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Just when the Middle Ages couldn’t get worse, everyone had bunions

In a unique study, researchers have determined how many people in medieval England had bunionsA fashion trend towards pointed toe shoes made the affliction common. Even monks got in on the trend, much to their discomfort later in life.Late Medieval England had its share of problems. The Wars of Roses raged, the Black Death killed off large parts of the population, and passing ruffians could say "Ni" at will to old ladies .To make matters worse, a first of its kind study published in the Inte...
Tags: Health, Fashion, England, History, Innovation, Cambridge, John, St John, All Saints, Krakow Poland, International Journal of Paleopathology, Copyright Cambridge Archaeological Unit


A Side Splitting Medieval TikTok Account: Get a Laugh at Medieval Yoga Poses & Much More

@greedypeasant?‍?? Medieval Yoga ? #medievaltiktok #yoga #yogalover #peacewithin #fyp #foryou #foryoupage? original sound – Tyler Gunther 30-year-old Brooklyn-based artist Tyler Gunther views his creation, Greedy Peasant, as “the manifestation of all the strange medieval art we now enjoy in meme form”: Often times medieval history focuses on royals, wars, popes and plagues. With this peasant guide, we get to experience the world through the lens of a queer artist who is just trying to mak...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Fashion, Comedy, College, New York City, History, Brooklyn, Arkansas, Robin, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Susan, Gunther, St Catherine, Tyler Gunther, Robin Frohardt


Dadar Parsi Colony: Cherishing the Bombay that was

Inflatable pools, barbecues, open backyards…this is how architect Rooshad Shroff recalls the better part of his childhood spent with his parents in the Dadar Parsi colony. With the endless lockdowns, he realises how deeply he misses this oasis of bliss in the heart of Mumbai. “I certainly took the greenery for granted. You simply can’t beat it. There are almost fifteen beautiful gardens organically woven into the layout of the colony,” says Shroff. Article by Arman Khan | architecturaldigest.in...
Tags: Life, India, History, Unesco, Heritage, Mumbai, Alice, Bombay, Parsi, Bandra, Alberta Park, Dadar Parsi Colony, Shroff, Rustom Tirandaz, Five Gardens, Mancherji Edulji Joshi


Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia receives English Heritage blue plaque

Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia (1808-1877), a pioneering naval engineer and former member of the Society has recently been awarded an English Heritage London blue plaque marking the 180th anniversary of being the first South Asian to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. The plaque will be placed at 55 Sheen Road in Richmond where he spent the last 10 years of his life with his British family. Ardaseer died there on the 16th November 1877, aged 69. Article by Emma Jones | Royal Asiatic Society ...
Tags: England, London, Life, China, Society, History, Heritage, Northampton, House Of Commons, John, Royal Society, Sarah, Richmond, Bombay, Canton, Iris Yau


Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia: The esteemed Indian ancestor no one in my white British family knew about

Who do you think you are? The esteemed Indian ancestor no one in my white British family knew about Image: Ardaseer Cursetjee, the first South Asian Fellow of the Royal Society, has been awarded a blue plaque from English Heritage Today, a blue plaque will be unveiled on a west London house to a man they describe as “the first modern engineer of India”. The plaque is part of a series in which English Heritage has set about trying to promote the under-recognised historical contribution to Brit...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, England, London, Life, India, History, Bbc, House Of Lords, Atlantic, Britain, Egypt, Heritage, Preston, Royal Courts of Justice


7 most notorious and excessive Roman Emperors

Roman Emperors were known for their excesses and violent behavior. From Caligula to Elagabalus, the emperors exercised total power in the service of their often-strange desires.Most of these emperors met violent ends themselves.We rightfully complain about many of our politicians and leaders today, but historically speaking, humanity has seen much worse. Arguably no set of rulers has been as debauched, ingenious in their cruelty, and prone to excess as the Roman Emperors.While this list is certa...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Sex, Government, History, Rome, Innovation, Hercules, Jupiter, Alexandria, Philo, Roman, Nero, Suetonius, Seneca, Gaul


