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Monthly Archives: March 2011
1846: on her travels around the world, the redoutable Austrian traveller Ida Pfeiffer visits Rio de Janeiro and finds much to displease. If only she were in Constantinople!
Surely one of the coollest auditions in history, Giotto‘s masterful response to the Pope’s request for evidence of his genius has long been a favourite story of mine. Here it is in Italian, followed by my translation into quasi-Gibbonesque English. … Continue reading
The question whether the UN ought to authorise the imposition of no-fly zones over Libya has answers for and against, cynical and principled. It is a case study in realpolitik, and the extent to which we should moderate it by … Continue reading