I have always had a yearning to travel back in time….
Category Archives: PAST PLACES
Stone Hats and a Shoe Tree
A tree displaying shoes in Nevada gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘shoe tree’ (a device for preserving the shape of the shoe). These instruments are also made from wood – but there the similarity ends. What intrigues me about all these shoes is how they have managed to display them all, securing them into what looksContinue reading “Stone Hats and a Shoe Tree”
The Ghosts of 2010
Although I have cut down on my posts from one per day to one every 4 or 5 days in 2010 starting in August, I managed 256 posts. I hope to improve on this year and continue to build up Bookstains, which is proving popular. This year Echostains celebrated 16 artists birthdays (another area I intend toContinue reading “The Ghosts of 2010”
Ecclesiastical public bars
I first came across a church that had been turned into a public house a while ago when we went to York. I loved it! (see ‘Throwing yourself on the mercy of the parish these days’……….post) At first I felt a bit uncomfortable about the idea, – but the conversion was so tastefully done and itContinue reading “Ecclesiastical public bars”
Lancaster legends, lunatic chairs and witches
In our relentless quest to travel further and further into the world, we often forget places which are relatively nearest to us. Lancaster, for example is only an hour or so drive away from us, yet until recently we had never been there. Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire, famous for the Pendle Witch trialsContinue reading “Lancaster legends, lunatic chairs and witches”
The Big Ship Sails (from the Fourth plinth)
I wrote a bit about Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project (One and Other) a while ago here and here. The empty plinth in Trafalgar Square London UK attracted a lot of criticism at the time. People who volunteered for this were chosen randomly and each allotted an hour to perform on the plinth (one very hour). This lasted from Continue reading “The Big Ship Sails (from the Fourth plinth)”
Simulacra (plural) or simulacrum is an archaic term for a ‘likeness’ or a similarity. It can be used as ‘representation’ in an art form like a statue or painting in post modernism. Photorealism can be termed as a form of artistic simulacrum, or where the artist is copying a photo so that the painting is aContinue reading “Nature’s Copy”
A postcard from London
Just a short slide show of some of the places we went to and the sights we saw in our recent trip to London. From treasures of the V and A which would fill a whole post, to the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields where some of Jack the Ripper’s victims frequented…..