Favourite Books

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 Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

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Author Michael Korda’s HERO is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits, romantic profile, blonde sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes, made him an object of intense fascination and famous the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia.”

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The Romance of the Middle Ages @the Bodleian Library

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The Romance of the Middle Ages an exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford in 2012 showcased manuscripts early printed books and romanz, romantic literature

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.

Martha Nussbaum’s Call – Hug the Dragon for Social Profit

Martha Nussbaum’s Call – Hug the Dragon for Social Profit

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American Philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. In her short and powerful new book called Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities she makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. She challenges us all to strive be truly human – ‘to remain childlike, to keep an open mind, to refine an ability to remain humble, to eschew pride and arrogance and to be reverent towards other people and towards the natural world’.

Sex Spies & Shameful Liaisons Cinema Event @ Venice Biennale

Sex Spies & Shameful Liaisons Cinema Event @ Venice Biennale

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The 2011 Mostra Internazionale D’Arte Cinematografica la Biennale di Venezia held recently was host to a whole new raft of so-called ‘intelligent movies’ distinguished actors like Britain’s heartthrob Colin Firth believes audiences are clamouring for.

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?

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…