When the Witches dance

Walpurgisnacht: 30th April The forests, mountains and ancient towns of Germany’s Harz region whisper of fairytale – and nightmare. It’s no coincidence  the most common figure you’ll see is that  of a hideous, cackling crone. She may be comic now: a neon sign over a kitsch bierhaus, a portrait made in slate on a hotel wall or…

Le Palais Ideal de Facteur Cheval

Back in 1879, trudging his thirty two-kilometre round, Monsieur Ferdinand Cheval, local postman at Hauterives near Lyon, stubbed his toe on an oddly-shaped rock. It was a momentous event for a man haunted by strange visions, and he welcomed it as positive encouragement to pursue a dream. He added a few kilometres to his round,…