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  • Vincent's harvest landscape

    Vincent’s harvest landscape

    I’ve been working on this painting Vincent’s harvest landscape since October and I’ve finally completed it: It’s based on Vincent’s own painting Harvest landscape which he painted in July 1888. His painting is such a joyous celebration of the landscape to the east of Arles and I find it deeply moving. I could dissect it for you and tell you

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  • Steve Earle sparkle and shine

    Basingstoke holds nothing but unhappy memories for me, but last night at Basingstoke’s Anvil Theatre, those ghosts were blown away by Steve Earle who we saw sing and play. From our front row seats we were treated to a spellbinding performance from this most troubled of American singer-songwriters. His turbulent life of seven marriages, a stay in prison for drugs

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  • Midwinter solstice at Abu Simbel

    This blog contains human remains which some readers may find disturbing At 5am on midwinter’s day 2007 we rose happily from our beds in Aswan, Egypt, to catch the plane for a half hour flight down to see the temples at Abu Simbel, just 20 miles from the Sudanese border. The temples were built to aggrandise pharaoh Ramses II in

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  • On the banks of the Nile

    On the banks of the Nile

    Of all the wonders of Egypt – the glittering pharaohnic treasure, the magical ancient temples, the astonishing tombs, the warmth and hospitality of its people – the river Nile reigns supreme. Without it, Egypt would be nothing but dry sand and rock. Its blue waters running north for 4,000 miles, created by rain falling in Ethiopia, are the life blood

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  • A felucca called Dolphin

    I first went to Egypt in July 2000. One of the highlights of that trip was four days’ sailing on a felucca (a small open sailboat) up the Nile from Aswan to Luxor, camping out on deck under that stars. The design of these highly-manoeuverable boats rem...

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  • Birds of Egypt

    Birding in Egypt is a particular pleasure with so many different habitats on offer, and especially because of Egypt’s position on migratory routes between Europe, the Middle East and Africa.   Commonly seen, in just about every habitat, were the busy pied crows.     The little egret, with their dayglo yellow feet, the cheerful white wagtails: and the beautiful

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  • Grey seals at Donna Nook

    It has to be something pretty spectacular to make anyone get up at 7am on a Sunday morning and drive four hours to the remote north Lincolnshire coast on dreadful roads occupied by appalling drivers - grumble... if drivers can only go 36mph in a 60mph...

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  • Detail from Vincent's starry night over the Rhon

    Starry night over the Rhone revisited

    Last month, as you know, Moth and I went to Arles in southern France for a van Gogh hunting trip. One of the great thrills for me was to find that the night time view of the Rhone that Vincent painted ...

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  • Another postcard from Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh killed himself

    I've been to Auvers-sur-Oise a number of times before ...

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  • Vincent's cafe terrace at night

    Vincent’s cafe terrace then and now

    This is what Vincent van Gogh’s cafe terrace at night looked like then and now:   It was high on my list of places to go when we were in Arles last month: On our last day in Arles we returned there again as I wanted to make a sketch: Since we returned home, I have had a composition of

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  • Postcard from Arles: La Crau and Montmajour

    I wanted to go to the old ruined abbey at Montmajour, just 3kms from Arles...

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  • Postcard from Arles: artist’s bedroom

    14 September 2007 The Yellow House, where Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles in 1888 was hit in an Allied bombing raid 1944 and subsequently pulled down: ...

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  • St Remy

    Another postcard from St Remy de Provence

    I’d made my first visit to St Remy the week before to discover places where Vincent van Gogh painted while in the asylum there in 1889. But I’d come away quite dissatisfied at not being able to see the specific views and motifs I’d hoped for, as they are still being part of the hospital and not accessible to van

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  • Postcard from Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in search of van Gogh

    6 September 2007 In the 119 years since Vincent van Gogh came to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the village has transformed from a tiny mosquito infested ba...

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  • Postcard from Arles: the Road to Tarascon

    9 September 2007  The road to Tarascon heads north out of Arles from Place Lamartine, which in 1888 was the site of Vincent van Gogh’s Yellow House. Vincent drew and painted himself on the road “on his way to work” is how he put it, on the road to Tarascon, and today I wanted to find this view and experience

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