Miscellaneous

Activists target 300 objections over Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School as October 2nd deadline looms

Developers intending to covert Edinburgh’s foremost neo-classical building into a luxury hotel “completely ignored” the advice of the watchdog body charged with overseeing the city’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is claimed. The director of Edinburgh World Heritage, Adam Wilkinson, told a public meeting held to help corral objections to the scheme that […]

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Leonardo’s Birthplace

Leonardo’s Birthplace

Leonardo da Vinci was not born at his official birthplace in the village of Anchiano, the leading da Vinci scholar Martin Kemp said yesterday. Professor Kemp, one of the top authorities on the artist, is working on a book on Da Vinci with the archive researcher Giuseppe Palanti. He told an audience at the Edinburgh International […]

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John Bellany’s Drawings

John Bellany’s Drawings

A Sign Manual of God  Duncan Thomson, former keeper of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, on disegno and Bellany. From the start of his student days in 1960 John Bellany was overwhelmingly aware of the role that drawing would play in the great range of figurative painting he would soon launch himself into. His fellow student Sandy […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – The Empire Builders

Edinburgh Fringe – The Empire Builders

In the bear pit of 2,500 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe,  this multi-award winning play from Istanbul may be making festival history,  but it’s just another production struggling for a bit of attention.   On the other hand, it has a bear of an actor at the heart of it. NOTE:  This was my review of the Empire Builders in […]

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The Feather Gods of Tahiti

The Feather Gods of Tahiti

  Shorn of its aura, the King of Tahiti’s personal family god,  Temeharo, lies in its glass case in the basement of a London gallery.   This once-powerful idol may have been venerated with human sacrifices.  Now  it seems an unprepossessing thing, a mostly featureless bundle of brown string, closely bound around a piece of wood, about a metre long. […]

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Swiss Cheese

Swiss Cheese

Collectors and collecting: the subtle joys of cheese labeling. This selection of vintage postcards below, on offer at just one of the many desks, stacks and shelves at the Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury gives a flavour of the monthly anoraks’ paradise that is the Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair.  For anyone with an instinct for ‘collectibles’ […]

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