Aspi Engineer And Winning the Aga Khan Race

Our dear friend Rusi Sorabji writes…. I attach something I wrote about friend, ASPI Engineer*, the 17 years old should go down in the annals of World Aviation better than the likes of Alcock & Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Emelia Earhart, Amy Johnson and to correct the continuous mis-information that is floating around that it was Man Mohan Singh that came first in the Aga Khan Race. Even as late as last year I saw an article in the Indian press stating Singh came first, but do not find anybody fro...
Tags: Europe, England, London, News, California, France, Life, India, US, America, San Francisco, Iran, History, Best, Afghanistan, Britain


A paradox revealed through portraiture

A photograph taken seven years before her passing says much about the life, times and character of the trailblazing Meherbai Tata The much-loved wife of Dorabji Tata and daughter in-law of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group, Meherbai Tata was a woman of personality. A participant in the ornamental theatrics of being imperial within Empire, one finds her name regularly among the maharajas, nawabs and begums in royal chronicles. And deservedly so. Meherbai was honoured with the ‘Comm...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, History, Heritage, Paris, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Lafayette, Rembrandt, Mumbai, Queen Victoria, Tata, Reed, George V


‘An escape from dark times’: how ancient history podcasts bring comfort and clarity

I started listening to tales of yore in 2019, when long drives with my infant son became essential. They soothed him to sleep – and transported me to a different worldFans of Paul Cooper’s podcast Fall of Civilizations will know that it usually begins in a particular way. A traveller, often far from home, encounters a ruin that hints at a vast and forgotten story of the past.Hiding from bandits in the desert, the Italian nobleman Pietro della Valle takes shelter in the shadow of the crumbling Zi...
Tags: Family, Podcasts, Education, Life and style, History, Culture, Television & radio, Parents and parenting, Paul Cooper, Pietro della Valle


The Parsis of Ceylon: The few that made the difference | Lost & Forgotten

Dr. Zameer Careem, a Sri Lankan historian speaks about the Parsis of Sri Lanka
Tags: Life, History, Heritage, Ceylon, Zameer Careem


Getting Dressed in the 14th Century

My fiance and I stumbled across a very cool YouTube series last night. Called Getting Dressed in…, it features men and women getting dressed in the 14th century, 1665 Delft, 18th century, 19th century, during WWI, and more. Great stuff! — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Fashion, News, Clothing, History, Delft


Archaeologists Find the Earliest Work of “Abstract Art,” Dating Back 73,000 Years

Image by C. Foster Art, as we understand the term, is an activity unique to homo sapiens and perhaps some of our early hominid cousins. This much we know. But the matter of when early humans began making art is less certain. Until recently, it was thought that the earliest prehistoric art dated back some 40,000 years, to cave drawings found in Indonesia and Spain. Not coincidentally, this is also when archaeologists believed early humans mastered symbolic thought. New finds, however, have shift...
Tags: Google, Art, Indonesia, College, Life, Africa, Spain, History, South Africa, New York Times, Johannesburg, Lascaux, Picasso, Haaretz, Facebook Twitter, University of Bergen


Hear a Prehistoric Conch Shell Musical Instrument Played for the First Time in 18,000 Years

Photo by C. Fritz, Muséum d’Histoire naturelle de Toulouse Brian Eno once defined art as “everything you don’t have to do.” But just because humans can live without art doesn’t mean we should—or that we ever have—unless forced by exigent circumstance. Even when we spent most of our time in the business of survival, we still found time for art and music. Marsoulas Cave, for example, “in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, has long fascinated researchers with its colorful paintings depicting bi...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Life, Spain, History, New Zealand, Smithsonian, Peru, The New York Times, University Of California, Toulouse, Walter, Atlantic Ocean, First Time, Facebook Twitter


