At last! Another edition of Random Things to Talk About, a series I started an embarrassingly long time ago, and put to one side to write my guidebooks. Anyway, here I am, bringing you another selection of fascinating random links from around the internet to ease you into the weekend; for musing at over your Friday morning coffee, afternoon tea or early evening cocktail. Enjoy!
She discovered the first-ever coronavirus in 1963
The woman who discovered the first human coronavirus was the daughter of a Scottish bus driver, who left school at 16. June Almeida went on to become a pioneer of virus imaging, whose work has come roaring back into focus during the present pandemic.
Read the full story on BBC here.
Giant paintings of pottery
I would build a trip around discovering some of these incredible paintings by Spanish mural artist, Manola Mesa. He paints pots and pitchers on walls all over the world, each one with its own story to tell. Follow him on Instagram to see where the next wall will be.
For sale: A tiny UFO home!
An ultra-rare Futuro house, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1968, has come on the market in New Zealand.
Only 100 of Suuronen’s egg-shaped Futuro houses were ever built, and just 60 are thought to survive today. The architectural oddities were intended as portable ski-chalets, made from fibreglass-reinforced polyester plastic, with stilt legs that ensure they touch lightly on the terrain.
Unwatered office plants of lockdown in pictures
Photographer Ricky Adam hadn’t intended to make any Covid projects, but when he returned to work at Leeds Arts University after lockdown, he immediately noticed the plants. “The first I saw was withered to the point of no return. Then I spotted another. I ended up going into every office I could on every floor of every building to photograph the dead plants … I kept thinking of that chilling TS Eliot quote: ‘This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.’”
Found on The Guardian here.
Salt glaciers in Iran
Apparently, southern Iran is home to the majority of salt glaciers and the most active salt glacier in the world.
When women were judged by the attractiveness of their ankles
Apparently this was a thing. The” pretty ankle contest” appeared in the early 1900s as special shows within women’s beauty competitions. Contestants would have to stand behind a curtain to conceal their bodies, so that all that could be seen was below the knee – legs clad in thick stockings and shoes on their feet.
A Gate House in the New Forest, available to rent
Find more information here.
The lost art of cassette design
Dinner in a greenhouse anyone?
During this lock down 2.0 I’m even missing social distancing while in restaurants! Mediamatic ETEN, a restaurant in Amsterdam, was served to guests while they sit in their own personal quarantine greenhouses.
Upcycled vintage tennis rackets
Danielle Clough goes beyond the embroidery hoop to create colorful stitches in unusual places, like vintage rackets which she fills with flowers and succulents.
Immerse yourself in the new Bob Ross Experience at the Museum in his former home in Indiana