Tag Archives: history

Brighton Fringe – Mary Blandy

Walking along the Strand in London to Trafalgar Square to try on a costume I become someone else. Through the darkness I sense the character of a lady of Henley who met her death hung on holy ground in 1757. Mary was not granted the right to appeal her conviction for poisoning her father. She […]
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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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Walk that walk. Crazy nothing.

My friend is like that.   She is very stubborn.  She will not back down even if we are walking around in loops.  That is why I invented this walking tour.  You plug in your phone.  However many you are and you get on with your life. You see all there is to see. You don’t […]
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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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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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Boy Who Stole The Ogre’s Treasure

The young dancer captured above prompted me to see the young dancers of my home county in the community pantomime where I learnt about the history of a pantomime story. The moral of this story, to help listeners utilise their own power, goes back 5000 years. Rooted in a group of stories classified as ‘The […]
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Beyond my Fringe

I am living in a tiny dorm room for a month. The man in front of me picking up hid key asks if there is air con. The receptionist says there’s a window you can open.   As I trail through a maze of corridors with 2 backpacks I wonder if I truly needed 3 […]
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A Blenheim Orange Apple

Apples are the most sociable fruit.  Bobbing up and down in water they are ducking apples used by kids for Halloween games. If fruit trees are inherited in a garden there’s often story to dig up from the past. New varieties pop up in old gardens all the time! One of the joys of growing your own fruit is that you get to eat […]
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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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Shakespeare’s Dead Exhibit

A major exhibition to mark the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death (May 3, 1616) opens in the Weston Library, Oxford and is proving popular with the city’s tourists and locals alike. The Shakespeare exhibition at the Weston gets to the beating heart of the author with important texts displayed chronologically.  Arguably the most important is the […]
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