Heavenly library

Today I visited the medieval library at Merton College, Oxford as a guest of the Fellow Librarian. It is the UK’s oldest library that was designed to be used by scholars, and it has been functioning as such since its construction in the 1370s. You enter the library at the ground level through a massive door. Going up the stairs you reach the upper floor, where the books are stored. It is sensational to walk among the rows of book cases in the half-lit room. Their shelves are filled with hundreds of early-modern books (many still fitted in their original bindings), which are patiently waiting until someone will touch them again. Heavy benches hoovering over wooden floors are a reminder that this room was once filled with scholars leaning over their books, trying to catch the last light of the day. In the middle of the library a big 13th-century book chest is found, next to a small collection of shiny 14th-century astrolabes. What a heavenly place.

Pics (my own): library, book cases, consultation bench, book chest (13th century), stained-glass window (medieval), and entrance. More information about the library on Merton College’s website (here) and also here; more on Merton College, which dates from the 13th-century, here.

Marble effigies from the Etowah Mounds, c. 1375
Etowah Indian Mounds is a 54-acre (220,000m2) archaeological site in Bartow County, Georgia south of Cartersville, in the United States. Built and occupied in three phases, from 1000–1550 CE, the prehistoric site is located on the north shore of the Etowah River. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site is a designated National Historic Landmark, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. It is the most intact Mississippian culture site in the Southeastern United States.


The Russian Imperial Regalia

  • The Great Imperial Crown, was made for Catherine the Great’s Coronation in 1762. 5,000 selected Indian diamonds and a large precious red spinel weighing 398.72 carats.
  • Small Imperial Crown is one of the royal Small crown was created to the coronation ceremony of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the spouse of Alexander II. The crown seems to be woven of diamond lace mounted in silver, weighs 378 grams: there are 48 big (from 2 to 9 carats) and 200 small diamonds.
  • Imperial orb, was made for Empress Catharine II. Golden orb has diamond belt and cross with huge sapphire in 195 carat. In total there are 1370 diamonds.
  • Imperial sceptre, was made for Empress Catharine II in SPb in 1771 and altered in 1774. Golden sceptre has famous diamond “Orlov” and 196 another diamonds.
  • The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called.
How I hacked the SAT and raised my score by 1000 points in 3 months

The first time I wrote the SAT, I scored 1370. Three months later, I had a score of 2370, only two wrong answers away from a perfect score of 2400. This is the story of how I did it.

A good friend of mine wrote this article and I thought it offered a lot of useful insight into how to tackle the SATs. It’s good for anyone considering applying to the States for postsecondary education (or just taking it for fun…which I did and it wasn’t fun at all).

It’s quite a good read, I highly recommend it!

The Egtved Girl - More from Denmark. A Bronze Age costume which was found on a girl, 16-18 years old, who had been buried in a oak coffin near Egtved, Denmark. The girl died in around the year 1370 BC and was also interred with the cremated remains of of a 5-6 years old child. The striking cord skirt went down to the girl’s knees and was wound twice around her waist.


En 2014 MAVIC Célèbre ses 125 ans.
Pour fêter ça, la firme sort la KSYRIUM 125, une édition limitée à 6000 exemplaires, chaque paire sera individuellement numérotée.
Avec comme innovation un ISM 4 (Inter Spoke Milling), l’entièreté de la jante est désormais usinée, pour un gain de poids et un aérodynamisme perfectionné.
Annoncé à 1370 grammes la paire (1410 grammes pour une paire de KSYRIUM SLR actuelle).
Il y aura d'autres produits au programme, comme un nouveau casque à 210g, un cuissard, un kit commémoratif…à suivre

MAVIC Celebrates 125 Years with New Ksyrium 125


history meme - (1/9) kings/queens

Neferneferuaten Nefertiti (ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC) was the Great Royal Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten (originally Amenhotep IV). Together, they introduced a whole new religion to Egypt in which they worshipped the sun god, Aten. She and Akhenaten had six daughters together: Meritaten, Meketaten, Ankhesenpaaten, Neferneferuaten Tasherti, Neferneferure and Setepenre; and their marriage is generally believed to be a genuinely romantic, happy one. This belief has been strengthened because she’s often been depicted like a pharaoh would be – fighting and defeating enemies, thus making Nefertiti believed to have been a very influential and powerful queen. Nefertiti’s name is Egyptian and means “the beautiful one has come”, which is suiting considering that she is well-known for her elegant beauty. Some believe that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband’s death and before the accession of his son, Tutankhamun, but another possibility is that one of her daughters ruled Egypt for that time period (+more).


History Meme -  (3/9) Queens

Queen Nefertiti of Ancient Egypt (ca. 1370 BC – ca. 1330 BC)

Nefertiti is known for her elegant beauty. Her bust has been an icon for many women and for many modern cosmetic lines. Many societies around the world have adopted the queen as a symbol of true beauty. Some historians have even proclaimed her the most beautiful woman in the world. Whatever people have said about her, one thing holds true—she remains renowned for her beauty after her death and during her life as a queen. […] Her reign was only 12 years, but she was perhaps one of the most powerful queens to ever rule. (x)