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Antonello da Messina A portrait of a man - circa 1475 The National Portrait Gallery is just beside the National Gallery but there are a few good portraits, busts that catch my eye in this National Gallery, London. One in particular is this italian portrait...

The exploits of a small group of smugglers in Eastern Europe are far more incredible than anything a space pirate has ever done for one simple reason: It really happened. In Lithuania, March 16 is celebrated as Knygnešio diena, or the Day of the Book...

Friars There were also friars, who wandered from place to place, preaching and helping the poor: Black Friars, White Friars,, and best loved, the Grey Friars who tried, like St. Francis, to be kind and gentle. They looked after the sick and became famous...

Summer times A beech tree has been struck by lightning, killed and blasted down one side. Beetle grubs have lived happily in the dead wood for some years, eating their way through and through until the wood has softened to a powdery pulp. The green woodpecker...

St. Romuald In the midst of a wasted youth, Romuald watched his father kill a relative in a duel over property. In horror he fled to a monastery near Ravenna. After three years, some of the monks found him to be uncomfortably holy and eased him out. Romuald...

Regenlied ,nnmjjjjj Regen fallt vom Himmel. grun wird jedes Gras, Regen fallt vom Himmel, macht den Kindern Spass Regen ist ein Besen legt die Luft ganz rein, springt auf unsre Nasen und wascht jeden Stein A comment on the text from Germany I am native...

Celia' s Walk Celia led the walk today through orchards dappled lightPast Chantry School where ancient stones reveal the Silurian fault" It wasn't my fault miss ""Class dismissed "If only it were that easy, absolution of all sin, leaving still a chance...

I was listening to the radio when this song appeared. I could recognise the voice. The soothing Scottish voice. That of Annie Lennox. The music was beauty The words entranced Took me with her song. Along with the ship Along with the life Marvellous Brought...

Idaho State Flower Idaho state in USA has the flower Philadelphus lewisii “syringa” but it is always known as the mock orange. It is similiar with the hung parliament in the United Kingdom and with the need for the English Conservative party to get into...

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (aka -Guercino) was a painter that I knew from of his paintings that hang in National Gallery, London. But when I was asked about weeping angels I immediately thought of him. This painting of distraught angels is touching and...

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