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  • 'Whatever people say I am, I'm not' // MAP OF THE BRITISH ISLES Ptolemy, 200 A.D; Johann Reger, 1486 // Writer Anita Holford | www.26treasures.com
    of Wales thank you Huw also told me that the well known Columbus story about having to convince the church leaders that he wouldn t fall off the edge of the earth was untrue People knew the world was round long before that What they were actually arguing about was the size of the circumference of the earth But getting back to Ptolemy his book was lost in the fall of Rome rediscovered after the fall of Constantinople and taken to Italy By this time in the late 1400s people were emerging from the Middle Dark Ages It was the Renaissance and there was a rediscovery and rebirth of the classical knowledge that had been lost when the Roman Empire collapsed There was a thirst for exploration and great mariners like Columbus set off on epic journeys to learn more about the world By this time the printing press had also been invented which made it possible to print these classical works and distribute them to a wider audience In this case Johann Reger a printer based in Ulm employed a cartographer artist to create maps from Ptolemy s manuscript which were then printed into bound volumes Truth or lies The rediscovery of Ptolemy s method was a huge step forward for map making but even so it was wrong He underestimated the circumference of the earth and overestimated the size of certain continents like Europe and Asia So in fact the distance between places was incorrect It s said that if Columbus had known the true distances involved he may never have set sail on his journey of discovery I liked the idea that if we were to believe Ptolemy the world is smaller than we think It chimed with something that happened to me during the process of

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  • Compose tips | www.26treasures.com
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  • Screen shot 2011-10-14 at 21.42.43.png | www.26treasures.com
    The Book Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Screen shot 2011 10 14 at 21 42 43 png

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  • Touching the Past by David Manderson | www.26treasures.com
    de Waal s The Hare with the Amber Eyes is about collecting gathering beautiful objects together furniture netsukes paintings buildings and arranging them in one place Collecting can be seen as mere ownership an expression of wealth and power Private collectors can be seen as ruthless buyers museums as narratives that subjugate the meaning of their exhibits to their own But in fact as de Waal reminds us collecting is about touch It s the feel of bone china under your finger the exquisite flaw in a varnished surface the fineness of a carved figure in a tiny piece of wood 26 Treasures isn t about objects in glass cases so much as the people who used them That gown rubbed a real woman s shoulders real hands forged those drag chains real bums polished that chair that mask lay hot with its wearer s breath against a real minister s face If we don t know who came before us we don t know who we are ourselves And we can only know those who came before if our lives touch theirs Long live touch It s makes us who we are Post new comment Your name E mail

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/blog/touching-past-david-manderson (2016-02-12)
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  • A plea for St Andrew’s Day by Sarah Burnett | www.26treasures.com
    1745 the Jacobite Rising If my teapot was ever used at a tea party in 1738 it probably heard much talk about Union independence England and Scotland We re still having the same conversation three centuries later Since there s only so much navel gazing and politics a teapot should be forced to sit through I wrote about this in my 62 words for 26 Treaures What excites me about the redesigned National Museum of Scotland is its sense of Scotland going ambitiously out into the world It s both intellectually and emotionally exhilarating Most people now feel some embarrassment about Britain s imperial past but it s a stirring aspect of many Scots histories My grandfather was part of it When he died he left stamp albums filled with stamps from dozens of countries places where he had worked or visited en route to different postings or had friends For my brothers and me growing up in England our Scottish grandparents and their ancestors were the exciting relatives the explorers Our English relatives seemed parochial by comparison I worry that had my Scottish grandfather been in his teens today a century later his side of the family would probably be the parochial ones A while back I asked someone at a party where he lived He said I ve been a real nomad I grew up in Edinburgh moved to Glasgow and now I stay in Livingston I thought it was a joke but it wasn t The Museum of Scotland reminds me of my grandfather s version of Scottishness The circling inward focused talk of Union independence Holyrood Westminster the talk that my teapot complains about in its 62 words puts all of us at risk of being parochial Thank goodness the Museum reminds us that Scotland also

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  • On second thoughts ... by A J McIntosh | www.26treasures.com
    of masticated paper and ink and percussion caps pursued him with hoots and shrieks and interpreted his consequent eruptions as signs of insanity or his efforts at humour as weakness With the cruel confidence of youth it never occurred to us that he might be differently wired rather than just aberrant Nor did we take into account any cumulative effect of his inherent strangeness and his conscription 30 years earlier into active military service When his breath smelt sweet as it usually did we sneered and winked at what we assumed was self indulgent alcoholism More and more arsenals were prepared for a man who could not fight back I have no doubt we made Kelly s latter years hell And my sense of guilt for whatever part I played in that has increased the older I ve grown and the more I ve recognised my own frailties and shortcomings A bombshell came recently when I learned that one of his most absurd gestures finger flapping could be interpreted very differently Kelly was the first person I ever heard mention Napier s Bones and the moment I learned that this artefact had been assigned to me for 26 Treasures thoughts of him came flooding back I wrote the following 62 word poem part confession part tribute part warning soon afterwards I subsequently rejected it as too remote from the object itself to stand alone However I still feel I owe Charles Kelly an apology and the theme of pitfalls in how we abbreviate in thought love science remains relevant to the eventual epitaph I submitted for the project I therefore include Maths Master as a heartfelt aside interesting if nothing else as a very early draft of what grew into a more considered but less personal piece for a set

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  • Perspectives | www.26treasures.com
    20th century and working on both at once had a knock on effect on each project Here s a link to the radio programme http www bbc co uk programmes b016x2jy other related content http www bbc co uk news magazine 15659821 http www bbc co uk iplayer episode p00ldzdk From Our Own Correspondent The USA and France Post new comment Your name E mail The content of this field

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  • The End of Objects by Stephen Potts | www.26treasures.com
    blog can achieve an immortality not granted its author or if you ll forgive me its readers The laptop on which I type it won t gain the status of Venerated Object even though it is made by Apple because what matters if anything is the content and that will be preserved via this website for all time whatever its value And I can record right now a video message for my great great great grandchildren in the full confidence that they will be able to access it should they wish to assuming of course that they come to exist and that the planet endures They won t have to speculate or deduce how I live that what I wear or how I spend my time by perusal of objects I leave or they find I can tell them directly I can show them by turning the web cam around and taking them on a virtual tour of my house It won t be long before we can create an interactive hologram of ourselves an ibod perhaps incorporating all the thoughts and activities we ve consigned to the blogosphere to Facebook or to Twitter We ll be able to project it electronically at a distance much as we now undertake video chats via Skype to Australia permitting electronic versions of ourselves to engage in conversations while we are asleep And when we can do that the holograms can outlive us and engage in future e chats with future interlocutors until the end of time I find the concept disturbing though I struggle to articulate why isn t the drive for immortality of a sort what motivates us Isn t it in part why we have children Isn t it why writers write hesitate to admit it though we do We

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/blog/end-objects-stephen-potts (2016-02-12)
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