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Posted March 27, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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Sanchi. The little town in the heart of Madhya Pradesh had been calling out to me since as far back in time as I could remember. From before I moved back to India. Before I even knew the immensity of its import in the bigger scheme of things.

I would fantasize wandering around the 2,300-year-old Buddhist stupa built by Ashoka the Great, in the company of birdsong and golden rays of sunshine. It epitomized all my soul was constantly hungering for: a space which was closer to nirvana. Don’t get me wrong. I am a hard-core city person. I love the rat race, of ambition and success. But within a mantle of purpose and intention. Of meaning and depth. Sanchi, I believed could help me put the pieces, which I knew as my “life,” into some semblance of balance. For is that not what Gautama Buddha preached about. The…

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Posted March 27, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

BAA Southwell Minster study day: From medieval toilets to one of the purest symbols of western thought   Leave a comment

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Posted February 25, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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Stained Glass Attitudes

Southwell Minster pulpitum

The British Archaeological Association runs a number of study days that are free for students, the most recent was at Southwell Minster, the dinky little pepperpot-topped cathedral in Nottinghamshire that hardly anyone has heard of. The day was led by Philip Dixon, consultant archaeologist at the Minster and a well-known figure to many BAA members. I highly recommend any students interested in medieval architecture to go on these trips (travel money is reimbursed to a reasonable level), as they are an excellent opportunity to point at things in buildings with people who know an outstanding amount about them and are always a rewarding experience.

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Southwell does not have a rail station, so getting there from London means travelling to Newark first, but this did mean I could have a visit to St Mary Magdalene, Newark, one of the finest parish churches in the country. Its enormous steeple, consisting…

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Posted February 25, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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Posted February 25, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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Stained Glass Attitudes

Simone Martini - The Grieving St John - signed and dated 1320 (The Barber Institute, Birmingham, England) Simone Martini – The Grieving St John – dated 1320 (The Barber Institute, Birmingham, England)

Although I saw a few nice churches in Haggerston and Hackney last week, it didn’t seem quite exciting enough to write up as a blog, and this week I was far too crippled to even consider much more than a trip to Piccadilly to catch the RA’s George Bellows exhibition before it closes, so I thought I would try something a bit different. There are some things that as an Art Historian that I get very excited about, even if they are not part of my current research. Outward appearances are obviously part of the attraction, but it’s only when you really consider and study things at length that you can see how special they were in their own time. I thought I would share a few on this blog, and the first, on the

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Posted February 25, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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Posted January 11, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels