In London, in the past two days. Snippets of interest.
Foxes. In two days, I’ve seen four foxes. One yesterday, running beside the train as I was arriving at Liverpool Street station. The second one walking and crossing a busy road near Elephant & Castle tube station: middle of the day, full light, a little thing with a lame right front paw. It was alert and bright, though, just urbanized. Third and fourth foxes were in a nearby area, both seen around 8 pm.
They are clever and beautiful creatures. If one hand it’s sad they had to adapt to urban life (with all its risks), on the other their adaptability is amazing. There’s more wild life in the big cities than people realize, and it would be nice if everyone paid attention.
If you want more information about urban foxes, this site (the Fox Website) has it all.
The Wellcome Collection: it’s in Euston square, and its tag line is: “a free destination for the incurably curious”. Which is so apt! I spent a pleasant couple of hours browsing the strange collection of Henry Wellcome ‘Medicine Man’: curious medicine practices and artefacts from all over the world.
There was also an exhibition called: Medicine Now, how artists see medicine today, and an exploration of the concept of enhancement throughout history. Yes, Victorian women had functional prosthetic limbs, and all sorts of other enhancement. I saw a pair of Chinese glasses for short sighted people dated BC. An Egyptian dated wooden big toe for those whose toe had been amputated. And all sorts of other wonderful enhancements, from the historical to the experimental to the futuristic ones.
Highly recommended. And again: free to visit. There were also two floors of library, the usual coffee shop and book shop. The library seems to have unique documents, but I didn’t have enough time to visit it. Next time!
If you were interested in the Sensualizing Deformity conference, you’ll be interested in visiting the Wellcome Collection museum. What defines humans, how we defines humans and how those definitions are limited.