Can’t see the wood for the trees? (Musei Vaticani Pt I)

In 1969 the BBC broadcast a six part series called Civilisation which celebrated the development of western art and culture. Though originally envisaged purely as a means to demonstrate the capabilities of newly introduced colour TV, the series had a major impact for many. I was only 10 years old at the time, but still … Continue reading Can’t see the wood for the trees? (Musei Vaticani Pt I)

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Cultural osmosis

Last week when I met the reluctant Mrs Postlethwaite, I was inspired to do some research into this very English sounding name.  I already suspected it wasn't as "home grown" as it might seem, since way back in the mists of time I had a primary school teacher (Bernard Thwaites) who told me that thwait … Continue reading Cultural osmosis