Sunday, February 27, 2011

A House in a Hole

2011's best new cruise ships

Marina - Oceania Cruises
Launch February
Passengers 1,258

Disney Dream - Disney Cruise Line
Launch January 26
Passengers 2,500

Lâ Austral - Compagnie du Ponant
Launch April 27
Passengers 264

Carnival Magic - Carnival Cruise Line
Launch May 1
Passengers 3,690

Seabourn Quest - Yachts of Seabourn
Launch June 9
Passengers 450

Costa Favolosa - Costa Cruises
Launch July 4
Passengers 3,000

Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises
Launch July 23
Passengers 2,850

Amazing Invisible Man

The invisible man: Liu Bolin's amazing camouflage artwork...
Chinese artist Liu Bolin has become world renowned for his camouflage art. Liu uses a team of two assistants to paint the camouflage onto him to make him invisible, and each photograph can take up to ten hours to set up. In some cases, Liu has his assistants paint his body and then he remains extremely still until an unsuspecting passer-by happens to walk past.

He says he sees his work as a statement on the world and its anonymous inhabitants. "My urban camouflage paint series began after Suojia Village Art Campus where I was working was shut down by the Chinese government," said the 38-year-old artist. "My resistance to the force of governments made me experience the life of people with no social status, no job, no family, no income and this was the emotional reason I began my series of works. My pieces talk about the question of the social status of art in general. In my work the artist is hiding to restore his strength and to protect himself." 

He has toured his work across the globe for the past five years, and is looking forward to a new exhibition at the Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery in New York in 2011.

At first glance, this may look like a photograph of shelves in a supermarket. But look more closely and you may see a man painstakingly painted to blend in with the colourful background. 

Liu Bolin poses on the Great Wall of China

Liu Bolin poses in the Royal Box at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan

Liu Bolin poses in one of the seats at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan

Liu Bolin poses for his work entitled 'American National Flag'

Liu Bolin poses in front of a digger for his work entitled 'Forklifts'

Liu Bolin poses by the Ponte di Rialto in Venice

Liu Bolin stands on a bridge in Venice

Liu Bolin poses on a balcony while at the Milan World Expo

Liu Bolin poses on the Ponte di Castelvecchio in Verona, Italy

Liu Bolin poses on the Duomo di Milano in Milan, Italy

Liu Bolin poses in front of some graffiti

Liu Bolin poses by the Bird's Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing

London cooling over breast milk ice cream

LONDON — Ice cream made with breast milk has proved a big hit in a London restaurant, with the first batch sold out within days of going on sale, its makers said on Friday.

The ice cream, called Baby Gaga, is made with milk expressed by 15 women who replied to an advertisement posted on an online mothers' forum.

Each serving of Baby Gaga at the Icecreamists cafe in trendy Covent Garden costs £14 ($22.5, 16 euros).

One of the milk donors, Victoria Hiley, 35, said that if adults realised how tasty breast milk was then more new mothers would feel happier about breastfeeding.

She expressed the milk at the cafe and it was pasteurised before lemon zest and vanilla pods were added during the churning process.

Hiley, who is paid £15 for every 10 ounces of milk she donates to the company, told the BBC: "What's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?"

The founder of Icecreamists, Matt O'Connor, said he could not understand people being squeamish about the product.

"If it's good enough for our children, it's good enough for the rest of us," he said.

"Some people will hear about it and go yuck -- but actually it's pure organic, free-range and totally natural."

A spokeswoman for Icecreamists said that despite the success of Baby Gaga there were currently no plans to market the breast milk ice cream more widely.

"This was launched this week and already the ice cream has sold out," she told

Snake Swallowing Kangaroo...

Fruitcorso - Fruit Festival In NETHERLANDS