Human rights for rivers: Symbolic or pragmatic?

New Zealand has given the country’s third longest river – the Whanganui – the same legal rights as a human being. Continue reading Human rights for rivers: Symbolic or pragmatic?

“Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold”

The cicada (meaning “tree cricket”) has been around for some 250 million years and is infuriating for the rapid clicks the male makes to attract a female. In China, the cicada is an ancient symbol of rebirth, but one in particular is worth more than its weight in gold. Continue reading “Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold”

Chicken cups – not just any old china

To the untrained eye they don’t look like much, but Ming dynasty “chicken cups” are top of the pecking order when it comes to Chinese porcelain. There are only 17 in the world, two of which reside in the Palace Museum in Beijing. Continue reading Chicken cups – not just any old china