Whilst bees are better known for being colonial insects, outside of the hive a particular species of bee known as the osmia avosetta has crafted a beautiful way of creating nests to protect their young. Without the help of other worker bees, mating females of this species have taken it upon themselves to make these colourful abodes to protect their young. Over a day or two mother bees source various petals to create the nests before planting a single bee egg inside. the bees
There are many ways to celebrate a new album from a band you admire. You can have a listening party alone. You can have a listening party with friends. You can learn the title track in a couple of days and play it onstage while the band you admire sits in the audience. That last one might be overkill. Unless you’re Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was so excited after the UK release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 that he opened a set at London’s Saville Theatre with h
There’s more than initially meets the eye to this exceptionally intricate lock, which was forged in iron by metalworker Frank Koralewsky and illustrates a scene from Grimms’ “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” Look closely and you’ll probably see Snow White first—she’s stirring a cauldron over a fire in the cottage’s kitchen. Let your eyes travel down to her left and right and you’ll see two dwarves entering with ingredients for her stew. The one to the left hauls a carrot an
If you believe the accounting ledgers, yellowing newspaper praise and surviving band members, Love’s Forever Changes was released exactly 53 years ago this month. But no carbon dating or nostalgic recollection can shake my belief in its agelessness. It’s the rare, unblemished masterpiece worth constant reconsideration, a deathless meditation on mortality, a psychedelic symphony immune to the paisley trappings of the Aquarian age. Despite Forever Changes’ frequent inclusion o
One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoratio
His gloomy, haunted visage adorns the covers of collected works, publications of whose like he would never see in his lifetime. Edgar Allan Poe died in penury and near-obscurity, and might have been forgotten had his work not been turned into sensationalised, abridged, adaptations posthumously, a fate he might not have wished on his most hated literary rival. But Poe survived caricature to become known as one of the greatest of American writers in any genre. A pioneer of psyc
Walt Disney was a big fan of live-action reference and nearly the entire movie would be filmed before being used to guide the artists through animating the movie with realism. This is Kathryn Beaumont. She was 11 years old when she was chosen to play Alice. She later voiced the roles of both Wendy in 'Peter Pan' and Anita in '101 Dalmatians'.
In the autumn of 1938, when the Munich Agreement was being signed in Europe, Charles Chapin was putting the finishing touches to the first draft of a script written in the greatest secrecy. Rumour had it that the creator of the Tramp had decided to make his first talking film. Moreover, it was said that he would be playing the part of a character inspired by Adolf Hitler. Finally, after the long and painstaking process of revising and then directing, Chaplin presented The Gre