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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…

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…

Leonard Cohen Has Died

Leonard Cohen has died. I can think of no-one whose specific blend of personal traits has inspired me so strongly. He always bore an attitude that I have…

The Myth of Sisyphus

How to get lost (Or the difficulties of giving up a book)

There are two books that I am perpetually midway through, no matter how many times I pick them up. One is the diaries of Paul Klee and the…

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…

What would I want a car for?

At the age of 37 I’ve recently come into possession of my first ever car. It has happened sooner than I expected. I thought I’d make it until…

60 year since the death of Thomas Mann

The writer Thomas Mann died sixty years ago in Zurich. Since that time his reputation as a major figure in modern European literature has remained, more or less,…

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…

The Wedded Rocks of Japan

If one abides by mythology, the islands of Japan were born of the spirits Izanagi and Izanami in a moment of mystical blending before time itself began. It…

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…

Serif: Lettering With Style?

To serif or not to serif? The small projecting barbs on the ends of letters that indicate more than mere ornament. The semi-structural detailing, vestiges of the classical…

Max Slevogt’s “Visions” at Leicester’s New Walk Gallery

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester. Enjoying this very fine museum, and paying particular attention to the German…

A few words on writing short stories

Recently I’ve been thinking about what impels me to write the type of short stories I write….. so here are a few more words on the topic: I…

One Film I Wish I Could See (but probably never will)

Before the internet, you had to go much greater lengths to hunt things down. Libraries were held in higher regard then. And specialist libraries were even more fervently…

A strange case of Durdle Dor

We spent the weekend in on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, there with some friends on what appears to be becoming an annual event, where we all…

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…