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The Little World of Giovanni Guareschi

As a young child growing up, I was fascinated by a book on my parent’s bookshelf – The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi – with its funny little cartoon pictures of an angelic looking character being tormented … Continue reading

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First they came for…

Everybody recalls that quote, but do you know who said it? I did until, for some inexplicable reason, I attributed it to someone else in a recent discussion with friends. The man I credited it to was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a … Continue reading

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Relationships – Complement or Complete?

We’ve all grown up on the Hollywood schmaltz that is designed to indoctrinate us as to the whys and wherefores of a relationship. One good example is that famous scene from Jerry Maguire when our dashing leading man – played … Continue reading

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Hokusai: Old Man Crazy To Paint

Katsuhika Hokusai’s ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’ – also known as ‘The Great Wave’ – is one of the most famous works of art in the world and one of the most iconic in Japanese art. Despite the obvious presence … Continue reading

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Guernica

A trip to Madrid demands a visit to the Museo del Prado, the main Spanish national art museum. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based … Continue reading

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The Transport Conundrum of A to B

It was with some irony that I read of the proposal to raise the Motorway roadworks speed limit – apparently trials carried out by Highways England found drivers’ heart rates were lower when they drove at 55mph (88km/h) and 60mph … Continue reading

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In Quest of Beauty: Alphonse Mucha

If someone was to say Art Nouveau then the Middle East would probably be far from your mind, so you can imagine my surprise – and pleasure – when visiting Dubai Mall recently to see an Alphonse Mucha mural being … Continue reading

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