Visions of Earth – @NatGeo

A breath-taking collection of images from National Geographic. My favourites include the raccoon ambush, the butterflies, the polar bear, frosty trees and red fox. How many favourites am I allowed? Images: National Geographic This post also appeared on SovereignProfessional.com.

30 of the most majestic libraries in the world – TheMindCircle.com

These are mouthwateringly beautiful: I was lucky enough to visit the above – the State Hall of the Austrian National Library in Vienna – earlier in August.   Drool over the full list, here.

Abandoned buildings

There’s something wonderfully evocative about abandoned buildings. The Mind Circle has 22 outstanding images, including this one: Image: @carlos_santero

Trees. Awesome.

There is something truly awesome – in the true sense of the word – about trees that have stood for hundreds or even thousands of years. Thousands! Can you imagine? Before Rome, before the pyramids, before the internet. The BBC has a piece on the oldest living things on earth, including trees 5,000 years old: […]

Hungarian Soul – curator of beautiful images

After a long break, Hungarian Soul is back: http://hungariansoul.tumblr.com/. Mostly a collection of beautiful images from across the web… Worth a visit just for these, but if further incentive is needed, Mr Hungarian is on a Deep Purple roll.

Equality vs freedom, a timely reminder from Cultural Offering

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.  A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006) A timely reminder from economist Milton Friedman, via Kurt Harden at Cultural Offering.  

Why rare books are thriving – @Spectator_Life

The Spectator has an interesting piece on collecting rare books in the digital age, here. The article centres on one of London’s oldest antiquarian booksellers, Maggs Bros (Maggs.com), which I feel must be worth a visit.

A perfect retreat

This, via Dezeen.com, looks like a perfect retreat … if a little post-apocalyptic and brooding.

Wind turbines are neither clean nor green – @mattwridley

Some powerful data on the wrongheadedness of the pursuit of wind power: “…we can see that wind provided 0.46 per cent of global energy consumption in 2014, … world energy demand has been growing at about 2 per cent a year for nearly 40 years… If wind turbines were to supply all of that growth […]

Ravens – @execupundit

Insight and a pointer from Execupundit. At the risk of spoiling the surprise, I’ll say that I hadn’t before encountered Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven. A world of cultural allusion has just opened up for me.

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