Sunday, 26 June 2011

What are the chances?

A German mother who photographed her infant son in 1914 left the film to be developed at a store in Strasbourg. In those days some film plates were sold individually. World War I broke out and unable to return to Strasbourg, the woman gave up the picture for lost. Two years later she bought a film plate in Frankfurt, over 100 miles away, to take a picture of her newborn daughter. When developed the film turned out to be a double exposure, with the picture of her daughter superimposed on the earlier picture of her son. Through some incredible twist of fate, her original film, never developed, had been mislabeled as unused, and had eventually been resold to her.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           How crazy is that?!                                         I found this story far too interesting that I had to share it.                  
        (photo and story via listverse.com)

Friday, 24 June 2011

Finding notes..

I came across this site Found where people basically send in notes that they've found from anywhere, whether it's in a supermarket, hidden in a book at the library or crumpled up with frustration because the writer decided it wasn't worth reading.
"We collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles - anything that gives a glimpse into someone
else's life. Anything goes..."
For Kyle
FOUND by Drew Petursson in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"I found this five in the till at work when I was counting out the money at the end of the day. Of course as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it so I switched it for a five of my own."
You Can't Always Get What You Want
FOUND by Donna in California
"I work in the teen area of my library so I find notes from time to time. I'm used to spelling and grammatical errors, but this one has been, by far, the most confusing."
And Again Those Eyes
FOUND by Jess Theorin in New Haven, Connecticut
"I found this in a used copy of the novel "Spider" by Patrick McGrath, bought used from Amazon."
Sink or Swim
FOUND by Heather McCabe in Massachusetts
"I found this note stuffed into a vase at a thrift store."
I Just Realized
FOUND by Erin in Santa Barbara, California
"This was found on a desk in the library at UC Santa Barbara, where a group of girls had been studying or distressing about their looks. I can't imagine why this realization happened in the library."


Thanks for reading
click the link below if you find this kind of stuff interesting:

I'm a cyborg but that's okay.

This has to be the weirdest film I have ever seen.
She thinks she can talk to machines...only with her gran's dentures on though, or they wont understand her...yep
This guy is scared he'll one day vanish into a dot.
One guy in this film thinks he has an elastic band around his waist and that throughout life you're walking around as it carries on stretching and stretching behind you, until you get to the end of your life and it flings back.
Well, that's one way of looking at life... :/

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Take a walk on the wild side.

Kangaroo shaped cloud!

Went for a little walk with friends. 
Well, I say little, but I'm pretty sure we ended up walking for over 2 hours.
And without trying to sound like an old person, it was good to get some fresh air.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Home for the summer.

The view through my drink. Yeh look at me being all arty with my camera.
Catch up tv after a night out.
 Some 3rd year work being set up for exhibition in the design building at uni. Those sequins must have actually taken a lifetime to sew on, wow. I'd love to wear the furry trousers on the right, and be half polar bear for the day.
Newcastle Central Station. Arriving ridiculously early for my train because I'm paranoid about  being late (45 minutes early...). A girl sat on the next bench was crying and because I was sat on my own too, I think it looked like I knew her and that we'd had some sort of an argument, hence sitting on different benches. This couple just stared at her, and then looked over at me. I swear I didn't make her cry!
Heavy heavy luggage for the journey home. Comfortable shoes were essential.
I'm pretty sure by the time I got home I had a dent in my shoulder  from that bag :(

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Cards, cakes and candles.

It was my cousin's birthday yesterday and of course this was a classic case of trying to get as many of your relatives under one roof to celebrate. I'm not complaining, I love it really. It's hectic, loud and you know there's gonna be one hell of a feast, but if you don't take a second helping of food, they WILL notice. Within 5 minutes of finishing what was forcefully piled on your plate, you'll expect to hear the question from your aunt "why aren't you eating anything?" and if you dare answer with "I just did! But I'm full now thank you", you're sure to get the response "what is this?! are you on a diet now?" and they will genuinely seem quite concerned for you.
Yep, you can't win with arab families. The way I see it is, if you don't get yourself a second plate of food you're on a diet, but then if you do help yourself to food over various occassions, you'll probably gain weight, to which you should expect remarks from aunts/uncles telling you (with annoying fake cheerfulness) "ah you look like you've put on a bit of weight" followed with laughter. Yay. Grin and bare it and then choose to feel shit about it later is my advice. Why? Well....you can't let all their good food go to waste...
My cousin is obsessed with NFL, so I made his birthday card in the style of the logo.

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Horror & Cakes.

Last night we stayed in and watched A Tale of Two Sisters. 
It's a Korean horror, and even though there was a couple of really creepy scenes, I didn't think it was too scary. Unlike American horror films, where it all focuses on blood, violence and how many stupid girls shout out "hello?" as if expecting a reply from the guy about to kill her, I think it was actually quite nicely filmed. It knew how to build up suspense, even when it was just the girls dipping their feet in the water. 
mmmmmmmmmmmm, balancing out the scary with the sweet.
My sister made cupcakes with buttercream icing and white chocolate chunks.



(film screenshots found via avsforum and A Critical Film Journal)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Snap Happy.

I like to take a lot of photos.
I think I have this fear that I'll forget particular days and once you forget, it will be like it never happened. Kinda scary and very annoying. Imagine spending the day with your friends at the beach, it's like the perfect day, and THEN thinking some of them won't even remember it when you ask them about it in, lets say, 20 years time.
It's quite sad to be honest.
. If someone told you that you'd forget today even happened in a few months time, would it bother you?
So yeh, I take lots of photos, because I know I'll want look back on them one day.
I found these vintage photos on shorpy.com and I'm a bit of a loser because I spent ages looking through them. I don't know why I find old photos so facinating, I guess it's the only proof we have of what went on in the world before we even existed and made our own memories. 
"February 23, 1924. A winter frolic along the frozen banks of the Potomac in Washington."
Pie Eating Contest. July 31, 1921. Washington, D.C.
When girls ate real food guilt free and weren't obsessed by the latest celeb diet.
A Day at the Beach, 1916.
Someone kept a photo of their great grandfather spending the day at the beach with his friends.
I love discovering old photos of my parents, or grandfathers I never got to meet. It just reminds you that they were once young and pretty much the same as you - hanging out with a group of friends somewhere.
Like this photo of me with some friends from uni :
 (Credit to Hattie for taking the photo, click on her name to see more of her photos, they're so nice)
 
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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Lazy like Sunday morning.

I can't imagine ever doing anything productive on a Sunday, it's just not natural.
Last week, feeling way too lazy to cook myself anything, I went to Nancy's Bordello to treat myself to a sunday roast. Not only is the food amazing, the interior is charming.
Floral wallpaper, quirky hanging lampshades and mismatched furniture.
The game was missing all it's pieces, so now I know why it's called FRUSTRATION.






Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Escape to the countryside.

Last week, a friend from a uni allowed me to escape for a couple of days to Carlisle for a change of scenery. And it definitely was a change of scenery because as soon as the train started moving, I swear all I could see was fields, cows, green, green and more green. It must have been the most picturesque train journey I've ever had so, naturally, I had to get some photos :)
View from my window
I'm a geek so I thought this style of kitchen reminded me of the Weasley's kitchen in Harry Potter.
This beats student food any day
Damn you 2 second self timer, give me a chance.
I got so excited when I found this wardrobe doubled up as a ensuite bathroom. It's like a secret room.
The pretty guest room I stayed in
All packed and ready to go back to the life of a poor student...