People who lived on London Bridge

London Ghosts

To look at London Bridge now you see….well…..a bridge with traffic on it. But go back three centuries or more and the bridge was full of houses and some illustrious tenants. During the reign of Henry VIII, the court painter Holbein lived there. Two hundred years later, another artist – Hogarth – was a resident. They saw London Bridge in its Tudor and Georgian manifestations. It would have been remarkably similar during both periods.

Nonesuch Palace Nonesuch Palace

The only highway for hundreds of years across the Thames was made up of about nineteen irregular arches with the original stones being laid in around 1176. Incredibly, this structure would last with many modifications until 1831 By that time, the medieval bridge and its Tudor houses had gone into a severe decline. The narrowness of the arches created fierce rapids and were not navigable by larger vessels.

From the Middle Ages, there was…

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The Golden Turtle: A Sino-Tibetan divination manuscript

early Tibet


Astrology was, and surely still is, an important part of life in Tibet. As in most other Asian countries, astrology played the vital role of deciding whether to carry out an important activity – a journey, a marriage, a funeral, a battle – and which days were best for embarking on such activities. Tibetan astrology is often said to be a combination of Chinese and Indian astrologies. According to one history, it was the tsenpo Tridé Tsugtsen who introduced Chinese astrology to Tibet in the 8th century. The influence of Indian astrology comes mainly through the Kālacakra tantra I believe, from the 11th century onwards.

There is an old saying, going back to the time of the Tibetan empire, that characterises Tibet’s neighbours according to their special talents (at least in Tibetan eyes):

  • To the south is India, the land of religion
  • To the north is Turkestan, the land of…

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To see a world in a grain of sand

Wellcome Collection Blog

Today is the last day of our ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple‘ exhibition. Open since November, the show was inspired by 17th century murals from a private meditation chamber for Tibet’s Dalai Lamas in Lhasa’s Lukhang Temple and explored Tibetan Buddhist yogic and meditational practice and their connections to physical and mental wellbeing. As we say goodbye to this much-loved exhibition, Sarah Jellenc explores the common ground between ancient Tibetan practices and Romanticism.

Tibet_440x614 ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’ at Wellcome Collection.

Making my way through ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple, expecting to be confronted on every side by the exotic and unfamiliar, I was struck by the thematic continuity between the content of the exhibition and my own studies in English Romanticism. As I learned more about the ancient Dzogchen practices of Tibet, I recognised its concern with the nature of the mind and its relationship to the body and to…

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The stillness of rage



‘Take a picture of my house’ before they demolish it

During the fifth demolition drive at Ganesh Krupa Society on February of 2012, Rajendra Mistry, a supervisor in a maintenance firm, pulled me away from documenting the demolishing of another house and asked me to follow him to his own house. I asked him why and he says he wants a photo of himself in his house before the ‘haramis’ (bastards) break it down. He sat down on his mattress, before his packed belongings, his idols and gods still hanging from the walls, with the solemnity of silence itself. I took the photos for him, and by the end of the day, it didn’t matter as much.

By five in the evening, the demolition crews left. His house survived.

That day.

On the 3rd of April this year, after the sixth demolition drive, it’s a field of rubble.

That too…

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12/28/2009: The Works of Brion Gysin


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A Different Nature

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Tonight on A Different Nature, a look at the works of Brion Gysin.
He is perhaps best known as a collaborative partner of William S. Burroughs and for introducing him to the cut-up technique.
Brion worked in painting, collage, calligraphic art, sound poetry and writing, but in his life never achieved the recognition that his peers did, despite his efforts latter in life and those of Burroughs, who frequently championed Gysin as his inspiration during what they called their “Third Mind” era.
Perhaps one of Gysin’s most enduring – and curious – inventions is the Dream Machine. Part kinetic sculpture, part spiritual shrine, the Dream Machine was intended to create a drugless high and lead to mystic visions. Gysin hoped it would replace the television in people’s homes and believed it was art taken to the logical apex…

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Moorbey'z Blog


By Robert J. Boyle


 The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), among others, have called for an anti-Beyoncérally in response to her Super Bowl performance. During it, she and her back-up dancers performed a songand moves that have been labelled as glorifying the Black Panther Party. In its literature the PBA has postedpictures of Black Panther Party/Black Liberation Army political prisoners including Herman Bell, whohappens to be my client and who is appearing before the Parole Board in March 2016. Convicted ofmurdering two police officers in 1971, he has now been in jail for 43 years.

No one in the mainstream media has challenged the PBA’s characterization of the BPP. Nor has there beenoutrage over its call for a boycott of a mainstream artist for daring to favorably portray the BPP and its place inthe Black…

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