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Books Rowing Blazers Book Launch

A launch party at Ralph Lauren, New Bond Street, for Jack Carlson’s new book Rowing Blazers. read more


Newspapers Italy inspired by Wall Street

Looking back at the first edition of Il Foglio, it’s interesting how the design so obviously takes its inspiration from that of the Wall Street Journal. read more


New York End of the Line for Rizzoli Bookshop

In New York, good things are only allowed to last a little while: eventually they must all be destroyed. The latest to add to the pile is the Rizzolli shop on West 57th. read more


Maps & Heraldry A Bunny Rampant

As a map-lover it’s a fine thing that I spend half my life in South Kensington where you’ll find two of the best antiquarian map merchants around. read more


Vexillology Two Flags Based on the French Tricolour

The French tricolour is one of the most influential flags in history, and inspired two flags in Canada and South Africa. read more


Hungary L’Osservatore Romano goes Hungarian

Magyarophiles will be pleased to learn that L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, will begin appearing in Hungarian. read more


Architecture Football at S. Maria Maggiore

“The enormous church of S. Maria Maggiore stands on one of Rome’s seven famous hills,” writes Steen Eiler Rasmussen. read more


Newspapers Zeitung für Deutschland

My favourite advertising installation is the massive logotype for the world’s greatest newspaper which spans the tracks at the Frankfurter Hauptbahnhof. read more


Theatre The Tragedy of Romeo and Rosaline

Sharon Jennings’ play explores the most famous love story of all time from the perspective of Rosaline, the niece of Capulet mentioned yet never seen in Shakespeare’s play. read more


Photos Late Summer, Early Autumn

As the light of summer dies and the cold grey monotone of winter approaches, here are a few photos from the past month or two. click to view


Architecture St Paul’s Gothicised

Wren’s classical masterpiece transformed into an absurd gothic creature. read more


Heraldry A Lecture by Andrew Cusack

‘Three Annulets Or: the van Riebeeck arms and their South African legacy’ at the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society on 17 September 2013. read more


London Saturday: Day of Fasting & Prayer for Peace in Syria

Given the urgent situation, please see the following from the Fathers of the London Oratory. read more


Architecture The Dome of the Custom House, Dublin

The most recent series of the ITV detective drama “Foyle’s War”, though set in London, was filmed entirely in Dublin. read more


Newspapers IHT, RIP

The New York Times Company, owners of the International Herald-Tribune, announced they are going to kill off the 126-year-old newspaper. read more


Design Danzig in Flag & Arms

The arms and flag of the Baltic city combine the usual strong characteristics of any design: simplicity and beauty. read more


Painting An Original Cusack

This painting of St Patrick’s Church in Monaghan Town is one of the few fruits of art class from school days we’ve bothered preserving. read more


Architecture Two More from Andrew Gould

These two houses were built at the back of a lot on Ashley Avenue in Charleston. read more


Rome The Roman Corner

Friends are continually sending me postcards from Rome. read more


Austria Vienna Views

A few photographic impressions from my jaunt to the Kaiserliche Hauptstadt. read more


Cooking The Ever Useful Haggis

In my limited (but slowly expanding) culinary experience, I have found haggis a rather useful addition to the repertoire. read more


Academiana University Nicknames in South Africa

Maties and Ikeys and Tuks, oh my! read more


New York The Cathedral of the Bronx

The Church of St Nicholas of Tolentine dominates the busy intersection of University Avenue and West Fordham Road in the Bronx. read more


The Papacy Better late than never

After Benedict XVI’s surprise, the Los Angeles Times asked me and ten other Catholics what they would like to see in the new pope. read more


Austria Irish Vienna

The Irish, of course, have a long history of interaction with Mitteleuropa, and with Vienna in particular, from the earliest days. read more


Books Hark, the Heralds!

Jack Carlson’s Humorous Guide to Heraldry is a welcome addition to the Cusackian library. read more


Heraldry Pope Francis’s Arms

Italian heraldist Marco Foppoli releases his rendering of the new pope’s arms. read more


Pope Francis From the provost

Please, warns Fr Julian Large, do not let your attitude to the Pope be determined by the media. read more


Italiano Una bellissima città mai costruita

My article on Ernest Gimson’s design for the Australian capital is now available in Italian. read more


Dearadh Na clúdaíonn leabhar Karl Uhlemann

Roinnt oibre ag an Karl Uhlemann dearthóir. féach


European Union The Swiss model

If the E.U. is ever to succeed in settling upon a working model of democracy, Harold James argues scaling up small-country democracy is the way forward. read more


The Roman Forum Gardone 2013

The daily programme of events for the twenty-first Gardone Riviera Summer Symposium organised by the Roman Forum has been released. read more


Order of Malta The Malteserkirche, Vienna

I happened to stumble upon the Order of Malta church in Vienna while meandering down the Kärntner Straße in the middle of a snowy day. read more


