Category Archives: Alan Mason

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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RICHARD III – TRUTH AND LIES

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With the re-internment of Richard III, Alan Mason reminds us what it’s all about. (1) Skull of Richard III – Image credit : University of Leicester An Ear-splitting Silence The first modern mystery over the remains (1) of the former … Continue reading

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PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE (20. 3. 2015)

 Thanks to Alan Mason for this post on Solar Eclipse The partial eclipse over Britain on Friday 20 March, at the nice convenient time of 9.30 am, seems likely to be shrouded by clouds in our barely predictable oceanic climate. … Continue reading

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D’ARCY WENTWORTH THOMPSON (1860 – 1948) A POPULARISER OF SCIENCE

Thanks to Alan Mason for this excellent piece on D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson. D’ARCY’S ACHIEVEMENT D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson is most famous for his book, “On Growth and Form”, published in 1917, when he was fifty-seven. He was a populariser of science … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Autumn Effects at Argenteuil – Claude Monet

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A great new post by Alan Mason for our Featured Artwork category. Claude Monet, (1840 – 1926) lived a long life, and was such a productive artist, that it is quite difficult to choose one single painting to represent his … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Unknown Designer and Embroiderers – The Bayeux Tapestry

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Thanks to Alan Mason for sending us this article for our featured artworks collection. Click here for a full picture of the Bayeux Tapestry. This artwork is probably the largest one that “deskarati” is ever likely to feature. It is 230 … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Andrea Del Verrocchio, Completed by Alessandro Leopardi – Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni

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Thanks to Alan Mason for sending us this article for our featured artworks collection. There are many equestrian statues, from the time of Classical Greece and Rome onwards, but this one is in a class of its own; it stands … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE SEVENTH DECADE 1961 – 1970

Andy and Roy

Here is Alan Mason‘s latest post on his favourite books of the twentieth century. If you would like to read the rest of Alan’s posts on twentieth century writing click here. THE SIXTIES There was an “accelerando” (faster) feel to … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Pythokritos – Nike of Samothrake

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Thanks to Alan Mason for contributing to our ‘Featured Artworks’ category with this very enlightening post. Sculpture has been rather neglected in the deskarati collection of great artistic works, so the Nike of Samothrake (1) is presented to you. It … Continue reading

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ENRIQUE GRANADOS – A LOST TALENT

In Deskarati’s series of posts about 1914 we have had many interesting details about lost scientists. This time Alan Mason tells us the story of a musician Enrique Granados Campiña. My three earlier essays on talents cut short by the … Continue reading

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