Saturday, September 26, 2009
He had an idea for a new series for the bloggo. Quite simply he has an enormous collection of macabre, fortean, odd and disturbing magazine and newspaper articles, and he proposed to post them up on the bloggo.
Although I'm not exactly--to say the least--unfamiliar with taxidermy techniques, and consequently, cannot be too overly critical of those who practice it on a regular, professional basis, there is, I have to admit, something revolting about the image of an animal--particularly an endangered species--that has been stuffed and mounted. These images of a gorilla become even more disgusting when we read that the bastards who killed it also murdered--not too extreme a word, I think--its mate and baby. Still, there is a fascination in the process and it has to be said, they made a good job of bringing the poor sod 'back to life.'
Here's another famous stuffed gorilla, poor old Guy from London Zoo. The point of interest here is that the taxidermy work was carried out by Arthur Hayward, head of department at the Natural History Museum. Hayward had worked with Ray Harryhausen on the dinosaurs for One Million Years BC and The Valley of Gwangi.
As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February, and he is now working on the BHM section. This 7th trenche is a real mixed bag containing bits and bopbs about the Chinese yeti/snowman, more on the anniversary of Piltdown man and a lot of interesting debate about the earliest inhabitants of North America. Good stuff.
It’s Saturday so it’s tradition that I post a link to my song of the week. This week in honour of their comeback shows it’s Mott the Hoople with Roll Away the Stone:
And while you enjoy that, here’s the news:
Don’t worry; I wouldn’t make the mist-‘hake’ of signing off without a bad fish pun.