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From Lawrence of Arabia to Breaking Bad: the desert as a cultural oasis

A place of sanctuary, stones and stone festivals what draws artists and writers to the deserts unforgiving landscape? In 1990 a flyer circulated in San Francisco inviting people to attend a unique happening:” The Zone Trip is an extended event that takes us outside of our local region of time and place. On this particular expedition, we shall travel to a vast, desolate, white expanse stretching onward to the horizon in all directions .” Wilfred Thesiger, recalling his marathon journeys in the Arabian peninsula’s Empty Quarter in the 1940 s,…

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From Lawrence of Arabia to Breaking Bad: the desert as a cultural oasis

A place of sanctuary, stones and boulder festivals what outline artists and writers to the deserts unforgiving scenery? In 1990 a flyer circulated among San Francisco inviting people to attend a unique happen:” The Zone Trip is an extended event that takes us outside of our local region of time and place. On this particular expedition, we shall travel to a vast, desolate, white expanse stretching onward to the horizon in all directions .” Wilfred Thesiger, remembering his marathon journeys in the Arabian peninsula’s Empty Quarter in the 1940 s,…

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I kept all my plastic for a year the 4,490 items forced me to rethink

Daniel Webb accrued a mountain of plastic including many packets of Hula Hoops and made it into a mural, now on display at Dreamland in Margate. We are overproducing and overconsuming, he says, and recycling is not the answer We all know, in theory, that we ought to use less plastic. Weve all been distressed by the sight of Blue Planet IIs hawksbill turtle entangled in a plastic sack, and felt chastened as weve totted up our weekly tally of disposable coffee cups. But still, UK annual plastic waste is…

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Pregnant in the field: have trowel, will travel

An archaeologist rendered birth to a brand-new photographic category by requesting fellow scientists to upright cracks of themselves excavating while expecting Suzanne Pilaar Birch was seven when she caught the archaeology glitch on their own families expedition to Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Oh this is so cool! she showed. I want to come back here and delve. So when, 24 year later and now a professional archaeologist based at the University of Georgia and still devoted to mining she was invited on a field…

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