Through the Wardrobe

'This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!' thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. 'I wonder is that more moth balls?' she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hand.…

The Secret Commonwealth

The secret Commonwealth, the second of Phillip Pullman's Book of Dust trilogy, is just the kind of book I like to settle down with in winter. Winter lends itself to fantasy and magic and going on adventures within the pages of a book. Now there's a couple of things I need to confess. First, I'm…

The Wizardry of Antoni Gaudi

The Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia Over a century in the making and still not complete, Gaudi's masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a church like no other. You know it as soon as you look at the Nativity Facade, which was almost completed in Gaudi's lifetime. The stonework has a dissolving quality,…