How to Turn Your CDs into LPs

June 30, 2014
Aleksanger Kolkowski's CD-Recycled 45rpm

Published by The Atlantic – - London musician Aleksander Kolkowski is giving new life to a dying musical format—by turning it into an even older format. His idea: repurpose the compact disc to play like its musical predecessor, the vinyl record. “I’m taking the optical digital back to analogue,” he says. Using a modified...
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Specimen of the Month #8: a book on the evolution of the book on evolution

June 26, 2014
Origin of Species by Simon Phillipson

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – The topic of this blog post is quite possibly the newest specimen in the Museum’s collection, as it was just a matter of hours ago that it was catalogued. It’s also the first specimen I’ve played a part in acquiring. The specimen I am talking...
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An Interview With: Stuart Pearson Wright

June 14, 2014
NPG 6723; J.K. Rowling by Stuart Pearson Wright

Published by Roman Road London – - Artist Stuart Pearson Wright was once described by a critic as ‘a Hogarth for our times’, and if that was so, his ‘modern moral subjects’ were the people of Roman Road. Stuart moved into a “disgusting, derelict former sweatshop” above the market, which he converted into a...
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Bob Mazzer, Underground Photographer

June 12, 2014
Bob Mazzer, Underground Photographer

It’s the kind of thing every keen amateur photographer dreams of: you post your pictures on Facebook, get noticed by an influential blogger, get offered a book deal, and launch it with a trendy East London exhibition less than 12 months later. But the story of Bob Mazzer is not one of overnight success. Mazzer,...
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Specimen of the Month #7: butterflies with bullet wounds

May 30, 2014
Ornithoptera alexandrae

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – - Those who know me know that I tend to get a bit twitchy around flying things (eurgh, pigeons, they’re crazy and can’t be trusted). But I’ve never been so scared of a winged creature that I felt the need to pull a gun on it. But...
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Under The Thames, Through The Brunel Tunnel

May 28, 2014
Under The Thames, Through The Brunel Tunnel

It was the first tunnel ever built under a river, home to the first ever under-river dinner party and fairground, and dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world”. And for just the second time in 150 years, the Brunel Thames Tunnel was opened to pedestrians over the late May bank holiday weekend. I was...
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Goodbye Gary Arber

May 23, 2014
Goodbye Gary Arber

Published by Roman Road London – - By the time you read this, Arber’s will be gone. WF Arber and Co Ltd printing works, run by three generations of Arber men over 117 years, shut its doors for the last time this month, marking the end of one of the oldest surviving businesses on...
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They got him on milk and alcohol…

May 13, 2014
Black Cow Vodka

Published in Hot Rum Cow – - What is a dairy farmer to do with the milk proteins left over in the process of making his award-winning cheese? The unlikely, but very real, answer is: make vodka from it! Black Cow is the world’s first and only vodka made from milk and nothing else....
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Loch Ness monster: odds shorten?

April 28, 2014
Loch Ness monster

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – - When links began circulating online over the Easter weekend about a reported sighting of the Loch Ness monster, it brought to my mind two interesting little tidbits about the beast that I have learnt during my time here at the Museum. The first tidbit, told...
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Specimen of the Month #6: curiously coloured kiwis

April 25, 2014
Colour aberrated kiwis

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – - I thought I would dedicate my blog today, ANZAC day (in honour of my antipodean countrymen), to the avian symbol of New Zealand, the kiwi. But not just any kiwi: the collection of curiously coloured kiwi specimens held at the Museum in Tring. Walter Rothschild,...
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