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Fairacre, Thrush Green and the fictional universe of Miss Read

Dora Jessie Saint would have turned 100 last spring. The daughter of Arthur Shafe, an insurance agent turned schoolmaster, Dora was deeply influenced by her father’s profession and the country life she led in Kent when she was a child. Her teacher training began in the 1920s at Homerton College, Cambridge and her teaching career began…

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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…