If ever there were a composer of landscape, it was Sibelius, whose symphonies conjure up a realm of icy winds and scurrying clouds, morning mist and rustling leaves – with the occasional magnificent burst of sunshine. Continue reading
I do not recall that in 1910 there was a smiling young woman waiting outside London’s Old Bailey to greet Dr Crippen. Today, we are confronted by a picture of a young woman handing Oscar Pistorius a bouquet of flowers – despite the fact that whatever the trial verdict, he brutally killed his girlfriend. Continue reading
The only known specimen of a 1856 British Guiana one cent magenta stamp is coming up for sale on 17 June 2014 at Sotheby’s New York. It is expected to fetch between $10 million and $20 million. Continue reading
One of the largest islands in the world, Madagascar is home to thousands of species of plant and animal life, about 80% of which cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Now, its status as an ecological Noah’s Ark is again been threatened by its arch-enemy: humankind.
The British novelist and poet D.H. Lawrence, who was always most interested in people, does not mention nuraghi in his book Sea and Sardinia (1921). He is not very complimentary about the Sardinians, but what does capture his imagination is the landscape.
This year Pacific islanders are marking the 60th anniversary of “Castle Bravo”, the second series of nuclear tests on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It produced radioactive fallout whose lethal effects are still being felt today. But who cares? Continue reading
The Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is the world’s smallest breed, and one of the rarest. Fully grown these little creatures weigh in at less than a pound. Some years ago, it was feared that the breed had vanished, but a few were found and rescued. Continue reading