Gavin Tulloch

Gavin Tulloch

About Gavin Tulloch

Scientist and poet. He loves chemistry, wine, women and operas. We don’t know the order.

Overture to the Horse

Classical music finds the grand member of the equus less often than most would imagine but, when it does, the connection remains as a permanent musical dream, an overture to the horse.

So where do we begin a short story of the horse in the orchestra? It seems that the linkage between music and the

By |May 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Australia Day on Sydney Harbour

For me there is no better place to be on Australia Day than at Camp Cove, a beach that faces west near the South Head of Sydney Harbour. Yet, let’s go slowly, maybe an early lunch under an umbrella in the sun and then a walk around to South Head in the mid-summer sun

By |January 25th, 2017|Special Australia|0 Comments

Benny Hill and Angels bawdy and brilliant

As a percentage of the world’s population, there are not many of us who have been fortunate enough to be brought up on a diet of British comedy from the 1950s through to the end of the 20th century, and nearly all of us who have, and who are still standing, are on the

By |January 21st, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

George Burns in his own words

It is 20th January, just 121 years since Nathan Birnbaum was born. Since Jewish boys must become composers or violinists, Nathan (Nattie to his mum) at some stage decided to become George, George Burns. Just over 100 years later, in 1996, George left to spend eternity with Gracie. What better way to celebrate

By |January 20th, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Edgar Allan Poe pithy sayings and more

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this

By |January 19th, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Serrone Dreaming: paragliding near Rome

Monte Scalambra today, with Serrone resting across its slopes, is the centre of paragliding near Rome. The mountain was for many centuries the natural protector of Rome due to its incredible view stretching from the Eternal City to the valleys to the south.

Today, the experience of free flight, paragliding and hang-gliding, brings extreme sportspeople to

By |January 17th, 2017|Lifestyle, Specialplaces|0 Comments

Last Tango in Palace

Astor Piazzola, Marcantonio Colonna Palace, Paliano, Chamber Orchestra of Frosinone – what do they have in common? Tango in palace for our pleasure.

Is it not a paradox that essentially sensuous music from the 20th century should vibrate the thick stone walls of a monument of renaissance or even earlier medieval architecture. Yet this is

By |January 9th, 2017|Special Musical Experience|0 Comments

Which witch is the Befana Witch?

What is it that attracts mothers in Italy to the spirit of the Christmas witch, the Befana witch?

Why is it that so many mothers wrap themselves in a black shawl and, cackling at their offspring, present an image of an old hag, one whose femininity has been lost or destroyed by the ravages of

By |January 6th, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Bagpipes at Caetani Castle in Trevi nel Lazio

My afternoon tour, with Giancarlo Flavi, on the second last day of the year, had us heading into the Simbruini mountains and the Regional Park, up from the Cesanese vineyards of Piglio, through the high plains of Arcinazzo to hear Scottish Bagpipes in Trevi nel Lazio, a Ciociarian town sitting at 820 metres in

Presepe of Serrone imagining Bethlehem

It is Thursday after Christmas on an early winter’s day in Serrone, in central Italy, with bright sunshine and a breeze blowing the leaves off the oak trees and spreading them in little swirls on the road.

Our friend, Giancarlo Flavi, has drawn Claudia and myself from the quiet of the blogger’s room to seek

By |December 30th, 2016|Special Art & Architecture|0 Comments

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