Feminist Sylvia Pankhurst’s statue in London


This 2012 video from Britain is called Mark Steel on Sylvia Pankhurst.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Heroine given pride of place

Saturday 20th August 2016

THE Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee joined the Marx Memorial Library (MML) on Thursday to unveil the maquette of Ian Walters’s statue of Sylvia Pankhurst in the library’s reading room.

The memorial committee is currently campaigning to find the full-size statue a permanent home on Clerkenwell Green. Committee member Professor Mary Davis underlined the importance of Ms Pankhurst in feminist and labour movement history.

MML archivist Meirian Jump said that the library was in full support of campaign and hoped that the statue on the Green would underline Clerkenwell’s radical history.

Visitors to the MML can see the maquette in the reading room during opening hours and at twice weekly guided tours Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm. More on the campaign can be found at:

www.sylviapankhurst.gn.apc.org/ and information on the library: www.marx-memorial-library.org.uk/.

Living robin on robin sculpture


Robin on robin sculpture

The robin on this photo, while building its nest, often lands on this metal robin sculpture.

The photo is by protter in the Netherlands.

Bolivian minister collects owl sculpture


This video says about itself:

Minister by Day — Owl Collector Always

20 May 2016

Bolivia‘s Education Minister has an eccentric hobby… collecting owls.

Easter Island sculpture, by David Attenborough


This video from Britain says about itself:

Where Did The Easter Island Statues Come From? – #Attenborough90

7 May 2016

Sir David Attenborough looked into the history of the statues on the remote Easter Island to discover how these astonishing monuments were first created.

Chaffinch attacks stone owl, video


Peter van den Boom in the Netherlands is the maker of this video. For years, he had a table for feeding birds in his garden, with a little owl sculpture on top of it. He writes (translated):

The birds took no notice of the owl. Until 7 May 2016. Then a female chaffinch attacked the owl, trying to scare it. I have moved the owl after that.

Indonesian rhino poacher becomes pro-rhino conservation wood carver


Sumatran rhino carving

From the International Rhino Foundation about this:

Wooden Sumatran Rhino

Hand-carved by a former poacher who now works in collaboration with our Rhino Protection Units to save Sumatran rhinos in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

Each statue is 6″ tall x 9.5″long x 3.75″ deep.

ISIS destruction of Palmyra, Syria not total


This Associated Press video says about itself:

Raw: Drone Footage Captures Palmyra Ruins, City

27 March 2016

Russian state television footage from Palmyra on Sunday, as well as drone video obtained from the Syrian Military Media Centre, showed aerials of what remained of the ancient city after the Islamic State group (IS) was forced from the area.

From Associated Press:

By Albert Aji and Philip Issa

DAMASCUS, Syria — Mar 28, 2016, 1:25 AM ET

The recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra by Syrian government forces scores an important victory over Islamic State fighters who waged a 10-month reign of terror there and marks the first major defeat for the extremist group since an international agreement to battle terrorism in the fractured nation took effect last year.

The city known to Syrians as the “Bride of the Desert” is famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins that once drew tens of thousands of visitors each year before the Islamic State group destroyed many of the monuments.

The extent of the destruction remained unclear after government troops took the town in central Syria on Sunday. Initial footage on Syrian state TV showed widespread rubble and shattered statues. But Palmyra’s grand colonnades appeared to be in relatively good condition. …

International airstrikes have pounded IS territory, killing two top leaders in recent weeks, according to the Pentagon. Those strikes have also inflicted dozens of civilian casualties. …

IS drove government forces from Palmyra in a matter of days last May and later demolished some of its best-known monuments, including two large temples dating back more than 1,800 years and a Roman triumphal archway.

State TV showed the rubble left over from the destruction of the Temple of Bel as well as the damaged archway, the supports of which were still standing. It said a statue of Zenobia, the third century queen who ruled an independent state from Palmyra and figures strongly in Syrian lore, was missing.

Artifacts inside the city’s museum also appeared heavily damaged on state TV. A sculpture of the Greek goddess Athena was decapitated, and the museum’s basement appeared to have been dynamited, the hall littered with broken statues.

Still, state media reported that a lion statue dating back to the second century, previously thought to have been destroyed by IS militants, was found in a damaged but recoverable condition.

Extremists beheaded the archaeological site’s 81-year-old director, Riad al-Asaad, in August after he reportedly refused to divulge where authorities had hidden some of the treasures before the group swept in. IS militants view the ruins as monuments to idolatry. …

Maamoun Abdulkarim, director of the museums and antiquities department in Damascus, said Palmyra’s Great Colonnade had suffered only minor damage. “We will rebuild what you have destroyed,” he said, addressing IS.

USA: Kerry sought to ‘send a message’ to Assad via cruise missile strikes against Syrian government positions but Obama refused proposal: here.

Russia is withdrawing from Syria – and the U.S. should follow suit: here.