Levels of Recognition

Perhaps the young amphibian martial artists of New York's sewers are to blame, but when it comes to the artists of the Italian Renaissance and beyond, some getter a better deal than others in the public eye.  Perhaps Caravaggio was just a syllable too many to be a catchy name for a super hero, but … Continue reading Levels of Recognition

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Le Pareti di San Lorenzo

Trans: The Walls of Saint Lawrence If, as a significant proportion of we tourists do, you head from the fountain, opera house and economic muscle of Piazza Ferrari down towards the old port, there's a reasonable chance that you'll pass the Cathedral of San Lorenzo along the way as Via San Lorenzo is the widest … Continue reading Le Pareti di San Lorenzo

Giambologna

...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

Saltings & Maltings

I promised in my last East Anglia posting that the Orfordness Light was my next objective, and indeed the next day it was, but first I needed to find my accommodation for the night, necessitating a journey up the coast a little. Along the way I stopped off at a spot that clearly has some … Continue reading Saltings & Maltings

Revelation

I talk a lot about feedback in my job, and how we frequently dismiss the feedback we receive as we experience denial and then emotions such as anger or embarrassment.  Then all the words pour out as we make excuses.  We don't want to accept our imperfections or listen to others describe our strengths.  Far … Continue reading Revelation

Flying North

I'm staring right into the light And I'm drawn in like a moth And I'm flying North again... Thomas Dolby - Flying North To be fair, I wasn't flying.  I'd driven to the first of my three stops this morning, but the moment I stepped from the car into wind ripping along the North Sea … Continue reading Flying North

Beyond First Impressions

On our drive home my daughter Meg was expressing her passion for conservation, and at snow point questioned the value of space exploration when we have so much work to do to preserve our own planet. On the face of it, a reasonable question, but the issue is more complex. For me, exploration of any … Continue reading Beyond First Impressions