The Holly Rose Interview

COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE BY ANASTASIA CHOO It’s a warm sunny afternoon and I am sitting in an idyllic converted church chapel in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside in the delightful company of singer and song writer Holly Rose. Holly was the lead singer of platinum selling band Semisane in South Africa in 2004 followed…

Interview with a Master Weaver

COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE BY ANASTASIA CHOO Ask anyone what the word “tapestry” means and the chances are that they’ll talk about old and grandiose designs that are metres long and wide, which the aristocracy often used to keep out the draft. Nowadays the need for tapestries to keep out draughts in a large hall has…

Shakespeare’s Multi-Dimensional Use of Love by Ellie Kyrkopoulou

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) is considered one of the leading figures in world literature, one of the greatest playwrights and poets. His works have been translated into many languages and he managed to handle with absolute virtuosity comedy, drama and tragedy. His works were inspired by a deep understanding of human nature and remain relevant today.

A recurrent theme used in Shakespeare’s work is his multi-dimensional view of love. Here Ellie Kyrkopoulou compares in Greek the huge difference between the lovers in Romeo & Juliet and Cleopatra & Antony. Ellie highlights how he captured superficial, fickle, romantic, and familial love between two teenagers whereas in Antony & Cleopatra, the love between two mature adults is entwined with reason, political power, allegiance, and tyranny.

Romeo and Juliet are two innocent children destroyed by a world that was never built. Antony and Cleopatra built the world which eventually destroyed them…