Almost perfect weather for cycling got me out into the English countryside of East Anglia where Classic Cars were on show
The first warmish day of summer 2017 encouraged me to visit the David Bowie ‘memorial’ in Brixton, London.
The day started well as I walked past Continue reading “Books and Bowie”
Just north of crowded Oxford Street in London is probably the most opulent single collection of decorative arts in Britain, the Wallace Collection in Hertford House.
Gifted to Britain by Lady Wallace in 1897, the collection was Continue reading “Wallace Collection and Daunt Books”
North of London’s centre for Lawyers is Lincoln’s Inn Fields one of London’s great public squares.
It’s where one of London’s oldest and nicest Museums, Sir John Soane’s Museum, is located. Despite the good weather I had a Continue reading “Wandering through London”
Sunny weather made for a great visit to Saffron Walden, about 90kms north of central London. The town is some 1000 years old with evidence of older settlement dating from the Roman period (43-600AD).
The age of the town is reflected in its delightfully Continue reading “Sunshine in Saffron Walden”
With a Tax spend towards car transport of GBPound33Billion the United Kingdom still lags behind countries in The Gulf in terms of their repair state
with the UAE rated as Continue reading “Oman’s Roads are better than Britain’s says report”
Chilly weather and disruptions on some tube services didnt seem to have made a dent in the attendance for the Destinations Show,
the Business to Consumer holiday exhibition, in Continue reading “Destinations Show 2017”
It’s the weekend and what better place to be than the magical world of Kings Cross. Like Harry Potter, Kings Cross Station was the start of my journey to school at the beginning of each term.
However, today’s magic was in the Continue reading “Lazarus by David Bowie”
With time to check-out the sights of London as well as listen to the talks at the RGO I wandered the streets.
In 900year old church of St Bartholomew the Great they Continue reading “Old and New in London”
Tucked away just off the Kings Road is the Chelsea Arts Club.
With its large garden and somewhat Continue reading “Chelsea Arts Club”
I enjoyed a visit to Tate Britain during ‘The Lure of the East’ painting exhibition. The canvases, by British artists, included one of Sir Robert Shirley, an envoy between the Persian and British courts, looking quite splendid in Persian style garments; their colour and decoration being Safavid are in the same style as the carpet in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Remarkably I came across a watercolour by the Victorian artist’ Arthur Melville cited as being inspired by a cock fight in Muscat.
Another piece by him showing an interior with ‘Mashrabiya” was set in a section of the gallery screened with a Mashrabiya – a nice setting .
On the same day I had a meeting with Jessica Harrison-Hall the Curator of Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum. No sooner did I arrive but the door was opened with the instruction – “we need to evacuate the building”. Fortunately, it was only for about 40 minutes and she then very kindly dated some shards I had come across in various locations in Oman. The Hadrian exhibition will have to wait for another day.
This week has not only been one celebrating the National Day of Oman but it has had a preponderance of glamorous mechanical equipment on the streets and skies. First off were Britain’s Red Arrows. They come to Oman on a regular basis and perform over the main beach in Muscat.
The attraction is Continue reading “Harley-Davidson Owners Group in Muscat”
Though the cyclone & heavy rain in Oman during 2007 was a shock, it was extraordinary to then holiday in Britain during some of its worst flooding for many years. Fortunately, apart from a short visit to St Antony’s College in Oxford, I was well away from the flooding. This summer two similar collections of Islamic Art were exhibited in London Continue reading “Islamic Art in London”