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I am utterly, utterly fascinated by the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. Amazing what you can do with human bones.


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Apparently it contains a specimen of every bone in the human body.

I dunno what's happened to my journal this morning - the sidebars have all disappeared to the bottom of the page, below the entries/ comments. Not sure if it's a browser issue or a screen resolution issue or what. Also, half my header has disappeared on internet explorer. I will poke at it later again.

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theealex
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
I've just taken a screenshot of your journal, Firefox 2.0.0.13 on a MacBook running OSX 10.4.11, it looks fine to me - http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k197/thee_alex/Picture1-16.png

I never see peoples journals anyway, as I read everything on my 'friends' page which is laid out like my page - I wonder how many other people do the same.
pickwick
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Might just be a browser thing then...though I'll still have to fix it for the people in IE, I suppose. (And I wish they'd let us use Firefox at work)

I read things on my friends page, but I see people's journals when I comment on things or go straight to a post for some reason, because I don't have ?style:mine set up.
momentsmusicaux
Apr. 9th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Same here, except when I go to post comments.

I really like the bookcase header, though the 'Recent Entries Archive etc' row of links needs kicking out of the way.
a_pawson
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Ooh we visited that when we were in the Czech Republic last year. It's about an hour by train from Prague.

It is an incredible place. The history is fascinating and quite mad.

The story goes that an abbot from the church was apparently sent to the Holy Land. When he returned, he brought back a small amount of earth from Golgotha and sprinkled it in the cemetery. Word got around about this and the cemetery became a desirable burial site. People from all over Eastern Europe were being buried there. Helped by Black Death and several wars, tens of thousands of people were interred there.

They then built a new church and built an ossuary to house the bones unearthed during construction. What nobody had figured was exactly how many bones were down there, so they ended up with far too many to fit inside the new vault. Hence some bright spark came up with the idea of decorating the church with them. Aside from all the decorative stuff, several of the chambers have just enormous piles of thousands of leg and arm bones. Piled up and decorated with other, smaller bones.
pickwick
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
That's brilliant! And nicely practical. I can't see it happening in this country, somehow.
a_pawson
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
There are a few others dotted about Europe apparently, but none so spectacular as that one and most asre just piles of bones. INot many use them in quite such a decorative way.
pickwick
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
I wanted to go to the catacombs in Paris where the walls are lined with the skulls and things, but it was shut for refurbishment!
theealex
Apr. 9th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, just tried it in an emulated Windows version of IE6 and it looks well busted.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k197/thee_alex/Picture1-17.png

In the interests of testing I can confirm that it's fine on

Safari
Seamonkey
Shiira
Camino
It even renders perfectly in the NewsNetWire RSS browser!
(all on the Mac)

IE seems to be the one that can't deal.
anonymous_greg
Apr. 9th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
dave_t_lurker
Apr. 9th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'd love to go visit that place. I'd love to go visit a lot of places.

I really must get around to taking some holiday time this year.

(Did you force a reload in your browser? control + f5 or something like that?)
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