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    In deference to our Iranienne, Marjan, I just thought I’d post this heads up for “The Art of Persia” on the BBC. Just watched first episode about Darius, Xerxes et al. I’m sure this is the only way I’ll ever get to see such places, so worth a peek.

    PS obvs it would be wrong to let this opportunity pass without including Shelley:-

    Percy Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.[4]

    Marjan Samiepour

    Hi Andrew,
    Thank you for your post, I am going to suggest this program to all friends. The history of human being is exactly mentioned in the poem well done on picking this one, I’ve never heard of that before though. Indeed human power is so fragile and temporary and you can see that in every corner of Iran.


    Hi Marjan,
    How nice to have attracted your reply. I hope all is well with you.

    Percy Shelley was one of the great English Romantic poets (1792 to 1822) and was very committed to freedom and reform. He really makes the point in Ozymandias and it has been a favourite since I was a teenager.
    All best wishes.


    Thanks for highlighting this programme which I had already put on my ‘intend to watch’ list. Reminders are always good though as I never get through my list! So it’s now top of the list.

    So lovely too to get a glimpse of Marjan. 🙂 I look forward to the day we meet again, and if it’s in the hills even better…


    Marjan Samiepour

    I regularly read this forum to catch up with you guys. Always happy to hear of read from you. I hope all are fine and I look forward to meet you again too. Miss you all folks
    Take care

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