England’s Vanishing Arts

England’s Vanishing Arts

Last Friday the i featured England’s last cooper, Les Skinner, 72  who is about to retire and sell his business in Liverpool. The trade was once at the heart of Britain’s trade, as they produced barrels for food and drink, whale oil so was a huge industry, and one of the last of the guilds … Continue reading

Beyond Tattoos

Beyond Tattoos

Here’s an article from the i back in February, an interview with tattoo artist Grace Neutral who is covered in tattoos, and has moved on to the next body alterations. There is a lot of interesting stuff here, but also much that I find worrying. For a start, tattoos are permanent. Yes, you can get them … Continue reading

Ghosts of Wigan Pier

Ghosts of Wigan Pier

This is from the i paper by Dean Kirby. I was surprised to see the image of Orwell’s son. The 1930s seem so much further away than living history. Orwell is also important today with the rise in alternative readings of Britain’s colonial past.  When George Orwell was writing The Road to Wigan Pier – … Continue reading

Beyond Love

I’ve become a huge fan of Ira Glass’s ‘This American Life’ podcast, especially since it provides a welcome antidote to all the bad news coming out of the states recently. Last week i stumbled upon one of the strangest stories ever, in the episode ‘Grand Gestures’ which challenges so many aspects of what we are … Continue reading

THE TOUGHEST JOB YOU’LL EVER LOVE

This is Peace Corps week and time to remember and honor the two years and three months I served as a Volunteer in Slovakia. It was 1994, and I was sixty-seven years old, part of a group of much you… Source: THE TOUGHEST JOB YOU’LL EVER LOVE

No one knows who made these 500-year-old carvings

No one knows who made these 500-year-old carvings

Originally posted on La Vie Mini:
Gothic Boxwood Miniatures They’re a marvel of artistry, design, and technology, yet the artists’ identities remain a mystery. We know that sometime in the late 15th or early 16th century, Dutch wood carvers began to sculpt detailed biblical scenes from Boxwood trees. Carved rotary beads from the 16th century ? A carved miniature…

A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s ‘East Coker’

A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s ‘East Coker’

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:
A summary of Eliot’s classic poem ‘East Coker’ is the second poem in T. S. Eliot’s four-part sequence, Four Quartets. Eliot wrote ‘East Coker’ during the Second World War, and the poem was published in 1940. It became an immediate bestseller, selling 12,000 copies shortly after publication. (Characteristically, Eliot’s response…