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Exploring past and present lives—Dag Hammarskjöld

Today—Sunday 18 September—we commemorate the extraordinary life of Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–1961), diplomat, economist and author, killed on a ceasefire mission to the newly independent Congo. Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary General of the United Nations, photographed in 1959. This picture appeared in … Continue reading

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Why South Africa isn’t Brazil

The 1510 massacre of Francisco d’Almeida and his sixty compatriots was, until recently, seen as “one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Portugal”.1 Yet today the event receives scant attention since most historians are quick to overlook it, journalists tend … Continue reading

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Why tie a knot in stone?

Though it seems difficult to tie a knot in stone, it has been done by sculptors since antiquity—most notably in the tied sashes and knotted shawls of Roman statuary. The finest symbolic knots, however, are found in Portugal and were … Continue reading

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Legends of the Odilienberg

To celebrate the publication of Knot of Stone, we invite local friends on a walking tour of the Odilienberg on Sunday 26 June. Walk in the footsteps of the book’s two main characters, Sonja Haas and Jason Tomas, as they search for … Continue reading

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