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Aug.28.2009
We were just about to hop on the metro to head off to Notre Dame when all of a sudden my shoe exploded. Well, perhaps it didn't explode exactly, but it most certainly self-destructed. I have never seen a shoe fall apart in such a dramatic fashion... and it certainly isn't something I'd have...
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Aug.27.2009
Although we've been coming to Lille for a decade, we've never actually been during the summer, usually choosing to visit in December when the Christmas market is here, along with the Ferris wheel, decorations, and the festive music ringing out across the Grande Place. Whatever the season, Lille is...
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Aug.25.2009
I spent most of today at the Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire in Brussels, looking at more than five hundred Japanese woodblock prints by Kitagawa Utamaro. The museum houses approximately 6,550 Ukiyo-e prints and an additional one thousand book illustrations by various artists, including some...
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Aug.22.2009
Previously published in the 'Splendiferously Important Homes of Her Majesty's British Isles' edition of Her Ladyshipness Magazine. 'How to dress your bookshelves so they achieve maximum impact when viewed from the street' It is not good enough that those fortunate enough to be given an audience...
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Aug.21.2009
At the tender age of nine, I arrived at morning assembly at school to find that a priest had taken over the stage. I'll call him Father Burk. Anyway, I decided on that day that I wanted to be a priest. Not because I was religious... I simply liked his frock. A gangly man with an unruly moustache...
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Jul.25.2009
I was forty last week and, quite surprisingly, nothing fell off, exploded, or drooped without warning... despite warnings that all of those things could happen, and the insistence from certain parties that reaching this great landmark would be enough to strike fear into the heart of the most well-...
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Jul.13.2009
With summer here and the days warming up to the extent that I want to rush out and jump in a lake to cool down, my thoughts have turned to 18th century boating parties on the Sumida River in Edo (now Tokyo). A multitude of prints were produced depicting men, women and children enjoying sunny summer...
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Jul.11.2009
Previously published in the 'Splendiferously Important Homes of Her Majesty's British Isles' edition of 'Her Ladyshipness Magazine'. It is of the utmost importance that a lady decorate her home in a manner befitting her station in life. That is why, regardless of whether or not you dwell within a...
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Jun.29.2009
Floss Littleworth hit the news again this weekend as she announced that the secret diaries of Benjamin Arnold Guppy will be going under the hammer at Bonhams at the end of July, much to the annoyance of his widow whose attempts to block the sale have proven futile. Hoping to inspire interest, Miss...
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Jun.26.2009
One of the things I love about buying old books is the possibility that someone might have left a little something extra inside them for you... a bus ticket, a newspaper cutting, or some other little gem. I bought a second set of the original Henri Vever collection sale catalogues that were...
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Jun.25.2009
I buy books... always have. I buy them because I love them, but also because they're necessary for my research. Basically, I can't do my job without buying them. So, it's no great surprise that my buying hasn't reduced; in some respects it's actually increased. Despite the current state of the...
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Jun.20.2009
I returned home from a book signing for 'The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy' at Borders in Bristol about three hours ago, after a very productive five hours of exposing the good people of the city to all things Guppy. The store has a really laid back and friendly atmosphere and the staff...
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Jun.13.2009
I had my doubts about Facebook fan pages for quite a while. I started one ages ago for my favourite artist, Utamaro, and then realised that I couldn't do anything with it and closed it down... started a group instead, called Ukiyo-e Images of the Floating World, but I've not bothered much with that...
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Jun.11.2009
Having to restrain myself from screaming and jumping up and down like a mad teenager on speed, it is with enormously huge amounts of pleasure that I declare 'I have tickets to see Ryuichi Sakamotoplay piano in Birmingham in November!' Ok, I'm screaming a little bit here, but as he's not been back...
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Jun.09.2009
Meet Tallulah... the latest addidtion to our ratty family. Ryoma went to buy some provisions for our other girls yesterday evening and saw this little one in the section of the store reserved for unwanted critters. She had a serious eye infection when she first arrived at the store, so she missed...
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