Science of survival, just in case….

Via my admirable colleague Li-Kim Lee, I learn of a new and possibly very useful exhibition at London’s Science Museum, from 5 April to 2 November 2008. "This hands-on exhibition explores how the way we live will change over the next few decades in response to climate change. As visitors journey through The Science of Survival, they will be led by four characters who invite visitors to help them solve problems in a city in the year 2050. In five interactive areas – Drinking, Eating, Enjoying, Moving and Building – the exhibition looks at why the future will be different and what we can do about it today. Visitors explore current global issues and some possible technological responses. At the end of the experience visitors will see how well they survived and discover the choices made by other people."

Please see Li-Kim’s Nature Network events listing for a map and more details. I like the various categories, particularly that we will still be able to enjoy life during any upcoming upheavals in global climate. I hope that means I get to keep my books.

Jack Vettriano, bestselling crime-fiction author

Vettriano I recently signed up to the RSS feed of Amazon’s "bestsellers in crime, thrillers and mystery" books category (thanks for the tip, Kerrie). Very useful so far, but I was a bit puzzled today to see a collection of painter Jack Vettriano’s works pop up in my reader. From the blurb: "Jack is one of the UK’s most popular, and yet most controversial, contemporary artists. His pictures sell for a record amount of money, the paintings in his exhibitions are always sold out before the opening and ‘The Singing Butler’ made history for being the most expensive painting by a Scottish living artist ever to be sold at auction."

Not much about crime fiction there, so why is this book in the Amazon list. Need a clue? Yes, it’s in the "Scottish". The foreword turns out to be by one Ian Rankin.