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I’m temporarily absent because I went home last week and still haven’t gone back to school because there was a whale beaching and a funeral and other kinds of familial things which keep me from the internet. 


Beautiful windows in Aix-en-Provence, France. Photo by @tofurier. Thanks for tagging! #aixenprovence #france #takemethere

The last candle.

History in photojournalism: my family have National Geographics going back to the 60s, which is how I realised we had these two articles on the Sudan.
The first — Sudan: Arab-African Giant was published in the March 1982 issue: a year before the outbreak of the Second Sudanese Civil War, which lasted 22 years.
The second — Southern Sudan: A Shaky Peace was published in the November 2010 issue, five years after the signing of the peace agreement which officially ended the war.

SPAIN, BAZA : People covered with black grease celebrate the traditional festivities of the Cascamorras, in Baza, near Granada, on September 6, 2014. Every year on September 6 a villager from Guadix dresses as an oddball character called “Cascamorras” and travels the 3 kilometres to the village of Baza, flanked by a team of representatives, to stage an attempt to recapture the statue of the Virgen de la Piedad. Residents of Baza dirty their faces and wait with coloured water and eggs to pelt the intruders, thus staining the clothes of Cascamorras and ensuring his failure. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO

Do not look at me … too late! (by lorenzoviolone)

"La Seductrice en Blanc Absolument", ELLE France, March 1989Photographer: Pamela HansonModel: Michaela Bercu

In 1951, an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer. She was treated at Johns Hopkins University, where a doctor named George Gey snipped cells from her cervix without telling her. Gey discovered that Lacks’ cells could not only be kept alive, but would also grow indefinitely.
For the past 60 years Lacks’ cells have been cultured and used in experiments ranging from determining the long-term effects of radiation to testing the live polio vaccine. Her cells were commercialized and have generated millions of dollars in profit for the medical researchers who patented her tissue.
Lacks’ family, however, didn’t know the cell cultures existed until more than 20 years after her death.
In 2010 we spoke to Medical writer Rebecca Skloot who examines the legacy of Lacks’ contribution to science — and effect that has had on her family — in her bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,
Now, 62 years later the Lacks family has given consent to this controversial medical contribution. Researchers who wish to use “HeLa” cells now have to submit a request and proposal that will be reviewed by the Lacks family. This new agreement is in the interest of respecting the family’s privacy, though, they still will not profit financially from any medical study. 
This is a remarkable story, both medically and ethically, about the rights we have to our bodies, even beyond the grave. 
image via NPR

Forty seconds of a truly impressive thunderstorm, which passed over Minneapolis earlier this week.

Day in, day out

I hunger and
I struggle

—   Sappho, Fragments of Poetry (56)

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