Of the natural objects, the pietra paesinas (landscape stones) which are 23 to 145 million years old. They are naturally occurring stones that come from a certain part of the Tuscany region. When expertly sectioned and polished, they reveal an otherworldly landscape. So rare are these stones that in the 16th century, the Medici family had monopolized its distribution and use.
Ian Henderson’s death announcement Apr. 15 in Bahrain brings to an end the life of a British expatriate who was the architect and supervisor of the harsh internal security policies of the al-Khalifa ruling family since the early days of independence over 40 years ago.
an Henderson, who has died aged 86, was a British colonial policeman who played a major role in subduing the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya and later served as security adviser to the al-Khalifa ruling family in Bahrain.
yra’s will contained very specific wishes for the handling of her remains. You’re going to hear it from someone so you might as well hear it from me. It is true that immediately following her death her body was processed (just imagine that part) and her bones were burnt and ground into pigment. A small paint company (that wishes to remain anonymous, but was a favorite with Tyra) made a gouache paint from those remains, appropriately called, “Shadow Girl.” At her memorial service on May 18 I saw the paintings her friends made using it. I have to say it really is a lovely paint. The granulating properties of the paint added texture and atmosphere to the works. I can’t think of a more appropriate way for her to be memorialized.