Can one define Civilization? Sir Kenneth Clark wholeheartedly declares that he cannot possibly enounce it, and to underline the intent and terms of such a grand undertake it brings to the title the Personal View and ends up being aired as such on BBC 2 in 1969 entitled Civilisation, with a smooth s instead of the cutting z. But […]

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Umberto Eco is no more, but still is and continues to beat like a perpetual pendulum within our hearts and minds forevermore. May God rest him in peace and receive him with open arms in throughout his Kingdom. Following is a mix of present thoughts and some (in italic) that came down on paper in […]

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This is no madman, it is the man who invented inspector Maigret and all the world of suspense and policier thrill that comes with it. It is a man that has given thousands of pages of inspiration and mystery to the world. His creation is the perfect match of a style of writing fit for […]

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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” This is how the Great Gatsby ends. It is 1925. This very well describes the longing and melancholy of F. Scott Fitzgerald and one can only imagine him looking across the Long Island bay towards the green light that he was […]

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  Renovating a 200 year old farm can certainly pose some challenges, no matter in which part of the world that would be, and at first you have the impression of a repeated theme across the Mediterranean Europe of mishaps and laughable situations when dealing with local handymen or musty vignerons. But this one is […]

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