Tag Archives: England

London: the cycle of futility

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Sgt. Pepper Turns Fifty

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to worldwide acclaim. To mark the anniversary, the city of Liverpool has commissioned leading international artists to create thirteen events influenced by each track on the seminal album. Between May … Continue reading

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Faux Indies

Apparently the bookselling behemoth Waterstones has tried to pull a fast one on the British book buying public. Without notice the retailer opened three small branches under bogus names—The Rye Bookshop in East Sussex, Southwold Books in Suffolk, and Harpenden … Continue reading

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Gateway to Europe

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Back to Middle Earth

Last year, I posted on the surprise discovery of a previously unknown annotated map of Middle Earth that J.R.R. Tolkien had created while working on the 1970 reissue edition of The Lord of the Rings (Allen & Unwin). The map … Continue reading

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London Redux

I really enjoyed this terrific split-screen video of London Day and Night by Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Franck Matel.

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Objects That Changed The World

Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary this year with a physical and online exhibition called “Lines of Thought: Discoveries That Changed the World”. The historic library has grown from a small collection of manuscripts kept in a wooden … Continue reading

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London Can Still Be Whimsical

You may have seen the colorful, whimsical work of London-based artist Sarah Tanat Jones in periodicals or ads. Her marvelous drawings and illustrations are always a treat. I loved her recent London themed set. If you like them too, prints … Continue reading

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Perpendicular Gothic

If you have ever visited the awe-inspiring King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, or if you have seen the wonderful holiday choir concerts from the 16th century English Perpendicular Gothic church, you will enjoy the short film below from a trippy … Continue reading

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Welcome to Dismaland

I have never been to the UK seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare; it’s just not the kind of place that usually attracts foreign visitors. But I’d make an exception to visit Banksy’s new Dismaland “theme park”, which opens today for … Continue reading

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