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28/12/2016 -- Tea - The Art of Life

‘Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth Century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth Century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism – Teaism. Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.’ ...more

14/11/2016 -- Moon Beauty

In a month where the madness in the World seemed genuinely palpable; it was the exquisite beauty of Nature, spotlighting the ‘cool-yin-essence’ of the Universe, that provided a restorative balance in the form of an historic ‘Supermoon’. ...more

18/10/2016 -- Leopardi - The Divine Poet

The Italian Film Festival in Inverness is a low-key event, mainly because the majority of the one hundred thousand Italians living in Scotland are concentrated in the bigger cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. However, it was a sweet moment last year to discover that: ‘il giovane favoloso’, a film about the life of Italy’s poet, Giacomo Leopardi, would be screened as part of the festival. I would guess for any Director tasked with recreating the life of such an extraordinary individual, the duty of responsibility must have been challenging, but it was a commission Mario Martone effected with integrity. ...more

18/09/2016 -- 'Champagne' or 'Cognac' - Which do you prefer?

Maria Callas; a life dreamed of by many, achieved by few. Her creative reputation outstanding, definitive; her personal life overshadowed by conspiracy. Whenever I studied pictures from her operatic career I wondered about the sadness in her eyes and decided to read beyond the performer, to learn more. ...more