How is your throat today? A little sore? Or maybe you've some wool that needs unravelling? More seriously perhaps you're at risk of imminent invasion? Who you gonna call? Perhaps a man who was martyred early in the 4th Century? St Blaise, St Blazey, San Biagio, St Blasius, San Blas; his reputation spread throughout the … Continue reading What the Blaises?
The TV Chef, and one-man Padstow Tourist Board that is Rick Stein is spending long weekends in locations renowned for the quality of their food for his latest series. Whilst I totally understood his decision to visit Bordeaux and Vienna, I was surprised that Reykjavik was on his itinerary and Berlin, though it probably says … Continue reading Senza Spaghetti
Running alongside Bologna's cathedral is a street of shops and cafes aimed at the well-heeled visitor (of whom there are plenty) but if this were all that caught your eye you would easily bypass one of the city's gems as you missed the archway into the courtyard beyond. Actually street is a word that always feels … Continue reading Gymnasium of the Mind
In my Venetian postings I commented on the plethora of saints that are recognised by the Roman Catholic church, and the symbolism that accompanies them; St Anthony of Padua being a prime example. Bologna introduced me to a new name in the list of the venerated - St Petronius. Never heard of him? No me … Continue reading Petronius of Bologna
I used to have a beautiful photograph of the Tuscan hill town San Gimignano (I think by Andrea Rontini) bathed in the golden hour light of the setting sun. Sadly in "the great divide" my ex won that particular toss of the coin and the image of a town known as the "Medieval Manhattan" because … Continue reading Twin Towers
Some years ago I came across the music of Jack Wylie, Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Nick Mulvey; a modern jazz sound which was given an exotic touch by Mulvey's choice of instrument - the hang. Together they were known as The Portico Quartet until Mulvey (and then his replacement Keir Vine) left the band. … Continue reading Portico Quartet
...was a Renaissance sculptor who worked in Italy and was heavily influenced by Michelangelo. Surprisingly, given his name and that he was responsible for the city's most famous artwork, he wasn't born in Bologna. He wasn't even Italian. Born in what was then a part of Flanders, but now sits in France he was named … Continue reading Giambologna