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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (H)

This essay is the eighth in a series of twelve, describing some of the places associated with Jane Austen, although it is not a comprehensive gazetteer. H. WINCHESTER DAYS (i) Medicine in the Early Nineteenth Century Jane Austen’s health was … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (G)

This essay is number seven in a series of twelve, about places associated with Jane Austen, although it does not claim to be a comprehensive gazetteer. G. RETURN TO HAMPSHIRE Jane Austen was born in rural Hampshire, in the village … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (F)

This is essay is number six, in a series of twelve, about places associated with Jane Austen, although it does not claim to be a definitive gazeteer. F. THE WARWICKSHIRE AVON AND THE COTSWOLDS Given that Jane Austen (1775 – … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (E)

This is the fifth, in a series of twelve essays about some of the places in England associated with the life of Jane Austen. It is about a collection of places visited personally, with Jane Austen clearly in mind, but … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS “THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE” BY J M W TURNER 1838 IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON

This painting has been immensely popular with the ignorant, unlettered and uncultured members of the British public, as well as the rest, ever since it was first displayed in 1839. The artist, Turner would have altogether have approved of this. … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (D)

Here is the fourth, in a series of essays about places in England associated with the life of Jane Austen. It is about a collection of places visited personally, with Jane Austen clearly in mind, but not a comprehensive gazeteer. … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (C)

This is the third, in a series of twelve essays about places associated with Jane Austen. It is not a gazeteer, but a collection of places visited personally, with Jane Austen clearly in mind. C. CITY ELEGANCE (i) History of … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (B)

The introduction to this series of twelve essays, in Part A, explained that this is a personal record of a number of places associated with the life of Jane Austen, but it is in no way a gazeteer. The opening … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (A)

This year is the 200 anniversary of the death of the novelist, Jane Austen, (1775- 1817) and there will be many celebratory offerings on radio, television, and the printed media. I offer this appreciation for the readers of Deskarati, being … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS “A BAR AT THE FOLIES BERGERE” BY EDOUARD MANET, 1881, COURTAULD GALLERY, LONDON

Thanks to Alan Mason for this new post. Be sure to check out Alan’s other posts here.This is one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth century French Impressionist movement, and I regard it as an old friend. In … Continue reading

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A TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY

Deskarati is always alert to anniversaries, and I want to share some thoughts on an event that I wish had never happened. On the 21 Oct 1966, during a period of wet weather, a colliery waste heap of black mud … Continue reading

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SPANISH TRAGEDY – AN HOMAGE TO DAVID

Thanks to Alan Mason for this interesting post. I had a July birthday recently, near the 80 anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 39) and as the occasion seems to have gone unmarked by the … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS I CAVALLI DI SAN MARCO (THE HORSES OF ST MARK’S)

Thanks to Alan Mason for this new post There are four unusual aspects of this featured artwork. To begin with, it is composed of four separate parts, which together form an integrated whole. Secondly, although the horses regularly appear in … Continue reading

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“Farewell to Stromness”

We have a special treat this week, a new post from our friend Alan Mason – Deskarati Last week, on 14 March 2016, the death was announced of the composer and musician, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, (born 1934) so the … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE NINTH DECADE 1981 – 1990

A big thank you to Alan Mason for the latest ‘decade ‘ in his twentieth century writing collection. THE EIGHTIES For the people of Britain, the optimism which marked the sixties, declined during the seventies, culminating in “the winter of discontent” … Continue reading

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THE IDEA OF pH VALUE

Today Alan Mason helps us understand pH. Ideas of acidity, alkalinity and neutrality have been known about for centuries, hence the common language terms, but it was only in the early twentieth century that the concept was fully understood scientifically, … Continue reading

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EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL COMMUNICATION – IS THERE OTHER LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE?

A new post from Alan Mason on extra-terrestrial communication. This topic has been a source of speculation for many years, but just recently the electronic voice of Stephen Hawking has been added to the clamour to find, and communicate with … Continue reading

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A RANGE OF WORDS FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Have you ever wondered who all the different leaders in the church are and what it is that they do. Well we put Alan Mason on the case. Here is his enlightening report. – Deskarati This article is written in response … Continue reading

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WATERLOO – THE UN-NECESSARY BATTLE IN A COMPLETELY UN-NECESSARY CAMPAIGN

A big thank you to Alan Mason for his thoughts on the battle of Waterloo. This week, on 18 June, we are remembering the two-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (painting above) when the Allies, (British, Dutch, and Germans), … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE EIGHTH DECADE 1971 – 1980

Thanks to Alan Mason for this, the latest in his collection of favourite works of twentieth century writing. THE SEVENTIES The optimism of the sixties gradually ran down in Britain, during the economic decline of the seventies, and in the artistic … Continue reading

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