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Fake or fortune

I have enjoyed this series now returning to our screens every Sunday. Despite its flaws, the main one being the conversations in front of camera are very contrived, it’s always an enjoyable view. Last Sunday’s episode especially so. It featured a Henry Moore sketch which finished up in the [...]

August 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Modernists and Mavericks / Martin Gayford

Appreciating art is such a visual experience but Martin Gayford in his writings always does a fine job of bringing it to life. He informs on the artist, many of whom he has interviewed and some of whom he knows better than that; he helps visualise a picture not merely by its composition, [...]

August 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Food for thought

Two aspects of modern life that reoccur in most people’s reflections upon modern life are: Firstly, the various ways we acquire knowledge, keep in touch with what is happening around us and across the world and choose to spend those proportions of our free leisure (or non-working) time that are [...]

August 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The way it’s going even as you sleep …

These days – some three years into the life of this great organ of the internet – it is sometimes worthwhile reminding ourselves of the speed at which the world is moving ever onwards into an uncertain future as we oldies fight our continuing and losing battle to keep up. [When I paused for a [...]

August 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Aiming off …

Earlier this week I went to a showing of the new ‘feature’ documentary Spitfire, made by Altitude Films, produced by Mark Stuart and directed by David Fairhead and Ant Palmer, in a small art-house style cinema screening at Chichester in West Sussex. As a small boy in the 1950s and beyond I [...]

August 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

John Minton/ the Lost Man of British Art

I watched this programme on catch up tv. It was written and presented by actor Mark Gatiss. I anticipated that much would be made that Johnny Minton was gay as Gatiss is too. In fact, you can criticise British art for many things but homophobia is not one. Two of our most celebrated post war [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A few good actors …

Today I’m referring Rusters to two items related to the world of cinema that I spotted in the media overnight. JOAN CRAWFORD (1904-1977) Firstly, a straightforward link to an article worthy of being read by as wide a readership as possible, written by Clarisse Loughrey on the subject of the [...]

August 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gustav Klimt/Medicine

Gustav Klimt’s fame is associated withe the Nazis. Long after his death in 1918 to Spanish influenza, his characteristic swirling erotic paintings, frequently of auburn haired models, achieved a success and critical esteem denied to him in his lifetime. One picture of Adele Bloch-Bauer was [...]

August 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) R.I.P.

What a singer, what an interpreter of other people’s songs! Since the news of her death hit the media yesterday I’ve been wallowing in the tributes coming in from all sides, listening to and/or watching some of her performances on YouTube and listening to the contributions of people who [...]

August 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Me and My Girl/Chichester

I did not expect my guest – the actress who starred in the London production alongside Robert Lindsay and then Enn Reitel – to like this Me and My Girl but I thought I might. I did not. The story resembles Pygmalion. A cheeky working class South Londoner (Bill Snibson) is located and [...]

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

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