April 28, 2011
Lady Blunt to auction
One of the most perfectly preserved Stradivarius violins of them all is being sold, in a most extraordinary gesture:
Confronted by the tragic events of the 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear crisis, The Nippon Music Foundation has made an extraordinary offer . . .Read more at the Tarisio website; more info and links here.
In a gesture of profound generosity they have decided to sell what is considered the finest violin of their collection, the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius of 1721, and have pledged the entire proceeds of the sale to The Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
UPDATE: Scooped the BBC this time!
April 27, 2011
Medieval treasure trove in Austria
The Austrian Federal Monument Agency (BDA) reported a “fairy tale” find on Good Friday. An unidentified Austrian man found about 200 mediaeval artefacts estimated to be around 650 years old while digging to expand a garden pond in 2007. . . the treasure trove, found in the vicinity of Wiener Neustadt, consists of more than 200 rings, brooches, ornate belt buckles, gold-plated silver dishes and other pieces or fragments, many encrusted with pearls, fossilized coral and other ornaments. . .Full story here.
Many of the jewels will be presented to the public on May 2 in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace complex. . . .
April 26, 2011
They are still making typewriters
The news that typewriter manufacture had come to its end went viral in a hurry. Problem was, it wasn't true.