Horology: The Antikythera Gear Wheel

Horology: The Antikythera Gear Wheel

The discovery of a shipwreck by sponge divers off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera in 1900, lead to the recovery of a large collection of sculpture and bronze artefacts. When these were examined at the National Museum of Archeology in Athens, the items included a ‘fossil’ featuring, what...

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Choose your own full moon party

‘You bought your shoes in Nepal, I see’, said the stranger to yet another Aussie (me) on the ferry to Ko Phang An from Thailand’s mainland. It was a few seconds later that I realised he was referring to the army-green Kathmandu flip flops on my feet that I had...

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Welcome to the jungle

Bone tingling fear is a thankfully infrequent visitor to my cushy London life. But as our mud soaked land cruiser ploughed through the rainforest of Guyana, South America to Iwokrama International Conservation Centre, fear was chasing us. We hopped over age-old tree trunks as if they were inconvenient speed bumps...

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Rio de Janeiro – A sketch on canvas

Rio de Janeiro – A sketch on canvas

Recently I was asked to visit Rio de Janeiro to contribute to a conference on ‘identifying the characteristics of art in our increasingly digital culture’. Other speakers came from Universities in Detroit, Buenos Aires and New York. The conference conveners had seen my book “The Fundamentals of Digital Art” and...

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Awana – Restaurant Review

My Editor, Kate Hawthorne and I visited this stylish Malaysian restaurant and we had a delightful evening. The name ‘Awana’ means “in the cloud” in Malay and the decoration on one of the walls symbolising clouds is very imaginative. The restaurant has been invited to participate in « Taste of...

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Chabrot, Bistrot D’Amis – Restaurant Review

Situated at 9 Knightsbridge Green, a little lane-like cut through, Chabrot occupies one of those central, but slightly tucked away spots, which I rather like. Except in the most Chic Parisien quarter’s, Bistro’s are about the food of the people, cooked well, with its roots in the tradition of the...

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Feastival Clapham Common

Festival Season, that beautiful time of year which is as engrained in the British psyche as the national love of tea or Indian takeaways along with permeating and unavoidable discussions relating to anything and everything weather related. I find it fascinating how many adjectives, metaphors or similes exist in the...

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Yohji Yamamoto Exhibition

Yohji Yamamoto Exhibition

Yohji Yamamoto became internationally renowned as a household name and was iconic within fashion circles in the early eighties. He shaped 1980’s fashion, as we know and remember it. Currently staging an enormous revival, (if you like, or are influenced by the eighties) this exhibition at the V&A on the...

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