Monthly Archives: November 2013

Behind the scenes at Corpus Christi College

As part of our now regular tours of the colleges of Oxford, we visited Corpus Christi College on a wet Monday afternoon. Established in 1517, the college’s petite size stands in contrast to the two grand structures it is nestled between – Christ Church and Merton. Nevertheless, as our trip revealed, Corpus Christi’s eccentric nature […]

Sir John Soane Museum

Following a tour of the British Museum and lunch in the Great Court, Ertegun Scholars made their way to Lincoln’s Inn Fields to visit the Sir John Soane’s Museum. Founded by Sir John, a prominent architect of the early 19th century, the Museum is home to the antiquarian architect’s numerous pieces of antiquity, invaluable paintings […]

Assyrian Reliefs at the British Museum

It was a day out in London for the Ertegun scholars on Wednesday November 13 and our first port of call was the British Museum. After admiring the courtyard and architecture of the museum itself, we headed into the Assyrian art gallery, a maze of rooms not originally intended for this now permanent exhibition. Augmenting […]

Sentimental Hygiene: Feeling Good About Feeling Bad

After being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, philosopher-poet and rock ‘n roll outsider Warren Zevon went on the Late Show with David Letterman one last time. Letterman asked Zevon about working on a new album under such circumstances, and Zevon answered, “you’re reminded to enjoy every sandwich.” It was appropriate then that I spoke to […]

Ashmolean Private View of Bacon | Moore Exhibition

30th October 2013 Surrounded on all sides by representations of the human body, I was stunned by my first visit to the Ashmolean Museum.  After a brief drink reception in the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Gallery, Dr Colin Harrison gave us a private, after-hours tour of the Ashmolean’s current visiting exhibition, featuring the works of […]

Theremin Concert

Ertegun Scholars Charlie Draper, Kevin Tobia and Tobias Tan perform in Ertegun House’s very first Theremin Concert. On Wednesday October 30, the Ertegun scholars and guests gathered in the Annex for Charlie Draper’s magical theremin concert, joined by Kevin Tobia on the piano. What’s a theremin you ask? Good question: it’s safe to say none […]