The Color That May Have Killed Napoleon: Scheele’s Green

“Either the wallpaper goes, or I do.” —Oscar Wilde Looking to repel bed bugs and rats? Decorate your bedroom à la Napoleon’s final home on the damp island of Saint Helena. Those in a position to know suggest that vermin shy away from yellowish-greens such as that favored by the Emperor because they “resemble areas of intense lighting.” We’d like to offer an alternate theory. Could it be that the critters’ ancestors passed down a cellular memory of the perils of arsenic? Napoleon, like th...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Science, College, France, Russia, New York City, History, Green, Chemistry, New York Times, Denis, TED Talks, Jones, Napoleon


Discover Scheele’s Green, the Arsenic-Laden Color That May Have Contributed to Napoleon’s Death

“Either the wallpaper goes, or I do.” —Oscar Wilde Looking to repel bed bugs and rats? Decorate your bedroom à la Napoleon’s final home on the damp island of Saint Helena. Those in a position to know suggest that vermin shy away from yellowish-greens such as that favored by the Emperor because they “resemble areas of intense lighting.” We’d like to offer an alternate theory. Could it be that the critters’ ancestors passed down a cellular memory of the perils of arsenic? Napoleon, like th...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Science, College, France, Russia, New York City, History, Green, Chemistry, New York Times, Denis, TED Talks, Jones, Napoleon


Naoroji’s ‘Drain of Wealth’ Approach: Guiding Indian Nationalism

Beyond brief by-rote study of history at school about the ‘Grand Old Man of India’, not many Indians are aware of the true depth of the achievements of Dadabhai Naoroji. Mathematics prodigy at Bombay’s Elphinstone College, expatriate business representative in London, the first Asian to be elected to the House of Commons as MP in 1892. As much as these are great achievements, perhaps his greatest is his study of the systematic impoverishment of India by both the British East India Company and t...
Tags: England, London, Life, India, History, Britain, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, House Of Commons, Parliament, Mumbai, Whitehall, Bombay, Gujarat, University Of Southern California


A 400-Year-Old Ring that Unfolds to Track the Movements of the Heavens

Rings with discreet dual purpose have been in use since before the common era, when Hannibal, facing extradition, allegedly ingested the poison he kept secreted behind a gemstone on his finger. (More recently, poison rings gave rise to a popular Game of Thrones fan theory…) Victorians prevented their most closely kept secrets—illicit love letters, perhaps? Last wills and testaments?—from falling into the wrong hands by wearing the keys to the boxes containing these items concealed in signet rin...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Astronomy, Design, College, New York City, History, Brooklyn, James Bond, British Museum, Hannibal, Facebook Twitter, Jessica Stewart, Ayun Halliday, Greg Kotis, Swedish Historical Museum


How Kipling wove a Parsi into his fantasy tale

Wonder how the world-famous author Rudyard Kipling, a Parsi artist and a Rhinoceros are connected? Look at the portrait of a Parsi artist, Pestonjee Bomanjee (1851-1938) with his long white beard, working on a canvas and beside it is a facsimile of a story written by Rudyard Kipling, on ‘How the Rhinoceros got his Wrinkly Skin’. This is a must for all English literature buffs and all those who have for long inhabited the mesmerising world of Rudyard Kipling. Article By: Firoza Punthakey Mistree ...
Tags: Art, Life, China, History, Bombay, Rudyard Kipling, Parsi, Kipling, JJ School of Art, John Lockwood Kipling, School of Art, Rudyard, Ajanta, John Griffiths, Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, Dadabhai Naoroji Road


