Month: December 2011

Festive Favourites

Posted on 22/12/2011

Christmas is coming … again, along with all its traditions, for which we can largely thank the Victorians. It was not until a picture appeared of Victoria and Albert, surrounded by family, beside a de …


The Spirits of Christmas

Posted on 16/12/2011

What is it about Christmas – traditionally the haven of goodwill, togetherness, charity and abundance – that makes us turn to the supernatural? Is it because the shortest day has passed, and in the Ch …


Books and the Year

Posted on 06/12/2011

There are books that remain perpetually of the moment in every year in their different ways – The Bhagavad Gita, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying – or that come into focus some years more than others …


Friday, 2 December 2011

Posted on 05/12/2011

I found a new use for the iPad the other day. I was at the Yale Centre for British Art, checking the proofs of William Blake’s illustrations to the poems of Thomas Gray against the watercolour origina …