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  • Eynsham tea towel

    The Eynsham tea towel

    A 100% cotton souvenir tea towel of Eynsham, a beautiful village in west Oxfordshire, designed in Eynsham and made in Britain.

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  • The death of Jane Digby – 11 August 1881

    Here’s a bodice-ripping love story of sex and adventure: the story of Jane Elizabeth Digby, Lady Ellenborough. She died on this day 1881. I celebrate her as a woman who did her own thing, when doing one’s own thing was very much not what women did. During the course of her lifetime, today’s average British woman will have sexual contact

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  • Frida Kahlo

    The death of Frida Kahlo – 13 July 1954

    “They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

    Artist Frida Kahlo was born in 1907, the daughter of Hungarian Jewish father and indigenous Mexican mother….

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  • shipping forecast

    Scilly Automatic

    Where is Scilly Automatic? In June we had a lovely holiday in the Isles of Scilly. You can read about the trip in ‘The Isles of Scilly‘ blog, but while we were there enjoying the peace and the nature, Jane had a special project on the go. Having painted her map of the Shipping Forecast ‘Attention all shipping’ last year,

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  • Photo of Jane being interviewed by Nick Millea

    Speaking at the Charlbury Beer Festival

    Jane astonishes herself by speaking in public! Last weekend Jane appeared as a guest speaker at the wonderful Charlbury Beer Festival in their Culture Club tent, as part of ‘a programme of mind-expanding talks’. Her subject was ‘Maps, Shakespeare and me’ to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and the completion of her maps and paintings of Shakespeare.

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  • Jane's watercolour sketch of rocks at Porth Hellick

    The Isles of Scilly

    In June we took the 20 minute flight from Land’s End to the Isles of Scilly. Ever since visiting as a 13-year old, Jane has seen the islands as a little slice of paradise, just 28 miles from mainland Britain.

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  • Heavens Above - a map of the stars

    Constellations of the Northern sky

    Read about Jane’s painting ‘Heavens Above’ a map painted in watercolour of the constellations of the Northern sky.

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  • A Shakespeare triptych

    The Shakespeare triptych

    Three paintings in praise of Shakespeare: 1 a map of Europe with the plays shown in their approximate location, 2. the British plays, and 3 the Italian plays.

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  • Vincent van Gogh mutilates his ear – 23 December 1888

    On this day in 1888 in Arles in southern France, Vincent van Gogh performed the most infamous act of self-mutilation in art history. He cut off part of his left ear lobe. From that point on, the world pointed, laughed and called him mad. The ear-slashing episode followed his most frantic period of creative activity. For during 1888 he made

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  • The death of Mary Leakey – 9 December 1996

    No matter who we are and what we think, the beautiful truth is that we are all children of Africa. It was in no small part the painstaking work of Mary Leakey that revealed this. For more than 50 years under hot African skies, archaeologist Mary grubbed around in the earth searching doggedly for clues that would reveal the truth

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  • Shakespeare map painting

    All the plays of Shakespeare

    A painting of all the plays of Shakespeare as a map with the plays shown in their approximate location.

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  • Alfred Russel Wallace

    The death of Alfred Russel Wallace – 7 November 1913

    How and why do species change? Why do some occur in some places, but not in others? Why do they die out? These big questions didn’t scare intrepid British explorer, biologist and geographer Alfred Russel Wallace, who died on this aged 90. He wanted answers. Wallace’s achievements have since been obscured by those of Charles Darwin. But be in no

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  • Jane Elizabeth Hodgson

    The death of Dr Jane Elizabeth Hodgson – 23 October 2006

    There are many reasons why a pregnancy may be unwanted. A woman may have no access to contraception or already have too many mouths to feed. It may endanger her health, even her life. She may have been raped. The foetus may not be viable. No matter what the circumstances, the decision to terminate a pregnancy is one of the

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  • Amelia Earhart disappears – 2 July 1937

    “…first lady of the skies,  she had no guy holding her down, no one could clip her wings, she was no bird in the hand, she is no living thing now…” from the poem ‘Amelia Earhart’ by Patti Smith When 10-year-old Amelia Earhart saw an aircraft for the first time at the 1907 the Iowa State Fair, she wasn’t impressed.

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  • guernica

    Guernica – 26 April 1937

    On 26 April 1937, it was market day in Guernica, a small town in northern Spain considered to be the spiritual capital of Basque culture. In late afternoon, without warning or provocation, Luftwaffe aircraft swooped down over Guernica. Wave after wave bombarded the town with huge bombs and more than 3,000 incendiaries.

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  • iCan - a hand painted water can

    iCan – a self-portrait as a folk artist

    My iCan is a self-portrait in the folk art style; a picture of me in the form of all the things I cherish. It’s a decorated narrowboat watercan in the traditional canal art style, made of galvanised steel and brass, supplied by Black Country Metalworks. I could’ve chosen many objects to be the substrate of my self-portrait, a teapot, milk

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