#tbt Zermatt and Matterhorn

I wanted to do star trails. It’s not every day I get a sky full of stars. Most days I’m lucky just to be able to see Orion and Sirius in the winter skies. But clouds swirled around the skies of Zermatt, only clearing during brief windows. The last window was just before dawn- when…

The 2019 Book Mosaic at long last

I dithered so much about whether I wanted to create a book mosaic for 2019. I first started the tradition in 2013 when I was reading about 25 books a year making it very easy for me to get individual book images and then create a collage. With my reading increasing quite rapidly since 2016,…

Welcome 2020

It seems only now that we rung in the year 2000 and it is already 20 years since then. I hope that 2020 will be a peaceful year bringing happiness, hope, fulfillment and kindness to everyone. I do hope that it is a kinder year for all sentient beings around us including the bees, one…

In ancient hands (part I)

During my recent visits to museums in Berlin and Paris, I was struck by the variety of hand gestures displayed on ancient reliefs and sculptures – particularly from Mesopotamia. I thought of making a compilation of some of the reliefs that struck me the most. Here is the first part featuring some reliefs that I…

The God King Naram-Sin

More than 4,000 years ago, when humanity was still testing the waters of civilisation as we know it, when settlements and villages were beginning to coalesce into cities, kingdoms and for the first time ever an Empire, a man called Naram-Sin ruled as king of Akkad in Mesopotamia. Actually he proclaimed himself “King of Akkad,…

Epistles from Roman times

Thinking about some of the ancient letters and documents from Roman times found at Vindolanda including link to latest research.