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TEFAF Maasricht

The great and the the good of the art world have  beeb gathering in the pretty Dutch town of Maastricht, once the battleground for the ancient Tory Brexiteers – for TEFAF, an art convention of dealers. One of the talking points will be the indictment of Jonathan Green of the Green art [...]

March 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pull the other one

Today I know that I’m going to seem like a curmudgeonly old non-PC misogynist by offering my views on this subject. However, I know that this won’t bother my female fellow columnists unduly because all those that I’ve spoken to have told me so. Here’s my text for [...]

March 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rendezvous Russian Tea Rooms/ Paul Willetts

In  a recent post I referred to Mers el Kebir as an understated event in Winston Churchill’s Premiership and today in reviewing the above I shall be referring to another equally important but uncovered one. Archibald ‘Jock’ Ramsay MP This book is a true and gripping account of [...]

March 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of keeping up and failing

It ill bodes anyone who ventures to predict the future – I’ll put my hand up straight away to having totally failed to foresee the way things might go when mobile phones and the internet first appeared in the 1970s/1980s – so you’ll excuse me for taking a deep breath before beginning [...]

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Around the sale rooms

Looking at the catalogue of forthcoming auctions of modern British art at Christie’s I was struck how artists can rise and fall in appeal and value. Johnny Minton in the 50s was regarded the equal of his friend Francis Bacon. I saw and liked his work exhibited last year at that excellent [...]

March 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

A nod to ploughing your own furrow

It’s Oscar time this weekend – the awards season is coming to its annual close – and in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein eruption, the #MeToo, the Times Up movement and general Western World angst over sexist and/or power-abusive behaviour of any kind – the entertainment industry, and [...]

March 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

and the Academy Award goes to….Paul Gambaccini

I am often critical of “film reviewers” who showboat their egos or supposed wit -the two Rosses, Jonathan and Deborah, are the worst examples – but do not understand the grammar of cinema. I would exclude Paul Gambaccini who presents a show on radio 4 on Saturday mornings around [...]

March 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Story of the Jews/Volumes 1 & 2 – Simon Schama

Famously during the premier of Exodus the American humourist Mort Sahl stood up and said: “Let my people go.” I felt much the same in reading Simon Schama’s two mighty tomes. There is no doubt that it is work of considerable and detailed scholarship but detailed is the key word. [...]

March 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey you! Get Off Of My Cloud!

And so the Rolling Stones are about to embark upon yet another UK & European tour this summer. See here for a report on the announcement in the – NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS As a former music journo who cut his teeth in the late Sixties and has spent over forty years in and around the industry I [...]

March 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

BBC licence fee – justifiable?

Just imagine that you had to pay National Rust £147 to access the Internet and you would be subjected to our own views of woman’s issues. But that is exactly what I felt when with a heavy heart I paid my licence fee yesterday. It seemed to me that the BBC has moved a long way from Lord [...]

February 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

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