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Cherishing Wisdom – Treasures of the Bodleian and Humankind

Cherishing Wisdom – Treasures of the Bodleian and Humankind

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The Bodleian Libraries at Oxford are safeguarding and showcasing outstanding texts and ephemera so we can all enjoy the benefits of 21st century enlightenment

The Culture Concept Circle – You Tube Channel

The Culture Concept Circle – You Tube Channel

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On our You Tube Channel you will find our mini-documentaries, which provide an insight into the evolution of art, design, music, fashion and style.

Reading, TV and Music Choices for Festive Season 2011/2012

Reading, TV and Music Choices for Festive Season 2011/2012

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Riveting reading, considered DVD watching and beautiful music listening are all great can-do activities for the festive holiday season, as are long walks each day. This is the time of year we all need to recharge not only our body batteries, but also refresh our mind, spirit and soul.

Stunning Amati King Cello

The Cello – The Nature of Sound and an Art of Sophistication

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I would ride through storm and tempest to attend performances played by such cellists as Steven Isserlis and Peter Wispelway or Luke Sulic and Stjepan Hauser

Lord of the Flies – ‘Boys Own’ Manuscript On Show at Oxford

Lord of the Flies – ‘Boys Own’ Manuscript On Show at Oxford

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The Bodleian Libraries at Oxford are putting on show for the first time the original manuscript of the ‘boys own’ essential reading material Lord of the Flies. It is a human behaviour story par excellence about order and chaos, capture and torture, morality and immorality, being civilised and the dreadful consequences of completely uncivilised behaviour.

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…

Indignez-vous! Grey power, life and liberty in a Big Society

Indignez-vous! Grey power, life and liberty in a Big Society

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Indignez-vous! from 93 year old French Resistance member Stephane Hessel is a publishing phenomenon. It is the ‘little red book’ that having swept France, is now set to topple international bestsellers’ lists. It contains no sex and is not humorous. It is not a literary masterpiece and it does not have a startlingly original message. So why instead of becoming a publishing disaster, has it become a publishing phenomenon? Everyone is asking, but why?

Shock of Gray: the challenge is to find solutions

Shock of Gray: the challenge is to find solutions

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The world’s population is rapidly aging and, by the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. For the first time in history, the number of people over age fifty will be greater than those under age seventeen. Few of us understand the resulting massive effects on economies, jobs, and families. Everyone is touched by this issue parents and children, rich and poor, retirees and workers.

The Percy Grainger Companion – edited by Penelope Thwaites AM

The Percy Grainger Companion – edited by Penelope Thwaites AM

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The central theme of The New Percy Grainger Companion, which has been edited by talented Australian music maker Penelope Thwaites AM, is to give information and help to young aspiring musicians and students of music from established musicians, who have a professional career in performing his life-celebrating repertoire.

Carolyn’s Reading Choices for the Holidays 2010/2011

Carolyn’s Reading Choices for the Holidays 2010/2011

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The act of reading has been for me, in my lifetime, both saviour and friend. I particularly love reading about people. So biographies are always near the top of my list. And, having worked in the creative industry for much of my life, poetry, classic novels, art, design and style books are next…but