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Rules are made…to be kept!

September 5, 2012

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I usually don’t write negative reviews on my blog. I believe that if you don’t have something nice to say you’re best not saying anything at all. That may give my blog a bit of a “happy place” bias, but if I’ve really had a bad experience at a museum, then I prefer to send them my constructive feedback directly rather than name and shame them in public. Everyone is entitled to their own way of thinking and doing things, this is just my way. […]

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The Twitter-Pig

February 10, 2012

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When I was about four years old, my mum knitted me a pig, hence forth known as ‘Kuschelschwein’ (Engl: cuddle pig) in our family. It became one of my favourite toys… …until one year, when we were on holiday with another family, and the pig went missing. We’re fairly sure the kid from the other family took it – big, pink cuddle pigs don’t suddenly disappear into thin air – but it remained gone, never to be seen again. Sadly, the knitting instructions also remained […]

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The Smithsonian – Looking Back

November 22, 2009

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The Smithsonian – Looking Back

You can’t have a blog about museums and not mention the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. It was founded in the 19th century following a bequest to the US from the British scientist James Smithson. Astonishingly, Smithson had never visited the US. A bit like myself, who had neither crossed the Atlantic nor heard of the Smithsonian when I applied for an internship there in summer 2001! The School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University, where I was studying at the time, offered […]

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