March 10, 2014
Levers Water, a turn on the Coniston fells 1923 & 2011
A few years ago I bought a watercolour painting by Cuthbert Rigby RA, RWS (1850-1935) titled "Levers Water, a turn on the Coniston Fells 1923". I visited the same spot in 2011.
Cuthbert Rigby was born in Liverpool and initially apprenticed to an architect at the age of 15. He had his first painting accepted by the Royal Academy when he was 25. He was also a book illustrator and published his own book "From Midsummer to Martinmas - A West Cumberland Idyll" in 1891.
Levers Water in Cumbria is a naturally occurring tarn, but was enlarged by a dam in 1717 to provide water and power to the coppermines below. It now supplies water to Coniston and the surrounding villages.
The Walk: Levers Water from Coniston - Length 4 miles
- Commencing at the Co-op store in Coniston village, follow the lane between the shop and the hotel, passing through a gate.
- Follow the track, which turns to the left after passing the youth hostel and rises by the side of a series of waterfalls.
- Above the top of the falls the track zig zags to the right, at the 2nd bend, turn at the path to the right, continue along this path for a short way until reaching an almost level section, turn left.
- The route then begins to climb steeply via a rocky step to meet a water channel. Turn left and continue upwards. Old mine workings will be seen to the right
- Continue uphill until the dam at Levers Water comes into sight. Return via the same route.
March 08, 2014
Hampstead 1955 & 2014
Hampstead Underground station entrance
13 July 1955 by Ben Brooksbank & 8 March 2014 by Mehrdad Aref-Adib
March 05, 2014
The Danish Poet
The Danish Poet is a 2006 animated short film written, directed, and animated by Torill Kove and narrated by Liv Ullmann.
February 18, 2014
Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam
A photo I took of the dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam — at Jacksons Lane, North London — 16 February 2014
Moshkin Ghalam is an Iranian modern dancer, choreographer & actor trained and based in Paris.
February 01, 2014
Two Oaks - 1866 & 2014
These two oak trees in Hampstead Heath extension are estimated to be approximately 300 years old. The photograph on the left shows the oaks in 1866.
January 27, 2014
Blue-eyed caveman & my favourite spaghetti western star, Franco Nero in Keoma
DNA taken from the wisdom tooth of an European hunter-gatherer has given scientists an unprecedented glimpse of modern humans before the rise of farming. The Mesolithic man, who lived in Spain around 7,000 years ago, had an unusual mix of blue eyes, black or brown hair, and dark skin. The gene analysis suggests the mutation for blue eye colour appeared earlier than had been thought, with light skin evolving later.
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December 30, 2013
Picasso and Klee
Picasso's Guernica - Oil on canvas, 349 cm × 776 cm, 1937
& Klee's Untitled - Watercolour and pen on paper, 9.5 cm x 28 cm, 1917
Paul Klee — Making Visible is at Tate Modern until March 9, 2014
December 26, 2013
Kiyan playing with an iPad & Portrait of an Ottoman painter with an early tablet
December 15, 2013
Robert Downey Jr. & Hossein Tehrani
The American actor Robert Downey Jr. & Hossein Tehrani
July 11, 2013
Looking down Highgate Hill, North London 1830s & 2013
June 27, 2013
Osborne enjoying Koobideh
The Chancellor George Osborne tweeted a snap of himself 'finalising' work on his spending cuts over a burger and chips. He may have thought he was connecting with the electorate, but news that his poshburger, bought from an upmarket chain, has opened him to ridicule. With that price, he could have had Chelow kabab.