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  • Meeting Majesty – an encounter with the Fredville OakMajesty, the massive fallen limbs and the empty socket

    The day of the Queen’s Speech and the State Opening of Parliament was trenchantly described by Rufus Hound thus:

    If ever evidence was needed that ours is an arcane system in servitude to privilege. Ghastly.”1

    Observing this spectacle of fancy dress and ritual, in which any significance has long been lost, I thought that perhaps I might consider more authentic meanings of the word ‘majesty’

  • Autumn: a digression on shooting pheasants

    As much as the media wishes us to believe that it is Christmas, and therefore Winter, it is Autumn here until the solstice on December 21st, which conveniently gives me time for a few further pieces in which I draw further inspiration from the Ladybird book ‘What to look for in Autumn’, written by E. […]

  • A celebration of Autumn – part 3

    You can see my first two posts on Autumn here and here. As before I have added spreads from the Ladybird book ‘What to look for in Autumn’, written by E. L. Grant Watson and with illustrations by C. F. Tunnicliffe (copyright acknowledged). Previously I said that the work has its own narrative – to […]

  • A celebration of Autumn – part 2

    You can see my first post on Autumn here. In this update I have added more spreads from the delightful Ladybird book ‘What to look for in Autumn’, written by E. L. Grant Watson and with illustrations by C. F. Tunnicliffe (copyright acknowledged) as well as a few pictures I took last weekend at Sydenham […]

  • A celebration of AutumnAutumn, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1573

    Autumn – autumpne in the 16th Century, from the Old French autumpne, automne (13c.), via the Latin autumnus (or possibly auctumnus, perhaps from auctus meaning ‘increase’). Before the 16th Century the season was called Harvest, though that word has now come to mean the action of harvesting, rather than the entire season. Some believe the […]

  • How to kill wild birds with kindnessAngel wing in a Muscovy duck

    Why do we feed birds if they have sufficient natural food available? Perhaps it is not entirely far-fetched to wonder if feeding birds might sometimes be connected to a dislike and fear of the wild. If we want to feed our leftovers, food we don’t want to eat ourselves or food that is, in any […]

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