James Gillray (1757-1815) was among the most popular, prolific, revered, and reviled print satirists of the golden age of English caricature, the late eighteenth century.
He took special delight in attacking the excesses of the royal family.
Here, he caustically depicts King George III, Queen Charlotte, and the Prince of Wales (later George IV) gorging themselves on the national treasury, labelled “John Bull’s Blood.”
The title, “Monstrous Craws,” refers to the rapidly expanding gullets dangling from the royal necks, probably inspired by the recent public display in London of three “wild-born human beings,” who apparently exhibited such features.
The Library acquired this print with almost 10,000 other English satires from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle in 1921.
The authors of the entire design concept, namely the Romanian based designers Alexandru Tohotan and Zoltan Zelenyak, previously responsible for the creation of two other worth mentioning works such as The Submarine and Joben Bistro, strike again, this time with an even more unique piece of artistry.
And when we say unique, we mean world-wide unique.
How’s that for brilliant?
A giant moving clock which gives the impression that you are actually inside it, dozens of finely designed steampunk details, rotating wheels, metallic flowers opening up on the ceiling, a live moving bird and even a robot, these are the core attractions of the Romanian pub.
And it is indeed quite a wonder of design.
The works took almost two years to come to life, but the efforts are well worthwhile, offering an unparalleled experience for having your regular cup of coffee at a bar.
Having worked in the printing industry you do see some very weird things from time to time.
In the days of hot metal at least it was some fun.
I can remember a bloke who had been at the pub for his dinner break.
He went back to work pissed and then decided to throw a paragraph of hot metal type away so that he could get the front page of the daily newspaper to fit.
Only problem was that if you were reading the lead article on the front page and turned the page it disappeared.
He got the boot for that.
When I was a young apprentice and being a Protestant and not being familiar with the terminology of the Catholic Church I read the abbreviation “Fr.” in a Funeral Notice as meaning “Friar” (as in Tuck) and set it accordingly.
The Priest presiding at the service was most unimpressed.
Anyway, here is another big Stuff Up…read the caption below carefully.
Marine archaeologists explore the HMS Terror on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean.
To get a look inside the ship, divers deployed a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV. (Parks Canada, Underwater Archaeology Team)
By Megan Gannon smithsonian.com
Below deck, glass bottles sit upright in storage rooms, and stacks of intact ceramic plates are neatly arranged on shelves. Rusted firearms hang on the walls. Wash basins and chamber pots remain undisturbed in officers’ rooms.
The captain’s desk, with its drawers tightly shut, collects layers of fine marine silt.These eerie scenes came into view for the first time as underwater archaeologists finally got an extensive look inside the HMS Terror, one of two ships that disappeared in northern Canada during the doomed Franklin expedition of the 1840s.
“We see just a dizzying array of artifacts,” Ryan Harris, the lead archaeologist on the project with Parks Canada, said during a press conference.
“The ship stands to tell us a great deal … about the specific circumstances of these men as they were confronted by their own mortality.
”The fate of the Franklin expedition remains an enduring mystery almost 175 years later.
Arctic explorer and British naval captain Sir John Franklin and about 130 crew members embarked on an official mission to chart the last stretch of the Northwest Passage across the Arctic.
They left aboard two ships, Erebus and Terror, from the U.K. in May 1845 and vanished in the Canadian Arctic.
“In a way, Franklin was the Amelia Earhart of his time,” says James Delgado, a maritime archaeologist, senior vice president of SEARCH and author of the book Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage.
“They were the best trained, best equipped, and had all the modern conveniences only to then go silent and to have the story slowly trickle out in a heartbreaking way.”
Halloween. Odds are, you think of it as one of the best days of the year.
If you really stop to think about Halloween and all the bizarre traditions that go along with this day, you may start to actually wonder… where in the world did all these crazy traditions come from?
Costumes, monsters, trick or treating, jack-o-lanterns… well, all this batty stuff had to start somewhere, right?
Ireland Is Believed To Be The Birthplace of Halloween.
The ancient Celtic Festival called Samhain was first celebrated more than 2,000 years ago in County Meath. The Celts believed it was a time of transition, when the veil between this world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died that year moved on to the next life.
But if the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped, the deceased could come back to life and wreak havoc among the living. Not a good thing.
Today the ancient past and the twenty-first century come together at the annual Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, where a re-enactment of the Celtic celebration kicks off with a torchlit procession through town.
The Irish welcome Halloween with bonfires, party games and traditional food, including a fruitcake that contains coins, buttons, rings and other fortune telling objects.
In ancient times, it was believed that if a young woman found a ring in her slice of fruitcake, she’d be married within the next year.