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The art of it is that there is no art

During our impromptu festive phone call yesterday, in passing the Rust’s editor and I touched briefly upon the number of business journalists, marketing and branding experts, friends and acquaintances who still express themselves baffled by our astonishing global commercial success. Actually, to [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Elizabeth is Missing /BBC1

A discussion we  often have amongst us Arts Rusters is whether a great book has ever been turned into a greater film. Neil Rosen came up with the Godfather Part One  but its hard to add to that list.  I offered up The English Patient. So the producer of Emma Healey’s fine first novel [...]

December 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Cinderella/ New Wimbledon Theatre

I have a hate-love-love relationship with panto. I rarely look forward to it but always enjoy it. The exuberance, the children in the audience’s evident enthusiasm, the costumes, the traditions and joie de vivre all subsume except if I was going  to the anti-austerity panto foisted on [...]

December 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A morning at the National Gallery

It’s still a wonderful asset and advantage to tourists and locals alike that you can see all the treasures of the National Gallery for nothing. Two trips to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh set me back nearly 40 euros. Yesterday the tutor of our excellent art course organised a curated tour to [...]

December 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

War and Remembrance

War and Remembrance is the follow up to Winds of War. John Gielgud is cast as the art historian Aaron Plaskow and Jane Seymour replaces Ali Magraw as his niece Natalie. Robert Morley comes in as the jovial British war correspondent Tugsbury whose daughter Pamela (Victoria Tennant) falls in love [...]

December 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Clive James RIP

Yesterday my brother gave me a lift from the south coast back to my home. On the way I commented that we should remember the date Wednesday 27th November 2019 because one day in some far off Pub Trivia Quiz it was possible that the question might come up as to which three culturally-significant [...]

November 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rise and Kill First/ Ronen Bergman

Thi is an account of the targeted assassinations conducted by the Caesarea unit of the Mossad. The writer does not take a sympathetic stance and states their futility. Although the killings were sanctioned by the Prime Minister, the Mossad soon became a state within a state and though subject to [...]

November 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fidelio

In the music course at which I am an irregular attender we have been studying Beethoven. He only wrote one opera which is surprising as the other three major composers of the Viennese School – Haydn, Mozart and Schubert wrote many. He was not short of librettos and many music scholars are [...]

November 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Preview of Modern British at Christie’s

Yesterday I attended a preview of an auction of Modern British art held by Christies. All the big names were there – L.S Lowry, Stanley Spencer, Ben Nicholson, Walter Sickert, Graham Sutherland – though their representative work was not of their highest quality. One of the factors in [...]

November 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Robert Mitchum and Winds of War

The recent reference in Bernadette’s (Angell) negative review of World on Fire to Winds of War prompted me to acquire the 6 DVDs of the series and revisit the career of Robert Mitchum, one of my favourites of the leading Hollywood actors. Robert Mitchum was certainly not yer normal Hollywood [...]

November 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

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