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This website is under construction. I’ve made a start on posting content but it will probably take a couple of weeks to get things sorted out properly. This is intended as a fun website, rather than a commercial venture, so don’t take anything you read here too seriously.

Grape Harvest

It’s the season for picking grapes. Mist in the morning softens the cold And sunshine warms their skins As the shadows lengthen. Now Is a time for creation or undoing. Bulging bags of dark mystery Have swollen from spring-tight berries Once prickly with sour goodness. Ripe now with sugar, but teetering Between perfection and wind-burn, Between the mellow fruitfulness of Keats And Eliot’s dull head among windy spaces. Heavy on the branches They feel the promise of their...

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Babel

This section of the website is dedicated to languages. We will look at various languages, grammars and phonetic systems.

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Making Modernism

Second time that I've seen this exhibition at the Royal Academy. It has paintings by Kathe Kollwitz, Gabriele Munter, Marianne Werefkind, Paula Modersohn- Becker and a few others. Mixed feelings about the curation but sone great works.

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Cezanne at Tate Modern

Extensive exhibition of Cezanne's works at Tate Modern in London, including landscapes, still life and self-portraits, and his figure paintings including his many paintings of men and women swimming

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Understanding palaeolithic marks

Recent research suggests that the mysterious geometric patterns found in some palaeolithic cave sites may actually be a calendar. In the past, people have variously interpreted them as number systems, a language script or simply graffitti.

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Words

This section is about words, words, words. We explore interesting snippets about the etymology, sound and meanings of words.

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Scripts

Here we look at different writing systems, including scripts that haven't yet been deciphered.

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meta4

This section of the website looks at metaphor and simile. Metaphor is at the heart of language, and embeds shared values among communities.

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Linguano

This section of the website is dedicated to the misuse of language. This covers official language that is used to oppress people, bureaucratic language that is used to bore people and pretentious language that aims to impress,

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Babel

This section of the website is dedicated to languages. We will look at various languages, grammars and phonetic systems.

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