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AN ADDRESS TO SCOTLAND

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AN ADDRESS TO SCOTLAND Scotland you belong to your painted people, a people that paints itself, a people that paints its own fates. The pictures on the skin of the ancient arms and torso of Scotland…

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MICHAEL McDEVITT 1926-2012

Lough Swilly – the Lake of Shadows, the Lake of the Eyes – Buncrana, Inishowen, Donegal… I came to scatter my father’s ashes in his hometown in the Solstice of 2014. My father once took me to see Frank McGuinness’ play … Continue reading

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JOYCEANA

The good ship Ulysses, slower than the Swift, more joyous. No sea, no odyssey. Joyce in Stephen’s Green. A silly quote from Ulysses has Dedalus musing “Crossing Stephen’s, that is, my green…” This isn’t Joyce’s finest nanosecond but it keeps … Continue reading

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A YEATSIAN LOVE-NEST

This was the 52 Holland Park house where Yeats hired a ‘service flat’ to facilitate sexual relations with the journalist Edith Shackleton Heald, whom he met in 1937. He was 71, she was 53. The flat cost two guineas a … Continue reading

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MERCURY

This is the bronze statue of Mercury at 2 Ladbroke Grove which adorned the Mercury Theatre, a poet’s theatre where Eliot, Auden et al used to have their plays put on. They planned to open with a season of Yeats … Continue reading

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AN ADDRESS TO SCOTLAND

AN ADDRESS TO SCOTLAND Scotland you belong to your painted people, a people that paints itself, a people that paints its own fates. The pictures on the skin of the ancient arms and torso of Scotland are pictures of a … Continue reading

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Anglo Saxon London

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Robert Burns on Thames

Burns is commemorated in public statues all over the world. Embankment Gardens is where he sits in London, with a very good view of Cleopatra’s Needle. He was once offered a job in London by The Star newspaper but declined. … Continue reading

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THE WHITE GODDESS

This is a photo of David Graeber talking at the gates of 35 St Peters Square, Hammersmith. The address is famous for Robert Graves’ and Laura Riding’s failed double suicide attempt in 1929. Graves’ friends and family referred to this … Continue reading

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