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Outrage over Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) stripper

From Telegraph:

Climbers at Uluru ignore warning signs at their peril. Photo by en:User:Lee M, May 18, 1998

Alizee Sery, 25, climbed the red sandstone monolith in conventional dress but then stripped at the top to a white bikini, white high-heeled boots and a bushman’s hat.

The images outraged local Aborigines, who regard it as a sacred site and object to tourists climbing it.

Aborigines also object to photos being taken of the areas of the rock, which they call Uluru.

Sery said she had not intended to offend Aboriginal culture with her “strip show”.

“What we need to remember is that traditionally, the Aboriginal people were living naked, so stripping down was a return to what it was like,” she said. “I do not mean in any way for this to offend the Aboriginal culture.”

David Ross, director of the Central Land Council which represents the traditional owners of and the surrounding national park, said the woman was a French tourist and should be deported.

“Too often Uluru is used as a place for individuals to pursue some questionable personal development activities at the expense of Aboriginal law and culture,” he said.

Northern Territory Police said they were unaware of the incident and immigration department officials said they were not able to comment. The singer’s behaviour could constitute a minor offence of disorderly conduct.

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The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked

From The Independent:

The Lewis Chessmen

The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked exhibition in Edinburgh brings together the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland’s collections of the Lewis Chessmen – a set of medieval gaming pieces, originating most likely from Trondheim in the 12th or 13th century, which were discovered on the Hebridean island of Lewis sometime between 1780 and 1831.

Individually hand-carved from walrus ivory, and numbering 93 pieces in total – 82 of which are held by the British Museum, the remaining 11 by the National Museum of Scotland – the Lewis Chessmen are world famous for their mysterious origins, unique design and curious, almost comical expressions, which range from moody kings to a frightened-looking warder biting down on his shield. They even made a cameo in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Lewis Chessmen Unmasked curator Dr David Caldwell revealed ten fascinating facts about the artefacts, covering everything from the story behind their enchanting expressions to a new theory on when and where on Lewis they were found, why it’s unlikely that a handful of missing Chessmen will ever be discovered, and why the 82 pieces owned by the British Museum will most likely never be repatriated.

Continue here to discover the “10 things you didn’t know about…”

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked (Exhibition)

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