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Weekend Pilgrimage

“O God, may we dwell with You in the gathering of Your holy people, the Church.” I spent the weekend on pilgrimage in Walsingham at the Catholic National Shrine & Basilica of Our Lady. I’ll post photos (see updates) shortly but as a primer of the importance of Walsingham to England and to Catholics this […]

Weekend 503.0 (Three Cups Walk)

Spent the weekend in Ely/Cambridge. The highlight was The Stained Glass Museum in Ely. I’ve started an album on Flickr and will publish a proper post in the not so distant future. Amazingly there were NO references to E.W. Twining at the museum. My two favorite stained glass windows from the collection were Christ The […]

Weekend 499.0 (July 4th)

(1) Fig. 37 (cutline for the “Sir Galahad’s Vision” panel) – This is from The Art and Craft of Stained Glass by E.W. Twining. (2) Embarkation of King Henry Fifth at Southampton. A.D. 1415 (Horizon Magazine) (3) NY Islanders postscript from Lou Lamoriello (4) Source content 1 and 2 for Weekend 498.1 colour swatch (5) […]

Weekend 494.1

(1) A quote from The Art and Craft of Stained Glass by E.W. Twining: “To be able to design for glass, in colour, a beautiful figure, perfectly proportioned, gracefully posed and draped in a suitable setting is a fine thing. To be able to do the same with a number of figures grouped in a […]

Weekend 492.1

I’m waiting for the café next door to open…need coffee. Yesterday I went to Mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Harlow. The church was featured in 100 Churches 100 Years published / commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society. The apron of the church is a perfect square and surrounded by “great expanses” of stained […]

Weekend 488.2

Went to Mass at St. George’s Cathedral in Southwark. It was the first Roman Catholic Cathedral in London since the Reformation. It was also severely damaged in WWII by an incendiary bomb and visited by his Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1982. The outside of the cathedral is very modest whilst the interior is […]


The one on the west coast. I was there for a long weekend and in traditional limestone fashion wanted to draft a top ten… (1) The Hollywood Theater at PDX. My favorite shorts from the Summer Program are Oregon: Only Slightly Exaggerated and The Famished Frog. I also liked The Water’s Fine because it reminds […]

Weekend 350.0

“On earth we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not.” – St. Augustine (1) China’s Ghost Cities (YouTube) (2) Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours review – the romance […]

Weekend 346.0 (Aloft from earth’s far boundaries)

(1) A quote from David Pryce-Jones: “For centuries, the character of Christian nations was formed and maintained by church architecture, stained glass, missals and poems like The Song of Roland, icons and frescoes, and statues and depictions of biblical motifs that even the greatest sculptors and painters concentrated on. Without such common belief and purpose, […]

Weekend 277.1 (…goodness which gives extras)

(1) Book Review: ‘Secrets of Disney’s Glorious Gardens’ (2) Ancient art form enjoying a revival (Middle East Interiors) “Stained glass adds an unparalleled sense of art, peace and history, something to complement today’s architecture. It may also have some literature or figurative motif, an episode created from life or literature, cartoon characters and so on, […]

Weekend 277.0 (Autumn Biking Adventures)

(1) This App Will Help You Find A Quiet Space In The Loud, Bustling City (1a) Metro-North Commuters Slog to Work: After Power Outage, It Could Be Days Before Normalcy Returns to New Haven Line (WSJ) On the plus side, diesel locos from Stamford! (2) A quote from The Blue Riband (The Piccadilly Line) by […]

Weekend 265.0 (Ponte Santa Trinita)

Bit of a creative rut lately (and very busy) but optimistic upcoming bike events (and coffee) will provide inspiration. (1) Album review: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories (2) Meditation on Mortality (WSJ) “In 1759, on the night before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, British Gen. James Wolfe either recited the […]

Weekend 222.1 (Bike Expo New York)

I attended Bike Expo New York on Saturday and rode the Brompton from Grand Central to Basketball City (Pier 36). This was the inaugural show and the venue/format/programming was good. I also believe this show will look very different (more exhibitors and bigger crowds) in 2013+ because of the growing popularity of cycling. The biggest […]

Weekend 214.0 (Almost)

(1) The scan is from The Art of the The Secret World of Arrietty. I can’t scan the entire book BUT will add the abandoned gazebo (not tea house) in the garden that was featured in the final shot of the film. (1a) A Dollhouse Fit for a Queen (1b) Spoils! (2) A Bicycle Built […]

Weekend 213.0 (Arrietty)

My one sentence review of Arrietty. “Arrietty is adorable, diminutive, and special and the last scene features a tea house with stained glass windows.” I can’t draft anything that isn’t biased. I love Miyazaki and small things. The backgrounds were gorgeous and the music and characters were great. I love it (for very personal and […]