Sugar Plums In A Chinese Bowl

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Ian Martin
20 cm x 20 cm
acrylic on board ₤450

IAN MASTIN was born in Leicestershire in 1949. His family subsequently emigrated to Australia and he grew up in Queensland. He had no involvement with art during his school days and it was only in the mid 1980s that he began to sketch for recreation. He had an obvious gift and was invited to exhibit his work in a Brisbane gallery where he first experienced success. In 1991, he returned with his family to Britain and settled in East Lothian. Remarkably, it was here that he picked up a paintbrush for the first time and after a year of experimentation in fundamental techniques, he committed himself to painting full time. Since then he has continued to develop his understanding of art, choosing to follow a path of self discovery rather than copy the views of others in determining what is "right". He has chosen to concentrate on Still Life and writes that his aim in all his work is simple but never easy - "to apprehend the indefinable quality in a painting that both breathes life and gives pause for reflection."

In 2000, Ian and his wife returned to Australia but he continues his association with Tolquhon Gallery shipping work over for exhibitions.

Teahouse Trouble at INTERNET ARCHIVE

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Teahouse Trouble (2004)
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NASA Tells Earth's Story

Everyone knows that NASA studies space; fewer people know that NASA also studies Earth. Since the agency’s creation almost 50 years ago, NASA has been a world leader in space-based studies of our home planet. Our mission has always been to explore, to discover, and to understand the world in which we live from the unique vantage point of space, and to share our newly gained perspectives with the public. That spirit of sharing remains true today as NASA operates 18 of the most advanced Earth-observing satellites ever built, helping scientists make some of the most detailed observations ever made of our world.

The Blue Marble: Next Generation is a series of images that show the color of the Earth’s surface for each month of 2004 at very high resolution (500 meters/pixel) at a global scale. This image shows South America from September 2004. (NASA image courtesy Reto Stöckli and Robert Simmon)

Earth scientists around the world use NASA satellite imagery to better understand the causes and effects of natural hazards. The goal in sharing these images is to help people visualize where and when natural hazards occur, and to help mitigate their effects.

NASA TV provides real-time coverage of agency activities and missions as well as resource video to the news media, and educational programming to teachers, students and the general public.

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Success in Spelling--Chapter 4

It's All Relative

By Albert Einstein

An Address delivered on May 5th, 1920, in the University of Leyden

...we may say that according to the general theory of relativity space is endowed with physical qualities; in this sense, therefore, there exists an ether. According to the general theory of relativity space without ether is unthinkable; for in such space there not only would be no propagation of light, but also no possibility of existence for standards of space and time (measuring-rods and clocks), nor therefore any space-time intervals in the physical sense. But this ether may not be thought of as endowed with the quality characteristic of ponderable media, as consisting of parts which may be tracked through time. The idea of motion may not be applied to it.

An expanded form of an Address to the Prussian Academy of Sciences
in Berlin on January 27th, 1921.

...the question whether the universe is spatially finite or not seems to me decidedly a pregnant question in the sense of practical geometry. I do not even consider it impossible that this question will be answered before long by astronomy. Let us call to mind what the general theory of relativity teaches in this respect. It offers two possibilities:

1. The universe is spatially infinite.
This can be so only if the average spatial density of the matter in universal space, concentrated in the stars, vanishes, i.e. if the ratio of the total mass of the stars to the magnitude of the space through which they are scattered approximates indefinitely to the value zero when the spaces taken into consideration are constantly greater and greater.

2. The universe is spatially finite.
This must be so, if there is a mean density of the ponderable matter in universal space differing from zero. The smaller that mean density, the greater is the volume of universal space.

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More on Einstein

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Success in Spelling--Chapter 3

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Download the Sheet Music for Mozart's Sonata in A Major.

Success in Spelling--Chapter 2

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