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Sicilian Key (an inventive title)

21 October, 2016

A key shop sign in Catania, Sicily:


Sicily, Italy (2016)


Readers may recall previously shared key shop signs:


Charley Harper’s Pigs

3 October, 2016

Readers may recall the Betty Crocker cookbook illustrated by Charley Harper, which was shared last week.

Either Betty Crocker has a disproportionate number of recipes involving pork, or Charley Harper chose to illustrate pork recipe more frequently than others, because the cookbook contains an impressive array of pig drawing.

The Author is particularly amused by the clever (if somewhat morbid) illustrations of the pig train (accompanied by a recipe involving sausage links), the butchers with the pig puzzle and the perfectly shaped pigs in the pot and skillet.

28 September, 2016

If there’s anything the Author (and she hopes, her Readers) have learned, it’s that no mere metal can prevent the progress of a tree. This futile attempt at stunting arboreal growth in Kyoto is doomed to fail.

Kyoto tree stopper (1)

Kyoto, Japan (2012)

If you’ll recall:

an All-Encompassing Tree

the All-Encompassing Tree Of Budapest

Tree Tied in Irons

This Fence Shall Not Pass

Charley Harper’s Cookbook

26 September, 2016

Charley Harper, the mid-century illustrator most famous for his minimalist birds and wildlife, was given an interesting commission early in his career: illustrate Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two Cookbook. 

The recipes in the cookbook aren’t exactly to be recommended, but the illustrations are delightful. They range from the charming (a lamb dreaming of chefs jumping over a fence, a pioneer woman with a shopping cart in the woods) to the rather creepy (potato ‘eyes’ actually being eyes). Here’s a selection, with more to come.

The Great Luge of China

21 September, 2016

After huffing and puffing her way up the Great Wall of China, the Author was delighted and surprised to find an alternative route back down: a luge. Her companion decided that it didn’t look quite up to safety code and chose to walk back down.

The Author, however, was thrilled at the prospect of speeding down a UNESCO World Heritage site on a chunk of plastic. The brake in the middle of the seat is the only way to control your momentum as you descend from 25 feet on a winding metal track.

The Great Luge of China lived up to the Author’s expectations. She waited until the riders ahead of her were out of sight so she could build up as much speed as possible – a decision that she slightly regretted as she wildly rounded a hairpin turn. But she survived! And what fun it was!

The Luge can be found at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which is about two hours from Beijing and much less tourist-y than other areas.

Readers may recall the trash can disguised as a tree trunk, also encountered at this section of the Great Wall.

Louge down the Great Wall

Louge down the Great Wall 2

The Great Luge, 2012

Old Place

2 September, 2016


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Taken near Hampstead Heath, London.

No Smoking Giant Cigarettes in Tokyo

24 August, 2016

Either the designer of this sign has an odd sense or humor, or never seen a cigarette in his or her life.

Human size cigarette sign Tokyo (1)

Tokyo (2012)