6 05, 2024

Sir Roger Bannister a great Scientist, a great sportsman and a great human being

By |May 6th, 2024|Categories: Biography, History, Oxford, Oxford Castaways, The Oxford Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

https://www.sylviavetta.co.uk/2018/03/23/some-of-my-memories-of-a-great-human-being-roger-bannister/ A series of commemorative events are taking place in Oxford to mark Sir Roger Bannister's breaking of the the four minute mile. Last night,  I watched this film in Merton College where Roger was a student . It reminded

27 10, 2023

The Fourth Oxford Indie Book Fair: Exciting event in a great venue – November 26

By |October 27th, 2023|Categories: Art, Biography, Events, History, Kennington, Novels and short stories, Oxford, Oxford Castaways, The Oxford Times|0 Comments

Andy Severn of Oxford eBooks organised a book fair in the village where I live. I encouraged author, architect and founder of the Isle of Wight festival, Ray Foulk and publisher James Harrison to have stands. We felt the idea

13 08, 2023

The Banality of Evil. We need to confront it closer to home.

By |August 13th, 2023|Categories: Biography, History, Lost History|0 Comments

My book group chose to read Isabella Bird’s A Lady’s life in the Rockies. https://www.virago.co.uk/titles/isabella-l-bird/a-ladys-life-in-the-rocky-mountains/9780860682677/ Born in 1831, Isabella, daughter of an English clergyman took a solo trip from San Francisco to the Rocky Mountains. It’s likely that the producers

20 07, 2023

Have you discovered Shepherd.com? It’s a research tool and an asset for authors.

By |July 20th, 2023|Categories: Art, Ashoka, Biography, Buddhism, China, Art & History, History, India, Lost History, Mixed relationships, Novels and short stories, Oxford, Shepherd.com|0 Comments

Shepherd.com has only been established for two years but is already getting good traffic. I'm one of 8000 authors who have shared five of our favorite books around a topic dear to our hearts. Below are the links to my entries. 

12 06, 2023

Mixed Up Love according to Claret Press & why it matters.

By |June 12th, 2023|Categories: Antiques, Art, Biography, History, India, Mixed relationships, Novels and short stories, Oxford|0 Comments

Claret Press’s blog on mixed relationships mentions some of my experiences. https://www.claretpress.com/single-post/mixed-up-love I wrote a piece on the subject for the Madras Courier. https://madrascourier.com/.../on-mixed-race-relationships/ 150,000 people, mostly of Indian ancestry, read it. (The editor seems to know how to work

26 01, 2023

An exhibition for our time. Qu Leilei and Caroline Deane’ Calligraphy Forest of Misinformation.

By |January 26th, 2023|Categories: Ai Weiwei, Art, Biography, Events, History, Oxford Castaways, The Stars ArtMovement|0 Comments

I went to London to see Qu Leilei and his partner Caroline Deane’s exhibition Calligraphy Forest of Misinformation. It was a moving experience.  It was originally shown in Milan and is inspired by a phenomenon of our time https://www.facebook.com/sylvia.vetta/videos/1986347964828795 The