Tag Archives: England

All Keyed Up

It’s been decades since I actually owned and used an old school manual typewriter. When I did work on the old Smith Corona, I never turned out anything that vaguely resembled art. But British artist James Cook has revived the … Continue reading

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Book feathers

London-based artist Kate MccGwire is famous for her elaborate feather sculptures that seem to have a life of their own. Her current exhibition titled Discharge pours down like a huge tunnel of water from a 18th century bookcase. Created from approximately … Continue reading

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The 17th Century Kindle

In 1617. William Hakewill commissioned a traveling library to give as a gift to a friend. The Jacobean miniature mobile library consisted of fifty gold-tooled vellum-bound miniature books contained in a wooden case that resembled a large folio. Inside there were … Continue reading

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Home For Christmas

Last weekend, the UK-based artist(s) known as Banksy stenciled a moving holiday themed artwork on a wall in Birmingham, UK. The piece, and accompanying video, were designed to highlight the homelessness crisis in the city. Of course, the mural was … Continue reading

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Goodbye King of the Book Towns

British bookseller and self-appointed “King of Hay” Richard Booth, who transformed the sleepy Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye “into a second-hand bookshop capital,” died August 20, BBC News reported. Booth, who opened his first bookshop in the town’s former fire station … Continue reading

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The Brits are so over Jane Austen too

I was somewhat surprised to recently read that a letter writing campaign and a steady barrage of public criticism ended plans for a statue of formerly beloved author Jane Austen. It seems that Winchester Cathedral commissioned sculptor Martin Jennings to … Continue reading

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Britain In Pictures

The books  in the 1940s Britain in Pictures series were designed to boost morale during World War II, but perhaps also record the British way of life in case the Germans completed their European campaign by successfully crossing the English Channel. The … Continue reading

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Literary Touring

via Quid Corner

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Isn’t It Romantic

England’s famed Lake District has recently been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage region, but it has long attracted literary tourists and nature lovers. The Craig Manor Hotel on beautiful Lake Windermere has produced the charming infographic below … Continue reading

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Smiley’s People

h/t Tom Gauld

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