Category: Point of View

Kandinsky Jaune Rouge Bleu

Unreliable Trivia – The Value of the Mistaken Fact

It’s a bad habit, but when I’m in public I often listen in on other people’s conversations. Just recently I was sitting on a busy train when, straining…

Coventry railway station

Coventry Railway Station: A Murky Masterpiece

I’ve never been sure about Coventry railway station. Bold perpendicular lines of grey concrete, shifting mezzanine levels, fierce observance to geometric spatial qualities. I could always see it…

Digital muzak

Digital Muzak: How they sell us our iPhones

The life force of a digital device, a mobile phone or a handheld tablet, can give the impression of something magical. The glowing screen and pulsing ribbons of…

Life drawing model in reclined pose

Embarrassed yet? Some naked truths about life drawing classes

For the last six weeks I’ve been going to life drawing classes at a local college. Just as you see in films or on TV, the disrobed figure…

A Time of Gifts: Fermour and the memoir

As a form of literature, the memoir has often struck me as an odd. The author assembles a small museum of personal artifacts for the purpose of describing…

A Weimar Woman: Lotte Laserstein

The recent acquisition of Lotte Laserstein’s Evening Over Potsdam (Abend über Potsdam, 1930) by the Berlin National Gallery offers the opportunity for the public to view a painting…

Remain or Leave?

The Brexit referendum is now decided, and the fall-out is now unfurling like a virtual-reality landscape. Nothing can be predicted; nothing is unexpected. It has not been an…

Brexit: Passport Control Verses Freedom to Roam

I am yet to arrive at a clear idea of what a European Brexit (yet more portmanteaus!) would mean for the plight of old Blighty (or Plighty), yet…

All Rhodes Lead to Historical Feud

History is not fixed. The point is, it can be re-judged for its faults. This assertion, and others like it, have been utilised by a group of University…

Room With a View: What’s it Worth?

Views of the Alhambra. I’m in Granada, Spain, taking in views of the Alhambra from my hotel room. The extra supplement we have paid for these views is…

The Portmanteau Press

If the latest portmanteau is to be taken seriously – Grexit, a combination of the words Greece and exit referring to the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone…

What are stories worth: a quick note

I recently read an article by Lincoln Allison titled Are Novels a Waste of Life?. The question of the title explains all. For Allison, it is the sense…

What is Abstration in Art?

One story that left an impression on me who was the tale of the mapmakers as told by Jorge Luis Borges in his On Exactitude in Science. A…

The Curious Intonation of Adam Curtis

In his recent film Bitter Lake about the recent history of Afghanistan, Adam Curtis tells us we all need stories “to help us make sense of the complexity…

Point of View: Why I’d rather be a writer than a politician

What do we hear when a politician speaks? What do we expect to hear? Whatever we think about the political classes, I think one observation that can be…

Review of public artwork: “Spring” by Oliver Barratt

Oliver Barratt’s sculpture, Spring, is a bright and fulsome tribute to the influence of water. Its signature is the uninterrupted line, which swirls and undulates in heavy blue…