Izzie just sent a wee snap from the new Tinderbox in Prince’s Square in Glasgow where my little legs pattern adorns the tabletops… It looks quite sweet I think especially the two drunk coffees and the tissue. They’ve found a good home.
Slightly in response to Nadja’s tour in Romania… It reminded me of the absolutely incredible Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. These are all crazy astronomical architectural instruments intended to view the constellations. They are very precise and incredibly elegant. The structures themselves invite you to climb and touch and really explore as if you’ve stumbled upon a complete other reality. Like a blindingly bright Dr. Seuss world. The biggest sundial in the world is there with massive sweeping curves coming off the 27m tall gnomen tower. It is so big that the shadow is moving fast enough to be visibly counting the minutes. All our absolutely cracked out guide told us through his mouth full of paan and red saliva as his teeth rotted out before our very eyes was: “Madaaaaaaaam, this is a sundial.” And then moved on. He was just in a completely other reality completely devoid of curiosity.
That’s pretty much as far as my mind can process. They found a kind of a seamonster! It’s now named the Leviathan Melvillei…. after Herman Melville and his lovely vicious Moby Dick.
In the BBC article Dr Christian de Muizon speculates that the Leviathan might have fought the ancient 15m long shark. I feel like that image is every sci-fi kid and old map-maker’s dream come true. Except Laurie’s maybe.