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Review: On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal by Mary Taylor Simeti

In 1962, Mary Taylor came to Sicily on a graduation trip to do social work in the Dolci Center in Partinico. There she met Tonino Simeti, married him, and stayed on the island permanently. Only eighteen months after their marriage, Tonino’s elder brother died, and the dreams the couple had of a nomadic life doing development work in Africa were replaced by the…

Padaria e Confeitaria Rio-Lisboa

Padaria e Confeitaria (Bakery and Confectionery) Rio-Lisboa is one of the remnants of an older Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays Leblon, the neighbourhood of Rio-Lisboa, is a very up-market part of Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana and Ipanema are world-famous for their beaches, but the same beach continues in Leblon, and the richer Brazilians have realised that. Consequently, it is not so much a…

Things to do: visit the Fox Talbot museum in Lacock village, England

The englishman William Henri Fox Talbot was one of the most important inventors of photographic processes. He invented the calotype process, one of the earliest photographic processes. He was also one of the earliest photographers. In the abbey of Lacock village in Wiltshire, England, Fox Talbot took in 1835 a photo of a lace window. The resulting negative is possibly the…

Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, was written in the approximate period of 990 to 1000 by a court lady serving empress Teishi. It is one of the earliest surviving pieces of Japanese literature. The book consists of small and large fragments of text with observations made by Sei Shonagon. As such it is comparable with many diaries and blogs that have…

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