The V A A Jewel In Our Midst

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

THE V & A - A Jewel in our midst

Date: 20th February 2016

I have not often visited the V & A.  Living in Bucks during my newsreading days and sometimes working a 7 day week with conferences etc. the last thing I wanted to do on a day off was to return to London.  My Loss!

Just before Christmas a friend agreed to accompany me to the Museum because I wanted to see the 'Al Thani' Bejeweled treasures of India Exhibition.  When I arrivedmy friend told me  there were regular guided tours of the Indian Section.  Compared with some, it is a relatively small exhibition space but packed with the most wonderful artefacts.  What fascinated me most was the small case containing rings and various ornaments and a beautiful carved white jade drinking vessel purportedly owned by Shah Jehan who had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his favourite wife - Mumtaz.

We hadn't left ourselves enough time to see the 'Al Thani' exhibition so returned the next day.  It is stunning - the workmanship, the plethora of gorgeous jewells bearing testament to incredible wealth. If you love beautiful jewellery a visit to the Exhibition is a must.  It is on until April 10th and I shall definitely be going again.  

Forgive me but I do have one gripe.  I really do think Foreign Visitors should pay an entrance fee.  We have to pay for the Louvre, the Uffizi etc. Obviously as tax payers in our own country I would expect that we should be allowed free access.  And I simply do not understand those who vote against ID cards invoking 'Privacy'.  Come off it, the Authorities know just about everything about us - we are 'spied' upon in all directions so why not have a card - it might help prevent much fraud such as health tourism etc.  I've been told that one of the reasons for not having ID cards is cost.  I'd be happy to pay for one if it stopped the abuses which are contributing to the drain on our economy.

My photo doesn't do justice to the Jade Drinking Cup

THE V & A - A Jewel in our midst

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