St Paul’s Knightsbridge โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ

  Not only an interesting early Victorian church in the posh neighbourhood of Knightsbridge, St Paul’s is also a regular venue for concert and recordings by BBC Radio 3 and other musical groups. The church is the perfect recording venue for the BBC Singers, who perform there regularly, especially for their sacred music programmes. The church was founded in 1843, under the auspices of the … Continue reading St Paul’s Knightsbridge โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ

Whether we write or speak or do but look ๐Ÿ“ƒ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

from ยซ35 Sonnetsยป. in Poemas Ingleses. by Fernando Pessoa – translated into Italian by Enzo Martinelli ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง I – Whether we write or speak or do but look Whether we write or speak or do but look We are ever unapparent. What we are Cannot be transfused into word or book. Our soul from us is infinitely far. However much we give our thoughts the … Continue reading Whether we write or speak or do but look ๐Ÿ“ƒ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Lemon Grove in Bordighera, by Monet ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ–Œ

The Lemon Grove in Bordighera, oil painting by Claude Monet, 1884 , exhibited at the Glyptoteket in Copenhagen – Depicting a colourful Mediterranean scene, painted while the artist was spending some time in the South of France and in Italy in 1884, this garden landscape seems to be less impressionistic than his previous works and the result of some careful brushstroke work to portray an … Continue reading Lemon Grove in Bordighera, by Monet ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ–Œ

Devastating Fire Ravages Notre-Dame in Paris

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47941794 Yesterday evening I started getting news alerts about a damaging fire in Paris on the roof of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. It was indeed a terrible evening as this cathedral is deeply embedded in everybodyโ€™s psyche, whether or not one is a believer. I have very emotional memories about being in this church since I was 18 and it was very distressing to see … Continue reading Devastating Fire Ravages Notre-Dame in Paris

Cheese & Mushroom Omelette ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฅ˜

This is a simple and old recipe for a quick omelette and a filling breakfast or brunch. I actually like preparing it just in one pan, keeping all the flavours together, and for less washing up after breakfast. Omelettes have been featured in French cuisine since the Middle Ages and still are a base for healthy and delicious meals to these days. Ingredients for 2 … Continue reading Cheese & Mushroom Omelette ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฅ˜

Haworthia marumiana ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒฑ

Some time ago I bought four little succulents and cacti and made a composition for my windowsill. By now these little plants have grown a lot, despite my neglect. It actually seems they thrive despite my lack of attention and very irregular watering. One in particular, the Haworthia marumiana, is extending its territory well beyond the place where it was originally planted and is now … Continue reading Haworthia marumiana ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒฑ

Yangon after the rain ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Main Square in Yangon after a midday rain, Myanmar. I went to visit a partner organisation in Yangon, with offices in a tower block overlooking Maha Bandula Garden and the Independence Monument, with this beautiful view of the city. Towards the back it is noticeable the gold-painted roof of the Sula Pagoda and the tall buildings of the commercial centre of Yangon. The colourful … Continue reading Yangon after the rain ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ™

St James’s Piccadilly โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน

Built on a design by Christopher Wren and consacrated in 1684, St James’s Piccadilly is an Anglican church in central London that features a vibrant community programme, including also a regular high quality series of concerts. These are normally free at lunchtime and require a ticket in the evenings. Always very enjoyable with performances by young artists and talented artists.   The church is very … Continue reading St James’s Piccadilly โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน

El viaje de Marcos ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธEl viaje de Marcos de ร“scar Hernรกndez Campano –ย Un viaje en el tiempo, una historia romรกntica, quizรกs de otros tiempos, en este caso del รบltimo perรญodo de la dictadura franquista en Espaรฑa, en un pueblo de La Mancha. Los dos hermanos gemelos, Marcos y Gus, viven de manera diferente en su verano de 1970 en Molinosviejos, que marcarรก sus vidas para siempre. Un viaje a … Continue reading El viaje de Marcos ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