Monthly Archives: April 2015

My Kinda Girl

Its one of my favourite Robert Capa photos. (see link)Two adults on a beach. Having fun. Probably in love. Happy,mature, carefree. Its 1948. Its Antibes. Carrying the umbrella is the virile   66 year old Picasso, under it queen of all … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home

Two years ago  we sold my family home just off leafy  Kingston Hill. As it happens because of subsidence and my step father’s intransigence the house was falling down. But in its prime it was a classic upper middle class … Continue reading

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Westerns sans Frontiers

Westerns sans Frontiers   Last week’s movie going had  me in desperation going to see the Danish(?) Western, The Salvation. Pastries and animal porn I had heard of, but Westerns?. Standard stuff. Long separated wife arrives by train, very quickly … Continue reading

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The Putney Hustings

The Putney Hustings For some , of a certain age the Norman Rockwell prints , the Four Freedoms, remind of a more confident and simple (USA  dominated) world. Fear, Hunger,  Worship Speech, send us your hungry and we will give … Continue reading

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Bravo

My special Mastermind subjects are Dr Johnson, the Battle of Trafalgar and Arsenal in the 60s. So when I was asked if I wanted to  watch Lang Lang I immediately assumed this was some kind of Pandas tea party. We … Continue reading

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Yes Its War

Yes its war.  For the past 48 hours Fortress Festing has been in a state of  mortal combat. We have suffered insult and injury. We have offered the hand of friendship. We have  shown there are viable alternatives,we have tried … Continue reading

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The cup,the glass and the quiche

The cup, the glass and the quiche   The garden of the Estorick Collection,  Canonbury Square is one London’s sweetest secrets. Last week flowering  cherry trees,an ancient brick wall enclosed this wonderful Georgian space.  Once a year I visit my … Continue reading

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