Hi all, today Cha-guy and I went for a long walk around Crystal Palace Park in South East London.
We passed some ruins of the old Crystal Palace erected on the site in 1854
This magnificent building was designed by Joseph Paxton and hosted the Great Exhibition of industry and technology. It was burnt to the ground in 1936, here is some archive footage of the incident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCPrtJvEOs
We discovered that the farm which had previously been shut for rebuilding was now opened to the public. Inside we found a hen chicken standing motionless and staring into the eyes of a group of miniature cockerels…
I recently bought the Book of Barely Imagined Beings after seeing a talk by the author Caspar Henderson at the Horniman Museum,
it features a huge section on Axolotls as well as a passaged from the book of ‘Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
‘…it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) trembling like crazy, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.”
Hope you all had great weekends too..