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This page will feature imagery that we particularly like or find interesting or quirky - who is to say what is art and what its confines are - from da Vinci's 'The Lady and the Ermine' to 'Simon's Cat' or the Gothic style of the 1930s to the flower fairies of Cicely Mary Barker, sculptures, textile designs, anything visual is welcome here!

2017 - 19th July - Kate & Charlotte in Poland

Duchess of Cambridge and Charlotte in Poland

With matching bouquets no less - charming picture from the © Vogue 'style in pictures' gallery


2017 - The 'not' Royal Wedding

Pippa Middleton alternative royal wedding May 2017

I absolutely adore this image of Pippa, newly married, setting off for her reception/wedding breakfast (the guests had to walk) - it's such a natural shot, not staged at all! Thanks to GC/Getty for the image and the hours of joy it will bring.

But is Pippa morphing into the late Duchess of Windsor?

2012 - Lowdham, Nottinghamshire

Golden Olympic Postbox

Lowdham in Nottinghamshire a gold painted postbox commemorating the gold medal success of Richard Whitehead Gold Medal Athletics: Men's 200m - T42 in the 2012 London Olympics & Paralympics

Map of the Gold Boxes commemorating the Gold Medal wins of 2012

Visit the interactive Gold Postbox site to see more

Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleer and Arpels banner

Van Cleef and Arpels Ruby Brooch

Van Cllef & Arpels Estee Lauder

Just madly in love with this Van Cleef & Arpels 'mystery set' ruby work - the lower picture was formerly the property of Estée Lauder (commissioned circa 1940) which was sold at auction in aid of breast cancer.


Books for March

I just love this even though it does entice you to read in March! I read any time, anywhere, most subjects and it's spooky how so many of my preferred authors are mentioned! To appreciate my appreciation of books please visit here and for my subsequent reviews here - designed by Albert Solon (1897-1973) and sourced from

Paper Art

Native American Paper Art

Sculptures of Native American scenes made out of paper by Allen and Patty Eckman - I just find these extraordinary! (You'll find more by following the links)

Happy Patriotic Easter

Evolution of the Polish Eagle

Evolution of the Polish (national emblem) Eagle (not quite up to date as the crown was restored after 'Solidarity' tore down the Iron Curtain

Patriotic Polis Easter Egg featuring crowned eagle

I've never seen a patriotic Easter Egg before - this is a long way away from the customary and very beautiful 'pisanki' that we normally see - come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen a Union Jack Easter Egg before either so is this unique. Using a medieval design of the crowned white eagle this is a beautiful, original and very symbolic use of the national emblem.

A Posy from Morecambe

A posy of flowers

I just loved this on sight - such a lovely posy of pansies and or heartsease and sweet peas

Patriotic Polkas

Polka attributed to Rosellen

Polka duet attributed to Grisi

A couple of drawings of the Polka I came across whilst researching for the ballet pages


The Little Mermaid Disney

This is so un-Disney and really appeals to me, not to mention the colours which of course I adore!

London Underground Business as Usual

WWII spirit of solidarity

Evoking the spirit of WWII in the London Underground - this spoof reminds us of the more famous 'Keep Calm' campaign!

VW 'Emissions' Scandal

Four VW Beatles parody

Remember the VW 'Emissions' Scandal - good imagery to dissipate the more unpleasant side of the story!

Artistic Hallowe'en

Baba Studio Artistic Halloween

From the Baba Studio a tasteful Halloween arrangement

The Chrysler & the Empire State Building

Chrysleer Building

Different angle to show the Chrysler gargoyles

Empire State Building

Just a bit of fun and clever photography

Catch 'em Young!

Twin Poland supporters

Couldn't resist this little bit of patriotic fervour and the pure joy in these kiddies faces!

In my sister's Back Yard

Wollaton Hall and SuperMoon

Well, not quite in her back yard (we have gardens) but what a view of Wollaton Hall! Thanks to the Nottingham Evening Post for featuring this remarkable image.

Cleaning Big Ben (the Elizabeth Tower)

Big Ben Clock Face Clean 2014

The team of cleaners abseiled down from the top of the tower to clean the face of the famous clock - with thanks to the Press Association and the Daily Mail for this remarkable image of Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower.

Lightning Strikes

Lightning has been striking religious monuments with increasing regularity, the latest being the gigantic Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro - with thanks to the Daily Mail and Getty Images for the pictures and narrative.

Using a spectacularly irreverent heading the Daily Mail states :

Well... he is Jesus! Lightning bolt looks like it's being thrown from the hand of Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer statue during spectacular storm

By James Nye PUBLISHED: 05:47, 17 January 2014 | UPDATED: 08:54, 18 January 2014

This is the staggering moment that the 100-foot tall statue of Jesus that towers over Rio de Janeiro was hit by lightning.
The Christ the Redeemer statue was struck in the early hours of Wednesday morning as a spectacular electrical storm lit up the sky. The iconic statue is the largest stone-work of Jesus ever built and stands more than 2,000 feet above Rio on top of the Corcovado Hill.
It was hit by lightning in February 2008 and had to undergo a serious restoration because the bolt damaged its head and chipped the right thumb
Named one of the seven new wonders of the world in 2007, the statue is made of 700 tonnes of reinforced concrete. (See also Tributes)

Christ the Redeemer struck by lightning

Divine: A lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 16, 2014

Christ the Redeemer struck by lightning

View of lightning that strikes next to the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 January 2014. The city has suffered a strong storm that left neighbourhoods without power and flooded streets - copyright EPA

Christ the Redeemer struck by lightning

Awesome: Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014
Thanks to Getty / AFP for the images

1953 Radio Times Cover for the coronation of Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

RT Commemorative 1953


Girls in a row

A group of girls out for a stroll, not at all self-conscious and giving a fantastic insight into the everyday fashions of the day! - Source : Getty Hulton Archive

Flappers in Hollywoodland 1920s

Supremely fabulous composition of two flappers above the 'Hollywoodland' sign!

Three lovely examples of the fairies : Lavender, Fuchsia and Holly

Lavender Fairy Fuchsia Fairy Holly Fairy

From the Daily Mail 'Lunar Plane now landing' article some remarkable images of a blood-red moon with the beautiful Albert Bridge as its 'backdrop' at the front!

The lunar plane now arriving... The striking blood-red moon pictured over London as aircraft passes in front

"As their plane soared across a spectacular orange globe, anyone on board must have felt, well, over the moon.
However, while a full moon is often associated with madness, there is a more rational explanation for this dramatic image than the inauguration of lunar flights.
The passenger jet passed across the face of the sphere in the midnight blue sky just as it was bathed in the glow of the setting sun, creating this striking scene last night.
The photograph was taken close to Albert Bridge in West London. The Grade II listed monument was built in 1873 and will mark the starting point of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla on June 3. "

Moon and Plane

A plane passes the full moon as it rises over Albert Bridge on Monday night - copyright Getty Images

Moon in London Moon and Bridge

City lights: A passer-by walks over Battersea bridge as the scarlet globe glows in the sky ahead of a freezing night - copyright the Press Association

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