Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A vacant throne?


A friend has pointed out to me this illustrated post from Andrew Cusack about recent changes to the what might be termed the seating arrangements in Dublin Castle, which can be read here. In many the Clever Boy approves no more than Mr Cusack does, and possibly even less... However the Clever Boy is rather given to the view that those who are not entitled to use things should not do so, so maybe the recent changes are apposite, if unfortunate in their totality, to put it mildly...

1 comment:

  1. To be honest I think both chairs are rather tastelessly designed. The viceregal throne is old and probably on its 'last legs' (no pun intended!) so it should be put into a museum or something. But the new one certainly isn't an improvement; what a pity.

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