Monthly Archives: September 2015

Madonnas, Mawkins and Mammets

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Rara Avis

Birds seem to creep into my work try how I might. I’m reminded of the Latin tag from Juvenal – Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno. “A bird rarely seen on earth, and very like a black swan.” Juvenal chose … Continue reading

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Dancing Beak to Beak.

I think I might have already found my favourite place in Florence. It’s La Specola; the extraordinary zoology museum housed in a old and splendidly dilapidated palazzo. It is home to a spectacular collection of wax anatomical models. I am … Continue reading

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79 Perth Road

Every day I walk down the Perth Road and I pass by an old church, Ryehill, which was converted into flats in the 1980’s. But without its tower, it is not quite the dignified place of worship of its glory … Continue reading

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I’m staying on the wrong side of the Arno and I like it very much thank you! It is quiet and we seem to be almost the only tourists. We were taking a little constitutional along the riverside, noticing how … Continue reading

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Normally I would say that I’m not that interested in graffiti. Until I came to Tuscany. Right now it’s not the Renaissance architecture that’s floating my boat -it’s the deliciously vibrant (and amazingly well drawn) street art that I’ve found … Continue reading

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