Monthly Archives: May 2014

Holst

Holst’s The Planets is one of those belovèd musical pieces that has earned itself a solid place in the canon—from the stirring “Mars” to the sublime “Jupiter”, and not forgetting the gentle “Venus” and subtle, ætherial “Neptune”. I’ve made use … Continue reading

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Pont-Sainte-Maxence

I’d be remiss if I didn’t make mention of a major recent find in Gaulish archæology: a roadside sanctuary at Point-Sainte-Maxence, unique for its size (the building was 70 m long, and nearly 10 m high!) and also the high-quality … Continue reading

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“I want to see mountains, Gandalf—mountains!”

I love mountains, and always have. And given Mercury’s affinity for high places (from his native Mt Cyllene in Arcadia to his Gallic shrines in the Vosges, the Puy de Dôme, Montmartre and Tawern, not to mention the St Michael’s … Continue reading

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May!

I thought I had set WordPress to nag me when I hadn’t posted a blog entry in a week. I guess that after I wasn’t posting during my European trip, WordPress gave me up as a lost cause (sad!). Anyway, … Continue reading

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