Story Challenge – E



A-Z Archive – E Story


Evidence discovered by the palaeo-anthropology department at Wits University in South Africa show ‘without a doub’t that people in an area called Border Cave were using digging sticks weighted with perforated stones around 44,000 years ago.

The findings were published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Doctor Lucinda Backwell, senior researcher in in South Africa, said: ‘The dating and analysis of archaeological material discovered at Border Cave in South Africa has allowed us to demonstrate that many elements of material culture that characterise the lifestyle of San hunter-gatherers were part of the culture and technology of the inhabitants of this site 44,000 years ago.’

Located in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, the site has yielded exceptionally well-preserved organic material.



This is a statue of Cro Magnon (in France). If ever you have the chance go and visit the caves to go and see his magnificent paintings.

The Art in photography



I take snaps but I can appreciate good photography indeed. Just look at these!

They reveal that during a downpour, insects will do anything to get out of the way of giant (for them, anyway) raindrops – even occasionally using other insects as a makeshift umbrella.

Taken by Russian photographer, Vadim Trunov in the Voronezh region in the west of his country, they show a variety of insects dealing with a downpour.

The stunning closeup views also show the incredible beauty of raindrops on a leaf, captured next to an ant, and shoe butterflies sheltering while holding on to each other for safety.

Many of the images focus on snails, as part of a series Trunov calls ‘Planet of the snails’.

The images have already become a hit on the photo sharing site 500px, where they have been viewed over 240,000 times


Weekly Photo Challenge – Purple


Purple is where Puff the Magic Dragon and the (one and only )  Purple People Eater live!

But when you leave Story land and take off your psychedelic glasses, this is what it looks like in day time.



Nan Hau is a Buddhist Temple approximately 60 km out of Johannesburg. Beautiful and colorful and each color has a meaning.

Variations on the Theme


Of the  Google Doodle


Sideview’s Challenge = Variations on a theme

What is on Your Bedside Table?


What are you reading at the moment?

I have found this book and it is fascinating. It kind of fits in with one of  my previous blogs – Postcards from the past.

The description comes from Amazon

“I think people marry far too much; it is such a lottery, and for a poor woman—bodily and morally the husband’s slave—a very doubtful happiness.” —Queen Victoria to her recently married daughter Vicky

Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age 31 in 1844. Her first husband had died suddenly, leaving his estate to a son from a previous marriage, so she inherited nothing. A successful civil engineer, Henry moved them, by then with two sons, to Edinburgh’s elegant society in 1850. But Henry traveled often and was cold and remote when home, leaving Isabella to her fantasies.

No doubt thousands of Victorian women faced the same circumstances, but Isabella chose to record her innermost thoughts—and especially her infatuation with a married Dr. Edward Lane—in her diary. Over five years the entries mounted—passionate, sensual, suggestive. One fateful day in 1858 Henry chanced on the diary and, broaching its privacy, read Isabella’s intimate entries. Aghast at his wife’s perceived infidelity, Henry petitioned for divorce on the grounds of adultery. Until that year, divorce had been illegal in England, the marital bond being a cornerstone of English life. Their trial would be a cause celebre, threatening the foundations of Victorian society with the specter of “a new and disturbing figure: a middle class wife who was restless, unhappy, avid for arousal.” Her diary, read in court, was as explosive as Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, just published in France but considered too scandalous to be translated into English until the 1880s.

As she accomplished in her award-winning and bestselling The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Kate Summerscale brilliantly recreates the Victorian world, chronicling in exquisite and compelling detail the life of Isabella Robinson, wherein the longings of a frustrated wife collided with a society clinging to rigid ideas about sanity, the boundaries of privacy, the institution of marriage, and female sexuality.

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D for Don’t


Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside




Fly me to the moon with NASA

This is what it looks inside the capsule.


Postcards from the Past


It may have been a revolutionary era for women’s rights, but these postcards show that feminism in Edwardian Britain still had a long way to go.

Sexist, misogynists postcards from the early 20th century depict the sneering attitudes towards the Suffragette movement and its members, including famous campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst.

The designs, which were posted among Britons between 1907 and 1914 featured ‘humurous’ designs lampooning the women’s rights movement in a move publishing companies thought would be a big seller


Giving new meaning to shop till you drop?


Giving new meaning to shop till you drop?

Well maybe she does not know her history very well, never read what happened to Mussolini’s concubine.  The nation is not going to look upon her as an innocent wife, let me tell you that.

As Syria burns Assad’s wife goes on an online shopping spree – BP 270 000

  • Asma al-Assad, 36, placed      the order with exclusive London store DN Designs in the King’s Road,      Chelsea, West London
  • Among the 130 items were      11 ottomans costing over £20,000, a dining room table priced at almost      £10,000 and a rug worth just under £11,000

Jakesprinters sunday-post-solid


Something solid?

Well rocks are pretty solid relatively speaking. These rocks in our garden are 3,5 billion years, some of the oldest rocks in the world. You will find some in Russia too, the old continents. I used to plant flowers round them but my husband being a geologist thinks I should plant flowers somewhere else and show mor e respect for these ancients. I draw the line at chopping down the tree that gives such wonderful shade during summer.






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