Fanny (Frederick) and Stella (Ernest), two male cross-dressers who shocked Victorian London in the mid-1870s.
Shocking – The Sixties
This is the Skull Chapel in Czermna, Poland. It’s the only such place in Poland and one of three in Europe. It holds the bodies of the people who died in the 30 Years War, the Silesian wars and epidemics.
Surely Shockingly Uncomfortable
Surely shockingly uncomfortable to sit down in. This is Tilda Swinton as Orlando, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue, July 1993. The story of Orlando begins in the Elizabethan age and ends in the present day (that being 1928 in Woolf’s book and 1992 in the film version).
The nyckelharpa is the most ethereal of instruments, nearly lost to the world but kept safe in a small region of Sweden.
The nyckelharpa (literally "key harp", plural nyckelharpor), sometimes called a keyed fiddle, is a traditional Swedish musical instrument. It is a string instrument or chordophone. Its keys are attached to tangents which, when a key is depressed, serve as frets to change the pitch of the string.
The nyckelharpa is similar in appearance to a fiddle or the bowed Byzantine lira. Structurally, it is more closely related to the hurdy gurdy, both employing key-actuated tangents to change the pitch. The nyckelharpa and its tonal range appear on the reverse of the Swedish 50 kronor banknote. A depiction of two instruments, possibly but not confirmed as nyckelharpor, can be found in a relief dating from circa 1350 on one of the gates of Källunge church on Gotland.
These are said to be the top ten most endangered animal species (by which is meant, I assume, species of bird, mammal, reptile / amphibian)
A North American bird so endangered it may actually be extinct
The world’s rarest cat: Only 40 left in Russia’s Far East
3. Javan Rhinoceros
No more than 60 of these swamp-dwelling Asian rhinos exist
4. Northern Sportive Lemur
Here’s the scarcest of Madagascar’s fast-dwindling lemur species.
5. Northern Right Whale
Hunted to near extinction, 350 right whales still swim the Atlantic
6. Western Lowland Gorilla
Disease and illegal hunting are taking an alarming toll on this gentle giant of a primate
7. Leatherback Sea Turtle
The population of the world’s largest turtle is dropping at an alarming rate
8. Siberian (or Amur) Tiger
The world’s biggest cat weighs as much as 300 kilos (660 pounds)
9. Chinese Giant Salamander
Humans are eating the world’s largest amphibian into extinction
10. The Little Dodo Bird
Samoa’s little dodo bird is in immanent danger of following the large dodo into extinction.
Whatever memories the day may bring, whatever hopes it may bring, have a shockingly good day, fellow bloglings!