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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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  • Postcard from Arles: an evening in Arles with van Gogh

    Vincent’s Cafe Terrace at Night today I wanted to eat at La Cafe La Nuit, on the Place du Forum in Arles which Vincent van Gogh immortalised in his fabulous painting ‘Cafe Terrace at Night’ in 1888: So we drove into Arles which was alive with excitement as it was the first of a three-day public bull-torturing and bull-killing spree,

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  • Postcard from St Remy de Provence

    4 September 2007 In May 1889, Vincent van Gogh checked in at the St Paul de Mausole hospital in St Remy de Provence, 15 miles from Arles to be treated for his mental illness. He stayed there for more than a year and completed many fine paintings and drawings during his frequent periods of lucidity. In fact painting and drawing

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  • Postcard from Arles: a walk in Vincent van Gogh’s footsteps

    2 September 2007 Vincent van Gogh arrived in Arles in the south of France in February 1888 to seek light, warmth and colour for his paintings for many other romantic reasons, inspired by books he’d read and a quest to find scenes which reminded him of the Japanese prints he collected. He found a delightful ancient town and countryside which

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  • Steely Dan, at last!

    I don't remember exactly when I first heard a Steely Dan record, but I guess it might have been 'Reelin' In The Years' in the early 70s. I was just a child at the time, so did...

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  • Rebecca-van-der-Putt

    All that remains

    This weekend was spent scattering the ashes of my best buddy Rebecca who died, aged 38, in January 2007. She asked that her ashes be scattered “at as many ancient monuments as possible”. We were concerned that while carrying out her dying wish, fragile neolithic archaeology should not be disturbed nor did we want to cause offence or be accused

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  • The greatest game show on earth

    It’s nearly four months now since trip to south west Africa, and every day I remember a few of the mind-blowing things we had the privilege of seeing and doing. There is one thing I think of just about every day though – camping next to the Okaukuejo waterhole in Etosha national park, Namibia on Valentine’s Day. The waterhole is

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