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Three 18th century women writers and their legacy

Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood and Aphra Behn. Women writers of the 18th Century, neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood. As poet Rev. James Sterling would call them, “the Fair Triumvirate of Wit” contributed in creating a triad of women with something to say, whether it was reported as irony or drama. The most popular of them, Aphra Behn,…

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Abstract Architecture: Part 5 – The Ancient Library of Alexandria

In the last part of this series, the Bright Old Oak will dedicate this blog post to the Ancient Library of Alexandria. The term ‘abstract‘ does not really grasp the sense of loss and the absence of a cultural place of such importance for humanity as this one. Founded by Ptolemy I Soter or perhaps his…

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Abstract Architecture: Part 4 – Tatlin’s Tower

Had things gone a different way, we would see Saint Petersburg with a different eye. Instead of the huge buildings of the Hermitage Museum, this never-been-built tower might have become the symbol of the city and, why not, Russia. Because of the complex design and its peculiarity, this project could have symbolised the progress of…

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Abstract Architecture: Part 3 – The Crystal Palace

While the first two examples of “abstract architecture” that were featured in this blog were actually built or started, we can say the Crystal Palace was a very well established building which stood there to remind the United Kingdom and the rest of the world about the power the country had in the world. It…

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Abstract Architecture: Part 2 – Berlin’s ghosts

Our journey in the world that never was, is today taking us to Berlin. The German capital is today a modern city, its architecture reflects all of the recent evolution phases that Germany has gone through, in particular the German Empire, the Nazi government, the post-War divide and the national unification in the 1990s. The…

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Abstract Architecture: Part 1 – The Elephant of the Bastille

So, this week I’m in Paris! One of the places I’m really looking forward to visit is the Bastille. I’m as much attracted by concrete architecture as much as I am by abstract places, things that do not exist anymore and that, therefore, stimulate my imagination. I will envision the Bastille exactly where it stood,…