Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue colour. For over 6,000 years it has been mined in Afghanistan, from where the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians obtained it. There are also deposits near Lake Baikal in Siberia and, in a lighter blue form, around Ovalle in Chile. Continue reading Singin’ the blues
It’s an age old question. If it were possible to go back in time, where, and why, would you choose to go? Continue reading Travelling in Time (Part I)
It is a delight to discover a well crafted book from Down Under, which seems to contradict the assertion that Australia is not yet in full possession of its own culture. The facts suggest otherwise.
T. S. Eliot’s poem The Journey of the Magi, published in 1930, recalls Epiphany and people’s profound sense of alienation and powerlessness in an uncaring world. Here is a version for today.
I am resolved to learn more about E. E. Cummings and his wonderful poetry. And I urge you to do the same! Continue reading New Year’s Resolution
A primeval fear of snow and a fascination with the transitory beauty of snowflakes imbue winter with both misgiving and awe. Yet, who hasn’t caught snowflakes on their tongue or made an angel in the snow? Continue reading Catching snowflakes on your tongue
It is 45 years since David Lean’s film of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago captivated – and perhaps transformed – the lives of countless adolescents. Who cannot recall the snowy landscapes and romantic imagery? Who cannot hum “Lara’s Theme”? Continue reading Doctor Zhivago lives on!