What is so special about the eleventh day of April? A hint. It’s not the eleventh of April this year I’m referring to.
It’s the eleventh day of April 1868. Ring any bells? Probably not — unless you live in Japan. For on the eleventh of April 1868 the era of the Tokugawa Shogunate was brought to a close with the restoration of the Emperor Meiji.
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March, it is said, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Its entrance this year has lived up to the first part of that, the weather being mixed with bursts of sun through clouds, followed by rain and snow flurries, with a wind from the Arctic that nips like pincers.
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Read about Seven Books Seven Authors at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.
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Yesterday in Scotland we watched in horror the images on our TVs, computers and phones showing Glasgow School of Art being swallowed by flames.
A number of years ago, my husband and I visited the art school, previously only admired from the outside. It’s difficult to describe the interior of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building; iconic is overused, yet it’s the only word I can find to describe a design that was both Scottish and European, distinctive yet with a modern edge even today.
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The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a breath-taking and quirky romp through millennia. Read my blog post about it at http://jingsandthings.wordpress.com Stitches in time.