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This is where the Ceremony ends. Our Yeoman Warder answers our questions in a stern, yet funny, manner.

Yesterday, I attended with some friends the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. It is the oldest ongoing ceremony in the world, carried out, without fail, for nearly 750 years.

The Ceremony lasts only for seven minutes, commencing at exactly 9.53 pm. Escorted by Foot Guards, the Chief Yeoman Warder (who must have served in the armed forces for more than 20 years) locks first the Middle Tower Gate (39) and then the Byward Tower Gate (38). Once locked, none of the gates can be opened from the outside, even if someone had acquired a set of the Keys. Read more

A literary stroll in Saint-Germain-des-Prés [Photos + map]

Somehow, I had never been to Paris; despite living in London for the past five years and being just two hours away by train. I finally made it two weeks ago, but only for a weekend.

I spent my Saturday sight-seeing, just to cross the main spots off my list, and decided to treat my Sunday as a free day. I already knew what I wanted to do: walk around Saint-Germain-des-Prés. For those who don’t know, it is the neighbourhood where many major writers used to live. Read more

Fahrenheit 451 is not the temperature at which books burn; but still…

According to author Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is “the temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns”, but this is not quite right. “Several Internet contrarians claim that Bradbury confused Celsius and Fahrenheit, putting his estimate off by 391 Fahrenheit degrees. They cite as evidence the Handbook of Physical Testing of Paper, which lists paper’s ignition temperature as 450 degrees Celsius.” [1] Read more

The best Game of Thrones memes on Instagram

April is always a tough month for all of us who love Game of Thrones. We have been waiting already for 10 months and we’ve seen and read everything that is out there about the show.

However, there is always something that we haven’t seen before. For me, it was an Instagram account with 225 GoT memes that kept me up and laughing for about half an hour. Read more

Meet typewriter artist Robert Doerfler

I met Robert Doerfler on Instagram a few days ago when I posted a photo of my old typewriter.He “liked” it and, as I didn’t know him, I checked out his account only to find out that he is a typewriter artist, based in Germany. To be honest, I had never heard of this art before, but I spent a good amount of time meticulously looking at his pictures. Then, I decided to interview him. Read more

Meet Garip Ay and the ancient art of ebru

Garip Ay and the ancient art of ebru [© Garip Ay]

For creative people with Mon-Fri day jobs, weekends are their only opportunity to unlock their mind and let inspiration in. In this weekend’s quest to find something exciting to drag my creativity away from the norms, I came across Garip Ay’s ebru art.  Read more

10 useful things for those who did not attend the London Book Fair 2016 – part 2

Big as it may look, this was only one of the halls at London Book Fair 2016.

When the whole of an amazing industry is coming together under the roof of Olympia London, it can be nothing but a pure inspirational pleasure to be around these exciting and creative people.

If you were not lucky enough to be in London for the Fair to attend the seminars and the talks, here are 10 things you may find useful: Read more

10 useful things for those who did not attend the London Book Fair 2016 – part 1

The bag I am using when I go book shopping

When the whole of an amazing industry is coming together under the roof of Olympia London, it can be nothing but a pure inspirational pleasure to be around these exciting and creative people.

If you were not lucky enough to be in London for the Fair to attend the seminars and the talks, here are 10 things you may find useful:

 

1) Characters and research

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Bukowski’s “Girl on an escalator” turned into a short film

Bukowski is probably one the most abused poets on the internet. His verses are taken out of context and are quoted by people who can barely understand his capability to decompose the world. You should read Bukowski only after you have dropped your judgemental ignorance and embraced the beauty of raw talent. Read more

5 exhibits worth seeing at the Imperial War Museum in London

One visit to the Imperial War Museum is far from enough. I spent there four hours today and I only managed to see a small fraction of its collections. Here are the five exhibits I found most interesting:

 

1. A civilian’s blown up car Read more

Gustavo Dudamel: El Sistema’s student who turned genius

Visionary economist, organist and politician José Antonio Abreu started Venezuela’s “El Sistema” in 1975, with five children in a parking garage.

Almost four decades down the line, some half a million children, most of them from communities living below the poverty line, have grown up in the orchestras of El Sistema. Read more

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