Posted in August 2016

Cormorants

Cormorants

These are my favourite birds – maybe along with starlings, but they always seem to be alone, which is why this group of 6 seem so startling – all lined up on their concrete – what are they? podiums? Like dudes in tuxedoes, they don’t care who’s watching them posing. I love the different poses … Continue reading

Social Mobility by English Rock Stars

The music business has long been seen as a means for poor people to make a living, but in the late 1960s/early 70s there were some truly stellar rises by the few fortunate enough to become famous.  The following snippets come from Dominic Sandbrook’s book The Great British Dream Factory: Bill Wyman had grown up in … Continue reading

Gender Pay in Hollywood

Gender Pay in Hollywood

Yesterday’s i paper featured the headline “Hollywood’s most shameful act – the gender pay divide” It begins Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlet Johansson and Julia Roberts are among the most famous women on the planet – and their substantial pay packets reflect their superstar status. But figures published by the business magazine Forbes show that even Hollywood’s … Continue reading

Steve Buscemi the Firefighter

All actors have had other jobs before becoming successful – many of them in catering which allows flexible hours. Steve Buscemi has always stuck me as an interesting actor, often cast in a marginal, character roles, but this shows him to be a brave and civic minded  individual as he helped out in the aftermath … Continue reading

His Explorer’s Log Book

His Explorer’s Log Book

Originally posted on On Art and Aesthetics:
“I am searching for poetry. Poetry is one of the clues that guides us through the intricate maze,” says Oscar Manuel Vargas. “Where are we from? Who are we? Where are we going? – I want these ancient questions to be in the mind of the viewers. Through…

Scottish Bigamy

This is from the Newcastle Chronicle of  August  1766. When researching wife selling it seems many people believed that if a man went away for 7 years his wife was free to remarry. This may be where the notion comes from but I’ve never come across it in England. there is no mention of what … Continue reading