How Levi’s 501 Jeans Became Iconic: A Short Documentary Featuring John Baldessari, Henry Rollins, Lee Ranaldo & More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-a-dNu8g_8 In his memoir Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere, the American Japanologist John Nathan remembers evenings in the 1960s spent with Yukio Mishima, whose work he translated into English. “I listened raptly as he recited passages from The Tale of the Heike that revealed the fierceness and delicacy of Japan’s warrior-poets, or showed me the fine calibration of the Chinese spectrum,” Nathan writes. “One night he stood up abruptly from behind h...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fashion, Japan, California, College, History, Neil Young, Marlon Brando, Tokyo, Henry Rollins, Seoul, Levi, Tom, Facebook Twitter, Nathan


Imagining Zoroaster’s Domestic Life

How did medieval Zoroastrians imagine the family of Zoroaster, the founding figure of their religion? Unlike founders of many other religions about whose time and place we can reach a certain degree of certitude, there has been and still is much scholarly debate over the time, place and even the historicity or otherwise of Zoroaster. The same uncertainty applies to the facts about his family life. What I intend to do in this blog is rather to demonstrate how interpretations of certain aspects ...
Tags: Life, Iran, History, Oxford University, Bombay, Gujarat, Din, Leiden, Jam, Middle, Parsi, Cambridge University Press, Pahlavi, Zoroaster, Bachi Karkaria, Asia Institute


A Look Inside William S. Burroughs’ Bunker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD57IkvzE50 When everybody had one or two vodkas and smoked a few joints, it was always the time for the blowgun. —John Giorno From 1974 to 1982, writer William S. Burroughs lived in a former locker room of a 19th-century former-YMCA on New York City’s Lower East Side. When he moved on, his stuff, including his worn out shoes, his gun mags, the typewriter on which he wrote Cities of the Red Night, and half of The Place of Dead Roads, a well-worn copy of Th...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Life, New York City, Poetry, History, Architecture, Beverly Hills, Literature, Kansas, John, Cia, Patti Smith, William, Coke


21 things to look forward to in 2021 – from meteor showers to the Olympics

From finally seeing the back of Donald Trump to being in a football stadium – the new year is full of promiseYou probably found a few things to enjoy about last year: you rediscovered your bicycle, perhaps, or your family, or even both, and learned to love trees. And don’t forget the clapping. Plus some brilliant scientists figured out how to make a safe and effective vaccine for a brand new virus in record time. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Food, Space, Music, Politics, Science, Television, Film, Sport, Life and style, UK News, World news, US news, History, Culture, US politics


The pioneering lawyer who fought for women’s suffrage in India

Amid the pandemic gloom, it is easy to forget that the year 2020 marks an important anniversary for women’s rights. In the US, it has been 100 years since women cast their votes for the first time. A century ago in the United Kingdom, the first female law students were admitted to the Inns of Court. At Lincoln’s Inn in London, one of those students, Mithan Lam, was an Indian. In 1924, she became the first woman to be allowed to practise law in the Bombay High Court, shattering one of the thickes...
Tags: England, London, Supreme Court, Life, India, US, San Francisco, History, Bbc, Britain, United Kingdom, Lincoln, Kashmir, Lse, Bombay, Tata


Kesavananda Bharati Case And Friendship Between Nani Palkhivala & HM Seervai

Remembering an episode form legendary jurist Nani Palkhivala’s life on his 18th death anniversary When Nani Palkhivala entered the Supreme Court to argue Kesavananda Bharti, India’s future rested on his shoulders. The case was to be heard by a mammoth bench of 13 judges, and their decision would decide the fate of the largest democracy in the world. Palkhivala knew that this was to be an uphill battle, especially because he was to go up against a celebrated jurist and his long-time friend from B...
Tags: Supreme Court, Life, India, History, Parliament, Mumbai, Bombay, Madras, Oxford University Press, Kerela, Bombay High Court, Kanga, DE, Nani Palkhivala, Palkhivala, Jamshedji Kanga


