Thursday, May 17, 2007

Artist Julian Beavers amazing street arts

Artist Julian Beaver

His art is extremely unique and very amazing. This guy makes his paintings on the footpaths and pavements but when you look at them from a certain angle, they appear to be 3D!!! And in some cases they are just lifelike!
I strongly feel that everybody should know about such an amazing artist and get a chance to praise his unique art!
Here is the first one - Check it out!

Looks like someone put a 3D globe in the middle of the road! But this is actually painted on the road in such a stretched manner that when viewed from this angle, It look 3D! Look at the same painting from a different angle -

Not just the boat or just the water, but everything up to the very depression on the road is painted stuff!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Real rare piCtures of the 1857 mUtiny

The Sikander Bagh in Lucknow was the venue for a fierce battle during the 1857 uprising. This picture was taken by Felice Beato, an Italian who visited India soon after the mutiny and, some say, had the bones dug out for the photo. Pictures courtesy: Alkazi Foundation.

Up to 1,000 British troops, their families and loyal sepoys were holed up in Gen Wheeler's entrenchment in Kanpur for three weeks in June 1857 where they were constantly bombarded by a local prince, Nana Sahib's army. Photo: Felice Beato, 1858.

On 27 June 1857, Europeans who had been promised safe passage from Wheeler's entrenchment arrived at the Sati Chaura Ghat (jetty) to take the boat out when Nana Sahib's army ambushed them and killed many. Photo: Samuel Bourne, early 1865.

A hand-written caption identifies the man as Gungoo Mehter who was tried at Kanpur for killing many of the Sati Chaura survivors, including many women and children. He was convicted and hanged at Kanpur on 8 September 1859. Photo: John Nicholas Tressider.

This sketch of Lucknow's Alam Bagh was made by Lt CH Mecham on 25 December 1857 while fierce fighting raged on. In a note at the bottom of the sketch, the artist wishes "my future readers many happy returns of this festive season".

It was common to hang "rebels" publicly to serve as a warning to avoid future betrayals. It is not known where Felice Beato took this picture in 1858.

The Mutiny Memorial in Delhi is a monument to British officers. In panels around the base, there is a record of 2,163 officers and men who were killed, wounded or went missing between 8 June and 7 September 1857. It was taken in 1870 by an unknown photographer.

Abudhabi nUmber plate auction breaks recOrd

Number plate 5 fetched Dh25.2 million at a police auction here on Saturday, becoming the world's most expensive number plate, according to organisers.
The first of its kind to be held in Abu Dhabi, the auction was called 'A Special Number for A Special Cause' to raise funds for people with special needs.
The auction was organised by the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police in conjunction with the Emirates Auctions Company at Emirates Palace.
More than 700 participants attended the auction, which was held in the main theatre of Emirates Palace in a festive mood amidst cheers.
The auction opened with bidding for number plate 99599, which closed with a bid of Dh102,000.
The mood for bidding started accelerating and became lively when number plate 55555 was unveiled for auction amidst loud cheers. The bidding for started with Dh1 million and was finally sold for Dh2 million after four more offers.
The highest bid was made for number plate 5, which fetched Dh25.2 million amidst charged atmosphere and fierce competition between three bidders. Finally, Talal Al Khoury, an Abu Dhabi-based businessman, offered secured it for Dh25.2 million.
Al Khoury also offered the highest bids for two more number plates – 55 for Dh6.5 million and 45 for Dh5 million.
"I bought these plates, particularly the number 5 so that I can contribute to a good cause," said Al Khoury.
Number plate 12 also became the second most expensive number in the world after fetching Dh8.9 million. The highest bid for the number, which was the last to come under the hammers, was made by Ali Al Falasi, a legal adviser.