Category Archives: art

Angel(s) of the North

Overlooking Newcastle upon Tyne the is the Angel of the North An imposing piece of public art that hovers on a hill above the Tyne and Newcastle.  There were also some angels of the north at Mo Tech the Moto … Continue reading

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Glasgow and people 

A hundred and fifty years ago Glasgow was the second city of the empire A centre of heavy industry such as shipbuilding and textile manufacture A centre of design, typified by the Glasgow architecture.  But a century or so later Glasgow … Continue reading

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Back in the UK after 17 years

It’s been 17 years since I visited the UK  December 1999 A cold wet winter of long nights and freezing days.  This trip its summer and the days are long, damp and cool. Not all the different from the Australian … Continue reading

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Melbourne can be a little different

As the rest of Australia Swelters In Melbourne has a top to day of 19c As the Lunar New Year Celebrations draw to the end There was Chinese dancing at Victoria Market With traditional music and movement Then in a change … Continue reading

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Impressions of Spain 3 – Alhambra

Sitting below the Sierra Nevada and above the fertile plane of Granada is The Red Alhambra The site chosen by the Romans for a fort Bought to its glory by the Moors as Christian Europe languished in its Dark Ages Magnificent … Continue reading

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Impressions of Spain 1 – the Spanish

I saw the Dutch as having a stoic inner strength as a result of the battle the with external forces. The Spanish temperament is shaped by the battle with their own wild passion. Separatists in the Basque country and Catalonia … Continue reading

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Impressions of the Netherlands and the Dutch 

Having spent, off and on, a couple of weeks in the Netherlands and travelling a couple of thousand kilometres across Europe with a bunch of of Dutch Moto Guzzi riders has left me with some powerful impressions of this place … Continue reading

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