Archive for April, 2020

Boris Johnson Leaves Hospital and Thanks the NHS and Two Nurses by Name and Country

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2020 by rjohn


…In an emotional five-minute video, Mr. Johnson thanked the country’s National Health Service, declaring it had “saved my life, no question.”

Wearing a suit and tie, but looking and sounding fatigued, Mr. Johnson singled out two nurses…Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal, who were at his bedside during the frightening overnight hours. “The reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed.”

Mr. Johnson will convalesce at Chequers for some time…he will not be immediately returning to work but will “soon be able to sign off on major decisions.”

He said: “Stay Home. Protect the N.H.S.  Save Lives.”

Composed from a NYTimes article by Mark Landler

NYTimes: The New Killer APP: A Simple Phone Call

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2020 by rjohn

We’ve become a nation that calls like never before.  We are craving human voice.”

Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees the nation’s phone, television and internet providers.









Boralevi: Turkish Carpets in Italy

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2020 by rjohn

On October 28, 2018, Alberto Boralevi



gave a lecture in Istanbul on “(Antique) Turkish Carpets in Italy.”

This post is of a Powerpoint document that captured this lecture.  It is the second post, I have made of this sort.

Most readers will know that Alberto is a long-time textile dealer and scholar.  If you want a more detailed description of his background, you can find it at the beginning of the first of these posts which was on another lecture Alberto gave on Kaitag and related embroideries.

Alberto delivered this lecture during the annual Istanbul Carpet Week as part of the cultural program of that Fair. For this reason it is devoted only to Turkish Carpets, but the same research could be  extended to the Persian production as well as to other provenances. 

It is well known that carpet collecting is spread worldwide, particularly in the US where it is addressed to all kinds of carpets and related weavings, both early and more recent ones and particularly to the tribal productions.

In Italy the situation is different because this country was  one of the main sources of early  classical carpets since the beginning of collecting in the second half of the 19th c.

Even today, Italy has few but very important collections focused on the classical Turkish carpets that  were imported since the Renaissance times and even before. From Italy many of those carpets were re-exported to other countries in Europe and to the US, but something remained or was recently re-imported by a handful of illuminated new collectors.

You will notice occasional invitations to share this lecture with others.  Since Alberto is interested in increasing the number of people who see and can enjoy these lectures, you are invited to do so.

When you want to leave this lecture, look up and find a line of code at the top and click the small x on its right end.

I hope you enjoy this second instance of Alberto Boralevi’s knowledge and generosity.

Below is the first page, and a little more, of this lecture.  Click on “full screen” in the bottom right corner.

View this document on Scribd


R. John Howe