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Happy 70th, Bob

This Tuesday marks the seventieth birthday of one of the most important cultural icons in modern history.  Aside from being my favourite artist of all time (read this longer post I wrote about Dylan last year), Bob Dylan has built himself quite a legacy, and unlike some other folks who got their start in the … Continue reading

Will tomorrow be the ‘end of the world’?

Maybe, but I’m suspecting no.  Readers will no doubt have heard about a Christian group going around, informing the world that 21 May 2011 is the day that God will issue his divine judgment upon the earth.  This is said to include an event called the ‘Rapture’, in which Christians will be taken from the … Continue reading

Sufjan at The Sage

As reported previously, on Monday I ventured with Arleta to Dundee in order to meet up with Cully in order to venture to Glasgow, in order to meet up with a busload of lovely folk in order to venture to Gateshead to catch Mr Sufjan Stevens in action.  (Upon initial inspection, this may seem like … Continue reading

Explosions in Edinburgh

Last night I had the last-minute opportunity to see Explosions in the Sky perform at the Picture House in Edinburgh with Laura L. and Armina D. When I last saw Explosions (at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco back in 2008) an obscure musician named Rob Lowe (not that Rob Lowe) opened for … Continue reading

An unfortunate reality

Yesterday I was in the University of St Andrews Library and saw this Postgraduate Funding Guide: As you may notice, the cover of this booklet features what looks like an Ishihara Colour Test.  When I first saw the test I thought perhaps it could be some raillery, until a reliable source told me that there … Continue reading

The Evolution of the Crucifixion in Art, part VII – Conclusion

This is the last part in a series of seven posts entitled ‘The Evolution of the Crucifixion in Art’, which attempts to identify and justify some changes in crucifixion depictions throughout history.  Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth parts to catch up. Introduction Theological and ecclesiastical developments in the Western Church Social … Continue reading

The King of Limbs Newspaper Album package

Since the fulfillment of their contract with EMI in 2003 (following the release of Hail to the Thief), Radiohead has embarked on an audacious quest to release their music in new ways.  In 2007 they initially released their record In Rainbows as a digital download that consumers could purchase for whatever price they deemed suitable … Continue reading

The Evolution of the Crucifixion in Art, part VI – Grünewald’s masterpiece

This is the fifth part in a series of seven posts entitled ‘The Evolution of the Crucifixion in Art’, which attempts to identify and justify some changes in crucifixion depictions throughout history.  Read the first, second, third, fourth and fifth parts to catch up. Introduction Theological and ecclesiastical developments in the Western Church Social and … Continue reading

UPDATE: Some thoughts on the death of Osama bin Laden

Thank you to everyone who read and engaged with yesterday’s post, Some thoughts on the death of Osama bin Laden, both directly through this blog and via Facebook.  I received many encouraging insights.  As I suspected, they just couldn’t help themselves… Some insightful comments from Facebook: Cris M. Thanks for this, Elijah.  Sadly, a lot … Continue reading

The Evolution of the Crucifixion in Art, part V – The intimate ‘Man of Sorrows’

This is the fifth part in a series of seven posts entitled ‘The Evolution of the Crucifixion in Art’, which attempts to identify and justify some changes in crucifixion depictions throughout history.  Read the first, second, third, and fourth parts to catch up. Introduction Theological and ecclesiastical developments in the Western Church Social and cultural … Continue reading