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On 14 October 1911, the Trustees of the British Museum gave the Director permission to prepare a scheme for the sale of postcards in the Museum. One of the earliest specimen copies of postcards available is ‘Wood Carvings from the Waddesdon Collection’, dated to c. 1914–1915, from which choices for purchase could be made. By 10 February 1912, the Director had made proposals for contracts for the supply of picture postcards to be sold in the Museum and it was agreed that there would be three saleswomen on the stall. Just a few months later, in April 1912, financial provision for a counter for the sale of photographs and postcards had been approved and this was to be the first Museum shop. However, not everyone was happy to see the opening of the postcard stall: in 1912, a notice appeared in the literary magazine ‘The Athenaeum’ submitted by ‘An Old Reader’. They described the stall as ‘large and obtrusive… surrounded by a chattering throng of young schoolgirls.’ This image above shows the postcard stall, located in the entrance hall, in 1929.

The postcard stall has been in various locations since then, including the corridor where the cloakroom now is (see the photograph above from 1963). Today you can find a large selection of souvenir postcards in the Great Court.

TJLC Testimony


HOW IT ALL STARTED
When I first started watching Sherlock the only thing I knew about it was the title:
• I didn’t know what it was about.
• I didn’t know that it was a famous show.
• I didn’t really know Watson existed.
• I thought the main character of this show was named after Sherlock Holmes and that the books actually existed in the show.

I got into detective stories because of unreleated reasons and was just looking for something to watch while I carved some wood. I though “This show must have a detective in it, lets watch!”.

A STUDY IN PINK
*The show starts*
Me: He looks such a common person to be Holmes, strange.

*Characters start speaking*
Me: No wait, he’s not Holmes, he’s the “elementary” guy.

*Angelo’s*
Me: Oh, so this is one of those little gay productions.

*Episode ends*
Me: Nice, nice, nice romance.

THE BLIND BANKER
Now, here’s where I confess that I always binge-watch, so I haven’t reasearched a single thing about the show until I finished all the episodes.

*John thinks Sherlock is about to kiss him and closes his eyes*
Me: The romance gets nicer.

*John invites Sarah on a date*
Me: Why the hell is he asking a woman out out of the blue? Is he one of those guys who date everyone? Is this not a little gay production?

*Sherlock proposes a date, John refuses, Sherlock crashes date*
Me: Yes, it’s a little gay production, but I suppose they have to please the heteros. Anyway, even Scully had a date in the first episodes and then went on to love Mulder.

SERIES 3
I don’t have a clear memory of what I thought until series 3.

*Mary is introduced*
Me: Wait, WHAT. OMG this thing is not actually a little gay production and they did all that gay stuff just for a joke? Only to pair John up with a woman? My heart is broken, how can TV shows be so mean? I can’t believe it and she’s so funny and clever, she clearly is to stay. But I can’t believe that in 2014 TV shows could be so mean (I didn’t know queerbaiting existed yet).
Still, she can turn out to be a cheater. I’m not gonna hope for it anymore, but if she cheats on him, then she has to be an obstacle to the love story like Diana on The X-files (The X-files is one of my favourite shows, I compare shows to it).

*Janine is in a relationship with Sherlock*
Me: Ah, they did it again with Sherlock, put him with a girl (at this point I was barely watching and working on my piece of wood, I was disheartened).

*Sherlock’s relationship was fake and Mary shoots Sherlock*
Me: Did this, this means, so the endgame is Sherlock and John together!

*John forgives Mary*
Me: I don’t even know what to believe anymore, maybe the writers just don’t care about queer people.

MY FINAL POINT IS…
As a show Sherlock gives a very clear message if your mind isn’t heteronormative and you are not aware of the heteronormative world and that message is GAY.
The only reason I started doubting that Sherlock and John would end up together is because I’m aware that we leave in a heteronormative world and it broke my heart to realize that the show might just have been playing with queer feelings.
I never doubted that Diana would eventually betray Mulder on The X-files because she was clearly put there to be an obstacle, but I felt like I could scarcely allow myself to believe Mary would betray John.
What was worst was finally looking up the show on the internet and talking about it to a few friends to discover that people didn’t thought Sherlock and John could ever end up together, that it never was a possibility and that they believed the gay stuff was thrown in just to make those silly fangirls happy.
Well, I’m not a silly fangirl, I was looking for detective stories and they shoved a romance in my face.







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World’s Longest Wooden Sculpture

Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled this exceptionally large and intricately carved wooden sculpture that measures some 40 feet (12.286 meters) long, 10 feet (3.075 meters) high and almost 8 feet (2.401 meters) wide. Four years in the making, the tree carving is based on a famous painting called Along the River During the Qingming Festival, which is a historical holiday reserved to celebrate past ancestors that falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice. The Guinness World Records group arrived in November in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, where the piece is currently on display, to declare it  “the world’s longest wooden sculpture”.

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Skeletal Creatures Carved From Everyday Objects - Maskull Lasserre

Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre extracts the most delicate anatomical forms of animals and humans from common everyday objects like  picture frame, hanger or a bed corner.

Born 1978 in Calgary, Alberta, he has lived in South Africa and Ottawa and now lives in Montreal. Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility. Elements of nostalgia, accident, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.

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This is George-Jules-Victor Clairin’s Spanish Woman on a Balcony. (“Woman” is not a typo—maybe the others are English spies? Or men in drag?)

All joking aside, it should not be at all strange to hear from Christie’s that Clairin had an “association with the theatre.” While it is certainly obvious that he had indeed visited (and been impressed by) Spain, the touch of drama goes beyond that of a wide-eyed tourist.

The exaggerated intricacy of the carved wood (with its dragons and bull skulls and scrolls), and the sheer overabundance of flowers—added to the set-like isolation of the balcony from the surrounding architecture—make this the Spain of the stage.