Ashurbanipal and the Assyrians at the British Museum, London

I'm lucky enough to be a regular visitor to the British Museum, and on a recent trip was excited to be able to see the latest exhibition, 'I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assryia', which explores the life and world of Assyria's last great king who reigned in the seventh century BC, … Continue reading Ashurbanipal and the Assyrians at the British Museum, London

In the land of the Prince Bishops: the city of Durham, England

The city of Durham is one of my favourite places. The medieval castle and cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site standing high up on a wooded peninsula above a bend in the River Wear, and the steep, winding streets below form an historic centre the equal of anywhere in Europe. Bill Bryson, in his Notes … Continue reading In the land of the Prince Bishops: the city of Durham, England

Winter dreaming: the Greco-Roman theatre at Taormina, Sicily

On days that I work from home I'll always start with a walk. Nothing special at all, just a way to get some fresh air and a little exercise before turning on the laptop. Today, leaving the house I looked at the sky and was confronted with a quintessential January day in southern England: it … Continue reading Winter dreaming: the Greco-Roman theatre at Taormina, Sicily