Scotland

Some photos you are not going to want to miss!

by Anna Blanch on February 27, 2011

Sometimes photographs speak more than a thousand words, they speak of sounds and smells too…. I love being behind the camera but Kevin Kelly’s technical skill is off the charts! I have always considered myself a people photographer – people I can do, emotions, moment….but landscapes – I am usually better of buying a postcard! [...]

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Today, in 1411, Bishop Wardlaw signed the charter establishing the University of St Andrews. The Papal Bull granting full university status to the institution was signed in 1413 because the Pope was in Spain and it took a little while for the boat to travel the distance! So technically, (drumroll please) today is the University’s [...]

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Shortbread

by Anna Blanch on July 26, 2010

Every Monday morning a plate of shortbread appears in the two kitchen areas in the building where my office is located. I don’t always use the kitchens so it took me a few months to even notice the pattern. The wordless plate of freshly home-made shortbread left on top of the small fridge in the [...]

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Photo: British Open at St Andrews

by Anna Blanch on July 22, 2010

Image: Anna M Blanch 2010Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews. She posts weekly over at Transpositions, a blog on Theology, Imagination, and the Arts.

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Living here in St Andrews is a little different to the rest of Scotland – for one, noone notices my accent here, or at least accents are a dime a dozen and so noone comments on it. But, just like when i was in Texas, in the ol’ US of A even though the language [...]

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As I travel through the foothills of the highlands between Edinburgh and St Andrews I am marvelling at the beauty of the Scottish landscape. I am looking out of the train windows smiling again at the majestic presence of the box-like hills to the west. If i were in Greece or Turkey they might be [...]

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Photo: The Wall

by Anna Blanch on July 3, 2010

The break wall that protects the dunes from further erosion on east sands beach is this wall. I find it beautiful. I also love the variation in colours caused by rust. the natural decay of a man-made product. Image: Anna M Blanch 2010________________________ Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in [...]

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A new kind of post

by Anna Blanch on July 3, 2010

The next couple of months are going to be fairly hectic. I am going to try a new style of post. It’ll be a little more mundane and less big picture than usual, my blogging will instead be more about what I’m preparing for, writing about, thinking about, or seeing. Hopefully, this will be a [...]

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On order of St Eutychus: a desk.

March 17, 2010

I’ve finally gotten round to responding to Nathan’s office desk meme. He says he tagged me because he thinks my desk – being a professional student and all – might be inspiring. I dunno about that. I think my desk probably looks like just about every other…. Then again, I guess that’s for you to [...]

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Getting Caught in the Wash of a Jet Engine; or my unexpected itinerant life

March 16, 2010

When did my life become one in which I consider trans-atlantic and pan pacific flights at least semi-annually, have an unhealthy knowledge of American hub cities, get invited to Symposiums in Paris, apply for grants and bursaries and scholarships left and right, and actually travel to London, Cambridge and Oxford semi-regularly for research? Seriously. How [...]

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