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A typical media issue

We all have aspects of the media, or particular media traits, that annoy us or cause us to flirt with contempt towards the medium … and indeed those involved in the stories it runs. One of my pet hates are pieces featuring some obscure university research team that has apparently spent years of [...]

February 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Cote restaurant and London Philharmonic

You are unlikely to read a review of Cote in the columns of the serious foodies. Like Ken Howard, Terence Rattigan and Daphne du Maurier – all extolled in this organ – Cote suffers for its popularity. Yet if offers seriously good food at a reasonable price and this is why it is packed. [...]

January 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ken Howard exhibition

Last Tuesday  I attended Ken Howard ‘s annual show at the Richard Green Gallery. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Ken Howard and Richard  Green is thst they are in their eighties and still going strong. Arriving early I was able to speak to Ken and see his paintings without the [...]

January 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Man Who Fell To Earth

I had just got up yesterday, nipped across the road to buy my newspapers and returned to make a cup of tea when – switching the BBC1 morning show on the television – I first caught the news about the passing of rock star David Bowie. For the rest of the day it seemed as if the UK airwaves had [...]

January 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Keeping an eye open/ Essays on Art Julian Barnes

As Julian Barnes himself admits, writing about something visual in art is not just difficult but, in some people eyes notably Degas , worthless. His essays have however been critically acclaimed and I was curious to read them.  Where would they be pitched: at the cognoscenti, the literati, or the [...]

December 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

An excellent piece of television

This is not a regular habit of mine I promise, but earlier this morning – having read the broadsheet reviews of Tuesday night’s television programming in which it seemingly received 4 stars out of 5 all round – I deliberately took up my zapper and negotiated through my cable company’s [...]

December 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rules of the Game

One of the aspects of my work which I most enjoy and as Arthur Daley might say a”nice little earner” is advising on art acquisition. I am sufficiently critical of myself, my clientele and the art world to say there is an element of hypocrisy here. The client may say and will be advised [...]

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Churchill: the artist

When I saw that a programme on BBC 4 about Winston Churchill the artist was to be presented by Andrew Marr, I sighed as I anticipated it would be as much about Marr as Churchill. I imagine as he is one of  BBC’s star turns it was he who insisted on making the programme which was called Marr [...]

August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sickert in Dieppe

On the National Rust we pride ourselves that we bridge sport and art both of which feature prominently. I cannot recall why I became a WBA  fan, it might have been that the first soccer game I watched was the 1968 Cup Final when Dad bought a colour tv and we watched Albion beat Everton 1-0. I [...]

August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Lessons learned by a bloody nose

Next week will mark the seventy-third anniversary of the disastrous Dieppe Raid on 19th August 1942 by British and Canadian troops. For some time the Russians had been lobbying Britain and the Allies to open a second front in north-west Europe in order to relieve the pressure they were under from [...]

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

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