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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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THE KENNEDY MYTH

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The Kennedy Myth – A personal view by Alan Mason. Now that “eulogy time” is here again, with the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President J F Kennedy, we might note that he stands head and shoulders above all … Continue reading

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THE GREAT STORM OF 1987

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Thanks to Alan Mason for this interesting article. We have had several days of media hype about a severe impending storm, here in the UK, which has turned out to be rather less serious than expected.  It reminded me of … Continue reading

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Flodden – A Scottish “Greek Tragedy”

As it is the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden today we thought it would a good day to re-post  ‘Flodden – A Scottish “Greek Tragedy”‘ an illustrated essay by Deskarati historian – Alan Mason – 1. The Final Mêlée … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FIFTH DECADE 1941 – 1950

THE FORTIES Alan Mason continues his personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. This decade is inenvitably dominated by the Second World War, but in this essay on some of the books of the period I have only included one which deals with … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FOURTH DECADE 1931 – 1940

Alan Mason continues his personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. THE THIRTIES Like most decades, the literature of the thirties contains elements of harking back to a golden past, (The Midnight Folk, The Box of Delights, The Last Grain Race), breaking with … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE THIRD DECADE 1921 – 1930

Alan Mason continues his personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. THE TWENTIES Following the miseries of the First World War, this is often seen as an era of hedonism, but it was also a time of new inventions and new social attitudes. … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE SECOND DECADE 1911 – 1920

The second decade is inevitably dominated by the First World War, but I have chosen four books, whose setting occurs before it all began. The first two are from a pristine North America, the third is a lost rural idyll … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FIRST DECADE 1901 – 1910

Today we publish the first in a series of posts by our good friend Alan Mason. For more of Alan’s work please click here – Alan Mason – Deskarati. As a small child I learned to read quite quickly, and began … Continue reading

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“THE BOX OF DELIGHTS” BY JOHN MASEFIELD

An appreciation for Tom – By Alan Mason Recently, I was asked a deceptively simple question by my friend Tom. “Was there a favourite book I had re-read several times?” I answered truthfully that there was. It was a children’s … Continue reading

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THE ITALIAN CHAPEL

LAMB HOLM ISLAND, ORKNEY ISLES, NORTHERN SCOTLAND By Alan Mason As DESKARATI is fond of celebrating unusual anniversaries (see “Folly Bridge to Godstow“), I present this tribute to a splendid little building which celebrates, this year, the 70th anniversary of … Continue reading

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FROM FOLLY BRIDGE TO GODSTOW 1862

This coming Wednesday, 4 July 2012, marks the 150 th anniversary of a real-life event which led to a major happening in the literature of the nineteenth century. Two young Anglican clergymen, dons at the University, hired a boat at … Continue reading

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THE LATITUDE MYSTERY IN PRE-HISTORIC ASTRONOMY

These are continuing tales of our pre-historic ancestors and their work in observational astronomy. You will remember Eos, the brilliant teenage boy, who had left his home village to study astronomy with a group of experts known as “The Elders”. … Continue reading

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