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Expectations of Tailloires: A Photo Blog

Before traveling to Talloires, France, I made a deliberate decision not to have many specific expectations of my experience. Having traveled abroad before with the Tufts 1+4 program in Brazil, I knew that my expectations would be shattered. 551 more words


Leonardo Unveils its Largest-Ever Drone, the Falco Xplorer

At the Paris Air Show, Leonardo introduced its largest-ever Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), the Falco Xplorer. 559 more words


Leonardo Launches MAIR, a Latest-Generation Threat Warner Which Provides Spherical Infra-Red (IR) Protection

Leonardo will, for the first time, exhibit its brand-new Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (MAIR) missile warning system, which offers enhanced situational awareness and survivability for aircraft crews at the Paris Air Show (17-23 June). 329 more words


Ruskin & the Moral View of Art

I like coming across books by chance. This is one such: a copy of John Ruskin’s A Joy Forever, bought for £1 in an Amnesty bookshop. 1,216 more words


Bancone with Leonardo da Vinci

Pasta has always been a favourite of mine. I’ve always said that if I could only eat one cuisine for the rest of my life it would be World Buffet, but my second choice would definitely be Italian, so I’m excited to visit Bancone. 2,598 more words

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Leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  No, the color is not a mistake and neither are the weapons. This shirt depicts the original look of the turtles.

Artist: CHI

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Yet another change in location, this time to Florence for a wedding, but with some time set aside to gorge myself on early Renaissance painting.   That means traipsing around a lot of churches (because much of the best Italian art remains in situ) and a long queue to get into the Ufizzi gallery (because some of it doesn’t), emerging at the end footsore and with more questions than answers. 1,152 more words