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Today is World Poetry Day. It has been celebrated since 1999, when UNESCO established it, in part to reaffirm “our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings”. You can see the full explanation, of wich I have quoted only a small part here, at the above link.

Because I’ve been watching a lot of fairytale-themed films and television series recently, including Grimm, Once Upon a Time, and (tonight) the film Enchanted, I decided to post here, without any analysis thereof, three poems on similar themes. I have not added any pictures to this blog post either, that you may create your own pictures from the words you read. Continue Reading »

Cherbourg's Old Irish studies, 17 March 2015 (my photo).

Cherbourg’s Old Irish studies, 17 March 2015 (my photo).

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One of my first discoveries, artistically speaking, in the Sotheby’s Institute of Art Library, was a photography book featuring some of Anna Atkins‘ beautiful cyanotypes. So I was delighted to see that Google today chose to commemorate her 216th birthday in their Google Doodle. Continue Reading »

"The Keys of the Watchmen" by Kathleen C. Perrin. (Image via France Booktours)

“The Keys of the Watchmen” by Kathleen C. Perrin. (Image via France Booktours)

I just wanted to confirm that my review of Kathleen C. Perrin’s The Keys of the Watchmen is now indefinitely postponed owing to my broken shoulder. You can follow the rest of the book tour here.

"Sir Terry Pratchett 1948 - 2015. The End." by Pate-keetongu. Image via the Lego Discworld Flickr group.

“Sir Terry Pratchett 1948 – 2015. The End.” by Pate-keetongu. Image via the Lego Discworld Flickr group.

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"The Keys of the Watchmen" by Kathleen C. Perrin. (Image via France Booktours)

“The Keys of the Watchmen” by Kathleen C. Perrin. (Image via France Booktours)

Last week, I mentioned that I would be posting a review of “The Keys of the Watchmen” by Kathleen C. Perrin on 9 March, i.e. tomorrow. Unfortunately, I managed to break my shoulder very badly on Friday, and am not capable of typing much, not without lots of pain. You can find the revised book tour schedule here. I’m hoping to be able to participate towards the end of the tour, but that depends on the orthopaedic consultant’s opinion in a couple of days.

I promised in yesterday’s post to take some photos of the snowdrops and crocuses in my garden. They are not quite the photos that I had in mind, but I did promise. Continue Reading »

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