Happy Hundertwasser Day!

Ok not a widely recognised celebration but when I was rummaging in a discount book store and I came across a great book on Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, an Austrian born artist and architect who I’d never heard of previously. And coincidently he was born on this date in 1928. His art and architect is really distinctive – organic shapes and structures and really vivid bright … Continue reading Happy Hundertwasser Day!

Coney Island, Baby!

Fun fairs have always placed a part in the life of the Rag Tags- growing up in the North East close to Whitley Bay’s Spanish City, immortalized in Dire Straights ‘Tunnel of Love‘, visiting the annual Hoppings at Newcastle’s Town Moor, or working a summer job next door to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. So on a visit to New York a few years ago, having been to … Continue reading Coney Island, Baby!

Día de Muertos: Day of the Dead

Day of The Dead

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos or sometimes known as Día de los Muertos)  is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, but also in other countries around the world, in particular the US. It is a three day celebration of past families and friends, beginning on October 31st, and ending on November 2nd. On All Hallows Eve, children make an altar to invite … Continue reading Day of The Dead

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan…..

On this day in 1772 English poet, philosopher and theologian Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born.  I remember reading his famous poem Kubla Khan in English lessons at school and whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the works of the other Romantic poets this one did stick with me….. Kubla Khan In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, … Continue reading In Xanadu did Kubla Khan…..

Oscar Wilde

On 16th October 1854 Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde entered the world in Dublin. Better known as Oscar Wilde, Wilde was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford and went on to be a leading light in literature.  Famed for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray published in 1891, many believe his greatest talent was writing plays, and he went on to … Continue reading Oscar Wilde