Posted in March 2017

Thatcher’s Art Foiled by a Dog

Thatcher’s Art Foiled by a Dog

This is from the i paper a few weeks ago, and is  a fine lesson in how the best laid plans can fail: Previously unseen government documents show how the former Prime Minister pulled out all the stops in 1988 to persuade Swiss-based industrialist Baron Heini Thyssen-Bornemisza and his Spanish wife to bequeath their collection … Continue reading

The miniature Sacré-Cœur inside the Sacré-Cœur

The miniature Sacré-Cœur inside the Sacré-Cœur

Originally posted on La Vie Mini:
Cuz I have a thing for tiny things inside bigger things… You might remember that I once wrote about a miniature café inside a café in Paris. Well, I found another unexpected tiny treasure while taking my French sisters-in-law on some sight-seeing adventures this week. The girls, 15-year old twins, had never…

Essential equipment

Originally posted on Minutiae:
These are the reading trousers. Their virtues are legion:  they do not bite, itch, ride up, expose the ankles to drafts, generate electric shocks, or work themselves into vicious little wrinkles which dig in.  They enable much intellectual endeavour (also sleep), and accommodate not only legs, but any size of lunch.  Social…

The Last Days of Solitary

The Last Days of Solitary

This is a really disturbing documentary by the BBC on the US prison system, in which solitary confinement has become widespread as a last resort for dealing with violent uncontrollable prisoners. But for centuries they’ve known it doesn’t work, and in many cases makes prisoners worse. It also costs a hell of a lot of … Continue reading

The Western World 2

Originally posted on Adrian Tinniswood:
John Millington Synge Synge got three Guardian articles out of Erris, each illustrated with one of Jack Yeats’ oddly haunting drawings of thatched cabins, empty roads and half-formed faces. One day, they drove to the village of Geesala and walked out along the edge of Blacksod Bay until they came…

The Western World 1

Originally posted on Adrian Tinniswood:
It is late. The square is full of flaring fire and people. In the falling midsummer light of a St John’s Eve crowds laugh and gasp at the antics of the boys as they hurl flaming paraffin-soaked sods of turf high into the sky, catching them and throwing them up…

10 of the Best Poems about Growing Old

10 of the Best Poems about Growing Old

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:
The best poems about ageing ‘I grow old… I grow old…’ So speaks J. Alfred Prufrock in T. S. Eliot’s classic poem. And, indeed, poets have often been drawn to the topic of growing old and approaching one’s winter years. Here are ten of the very finest poems about ageing,…