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Extinction Book 1 Girl with the Golden Eyes is being offered – to US residents and Amazon and Goodreads customers only, alas – free, 100 Kindle copies, in a promotional lottery which is called a Goodreads Giveaway. I just thought I’d let you know! It’s one of my favorites – of my own books – …

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Son of Two Fathers – The Renaissance – Mantua – Andrea Mantegna – Virtuoso of Space

ANDREA MANTEGNA’S HOUSE IN MANTUA: Andrea Mantegna, the court painter to the Gonzagas of Mantua, had a talent for conjuring magical spaces out of square boxes – his “bridal chamber” – or camera picta – in Mantua’s Ducal Palace, with its trompe-l’œil oculus, is one example, creating as it does a complex sense of space, …

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Voyage in Sicily: Migrations

A few small insights from my recent visit to Sicily. Unlimited migration or immigration is not necessarily a delightful thing. In Palermo, sub-Saharan Africans were camped out next to people’s homes, and in public parks and public squares, cooking their food, washing, defecating, etc. Improvised tents. Quite a lot of this. Little hygiene, little or …

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