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  • Callanish: the sky moves sideways

    Painting Callanish

    Callanish is a remarkable neolithic monument on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It is a circle and avenues of stones which in plan form look like a huge celtic cross and was erected 5,000 years ago. Read more about it here. The stones work like a lunar (and to some extent solar) calendar and would have allowed

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  • Nick Harper: total eclipse of the son

    Nick Harper is the son of legendary singer-songwriter Roy Harper. He grew up surrounded by his Dad’s musical friends from some the Britain’s finest bands like The Who’s Keith Moon, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin. With a pedigree like this it’s hardly surprising to find that Nick is one of the most exciting and talented singer/songwriters

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  • Ideas to solve the problem of Swinford toll bridge

    This blog was originally written in May 2006 – and I am no longer campaigning actively about the Swinford toll bridge. However my ‘Scrap the Toll’ website is still live here. It is intended to inform other people what I have already tried. There are lots of solutions to the problems caused by toll collection at the Swinford toll bridge.

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  • A great tradition

    This blog was originally written in May 2006 – and I am no longer campaigning actively about the Swinford toll bridge. However my ‘Scrap the Toll’ website is still live here. It is intended to inform other people what I have already tried. “Ah, the toll bridge”, I’ve heard some people say, “what about the tradition of it, the history?

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  • Vincent and Theo after Pisarro

    Vincent comes to Warwickshire

    Weirdly for me, this exhibition takes place ...

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  • Making a collagraph

    Making a collagraph

    A collagraph is a printed image made using a ‘plate’ crafted from collage materials such as paper, cardboard, glue, sand, fabric – indeed anything that produces a texture. Collagraphs produce a quite different from a painting, slightly three-dimensional and sometimes with unpredictable results. Often I get asked: ‘what is a collagraph? How do you make one?’ This blog explains. I

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  • Tolled off!

    This blog was originally written in May 2006 – and I am no longer campaigning actively about the Swinford toll bridge. However my ‘Scrap the Toll’ website is still live here. It is intended to inform other people what I have already tried. I live in a small village in west Oxfordshire, in David Cameron’s constituency. Like many living here,

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  • Julian Cope: “How much can you take?”

    I really like Julian Cope. I first discovered him musically in 1979 when his band Teardrop Explodes hit the big time. I rediscovered him 20 years later through my interest in the Neolithic and Bronze Age – that’s stone circles and megalithic tombs and stuff – of which he has expert knowledge. In 2003, it was this interest in old

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  • Seek and ye shall find Jordan Valley dolmens

    Warning: This is quite a long weblog. However it is lavishly illustrated (a bit further down) for your viewing pleasure. All photos by Moth Clark. The River Jordan flows south out of Lake Tiberias 320kms to the Dead Sea, the lowest plac...

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  • Postcard from Auvers-sur-Oise

    I first went to Auvers sur Oise...

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  • Postcard from Nuenen

    The small town of Nuenen in the southern Netherlands is where Vincent van Gogh lived and worked from 1883-1885. On 1 January 2000 I went there to see three sites that Vincent knew and painted. Nuenen today is mostly middle class, with many residents commuting to the nearby city of Eindhoven. Boutiques and restaurants line its new shopping arcade. The

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  • Postcard from Drenthe

    Drenthe is a remote province in the far north east of the Netherlands. Vincent van Gogh went there in October 1883 in search of peace, inspirational landscapes and rural workers who he could paint to satisfy his craving to be a painter of peasants. He went to Nieuw-Amsterdam, a tiny village where he stayed for two months. He found the

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  • Hidden treasures

    In an age of celebrity, where people are famous for just being famo...

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  • Pink and perfect Petra

    Seeing is believing. The Rose Red City. The highlight of Jordan. Probably the highlight of the Middle East. Possibly the most fantastic place made by human beings in the world. I kid you not. It has all the features that make the jaw drop: vast scale, gr...

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