Monthly Archives:November 2009

Behavioural Borders

As a curious coda to my previous post,in which Kew's Plant Health and Quarantine Officer,Sara Redst德赢体育滚球one,notes the frequent mismatch between biological and political borders and discusses the role of quarantine in creating an artificial biological boundary,我对外交政策编辑博客上的这篇文章很感兴趣,Passport,reporting on political […]

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Plants Without Borders: An Interview with Sara Redst德赢体育滚球one

Sara Redst德赢体育滚球one is the Plant Health and Quarantine Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew,home of the world's largest collection of living plants.In addition to screening and isolating all incoming or outbound plant material,她目前正在监督花园新检疫设施的设计和建设。As part of […]

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Johannes Vermeer's The Milkmaid is currently on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,on loan from the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.The contextual exhibit explains the erotic connotations of milkmaids and kitchen items for Vermeer's seventeenth-century contemporaries,pointing out subtle clues that today's audience could easily miss,比如在暖脚器附近的一块小三角砖上描绘丘比特。的确,apparently the burning embers of the foot warmer itself were a symbol for female arousal.

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到这个月底,地铁the ubiquitous and mediocre American sandwich chain,将在起重机顶部安装专营权。According to the New York Post,the shop will be "fitted into a shipping container-like structure," which will then be attached to 德赢体育滚球one of the cranes being used on the Freedom […]

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Last week,the New York Post reported that "a charred bottle of beer that survived the explosion of the Hindenburg will be aucti德赢体育滚球oned off this month for an estimated $7,500."

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The Fruit Standard

On this day,德赢体育滚球one year ago,the European Union ended its ban on ugly vegetables."EU relents and lets a banana be a banana," proclaimed the New York Times,“欧盟违反了对黄瓜的规定,”卫报反驳道,while the Daily Mail relished the opportunity to run with,"Proof Brussels has been sprouting lies about […]

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Plant Relocation Services

A fascinating recent article in the New York Times managed to combine three of my favourite plant-related ideas (seed banks,入侵物种的控制,and climate change as unpredictable landscape redesign engine) and then add a fourth that was new to me: assisted migration.

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Designer Family Trees

IMAGE: Queen Cox,Greensleeves,and Fiesta apples growing on the same tree,可从Blackmoor购买。I recently discovered the apple "family tree," which combines up to three different varieties by grafting them onto semi-dwarf stock.The mature tree is about three metres tall,with two or three branches of each variety.它们看起来很神奇,[…]

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Kitchen Geographies

Architect David Tajchman's proposal for a "landscape kitchen 2.0" is mobile,environmentally conscious,圆滑,如果形状有点像扎哈·哈迪德2005年的水上桌。

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