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The last weeks, numerous new ruins and artefacts have been discovered. In Rome, they recently found Nero’s rotating banqueting hall. Close by, at ancient Rome’s port of Ostia, a British research team excavated a mini-colosseum. Meanwhile, other British archaeologists unearthed a new stone circle close to Stonehenge, which they named ‘Bluehenge’, after the hue of the 25 stones which form the circle.

Closer at home, excavations at a  new building site in Antwerp revealed several Gallo-Roman graves.

Despite the world wide crisis, I’m glad to see there is still plenty of work these days for archaeologists all over the world!


Mokka Mona Lisa

During our last vacation to Edinburgh, I have had some interesting discussions with Mark regarding art. What is art? Take Damien Hirst’s ‘Away from the flock’ sheep. It’s certainly… well, interesting, but what makes it art?  Or who has the right to call this sheep art, rather than the stuffed remains of Dolly? And what about Douglas Gordon’s ‘List of Names (Random)’. I liked the pattern, the idea, the look of it, but does that mean it’s a work of art? Or Agnes Martin’s ‘Faraway Love’. It’s lovely, but, according to Mark, looks a lot like wallpaper. So why is this art, and wallpaper not? Or perhaps it is too?

To me, this is also art: the Mona Lisa latte art at the Rocks Aroma coffee festival in Sydney. The tones in the pictures are formed by adding less or more milk to cups of black coffee. Ik bet it even tasted better than the real thing.