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Edward IV Demise

Posted April 7th, 2012 at 01:30 PM by Crystal Rainbow

The Protector


Richard had just told his brother Edward that Berwick Castle was safe back in English hands and a peace treaty was made between England and Scotland. It was news that had made Edward so happy it was that best piece of good news that he had heard for ages. Edward wanted the country to celebrate with him as he had bonfires lit and bells ringing joy out to those towns...
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Rievaulx Bridge

Posted May 6th, 2012 at 04:59 AM by Building Panoramics

Rievaulx Abbey is a wonderful place to visit, with extensive ruins as can be seen in our pictures of it at http://www.buildingpanoramics.com/project/rievaulx-abbey/ The picture taken from inside the chancel is looking out towards Reivaulx Bridge over the river Rye. When you go to Rievaulx is is well taking time to travel further down the road South to the abbey bridge. This is where Turner sketched two views of the abbey in 1816, and went on the paint the famous water colour of 1825 which is done...
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Enmeshed in a Web of Debt

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 08:10 PM by spellbanisher
Updated June 26th, 2012 at 11:51 PM by spellbanisher

To tackle my project of showing the origins of money manager capitalism, I've decided to described the evolution of four institutions in American economic history; debt, managerialism, the welfare state, and cultural fundamentalism. In this thread and in subsequent ones, I discuss debt.

Debt is often seen in moralistic terms and having become a problem fairly recently. It depicted as the result of bad apples rather than systemic forces, of greedy, impatient individuals spending...
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Baroque: Not just for Dictators and Autocrats

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 07:57 PM by jttwong

Recently, I was discussing the European architecture with a few friends over a few drinks when one of them claimed that “The Baroque style of design and planning is always utilized by authoritative governmental regimes when there is a need to convey a sense of power.” (none of us remember the exact wording so I might have paraphrased him ever so slightly) My response was somewhere along the lines “I don’t know think so bro.” However, the beers were getting the better of me and I could not respond...
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Significance of Perspective & Idealism in Renaissance City Design

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 02:45 AM by jttwong


The Renaissance marked an intriguing resurrection of the Classical unseen since the disintegration of the Roman Empire through combining art and architecture. Generally speaking, the modus-operandi of Renaissance urban construction was focused upon the aesthetical side of architecture and it orbited around two major characteristics. These were the depiction of art with a manifestation of perspective with a prominent three-dimensional standpoint instead of a mundane...
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