10 09, 2017

Nostalgia for Empire !

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Because of the rise in empire nostalgia, knowing the truth about the brutality of empire is important. Our schools don’t teach empire and most Brits know little and what they do know is coloured by ideas of benevolent patriarchy.  In

1 09, 2017

Let’s stop labelling people!

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India's lost emperor Ashoka set about governing India by moral force alone!  He renounced violence including the death penalty and this was Before Christ !  Ashoka turned Buddhism from a minor sect into a world religion but  his name was cleansed

15 08, 2017

The Partition of India

By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: History|0 Comments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05b5fdg It’s a welcome change for the BBC to focus on the partition of India. For too long the only history we get is the Tudors, WW1 and WW2.   Almost ignored  are the Industrial Revolution and  the Empire which

4 02, 2016

Exclusive Chinese New Year feature : Qu Leilei one of the founders of the Stars Art Movement which changed Chinese art forever!

By |February 4th, 2016|Categories: Art, Biography, China, Art & History, History, Oxford Castaways|0 Comments

A coup for Chinese New Year! Exclusive interview for Oxfordshire Limited Edition with one of the founders of the Stars Art movement the courageous Qu Leilei. Ai Weiwei, Ma Desheng, Wang Keping and Li Shuang are among his fellow Stars.

2 06, 2014

Dancing with the gods :

By |June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Art, History|0 Comments

Review of Royal Academy exhibition Weekend 2007 (I am currently writing an Anglo Indian novel inspired by the idea of rediscovering lost history. Many of these sensuous sculptures were destroyed and others lost. ) The skills of that master of

6 01, 2009

A Rural Revolution

By |January 6th, 2009|Categories: Antiques, History|0 Comments

Oxfordshire | Archive | 2007 | June | 5 This was part of my Every Antique tells a Story series published in Oxfordshire Limited Edition but I sought this one out myself. I had seen some of William Clegg's truncheons

6 08, 2008

Light Hearted Look at the Seventies

By |August 6th, 2008|Categories: History, The Oxford Times|Comments Off on Light Hearted Look at the Seventies

The Decade that Taste Forgot? That is the question posed in the title of the latest exhibition at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Readers who remember the flowered shirts, flared trousers, nylon bedspreads and the psychedelic curtains of the period may agree with the proposition.

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