Jacqueline Ngo MPII and Little Africa

Jacqueline Ngo MPII is on a mission which I greatly admire.   Her company, Little Africa, is dedicated to all things African in Paris. In the last five years Jacqueline has tirelessly been promoting the rich culture of the African community in Paris. She has accomplished this in numerous ways, first by creating a Little Africa tour, which is called La Goutte D’or in the 18th arrondissement just below Montmartre, and she shares the vivacious, colorful, neighborhood, that very few tourists ...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Etsy, Africa, History, Usps, Paris, Fuji, Montmartre, Patrick, Jacqueline, Richard Nahem, Food & Gourmet Shops, Paris Guidebook, Little Africa, Jacqueline Ngo MPII


Why Humans Are Obsessed with Cats

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZgjNeXXTjU A house cat is not really a fur baby, but it is something rather more remarkable: a tiny conquistador with the whole planet at its feet —Abigail Tucker As part of its Annals of Obsession video series, The New Yorker invited science journalist Abigail Tucker, author of The Lion in the Living Room, to reflect on “how felines took over the Internet, our homes, and our lives.” It goes without saying that cats and humans have co-existed for a very l...
Tags: Google, Science, Biology, College, Life, New York City, History, Nature, K-12, House, Vikings, Facebook Twitter, Tucker, Toxoplasma, Simon Schuster Audio, Greg Kotis


Glittering photos show how the White House has celebrated Christmas through the years

First lady Melania Trump walks past the 2019 White House Christmas decorations. Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks December means homes across America are decking the halls, and the nation's most famous address is no exception. The White House has been decorated every December since John and Abigail Adams held the first White House Christmas party in 1800. The decorations have only gotten more elaborate with time. These photos show how White House Christmases of years past compare ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Life, White House, Christmas, US, America, West Virginia, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan, Ap, History


The Five Minute Museum: A Stop Motion Animation Shows the History of Civilization at Breakneck Speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQV-0nbAFjE Experimental director and animator Paul Bush‘s 2015 short film The Five-Minute Museum, above, is the dizzying antidote to standing, footsore, in front of a vitrine crowded with  or exquisitely crafted pocket watches and wondering, not about history, culture or the nature of time, but whether you can justify spending $15 for an underwhelming cheese and tomato sandwich in the museum cafe. It’s a breakneck stop motion journey through the history ...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Comedy, London, College, History, Animation, Museums, Switzerland, Victoria, Hayao Miyazaki, Zurich, Bush, Facebook Twitter, Pushkin, Geffrye Museum


Mithuben Hormusji Petit: Indian Freedom Fighter

MITHUBEN PETIT, WHO FOUGHT FOR INDIA’s FREEDOM WITH GANDHIJI, RENOUNCED HER COMFORTS AND LUXURIES Petit surname has its roots in the French word ‘petit’ (meaning physically small). One of the women pioneers of India’s freedom struggle, Mithuben’s ancestors had worked as a shipping clerk and interpreter for the British East India Company, French merchants who dealt with a lively, short Parsi clerk and they called him ‘le petit Parsi’. He was great grandfather of Mithuben’s father Sir Dinshaw Men...
Tags: Life, India, History, Mumbai, Bombay, Gujarat, Petit, Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, Raj, Parsi, Padma Shri, East India company, Sardar Patel, Gandhiji, Kasturba


The Japanese Traditions of Sashiko & Boro: The Centuries-Old Craft That Mends Clothes in a Sustainable, Artistic Way

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=H464u4q_JGk The state of our troubled planet dictates that disposables are out. Reusables are in. And anyone who’s taught themselves how to mend and maintain their stuff has earned the right to flaunt it! A quick scroll through Instagram reveals loads of visible mending projects that highlight rather than disguise the area of repair, drawing the eye to contrasting threads reinforcing a threadbare knee, frayed cuff, ragged rip, or moth hole. While some practi...
Tags: Google, Art, Fashion, Japan, Instagram, College, Life, History, Philosophy, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Facebook Twitter, Edo, Ayun Halliday, How to Learn for Free, Atsushi, Austin Bryant



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