Yearly Archives: 2014

Happy New Year…?

New Year festivities vary by date and according to where you live, your religion…  – The English first-footer tradition requires that a dark-haired man be the first over the threshold… Read more »

So this is Christmas…?

Early Christians selected the 25th December in order to ‘overwrite’ earlier festivals such as the Roman Saturnalia. We may have changed the name – but not its basic nature! –… Read more »

Channeling la différence #history #Anglo-France

Just spent a great weekend with my daughter and her family south of Paris, France. The English Channel (La Manche) separates our two nations and as near-neighbours we have a… Read more »

Hunger and stuff… just imagine!

HUNGER: Dec 7th – Daily Mail: ‘Justin Welby [Archbishop of Canterbury] last night called for state to take over running food banks’, ‘for the Government to do more to eradicate… Read more »

Gutenberg Bible

Jerome’s Epistle to Paulinus from the British Museum’s 1454 Gutenberg Bible Part of this week’s task on my course has been to collaboratively look at St Jerome’s Epistle to Paulinus… Read more »

Trip to Myanmar (Burma)

Just got back from two weeks travelling around Burma – remarkable place. Firstly you soon find yourself with a surfeit of Buddhas – so many of them in pagodas, stupas,… Read more »

Gifts for Christmas? Pack #2

Still pondering that last gift for someone for Christmas, and prefer non-fiction? If you know someone wanting to become the next hi-tech billionaire then here’s some essential reading: The PC… Read more »

Gifts for Christmas?

If you are pondering that last gift for someone for Christmas: – want something thrilling? that takes you to exotic locations around the world? involves every type of crime you… Read more »

Not very, never very – it’s as bad as nice!

45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’ I came across this article via StumbleUpon – produced by © Amanda Patterson of Wrtiter’s Write. As someone who constantly reaches for… Read more »

Faraday – presenter extraordinaire #history

One of the early disappointments for my course was Michael Faraday. I got the coursework books before the assignment schedule so pitched in on those subjects that immediately appealed –… Read more »

Christopher Marlowe – Shakespeare? Spy? #history

Christopher Marlowe This week I was required to look at Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus – but I confess I found Christopher Marlowe more intriguing than his play. He has of course… Read more »

Excuses, excuses… #history

     One of this week’s subjects was to compare and contrast Cézanne’s Bathers with Correggio’s Leda with the Swan. It is remarkable how many excuses we have historically come… Read more »


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