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date: 30 Sep
The First Performance of the Magic Flute      - Vienna, September 30th 1791 -    The music critic Neville Cardus wrote that The Magic Flute is, “the only one in existence that might conceivably have been composed by God.” Beethoven considered the opera to be Mozart’s greatest work. On one level the opera, Mozart’s last completed work, is like a...
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  • 18th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Music
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date: 05 Sep
The Unveiling of Michelangelo’s David    - 8th September 1504 -    The Italian Renaissance painter and architect Giorgio Vasari said that once you had seen Michelangelo’s David there was no point in ever seeing another sculpture – such was its perfection. Standing at nearly seventeen feet tall and weighing in at 12,473 pounds, the statue, carved...
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  • 16th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Classical Art
  • Sculpture
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date: 02 Sep
2nd September 1973   - The Death of JRR Tolkien -    The Hobbit, the unexpected bestseller and cult novel, written by JRR Tolkien was never intended for publication. It stemmed from the mundane beginnings of marking exam scripts. A student had left a blank page in the answer booklet. Tolkien wrote on the page, “In a hole in the ground there lived...
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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Biography
  • This week in history
date: 29 Jun
The Original Globe Theatre Burns Down   -   29th June 1613   In 1597 a certain Mr Allen failed to renew the lease on the land on which the theatre owned by Richard Burbage, the leading actor in a company named ‘The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’, was built. A clause in the lease stated that anything built on the land belonged to Burbage and so when Allen...
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  • 17th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 15 Jun
The Founding of the Women’s Institute in the UK     -  June 16th 1915  -   For many the WI is the epitome of Britishness - cake, Jam and Jerusalem. What some may not know is that this very British institution was originally started in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, back in 1897. At a meeting of a branch of The Farmers’ Institute, Adelaide Hoodless...
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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • World War 1