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My week in art

This week we studied on our course  English art in the eighteenth century and I watched a Sky Arts programme on Collectors. Our tutor is always proficient in putting art in context.  In studying English 18th century art she put it in its historical context of the voyages of discovery of Captain [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Presumed Innocent/Scott Turow

Scott Turow is an American best-selling author and this is his first novel published in 1987. It draws from his experience as a Public Attorney in Chicago and is very much a book by a lawyer for lawyers.  This said he has a gift for characterisation and writing. He was described to me by the [...]

February 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

Robert Maxwell

I neither knew nor had any dealings with Bob Maxwell but I knew well two he did. A recent biography by John Preston called The Fall has received good reviews but I do not really want to spend the time reading it. However the BBC serialised it over 5 episodes and it was read by actor Henry Goodman. [...]

February 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

This week we studied surrealism in our art course, there arrived the catalogue of Christie’s for their modern art sale on March 1st and the series on Sky Arts Artists in Love featured Amedeo Modigliani and his lover Jeanne Hebuterne. Surrealism in a sentence is the artistic expression of the [...]

February 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

This far in it’s boring to listen to nonsense

Maybe the travails of Lockdown 3 are getting to me, or maybe my senility rate is accelerating, but recently I’ve begun to notice that my ability to tolerate Covid-idiocy in any form – not least rent-a-mouth “so called experts” being invited on the national media programmes to spout lunacy [...]

February 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Ask my agent/Netflix

I am a bit late on this French series spoofing a film star agency. It’s now become so popular that actual film stars appear as supposed clients of the agency. The first episode featured that excellent film actress Cecile de France. After being offered a leading part in a Quentin  Tarantino movie [...]

February 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Rick Stein

Many years ago when Daffers was in “I-like-a-bit-of-rough” mode I knew an ex-boxer in Rock, Cornwall who sold his night club to a certain Rick Stein. He opened the Seafood Restaurant there and the rest is history. You could sit quayside and enjoy fresh fish caught that day and divine apple [...]

February 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

This week we studied in our art class Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Lee Miller in our Tuesday class and French 18th Century art in our Thursday class. I also watched on Monday Britain’s Lost Masterpieces on BBC4 Our art tutor praised Marcel Duchamp as the second most important artist of the [...]

February 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sport comes back to earth and carries on

At the twin risks of ignoring the advice “If you cannot say something positive, say nothing” and straying from subjects I know anything about, today I have chosen to post today upon sporting matters. AMERICAN FOOTBALL (SUPER BOWL 55) I’m afraid that – in keeping with its other major [...]

February 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

Last week I watched a SKY ARTS programme on Salvador Dali, and my art courses were on Dadaism and the Grand Tour. Ostensibly there is nothing to link  all three. Indeed in their attack on Capitalism the Dadaists and Dali were polar opposites. There is however – as I shall show – strong [...]

February 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

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