, famous artists all over the world have portrayed food either as still life or as part of rich dinning scenes and turned them into masterpieces.
For food can be an art of its own.
Leonardo Da Vinci, "The Last Supper"

Frans Snyders, "The Pantry"

Paul Cezanne, "Still Life with Plate of Cherries"

Abraham van Beyeren, "Stillleben mit Geflugel und Fruchten"

Pierre-August Renoir, "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

Andy Warhol, "Campbells Soup Cans"

Rene Magritte, "L'Avenir"

Willem Claesz. Heda, "Nachtisch"

Edouard Manet, "The Lemon"

Konstantin Makovsky, "The Boyars Wedding Feast"

Guiseppe Arcimboldo, "The Market Gardener"

Friday, 3 December 2010

The Beast with Five Fingers

1928, horror writer W.F. Harvey creates the evil creature with the five fingernails in his book "The Beast with Five Fingers"
(Project Gutenberg free copy:
Since then it has made numerous appearances in film.


The Beast with Five Fingers (

The Exterminating Angel (

Doctor Terror's House of Horror (

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Cursed Couples

Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald
The beautiful and damned
Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine

Attempted murder, absinthe and hasish
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Who's afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?

Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Death by oven

Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious

Love meets drugs

Free youtube movie of the day: Life of Brian

Not the Messiah!

- I'm not the Messiah! Will you please listen? I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly!
- Only the true Messiah denies His divinity.

Monty Python's (whole different post) "Life of Brian" ( is a grand justification to the term "British humour". Countless memorable quotes, the funniest cast that could ever exist in a movie, but beware it's as politically incorrect as it gets (not for the weak-hearted)! 

Life of Brian (part 1/9)

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Six Degrees of Separation

Find the Bacon
Contrary to popular belief "Six Degrees of Separation" wasn't a game Kevin Bacon's fan club invented, but an application to the idea that everyone anywhere in the world is approximately six steps away from any other human being.

The idea was initiated in "Chains" (1929); a short story by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy. The story would later inspire scientists to put the idea into research and the experiments showed that people in USA were chained by three friendship links.

Then came along playwright John Guare whose homonym play added the "six" in the term and familiarized people with the concept. Since then applications and games grew by dozens, such as "Bacon number" that finds the connection between Bacon and any another Hollywood actor.

One of them is "Erdős number" in honor to the mathematician Paul Erdős who has published the most papers in his field. Itinerant Erdős co-writed at least 1400 papers with colleagues (those have Erdős number: 1) that provided him food and shelter. Erdős number "calculates" the authoring distance between Erdős and the authors that have collaborated with Erdős direct co-writers. For example, philosopher Noam Chomsky has Erdős number: 4, which means that he has collaborated with someone with an Erdős number: 3, who was collaborated with someone with an Erdős number: 2, who was collaborated with a person that has directly worked with Erdős himself. 

Trivia: Few people in the world have an Erdős-Bacon number.

Play the game to find out the connection between Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Steve Buscemi:

Monday, 29 November 2010

Free youtube movie: Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent black-and-white zombie film directed by George Romero.A true horror pioneer, it bridged the gap between the old style horror and the new.
Romero put the movie industry on notice with his graphic shots of blood, guts and gore.
It truly deserves the praise and acclaim that has been showered upon it over the past few decades. If ever a horror movie were a masterpiece, this one is it. An important milestone in cinematic history and proof of what independent filmmakers can do, Night of the Living Dead is the seminal zombie movie.