Search on newscientist.com for “Soviet-era bootleg music recorded on discarded X-ray plates” to find a short piece about how “[u]nable to get hold of vinyl, the audio dissidents used home-made lathes to press recordings onto X-ray plates salvaged from hospitals.” There is a link to X-RAY AUDIO, where you can see the recordings, which look very much like vinyl records, except you can see images of ghostly ribs and what may be an elbow, and you can listen to them.
The V&A Search the Collections webpage offers those of us who live far from the Victoria and Albert Museum the opportunity to view descriptions of 1,167,880 objects and 561,628 images from their collection. I was particularly beguiled by the domestic ceramics designed by Susie Cooper from the 1920s to the 1980s, including vases, bowls, plates, tea sets and coffee pots, from a time when coffee was served in an earthenware or bone china pot, which was differentiated from a teapot by being taller and more slender.
On her website, Following Hadrian, Carole Raddato explains how her twin passions for travel and ancient history have led her to follow in Hadrian’s footsteps throughout the former Roman empire. Her tagline says it all: “I came, I saw, I photographed… follow me in the footsteps of Hadrian.”
Cynthia Ortiz literally shares the sounds of the city, street style, street art and what everyone’s talking about in “An insider’s guide to Mexico City: Aztec hearts in a sinking city,” which is one of the excellent series of Insider’s Cultural Guides in The Guardian.