Vatican Grazie

The municipal authorities have put these posters up all around Rome. click to view


Lent The Lenten Evening Oratory

Spiritual discourses, music and prayer in the tradition of St. Philip Neri, every Wednesday during Lent. read more


Church Vigil of Prayer at the Oratory

Praying for the Church during this transitional period. read more


Vexillology Squabbles Over Szekler Flag

In Transylvania, a “flag war” has broken out between Romanian politicians and the representatives of the Hungarian-speaking Szekler people. read more


London Lately

Some photographs. read more


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France Evolution of a Napoleonic Parliament

What few tourists know when they brave the teeming hordes of the Salle des états to view the Mona Lisa is that they are shuffling through the room that once housed France’s parliament. read more

The Levant Les jours heureux du Liban

A conversation the other day sparked a look at Lebanon in the old days: black-tie dinners, summer in the mountains, the casinos and the glamour of Beirut. read more

Scotland The Crowned Banner

Legislatures often have symbols employed for their own particular use — the red portcullis for the House of Lords, a green one for the Commons, the flax plant for Stormont — and the Scottish Parliament is no different. read more

Namibia Kolmanskop

As you make the four-hour drive from Keetmanshoop to Lüderitz, before you reach the coastal town you can turn off to visit the eery colonial ghost town of Kolmanskop: Kolmannskuppe in the original German. read more

Vexillology Flags, Northern Ireland, and the Union

Speculation on the Union Jack after Scottish independence is joined by proposals for a new flag for Northern Ireland. read more

Cinema ‘Bon Voyage’

Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s ‘Bon Voyage’ balances perfectly all the elements of drama, comedy, action, and romance, in a convincing historical context. read more

London & Oxford Diary

It is truly a sad thing for a summer to end, and yet it is an inevitable part of the endless cycle of life. There were the usual rites of July, then some parties in August, and a number of outbreaks of jollity in Oxford. read more

Journal Florence to London on Twenty Euros

There comes a point in every young man’s life when his trust fund manager goes on holiday, writes Alexander Shaw on his journey hitchhiking from Tuscany to England. read more

Scandinavia Some Norwegian Catholics

The Church in Scandinavia is on a slow but steady ascendant, and it’s telling that there are now more seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Nordic countries than there are for all of Ireland. read more

Argentina A Maori in Buenos Aires

So far as I can tell, the first Maori to visit Argentina was Te Pehi Kupe, a young nobleman and military leader of the Ngati Toa tribe, in October 1824. read more

Lebanon Into the Qadisha Valley

The Holy Valley cuts down like a gash in the earth, with the cathedral city of Bcharré on the clifftop, almost hanging off of it. read more

Diary Lebanon Diary

Early evening sun illuminates the pendentives and architraves of the Maronite church. Discoloured prints of numerous saints — of East and West — crowd one of the few side altars. read more

Photographs Lebanon Without Comment

A gallery of photographs taken during my latest trip to the Lebanon. view here

Diary Curiosity Killed the Cat

All sensible right-minded people love the Phoenix and hate the Phoenix. It is a wonderful place, yet somehow attracts the very worst and most tiresome lot of humanity. read more

History Some Aspects of the Fall of the Fourth Republic

Only interesting, I’m afraid, to those reasonably acquainted with the situation of France in May 1958. read more

Architecture No. 6, Burlington Gardens

I’ve often thought that No. 6 Burlington Gardens is London’s closest answer to your typical nineteenth-century Teutonic university’s Hauptgebäude. read more

Architecture An Eclectic Vernacular in Charleston

Charleston, the finest city of the American South, boasts two new alleyways designed by the architectural-urbanist partnership of George Holt and Andrew Gould. read more

History & Politics The Legacy of 1916

Sunday’s address by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s annual Arbour Hill commemoration. read more

Scotland The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Nestled between Calton Hill and Salisbury Crags, the Palace of Holyroodhouse sits at the end of the Royal Mile that runs between it and Edinburgh Castle. read more

Brompton Oratory The Lady Altar

In the south transept of the Brompton Oratory is the altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, perhaps the finest altar in the entire church. read more

Traditional Architecture A Decade of Driehaus

To commemorate the first decade of the Driehaus Prize, Carl Laubin was commissioned to produce a capriccio depicting the works of the first ten Driehaus laureates. read more

Architecture Scipione Perosini’s Imperial Palace

Some architectural projects are just so completely mental and insane that you actually have to doff your cap to the creativity of their inventors. Scipione Perosini’s ‘Projet d’un palais impérial à Rome’ is one such plan. read more

Vatican Against the Dictatorship of Relativism

There is “another form of poverty,” the Pope told the assembled diplomatic corps, “which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. … It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the ‘dictatorship of relativism’.” read more

Argentina Franciscan Ways

If God is an Argentine then, apparently, the pope is a Peronist, writes Martin Gambarotta. At least that is how much of the local press has chosen to describe Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. read more

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