Category: heraldry

Guano in Heraldry (II)

A snippet of heraldic news spotted today reminds me of the old cliché regarding buses: you wait for ages, then three come along at once. I certainly did not intend to reprise the topic of my previous post this soon, if at all… Council authorities at Colmenarejo, near Madrid, have decided it’s time to replace…

Guano in Heraldry

Recently I’ve seen some heraldic proposals best dismissed as excrementitious, so I was delighted to learn of one coat of arms that seemed truly worthy of the term. In promoting an upcoming travel programme filmed in the village of Pozoblanco (which translates to ‘White Well’), Andalusian Public Television mentions local lore stating that the town’s…

A Call to ARMS

A few years ago I had occasion to visit an art exhibit of some sort in the crypt gallery of London’s church of St Pancras. Quite what the exhibit was eludes me; it proved less memorable than the variety of broken armorial funeral monuments spread rather haphazardly around the crypt. I don’t know whether these…

Heraldry abhors a vacuum

One hesitates to give such folderol wider distribution than it has already received; but the ignorance regarding matters heraldic displayed by one Alex Singleton, an obscure journalist who happens to have the disproportionately large platform that is the Daily Mail’s website, can only be stamped out through efforts to re-educate. http://singletonblog.dailymail.co.uk/2011/10/is-this-the-silliest-most-pointless-government-body-ever.html The level of knowledge…

Lecture at the AIG Colloquium, Bologna

Recently attended the VIIth International Colloquium of Genealogy organized by the Académie Internationale de Généalogie (AIG) in Bologna from September 26th through 29th, 2011. It was wonderful to have the chance to swap with fellow professionals stories (occasionally, horror stories) regarding research experiences ‘in the field’. Some very interesting lectures – here are two shots…