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Art course on twentieth century British Modernism

Yesterday it was back to school at my local learning centre for an art course on twentieth century British Modernism. Our excellent teacher believes British twentieth century art to be underrated and this is one of her themes. She prepares us well for the course, distributing a time-line chart of [...]

September 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

More PC issues

The heightened PC-driven media frenzy over such issues as transgender rights, the various (some seemingly contradictory) strands of feminism and of course the widening ripples across the pond of male/female relationships prompted by the #MeToo movement – and indeed the backlash thereto – have [...]

September 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A brutal end to a rainy night

Last night I watched the Anthony Joshua versus Alexander Povertkin world heavyweight championship clash at Wembley Stadium on pay-per-view for the princely sum of £20.95 via (I think it was) Sky Sports Box Office. This was a spur of the moment decision on my part prompted by a variety of things. I [...]

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wigmore Hall

Last night I was invited to a recital at Wigmore Hall by the violinist James Ehnes and the pianist Andrew Armstrong. They played 4 violin sonatas by Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms and John Conigliano. The Wigmore Hall with its excellent acoustics is a celebrated venue for chamber [...]

September 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Streets/Anthony Quinn

One of the many joys of writing for The Rust is the collegiate atmosphere. I am no sports buff though I follow the fortunes of West Bromwich Albion and I value the opinions of  Alan (Tanner) Ivan (Conway), Doug (Heath) Rex (Williams) and  Tom (Hollingsworth) on any book I review with a sporting [...]

September 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Still Standing

When self-posting our blogs to the Rust via the administrative website and – thereby ticking the ‘category’ boxes to tag our occasional offerings to ensure that regular readers and others become aware of them – we have one designated to ‘Lists’. Here’s a [...]

September 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Book clubs and The Rehearsal/ Eleanor Catton

I do not like my reading to be prescribed by others and for this reason tend to avoid book clubs. However an erudite and cultivated friend of mine invited me to such a group and I accepted. The book to be discussed was The Rehearsal by Eleanor Carton     her first novel written when she was [...]

September 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

The directors/ Akira Kurosawa

I am every much enjoying SKY ARTS series on film directors. It has the same line up of critics Ian Nathan and Neil Norman with the addition of Stephen Armstrong and Bonnie Greer as their series on film stars. Ian Nathan rightly says that The Seven Samurai  was the father of then Hollywood action [...]

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Prague Spring /Simon Mawer

Simon Mawer returns to the historical Czechoslovakian theme of The Glass Room in this novel set in 1968 Prague. It is seen through the prism of two couples: James and Ellie, two university students hitchhiking randomly through Europe, and diplomat Sam Wareham in the British Embassy and his [...]

September 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Petworth House

Yesterday I visited Petworth House the home of the Percy family in West Sussex. I was motivated by a conversation I had with Alice Mansfield who had watched a TV programme on Petworth House called Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. Petworth House contains some eminent art works notably an unknown [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

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