Tag Archives: architecture

Temple Church

Walking through a tiny path to the church modelled on the Templars church of Jerusalem I found a piece of calm behind the hub of central London. The river fleet ran along side this location. London began at a convenient width of river Thames, not so narrow boats cannot pass through and not so wide […]
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Valentine.. Feet in the force of George the 4th

Welcome to the conflicting world of George the IV.. being married to a woman you don’t love and what’s worse than that being in love with a woman you didn’t marry and besides all this.. your country doesn’t seem to like you very much! It’s not easy.. right? This Valentine’s Day see both sides of […]
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Wayland’s Smithy Burial Chamber

  During this sunny weather I visited a beautiful site, once believed to have been the home of Wayland, the Saxon god of metal working. Human remains found on the site show an earlier burial structure was here between 3590 and 3550 BC. Between 3460 and 3400 BC a second larger barrow was constructed on […]
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Time for Tea

The story of the 2002 Cowgate fire is told through the lives of 3 fragile lives shattered by the event. ‘Succinct’ – Paul Vale of ‘The Stage’ Etcetera Theatre, Camden High Street – July 30th 12.30 – £7 (£5)  Book Now Flames burn for 52 hours after a spark devastates a city. A young girl […]
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Old Amber

Through a piece of old Amber where all insect life is preserved. I wondered what those stages of life revealed. Inspired by January and the history of insects inspiration uncurled. I needed some extra light for January and turned to an antique ring for magic. “The worm’s turn.” The click Of midnight sticks The firefly’s […]
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Morning Glory

On a muggy day the history of the architecture in a University town can feel at odds with what is going on the world. The Palladian architecture in the shot below can seem detached from our fast paced disposable living. In the background is the Radcliffe Camera, a building of Oxford University designed by James Gibbs […]
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New Walls for Old

Along with a fab Warhol exhibition and some High St shops I found my favourite coffee stop near our central bus station was closing this week.  They shared a favourite shortcake recipe – You need… 125g butter 55g caster sugar 180g plain flour Making super easy shortbread – Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Beat […]
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Oxford Literary Festival turns 20

Oxford’s Literary Festival began 20 years ago and has been housed in many different locations.  Inspired by the poetry that is soon to dance upon the stage of the Festival  (April 2nd) I stand with a coffee and watch as the tents are put up in the Old Schools Quadrangle.   The workmen look to be making the most of a break in the […]
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Colour of Oxford Castle

  It was a blissful and rare sunny day after one long grey Winter as I walked past Oxford Castle and the brick work popped.     The old castle was built by the Saxons with a simple mound and tower to protect boundaries of a new settlement called “Oxenaford”  1000 years ago.  We are now a booming student city but just […]
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Saint Frideswides Love

Walking past Christ Church with the sun bouncing off the stone made me become an instant  tourist and find out more about the stories inside the building.  The architecture maybe familiar from the Harry Potter films and TV show ‘Morse’.  The college is where many medieval stories are staged and a review of ‘Murder in […]
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