The Travels and Work of Xuan-zang

Xuan-zang Statue at the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi-an

Xuan-zang was fully ordained as a monk in 622, at the age of twenty. The myriad contradictions and discrepancies in the texts at that time prompted Xuan-zang to decide to go to India and study in the cradle of Buddhism.

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HOME: The Statistics


Here I have collected together some statistics from the film HOME in a sequence which is worthwhile spending some time contemplating.

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Colour Spectrum Photography 1: Russia, in the early 20th Century


Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) was commissioned to document the Russian empire, and he did so in an ingenious way and managed to get what are effectively colour photographs of his subjects by using a form of spectrum photography.

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The Bombing of Hiroshima


Today is the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in Japan at the end of World War II. The first reporter on the scene was the Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, wrote this moving report which was published one month after the event.

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The Brown Dog Affair


This article traces a remarkable piece of activism in the case of anti-vivisectionism in the early 20th century, it is a long piece but will be well worth your time to read, and gets quite exciting at times!

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