Category Archives: Alan Mason

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

skull of richard the third

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

nike of samothrake

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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“ALAIN-FOURNIER” (HENRI ALBAIN-FOURNIER) – A LOST TALENT

Thanks to Alan Mason for this interesting new post. You can find all of Alan’s posts here. In related earlier essays, posted on deskarati, I spoke about two British men of promise, whose life and talent was lost to the … Continue reading

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A KEY PLAYER

Alan Mason is on fire this week. We have received another post with reference to the World war 1 celebrations. Great work Alan, keep ’em coming. – Deskarati One of the key players in the drama of the summer of 1914 … Continue reading

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GEORGE BUTTERWORTH – A LOST TALENT

Thanks to Alan for this interesting post regarding George Butterworth. If you would like to read any of Alan’s other posts please click here – Alan Mason. – Deskarati In an earlier post I paid tribute to a brilliant young physicist, … Continue reading

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HENRY MOSELEY – A LOST TALENT

With the 100th anniversary of the First World War being marked later this year, Alan Mason sends us this interesting post about the war but particularly Henry Moseley, a now somewhat forgotten physicist. – Deskarati During the nineteenth century, wars … Continue reading

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Bacteriophage

After Phil’s great comment on this post, I thought it would be a good idea to re-post Alan’s original article with the video Phil suggested. Deskarati’s good friend Alan Mason advises us about Bacteriophage. – As a well-known problem persists, whereby current … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE SIXTH DECADE 1951 – 1960

Here is the latest in Alan Mason‘s personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. THE FIFTIES This decade was a period of transition in Europe from the bleak austerity of the post-war forties, to the expanding horizons of the sixties. The re-building of Europe’s … Continue reading

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MONDEGRENES FOR 2014

A New Year post from Alan Mason The term “mondegrene” is a very useful word to describe a misheard or misunderstood song lyric or piece of spoken language. We have to thank the American writer, Sylvia Wright for inventing the … Continue reading

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