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Greeks Bearing Gifts /Philip Kerr

I had occasion to seek the advice of a friend who is a loss adjuster to be informed that he was on a remote Greek island investigating a claim. Coincidentally Bernie Gunther, in the latest Philip Kerr novel, is doing exactly the same. I drew this coincidence to my friend’s attention to be [...]

June 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Impressionist and modern art collection

If I were to tell you you can see for free Picassos, Chagalls, Degas, Monet’s Gare De St Lazare, Rodin’s The Kiss, Matisse, Gauguin, Renoir, Braque and Utrillo in the centre of London in comfortable and uncrowded conditions you might think I am bonkers but I did exactly that last Saturday at [...]

June 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bobby Robson/More Than a Manager: the documentary

A strong case can be made for Bobby Robson being the most successful post-War British manager. He brought a decade of success to Ipswich, he oversaw England’s most successful World Cup campaign in 1990 since 1966 and he managed abroad achieving trophies at Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Sir [...]

June 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dead if you don’t/Peter James

It is significant that this crime novel by the popular Brighton writer was recommended to me by the former Chief Constable of Sussex. It is clear that James has a close relationship with the police force which benefits both. The police explain procedure and criminal background and he represents the [...]

June 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Royal Academy Summer Show

The Royal Academy has had a considerable architectural transformation, with a new lecture theatre, campus  and expanded space for exhibitions. Concurrently – and to celebrate its 250th anniversary – the summer show curated by Grayson Perry has had a makeover. I wish I could be more [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

An infinite variety?

Sometimes lists and historical industry overviews allow a combination of reflection and education. In the world of cinema I often find rewards from reading analyses of genres – horror, biography, sci-fi, comedy etc. – and/or the entire bodies of work of individual actors or directors, [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Kites/Romain Cary

Very often a fictional account can be more gripping than factual historical one and this is certainly the case with Romain Cary’s story of Ludo Fleury, a young man growing up in Normandy during the last war. Both his parents perished in World War One and he is brought up by his uncle a builder of [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bob Dylan’s time out

I’m not a one-eyed Dylan worshipper but acknowledge him as one of the all-time greats of rock music. To put it in context, my favourite Dylan album is his thirtieth – Time Out Of Mind (1997) – probably because I related to its themes of world-weariness at the time – and for large [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

What you see is what you get

As regular readers to this organ will know, your contributors make it their business to keep abreast of the latest developments around the world in order to bring those of relevance to the notice of those over-50s who are still trying to keep up with the 21st Century. Accordingly, as your resident [...]

June 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

A visit to the Pallant Gallery

It’s not just in the theatre that Chichester punches above its weight but it’s  art too. The Pallant Gallery is one of the best galleries/museums outside London particularly for the display and promotion of modern British art Tuesday I went on a curated tour. Its permanent collection numbers. [...]

June 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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