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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

A Very English Scandal/The Bridge

I enjoyed all three episodes of the A Very English Scandal. Not only did the cast act with great authority they bore a close resemblance physically to the characters they played. Hugh Grant had all the arrogant jauntiness of Jeremy Thorpe but revealed subtly also how in a right corner he lost his [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up to speed but unfulfilled

I’m still just young and in touch enough both to have heard of the concept of ‘guilty pleasures’ and know what it means. Often used in the context of television series or musical artistes, it is the situation whereby those of discerning, even progressive, mind are also simultaneously careful [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Der Rosenkavalier /Glyndebourne

Daffers recenty reviewed her Orient Express trip in terms of an experience and I would apply the same description to Glyndebourne. It’s expensive, it’s well run, to have a picnic by the lake on a summer’s day is wondrous, but I don’t know if it’s for the real Opera buff. Added to this the [...]

June 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Around and around

I have just returned from a stay with a pal of forty years and more, a far more well-read and sociable cove than me. It was a fascinating experience as I knew it would be. I’ve rarely read much purely for pleasure, which he does on practically a daily basis and I admire him for it. Instead I have [...]

June 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Water colours

One art column I always enjoy is by Colin Gleadell in the Telegraph every Tuesday on the sale rooms and auctions. Perhaps more than any arts or indeed investment market, which it is increasingly resembling, it is subject to the vagaries of fashion. Hans Makart [see The Death of Cleopatra, above] [...]

May 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Very English Scandal

I was certainly not disappointed with the second episode last Sunday of A Very English Scandal. This took us from the relationship itself to the botched attempt to murder Norman Scott. The performances of Hugh Grant and Alec Jennings deserve the praise they received. Perhaps it will come in the [...]

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

You couldn’t make it up (part 24)

Wherever you are upon the spectrum of life – let’s stick to the old-fashioned and refer to it as ‘three score years and ten’ even though (as each of us all knows only too well some people die well before their time whilst others stagger on beyond their centenary in a semi-vegetative state [...]

May 26, 2018 // 0 Comments


When I pressed the record the series on SKY ARTS in the Discovering Film star programmes I thought I had seen them all but going to my television planner I saw there were many more to savour. I have seen profiles of the careers of Laurence Olivier, Jams Mason, Robert Taylor. Warren Beatty, Charlton [...]

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

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