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Deep in O'Keeffe country
Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016 Category: Cultures

In the badlands of northern New Mexico, deep in America's Southwest, you stock up when you can. An hour north of Santa Fe on US Highway 84 there's a filling station, general store and diner called Bode's that sells everything from raccoon traps to pickling jars and claims to have served 'travelers, hunters, pilgrims, stray artists and bandits since 1893.' One of the 'stray artists' was that giant of Modernist painting, Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived a short distance away and came here to 'gas up' on her forays into the transcendant desert landscapes she called 'the Far Away'.

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The arch that Isis couldn't destroy
Posted on: Saturday, April 16, 2016 Category: Cultures

The recent liberation of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra from Isis forces has cast in sharp relief a project that has been running in parallel with the military conflict. To follow it we need to raise our gaze from the Middle East and re-focus it on a quarry in northern Tuscany, where a computerised stone-cutter is whining away in the cool mountain air.

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La Paz: cable car as therapy
Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Category: Cities

views in the world. The Andes mountains in widescreen, inverted cones of streets, shimmers of colour through the high, thin air. This is La Paz, Bolivia's principal city, as you have never seen it before - until last year, at least, when the world's longest urban cable-car network was strung up across its perpendicular topography.

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