Before getting into the general treasure, here are a couple of notices. Opportunities for purloining your own treasure as it happens.
Yay! I’ve opened an online 2nd-hand bookshop. Check it out and see what exciting Christmas presents you could now avail yourself of.
My other has done the same thing – though not so much verbal as visual treasure. She’s an artist and is offering a bunch of her work online for charity. What’s not to love
- Pete Williams from Tyndale House in Cambridge has made the talks related to his superb Can We Trust The Gospels all available online, here. Don’t miss them
- On those kinds of lines, Ian Paul returns to his annual but necessary indulgence (!?) – why Jesus was NOT born in a stable and why it matters.
- 10 poems of gratitude (from Art and Theology)
- Jon Kuhrt writes an open letter to Netflix on the news of their acquisition of the rights to Narnia. Good stuff.
- Yes, it’s an advert written by an editor at his publishers (!), but this new Carl Trueman book looks important and perhaps even on the right lines… will see when I get to it!
- Such a helpful poem from Malcolm Guite, a response to Psalm 55. Apt in a covid-bound Advent.
- Not that topical but pretty fun – 14 things I bet you didn’t know about Norway.
- Weather is amazing – and perhaps we’re going to have to get used to more of it! But this boggles. A ‘microburst’ over a lake in Carinthia, Austria:
- That time of year when various lists of Photographic awards get published [come to think of it, they seem to come out monthly… weird… oh well… on with the show] here are a few goodies:
- Siena International Photo Awards
- Comedy Wildlife Photography
- Not a competition as such, but a winner nevertheless: Australian Brad Walls’ aerial images of ballerinas
- Nor is this – but some found images from an amateur photographer called Jack Sharp who died nearly 30 years ago. Superb.
- Just the ticket for this covid season: Miriam Elia’s Dung-beetle (ie anti-ladybird) guide to Lockdown (right)
- This is quite fun – a visualiser to illustrate the virtuosity of a pianist’s hands.
- A digital artist has recreated various historical giants as contemporary figures. Some are more convincing than others! But I especially like Beethoven as a kind of mafioso and Elizabeth I as a kind of Sex and the City extra (though they’re clearly missing some Cate Blanchett features, surely)
- A cemetery caretaker in France has left the most incredible mosaic legacy on his home. Stunning!