The Cats of London c.1950s.

thurston-hopkins-cats-of-london-1 Thurston Hopkins was one of Britain’s greatest photojournalists and part of the golden age of reportage.
Working for Picture Post he captured the humanity, spirit and social inequality and contradictions of life in 1950s Britain.
One of the first essays by Hopkins published in Picture Post was his ‘Cats of London’ (Feb 1951 edition), almost certainly suggested by the many cats he met while walking around the streets of London on other assignments.


The blitz had made many cats homeless, and these strays had often established themselves in the bombsites, living and breeding more or less wild on the scraps the could find and that friendly neighbours put out from them.
Even cats who still enjoyed good homes would spend much of their time on the streets; the cat flap was as yet unknown and every cat owner still ‘put the cat out’ as part of the ritual of retiring for the night.
City cats were still street cats first and home cats when it pleased them.


Hopkins started to collect pictures of these cats on the street, attracting them with a little food, and it made an interesting if not profound story
Source: vintage everyday: Thurston Hopkins – Cats of London in the 1950s

Rio Lightning/Moon Cub.

4900The lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty
South Luangwa national park, Zambia. A lion cub caught by a camera with the super moon in the background night sky
Photograph: Will Burrard-Lucas/Barcroft
Source: Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian

Frozen Budapest.

On a Monday afternoon back in December of the year 2014 I got a call from a photographer, that a whole district of Budapest is totally under ice and the trees are falling over because of the ice pressure.
At this moment I never thought that this call would end in the most exciting press-work of my whole life.
I met with other photographer in the early hours of the following day and we get up the hills of Buda.
We just knew one thing – everyone told us “don’t go up there, it’s extremely dangerous”.
But we had to. After we exit the bus we saw the first tree falling over, just a few meters away from us.
After this awful shock we started our way into little streets, far away from the main street, listening to one sound – the sound of the trees. The sound of branches braking under the weight of Ice.
The little once were not that dangerous, but nearly every ten minute we saw a giant tree collapsing, braking into the roof of a house or falling on a car.
I personally was not afraid, because I knew that I had to do my job. I had to show people the power of nature, so there was no time to think about the consequences.
By looking up for nearly the whole time (I had never watched trees and branches for such a long time) I photographed powerful nature to show what it is able to do to helpless people.
Read on via Frozen Apocalyptic Budapest After Ice Fog | Bored Panda.

John Macadam & his Nuts.

FeatureMacadamia nuts come from Australia, and the indigenous people there were eating them long before western botanists ever heard of them.
They’re named for a famous 19th century chemist/politician John Macadam, but he didn’t discover them or introduce them to the west.
His friend Ferdinand Von Mueller named them after him. That was after, as the story goes, Mueller sent the plant to be studied at the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane.


John Macadam: The genus Macadamia (Macadamia nut) was named after him in 1857.
The director told a student to crack open the new nut for germination.
The student ate a few and said they were delicious.
After waiting to see whether or not the young man would die in the following days, the director tasted a few himself and declared Macadamias the finest nut to have ever existed.
via 12 Things You Didn’t Know Were Named After People | Mental Floss.

Touch the Clouds, San Marino.


Photo by: Алексей Олюшкин via Panoramio
‘Heaven on Earth’ is a term many travellers use to describe a place they love. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to touch the clouds or walk amongst them?
You might be thinking that it could only be possible in fairy tales, but a place like this truly exists. If you ever have a great desire to really walk or touch the clouds, you might as well consider paying a visit to San Marino.


Photo by: elmambo via Panoramio
San Marino, which is officially the Republic of San Marino, is an enclave in Italy stretched across for 61km2.
As claimed by the country, San Marino is supposed to be the oldest surviving sovereign state and a constitutional republic in the entire world.
The estimated population of the country comes up to about 30,000, the smallest population in comparison to the other members of the Council of Europe. San Marino is one of the world’s wealthiest countries in terms of GDP, with a highly stable economy.
See more via Touch the Clouds at the Heavenly San MarinoWhen On Earth – Places to See, Things to Do, Gear to Get.