Meeting the Angels of Death at Heligan

The personification of death in art and mythology is common. Abaddon in the Book of Revelation, Azrael in Islam, Yama in Hinduism even the Santa Muerte in Mexico. These guardians of the underworld are the keepers of the gates into the afterlife, the bringers of doom and the escorts of departed souls. So, let’s just […]

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Elementum – Review of a journal of nature and story.

Elementum is a beautiful treasure trove of words and imagery. This is not a read today – recycled tomorrow magazine, this is something dive into, immerse yourself in and ultimately cherish. Reading it feels as if you are being drawn into each of the contributors’ worlds. Worlds where there are legions of stories waiting to […]

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Botanical Art with Scientific Illustration – Review of Sarah Jane Humphrey’s new book

Cornish illustrator Sarah Jane Humphrey Botanical Art

There is something special, satisfying even, about finding beauty in the small things in life. Taking the time to notice the marvellous minutiae of the natural world that surrounds us, especially here in Cornwall where we are blessed with so much wild flora and fauna. Sarah Jane Humphry’s enchanting new book takes us from the […]

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Review of Marco Polo’s new Guide to Devon and Cornwall 2018

Marco Polo Devon and Cornwall Guide Review 2018

I was recently asked if I would write a review for the new Marco Polo Pocket Guide to Devon and Cornwall. I agreed. Excited that they wanted my opinion and by the prospect of a free book! After all my years of travel you might say that I am a bit of a guidebook connoisseur. […]

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Cornwall hosts the 40th International Mining Games

This was my first time at this exciting and rather different kind of event and I wasn’t really sure what to expect! However I soon learnt that the International Mining Games are like the Olympics of the industry. The best teams from across the globe come together to compete against each other in this gruelling […]

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Titanic Stories – At Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum

This week saw the opening of a new major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Telling the story of the famously unsinkable ship, the Titanic, the exhibition takes a fresh look at the facts and the myths behind this endlessly fascinating event. Infamous tragedy Titanic was meant to be the ship that even God […]

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Celebrating 200 Years: the Royal Cornwall Museum comes to life!

It is damp and dreary but I have been looking forward to today for months so I was going to be put off. Walking up the granite steps into the museum I am immediately stuck by how bright everything looks. And how busy, my favourite little museum has really come alive! I have been going […]

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Falmouth Art Gallery: Andrew Lanyon and Nature’s Laboratory

andrew lanyon

Since I first came across Andrew Lanyon’s book A Fairy Find many years ago I have been fascinated by his work. He challenges me to see the world in a different way, a weird and wonderful, and often slightly perplexing, way. His latest exhibition which opened last weekend at Falmouth Art Gallery is called Nature’s […]

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The Gibson Dynasty – Pioneers of Photography

It is romantic to think of a photograph as a snapshot of a world that would otherwise be lost to us. However the Gibson family’s enormous collection of photographs of Cornwall is so much more than a romanticised version of the past. They document the everyday. Capture the world of working-class Cornish people. Set against […]

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