Really excellent use of shipping containers for building. I would love to have the opportunity to build something like this.
“For many years, [Prince Charles] has championed organic farming and sought to raise world awareness of the dangers facing the natural environment, such as climate change. He has been outspoken on the role of architecture in society and the conservation of historic buildings, and produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain in 1989. He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.” — Wikipedia.
I think he’d be a very interesting person to meet and with whom to have a nice discussion about organic farming… or climate change… or even the conservation of historic buildings. Maybe over a cup of tea.
I wonder how conversant he is on religious art….
There’s a lot to be said for common sense. Odds are, if it has a commercial then it’s not really food.
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Air, Ash, And Paper
2012, by Richard H. Gross
Something not a lot of people know: I use to draw a lot of maps. I got pretty good at it, I guess. I was always inspired by the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. It’s a very relaxing pastime, drawing maps. It’s one of those things there’s just not much real call for, kind of like writing haiku or being an amateur historian; people might from time to time (albeit rarely) act impressed when you announce that you draw maps, and then they make eyes at each other when you’re not looking, never really understanding that the enjoyment of the pursuit is an end in itself. That’s why most people don’t know that I use to draw maps.
Some maps are good to get to a place you’ve never been, but these aren’t the best maps because they are useful one time and then lose their usefulness. These are the basest, most common maps. These are the sort of maps that are downloaded daily, printed in reams, used and immediately discarded. Some maps are good to see a place that you might never go. These maps are more useful, because they take you to places that you could never otherwise see. These are maps of exotic places upon which you can follow distant coastlines and pick out likely towns in which to stay on trips that you will never book. Some of the best maps are of places that never were, but should have been – much like the maps in Mr. Tolkien’s books. These maps are very useful, because they take you to a place to which you most definitely want to go, but cannot. These are the maps that whisper in a language that few bother to hear and even fewer fully understand.
But the greatest maps of all are the maps back to the places that you once knew but that have since become distant. These are the maps of places where once you walked, but in the endless press of years have become only vague, fond memories. These are the maps that are written on air, ash and paper.
As of this writing, the next Muppets feature, “The Muppets… Again” is scheduled for release in late March, 2014. Sending the Muppets on a global tour. they run afowl (sorry, Camilla) of Constantine, the world’s greatest jewel thief… who just happens to look like Kermit.
Publicity stills began surfacing about a week ago:
Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s head henchman in what is certainly not the first Number Two acting role of his career and is one more reason to dislike him. More importantly, though, the stills give a glimpse at the good guys. All the favorites are there: Kermit, Piggy, Rowlf, Sweetums, Scooter, Rizzo, Beaker and Honeydew, Animal, Camilla, Gonzo the whole Dr. Teeth gang, Fozzie, Waldorf and Statler, and Sam. Also prominent is Walter, who first led so many of us to ask that all-consuming question: “Am I a man or a Muppet?” Glad to see him back for another appearance with the Muppets
This promises to be another full-on win from the Muppets. My only question is this: any chance of releasing in early March, 2014? That would be the best birthday present ever.
Though far from complete, this is a really great chart from ChartGeek.com showing some of the major Muppets players and the characters they brought (or bring) to life.