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Posted on 01 August 2009

Rodchenko & Popova

Posted in ARTS  exhibitions 

Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Liubov Popova (1889-1924) had great timing; they were around for the Russian Revolution and got involved with Constructivism in its infancy.

Posted on 30 June 2009

The Pool

Posted in WORDS  writing 

Constantino, a successful businessman, has returned to his home town in southern Italy after an absence of some 30 years to attend a wedding. In making the journey, he is hoping to put right a wrong he committed long ago.

Posted on 30 June 2009

Dune By Frank Herbert

Posted in ARTS 

Dune is without question a Sci-Fi classic. Published in 1965, it amazes me that I had not read it sooner, but you may well have done and formed your own opinion about what it means.

Posted on 06 June 2009

Baroque 1620-1800

Posted in ARTS  exhibitions 

I have been a closet fan of Baroque since my art school days and you did not want to admit to that kind of deviant thinking in the 60s, so the recent exhibition at the V&A was something of a relief as it meant that at last I could come out.

Posted on 30 May 2009

The Long Firm by Jake Arnott

Posted in ARTS 

The Long Firm was Jake Arnott’s first novel and as such is a very accomplished work. It traces the life of a London villain over 30 years and is a real education in the subtleties of villainy.

Posted on 25 May 2009

Van Dyck and Britain

Posted in ARTS  exhibitions 

This exhibition, held at Tate Britain in early 2009, will I am sure be seen as a milestone in years to come.

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