All posts tagged: Oscar Wilde

North Hinksey

The scholar navvies

In 1874 John Ruskin, art critic, Fellow of Christ Church, and Slade Professor of Fine Art, was riding out in the countryside around Oxford when he noticed the terrible state of the road that ran through the village of North Hinksey.

swastika India House

Swastikas and cigarettes

If you happen to be walking past India House on the Aldwych, glance up at the medallions that decorate the exterior. One in particular might catch your attention. Swastikas over London? Yes, though this is not Nazi signage, but the ancient Sanskrit symbol of well-being.