Tiger women

In the middle of heat rage a few weeks ago, I saw this fierce woman, captured in a 1930s photo by Fubing Chang.

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Instantly I thought of her waving a battle banner, and @jennifershortotextiles showed me both the flag and how this girl might appear nowadays.

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Finally, her palace: on sale in the Atlas Mountains via Christie’s,

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where she sits waiting for lunch in the heat (@thebreadcompanion)

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Karl and Peter

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Their churches in Vienna…(obviously. The holiday snaps are nearly done.)

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Karlskirche is like an icing-sugar white version of St Peter’s outside, with a lake built before it to reflect it

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It’s a church of St Charles Borromeo, who can be seen on the frescoes of the dome, along with other saints and angels, a cabbage and a stream of gold coins.

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The light in this window reminded me of the Rad Cam in Oxford, as did St Peter’s dome, which appears down a side street,

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Inside was lots more carving and gold, along with some bizarre (symbolic?) flouorescdnt pink rocks and tennis balls on a stick.

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Much nicer than the rather dull cathedral though…

Metropolitan

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Wrapping up the church crawl was Liverpool’s Catholic cathedral

The Lutyens crypt was shut when we visited, so I only saw the post-war upper half.

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I suspect it’s the glory anyway. A space-ship like round congregation allows everyone access to the altar, excluding no-one

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and round the edges, a series of deep-set chapels each private and each home to a different colour and mood.

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The chapels give a moment of privacy and reflection within the wider celebration and I can’t choose a favourite.

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Photos May 2017.

Cathedral crawl

On the last Bank Holiday, I set off on a cathedral crawl, taking in both ends of Hope Street in Liverpool

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and the houses and art in between.

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This is the Anglican cathedral, a monumental Gothic that removed the fussiness of the style and made it ready for the 20th century that was about to dawn.

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Favourite details and the Catholic cathedral to follow later.

May 2017.