The old town Got up very, very early, my bad, I woke up zero dark early with the net result that we spent an hour extra at Helsinki airport really, really early, G was […]
Monumental moments Palace square is big, I mean really, really big*, on the monumental scale it’s close to titanic. So in the middle of winter with only a few people […]
On foot, in Moscow, in winter… We woke, late, and headed out into the Moscow morning, it’s a cool day but not unusually so at about -10 C with snow falling in […]
In the Taman Ayun complex, an artist at work.
Snapped on the road to Ubud. I have no idea who he is or what he’s doing apart from guessing that someone’s going to get an arrow in the eye any […]
At the turn of afternoon into evening, sitting on the steps of MNAC beers in hand, looking out over Barcelona. Oh, and MNAC has an excellent Romanesque collection, worth a visit […]
Oh, I almost forgot. If you’re visiting Parc Guell, check out Gaudi’s house
The dragon park of Antoni Gaudi
Like a coral encrusted leviathan beached upon a suburban street scape Gaudi’s final masterpiece sprawls unfinished across the city
And after Dali we came upon the Museo Picasso in the La Ribera district. Walking through the narrow mediaeval streets of the old town. Five baroque houses, built on the […]
Rhinoceros and Lobsters in the Gothic Quarter
Visiting with the architect of the non-euclidean And a building such as this. Monet’s water lilies, a carnival expressed in the masked balconies, the confetti effect, the roof like a […]
Undulating waves of curving stone, the twisted ironwork balconies of Josep Maria Jujol lying like tangled masses of kelp caught in rock pools, this is surely Gaudi’s homage to the […]
Dragons and Hesperide
Rainstorms and Water Gardens – Giverny and Monet Though we’d bought tickets online for Giverny we debated the value of a whole day spent on a visit, but in the […]
Zacharie Astruc’s Merchant of the Masks with the masks of Hugo, Gambetta, Dumas, Delacroix, Carpeaux, Corot, Berlioz, Faure, Balzac, and Barbey d’ Aurevilly around its base. But I liked the summer […]
Just around the corner from Sacre Coeur is the small, but excellent, eSpace Dali museum. Dali came to Montmartre to see the windmills and stayed to work on his Don […]
Kurt Vonnegut, yes him, put forward the following seven rules in his excellent and concise essay on ‘How to write with Style’. In summary: Find a subject you care about, […]
Chris Nolan and the Dark Knight as a defence of liberalism.
So after an hours wait, grrrr, the concert kicked off with (what else) a blistering rendition of Red Right Hand by Kram.
“Its the commentaries on Shakespeare that matter, not Shakespeare…” Anton Chekhov, Notebooks
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There’s an annual art exhibition at the Derby Museum & Art Gallery and this year I’ve entered two pictures in it. After much…
Spent an evening listening to Dame Kiri Tikanawa regale us with light opera under the stars in the vineyards. Not a huge fan of Dame Kiri. But lying on the […]
It just occurred to me that the gravity drive from Event Horizon (the film and the star ship) bears an uncanny resemblance to the prophet Ezekial’s vision of ‘Wheels Within […]
Tom Sachs is a performance artist who amongst other works has created his own film of the Apollo 11 mission, enjoy. 🙂
Foreign Policy magazine commissioned a photo journalist report The War In Hipstamatic on the war in Afghanistan. Their tool of choice? The iPhone and Hipstamatic. This kicked up a storm […]
For me Hipstamatic is the iPhone equivalent of film making’s Dogme 95, the limitations (even if artificial) are the point. You have to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses […]
The Mattara glow light parade, Oct 1 2011.
Tropes in TV, if you recognise more than 50% of these you should reduce your intake of Joss Whedon and Dr Who. More seriously tropes can be considered a ‘conceptual […]
With a tip of the carney’s hat to H.P. Lovecraft. >:-)
Thinking about the film Solaris and the long shot at the start of reeds flowing in the stream it struck me that this is not just a contemplation on nature […]
Ran across this paperback cover art of Arthur C. Clarkes wonderful Islands In The Sky. For me the illustration evokes a pleasantly weird nostalgia for a future that never was. […]