Loretta Barnard

The Rosetta Stone: The priceless link to ancient Egypt

For millennia, the mysteries of ancient Egypt eluded western study – until some 200 years ago, when scholars unscrambled the Rosetta Stone and opened our eyes to a new world of old ... Read the full article
Loretta Barnard

Loretta Barnard is a freelance writer and editor who has authored four non-fiction books, been a contributing writer to a wide range of reference books and whose essays have been published across a number of platforms. A regular contributor to The Big Smoke, she also coordinates the TBS Next Gen program.

A tepid love triangle solved by drugs: Translating Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore”

Donizetti’s opera tells the story of a military alpha jock who fights it out with a local derelict for the hand of a well-to-do lady who wants nothing to do with either. Add a mysterious potion and you have a story of love that is as beautiful as it is awkward. Bravo.

Welles

Know who you’re Googling: Orson Welles

Orson Welles. Philanderer. Egotist. Auteur. With his long-dead project exhumed by Netflix, why not share your breakfast with Orson. Just mind your fingers. And your manners.

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