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Phoenix (Hi no Tori) – Osamu Tezuka

Following on from Jim Barker’s post about the need to take comics seriously I thought I’d write about an artist who is recognised as one of the greatest comic book […]

A Field in England (2013)

The English Civil War period has always been a rich source for horror. James I whipped everyone up with his book Daemonologie in 1597 and his subsequent promotion of, and […]

White Tiger (2012)

Spoiler Alert – if you haven’t seen the film and plan on doing so, watch it first then read this. This is a very odd Russian symbolist fantasy set during […]

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt

I’ve just finished reading the collection of essays Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells. The book is designed to counter the increasing number of what it […]

The Fairy Feller’s Masterstroke – Richard Dadd

From the mid-nineteenth century onwards British painting bore little resemblance to its European counterpart. While the French Impressionists forged ahead with their bold experiments in light and composition, English painters […]

Life Before Man

On my last trip up to Yorkshire I found one of my favourite childhood books, Life Before Man, by Zdenek Burian (pictures) and Zdenek V. Spinar (text), published in 1972 […]

A medieval purse

Many years ago I bought a facsimile leather late medieval wallet and coin purse from the Louvre shop in Charles de Gaulle airport. The wallet was useless. When you closed […]

Frontiers of Space – in memory of Neil Armstrong

For me the years 1968 – 1969 were a perfect storm for three reasons. Firstly I saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey at the age of seven. Not only […]

King John’s House

I live in Romsey which is a little market town on the eastern edge of the New Forest in the UK. It’s an ancient place. William II’s body was carried […]

The Protein Man

UPDATE: A pdf of Eight Passion Proteins With Care┬ácan now be downloaded from the blog by clicking on the link below: Eight Passion Proteins With Care In 1987 I went […]


Agora (2009) tells the story of the brilliant philosopher and mathematician Hypatia, who lived in Alexandria at the beginning of the 5th century. Renowned for her learning, she taught astronomy […]