How To Dance On The Grave Of A Clown

Joseph Grimaldi 1778-1837 On a deliciously crisp December morning step through the gate of Joseph Grimaldi park on Pentonville Road. A little way ahead you will see a grave surrounded by ornate black railings, decorated with traditional Sock and Buskin theatrical masks and sometimes swathed in party streamers or 'jewels'. Ignore this for a moment and... Continue Reading →

Christmas Dolls

A visit to the Museum Of Childhood in Edinburgh is always a treat. Toys, games and playthings spanning centuries and continents jostle for attention in its timeless galleries.Here are a selection of it’s most fascinating dolls and keepsakes from across the world. Some are perhaps spontaneously improvised, and others made by-make-do-and-mend parents unable to afford... Continue Reading →

George Sargent: The Forgotten Golfing Innovator

George Sargent: The Forgotten Golfing Innovator‘The first recollections I have are of playing up and down the road, with a stick, with a knob or crook at the end, and trying to drive along a round pebble, in imitation of the golfers. It must certainly have needed some accuracy.’George Sargent, Article in The American Golfer 1909Idly flipping... Continue Reading →

Can you identify this 1920’s family?

Can you identify the family or locations in these 1920’s stereoscope photographs?During our customary month long stay at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August I decided to take an online course on the development 19th century stereoscopes. It was a fascinating and informative course enhanced by being delivered by the University Of Edinburgh. I could pop... Continue Reading →

Pens And Post Boxes Images Of Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

If you are not a magpie attracted to shiny things, or into expensive bling, you may think that Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is not for you? Stroll around the historic industrial architecture and pay a visit to the fascinating pen museum and you may discover a few images © Heather Tweed 2017

Cryptozoology: A Curates Egg of Impossible Taxidermy

Cryptozoology: A Curates Egg of Impossible TaxidermybyHeather Tweed Thylacine or Tasmanian Wolf<!--[if gte vml 1]> Thylacine, or Tasmanian Wolf,  <![endif]--> I began writing a post on taxidermy back in 2011 after creating my own version of a Mermaid Monkey for an exhibition, then saw the haunting Thylacine  video in The South Australian Museum. I rediscovered my notes... Continue Reading →

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