Tag Archives: Art

Shell We? #shellgrotto

In 1837, some building works were being carried out on a cottage in Margate. it wasn’t a particularly pretentious part of the town, quite humble really.No one really knows what happened – a workman’s spade hit a large slab, a … Continue reading

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Street Art: Margate #art #murals

I mentioned Margate had a strong artistic history. A project called Rise Up has created some stunning murals throughout the town, highlighting many of the problems with the coastal waters, not least the current scandal that our water authorities pouring … Continue reading

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Back Story

I went to a friend’s funeral last week. Dougie was old and increasingly dealing with complaints that come with the passing years. I only knew him in his latter years, though his skills as a theatre set designer were apparent … Continue reading

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Odd Auld Place

Weddings, however they appear are unique set pieces. This weekend just gone we spent four days in Edinburgh at the wedding of the daughter of two old friends. David, the dad, and I go back to our very first day … Continue reading

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The Intricacy Of Craft #japanexhibition

The history of Anglo-Japanese relations is not something with which I was familiar beyond battling them in WW2. Post war, the reconciliation was clear, but the relationship could never be defined as close. All that rather overshadowed the contacts and … Continue reading

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GF And Mary Watts #art #chapel #visit

Who? you ask. I did. Even the Textiliste, who’s cultural life is so much wider and deeper than mine, didn’t know them before something appeared on some feed somewhere. Had you lived in England in the 1890s with her appreciation … Continue reading

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Alight In London #spacetheuniverseandeverything

Another evening, another light show. This time at St Martin’s in the Fields, which is a bit of an out of date name since the nearest field is, at best St James Park, about a quarter mile away. It’s a … Continue reading

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Dali: Man Out Of Time

I don’t know when I first came across S. Dali. Probably his red lips sofa. Certainly, I was attracted by his surrealist imagery, the stick legged heffalumps, the melting clocks. I found his religious iconography weird and unsettling and his … Continue reading

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The World Reimagined

This tour covers about three to four miles around the city of London. For convenience, I started at Mansion House tube – it was a Sunday, a day when public transport tends to be the subject of various last minute … Continue reading

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Art Club

During lockdown, artist and cross-dresser Grayson Perry hosted an Art Club in which he tool a theme and curated work done at home by Joe Public, some celebrities and his wife Phillipa. It was both fascinating and touching and oddly … Continue reading

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