Wallace Collection and Daunt Books

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.

Hertford House - London
Hertford House – London

Gifted to Britain by Lady Wallace in 1897, the collection was Continue reading “Wallace Collection and Daunt Books”

Wandering through London

North of London’s centre for Lawyers is Lincoln’s Inn Fields one of London’s great public squares.

Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane’s Museum

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”

Sunshine in Saffron Walden

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).

St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden
St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden from Bridge End Gardens

The age of the town is reflected in its delightfully Continue reading “Sunshine in Saffron Walden”

Oman’s Roads are better than Britain’s says report

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

Muscat Nizwa Road Oman
Muscat Nizwa Road Oman

with the UAE rated as Continue reading “Oman’s Roads are better than Britain’s says report”

Destinations Show 2017

Chilly weather and disruptions on some tube services didnt seem to have made a dent in the attendance for the Destinations Show,

Destinations Show
Destinations Show

the Business to Consumer holiday exhibition,  in Continue reading “Destinations Show 2017”

Old and New in London

With time to check-out the sights of London as well as listen to the talks at the RGO I wandered the streets.

St Bartholomew the Great Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst
St Bartholomew the Great Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst

In 900year old church of St Bartholomew the Great they Continue reading “Old and New in London”

Cruising Museums in London

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.

Harley-Davidson Owners Group in Muscat

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.

Harley-Davidson in Muscat
Harley-Davidson in Muscat

The attraction is Continue reading “Harley-Davidson Owners Group in Muscat”

Islamic Art in London

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”