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First Trip to China, V: medieval Xí’án

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For the first of these photo posts from China of 2017 I’ve managed to construct a historical point to make alongside my holiday snaps. For this one I have no such connection to my work or overarching theme: these are … Continue reading

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First Trip to China, IV: monument to a pilgrim

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I think there are two more of these China 2017 posts in my bag before I return to UK academia of years ago, in general happier times than now, and they’re both about things in the city of Xí’án, as … Continue reading

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First Trip to China, III: a Forest of Steles

Returning, after that last shaft of contemporary relevance, to the blog’s backlogged position in mid-2017, not everything that I saw in China on my trip there then was medieval, or even Byzantine. Before we left Changchun we were bussed out … Continue reading

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First Trip to China, I: Old China Renewed

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As the pandemic continues and Leeds itself heads back towards local lockdown, it is admittedly quite hard to imagine my way back to June 2017, partly just because of the urgencies of the now, but also because as we’ve just … Continue reading

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In Marca Hispanica XXXVI: Castell de Montclus

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I have again to apologise for a gap in posting. I’ve been on holiday! I did mean to have something ready for posting before I went, but the preparation overwhelmed everything, sorry. Now I’m back, and back in the past, … Continue reading

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Second try at Sant Esteve de Palautordera

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I have mentioned before now that, by pretty much complete coincidence with my research topic, I have occasional family reasons to pitch up in Catalonia, at a place called Palautordera. Long ago I wrote a post lamenting that the one … Continue reading

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Bolton Abbey Priory

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By way of a light break between the last post, arguably intended to start an argument, and the likely next one, intended to record a conference, here’s some pictures. At the end of April 2017, with a relative visiting, m’partner … Continue reading

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Taking in York Minster

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At the very beginning of the period covered by the last post, April 2017, I had a relative visiting and so decided to do one of the obvious bits of Yorkshire touristing I had not yet done, which is to … Continue reading

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Istanbul VIII: remains at the museum

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You may have gathered that the UK’s academics are on strike again, and more of us this time, 74 institutions where before it was 60; nothing got solved and people are even angrier now. It’s not a particularly good time … Continue reading

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Istanbul VII: a mosque with a longer history

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Sorry that this post wasn’t, as promised, delivered last week; I have been having difficulties, and let’s just leave it at that. Anyway, today, having celebrated a centenary and sorted the last of my Istanbul photos, it is now blog … Continue reading