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An Arcadian Diversion

July 7, 2011

I had a day off today, so went and met my friend Patrick in London, from where we wandered a bit before heading down to the leafy suburbs of Dulwich to see an exhibition that combines the work of the seventeenth century painter Nicolas Poussin with the work of the American Abstract Expressionist Cy Twombly, […]

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Art

Sunday 17th January

January 17, 2010

Back home from London this evening feeling pretty weary after quite a packed weekend but a really good one at that. Apart from an hour listening to Radio 3 in the hotel room yesterday I managed to spend the best part of three days away from music and the internet, which did me some good I think. We took in plenty of other cultural activities however, the trip to see Stewart Lee’s stand-up show on Friday night was as special as I had imagined it would be, unlike any other comedy I know, highly intelligent, viciously satirical at times and constantly challenging the usual audience/performer barriers. I thoroughly recommend that if you live somewhere where you could have the chance to see him live that you grab the chance. If you aren’t much of a comedy fan still do it.

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Art, Classical Sundays

Monday 31st August

August 31, 2009

Well the high points of today were the Schubert / Britten concert and a wander around Tate Britain. The low point, and a very low point it was too, was collapsing into a curled ball of pain on the way back from the venue as my back had given out, courtesy of the seating in […]

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Art, Film

Saturday 6th June

June 7, 2009

A better day today, sorry for the depressing posts of late. This evening I watched a DVD, which regular readers will know I do rarely, but usually enjoy it when I do take the time. Today I watched 6 Films, a compilation disc of the work of Emily Richardson, a London based experimental film-maker. Not […]

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Art

Sunday 10th May

May 10, 2009

There is a kind of ongoing joke between myself and Lee Patterson along the lines of no matter which city in the UK I go to to attend a concert I invariably find him when I arrive stood just outside the venue with a cigarette in hand. Today I wandered around the Serpentine Gallery in […]

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Art

Shared Intimacies

October 19, 2008

Last Sunday afternoon I headed into London to see the Mark Rothko exhibition at the Tate Modern. On the way into the city my journey was delayed by over two hours when sadly someone threw themselves under the train I was traveling on. This is the second time in my life this has happened to […]

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Art

British Bacon

September 24, 2008

I spent the weekend in London with Julie. We had a great time, and I had the chance to drag her along to do a few things she probably wouldn’t normally have done but she subsequently enjoyed, so winners all around. We spent a couple of hours on Sunday at Tate Britain, somewhere I scandalously […]

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Art, Concert Reviews

A cure for the summertime blues

July 18, 2008

Bleeurgh its been a rotten summer. A rotten year so far if I’m honest. Cue yet another meta-introduction to a much delayed post… The last six weeks or so have been tough going, working hard, plus taking some time off from this kind of thing to focus on helping my much beleaguered other half Julie […]

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Art

The undeniable pleasure, and unavoidable guilt of voyeurism

May 26, 2008

Last year The Guardian ran a weekly series called Writers’ Rooms. The idea behind the series was to print a single photo of the room in which a writer did their work and accompany it with a paragraph about the room written by the writer themselves. This year the series has evolved into a similar […]

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Art

Its grim oop North (but I wouldn’t want it any other way)

December 13, 2007

Whilst oop in Huddersfield and with a few hours to kill on Saturday morning I made my way (in the relentlessly pouring rain) to the Huddersfield Art Gallery, housed in an old Georgian (I think) building that also contains the town’s library. My main reason for attending the gallery (apart from the fact that there […]

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Art

Beneath the surface

April 14, 2007

So this lunchtime before taking a long walk out across the hills of the Ridgeway I bored Julie to tears by dragging her to the small but perfectly formed Oxford Museum of Modern Art to catch the last day of the Callum Innes exhibition entitled From Memory. Innes is a Scottish painter I have admired […]

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