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Rugby World Cup Trophy – Welcome, Hospitality & Celebration

Rugby World Cup Trophy – Welcome, Hospitality & Celebration

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Since the founding of the Rugby World Cup The Webb Ellis Cup has become for many cultures collectively a deeply embedded symbol of social wellbeing and the spirit of sportsmanship for those playing Rugby football. But what does the finial in the shape of a pineapple on the top mean?

Sydney – Simply Moving from Inside to Outside the Square

Sydney – Simply Moving from Inside to Outside the Square

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Sydney in Spring: fashion, flowers and fauna; art, antiques, design and style Remember how theoretically technology was supposed to make our lives easier? In practice it tends to make our lives more complicated. This paradox has led many to embrace simplicity. Arriving at Sydney airport recently as I traversed the…

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

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The Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA) Show is on at Royal Randwick Racecourse at Sydney from the 7 – 11th September. It is the leading industry body representing antique and art dealers in Australia today. Their Code of Practice is surety that your investment in the past is also an investment in your future.

Sound of Music: Poets Celebrate Creation Psalms – Polyphony

Sound of Music: Poets Celebrate Creation Psalms – Polyphony

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The European medieval mind concerned itself with matters of the soul harmony & music as major aspects of the kósmos, a system centred on the earth & human race

Favourite Books – Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time

Favourite Books – Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time

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Professor Bruce Boucher’s scholarly and accessible work, Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time was first published in 1994  in a ‘user friendly version’…to fit comfortably into a suitcase or backpack for a quick trip to Vicenza, the scene of many of Palladio’s triumphant works in architecture. Don’t know about…

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

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Do the protagonists on television’s real estate renovating reality show, The Block at Melbourne in 2011 face a renovating nightmare, or a restoration delight?

Finding Paradise on Earth

Finding Paradise on Earth

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From the earliest times gardens were associated with shade, running water; fragrance and fresh produce and therefore represented peace and prosperity. Each visit to a garden is a unique experience because its plants, ornaments, views and garden buildings appear in a sequence that can never exactly be repeated ever again….

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At the Beginnings of Art – Precincts of Power and Glory

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The city of Rome came into being when the seven hill towns became one to drain the valley floor and improve their collective future.

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At the Beginnings of Art – An Arcadian Ideal

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The Arcadian ideal of ancient Greece as a centre for youth, energy, toleration and intellectual freedom a place where beauty and nature came together is true

At the Beginnings of Art – Cradle of Civlisation

At the Beginnings of Art – Cradle of Civlisation

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All cultures on earth, just like individuals, have distinct modes of existence and creation stories are something they all have in common in a logical attempt to rationalise the presence of humans on earth. ‘In the beginning’, the ancient Greek oral Poet Hesiod says somewhere between 750 and 650 years before the Christ event (BCE), ‘there was Khaos, vast and dark.

Fit for a King or Queen – Art & Antiques in NYC in Spring

Fit for a King or Queen – Art & Antiques in NYC in Spring

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In New York starting 28th April the Art and Antique Dealers League of America Spring Show is highlighting works of art fit for a ‘King or Queen’ in celebration of the Royal wedding in England.

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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The Culture Concept Circle is a friendly meeting place for those with an interest in the arts (performance and visual), design history and the continuing development of a sustainable and creative society. It’s all about art, design and style past, present and future. Hundreds of FREE posts are published on…

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

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I am writing this on the seventh anniversary of the passing of Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. (8 January 1941 – 11 February 2004). She lived all her life in one of Queensland’s most historic houses, Nindooinbah, which is sited superbly in a lovely valley nearby to Beaudesert in Queensland…

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

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It was very interesting to discover that the cover story in the A2 Section (Culture and Life) of the The Age Newspaper on Saturday October 16, 2010  here in Melbourne was about Brisbane. The headline read  ‘Forget Melbourne vs Sydney. Is Brisbane our new cultural capital’? The byline added ‘Brisbane’s…

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

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Hello, my name is Carolyn McDowall and I would like to welcome you to the October edition of Muse~News the newsletter of The Culture Concept Circle (The Circle). We hope this issue demonstrates our purpose well and that Muse~News will become of increasing value and interest to our readers. Our…

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

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From London comes the news that arguably, England’s most famous country palace, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, is having an ‘Attic Sale’ at Sotheby’s, London in October.

This spring clean out by the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will indeed be an amazing event. What they have in their attic will certainly be worth a look at least, if not a personal perusal and perchance, perhaps a bid or two. The items will certainly reflect the evolution of art, design and style down the centuries.