Arts

tubeposter1 460x270 - Tube Vintage Poster Tweets #1

A goody bag of tweets covering many different types of vintage London Underground posters, many dating back to the very early days of the tube. This post was originally prepared in 2017, which explains why tweets only go up to that year. A new post has been done with thoseRead More →

starchildfi 460x270 - 2001: A Space Odyssey - the critics

This is a review of the criticisms against Kubrick and his acclaimed film 2001: A Space Odyssey. All of these were made in the first few weeks the film was released, eg April and May 1968. I have added some of my own observations in relation to these. There areRead More →

IMG 3235fi 460x270 - Burlington Arcade celebrates its 200th

This is the one with the Beadles! The Burlington Arcade has reached two centuries and its one of perhaps a couple of places in London that has continuously employed Beadles on its watch. The arcade is found on Piccadilly right next to the Royal Academy, just round the corner fromRead More →

2001picfi 460x270 - 2001: A Space Odyssey title images

A fairly quick post, mostly with pictures! Many might think I do very little but a lot is done in fact. Last year for the 50th anniversary of 2001 A Space Odyssey I did dozens of titles because I had planned on doing quite a number of posts but thenRead More →

dwlmcoverfi 460x270 - The Dancing Wu Li Masters

One of the biggest non science works of physics books in my view. On a par, or even better, than Tao of Physics, and even better than the Quantum Society/Self. As you have so not guessed it, this is the 40th anniversary of the famous book – one even physicistsRead More →

IMG 7838fi 460x270 - Whatever happened to the Moon?

The moon? What happened to it? Was it the Great Lunar Cataclysm? Nope that’s not due until August 2037. We have eighteen years before it breaks up alarmingly and dumps huge chunks of lunarscape upon the Earth. Well its not even that, that’s fiction as some of you will know.Read More →

newperpspectfi 460x270 - New Reverspectives

Patrick Hughes’ reverspective is an iconic genre of art that has been around a very long time, over fifty years in fact. His first ‘reverspective’ was made in 1964! Perhaps the most enduring example of Hughes’ work that would come to peoples’ minds is Paradoxymoron in the British Library. LastRead More →

ffakefi 460x270 - Don't we just love fake history films!

Fake history films – ‘the new threat to truth’ as this recent article in the Guardian postulated. Wow! The truth is all history films are fake. There’s just no way the past can be replicated in any way or form. The closest one would see to the truth might beRead More →

fakewapofi 460x270 - Don't you wish this was true?

You’ve seen all the fake stuff I purvey on this blog – not a single fact to be seen anywhere. Amazingly for the very first time I’m seriously reporting some real news lol! Its all about Mr Trump – or rather – his sudden departure from the White House. AndRead More →

DSC 0506fi 460x270 - Chiharu Shiota & Jonas Burgert

I have passed Blain|Southern’s gallery numerous times – its on a walking route I regularly use between Oxford and Regent Streets. The latest work on display by Chiharu Shiota looks really fantastic. However when I have passed the gallery has not been open, so have had to settle for aRead More →

DSC 3690fi 460x270 - Alazani wine

I had a very nice surprise today. A bottle of Alazani wine arrived from Georgia! (It was brought personally as a gift.) The bottle is very pretty its made of clay not glass which shows it is a wine produced in the now rarer but still traditional Georgian style. ItRead More →

DSC 0420fi 460x270 - Black Mirror's Bandersnatch on the tube

Quite a few bizarre adverts have been seen on the tube since just before the new year – these are for Blackmirror/Bandersnatch. My favourite is that at Oxford Circus (eastbound Central Line) which says “when you exit the platform the escalator you choose to stand on will affect all subsequentRead More →

DSC06649fi 460x270 - The Weather Project

Fifteen years ago the weather in London changed quite substantially. This strange phenomenon lasted almost six months but has not been seen since. It was a time when London’s populace and visitors to London came to embrace the sun as it made its closest ever approach to Earth – andRead More →

tubexmas 460x270 - Tube Xmas posters and pictures

Now that Xmas is most definitely over, can we move on and look forward to the New Year? Not just yet! I have a selection of Xmas tube goodies for those of you who still need their yuletide fix! Roll on Santa once again as we take a look atRead More →

DSC 3015fi 460x270 - While the angels watched...

While angels watched o’er Regent Street, there was loads of fun. First the xmas lights were switched on, then pop up stores and fun palaces followed. The angels approved because it was important that people have fun. And so everyone did. These places, with their large and bright windows drewRead More →

vesselrisingfi 460x270 - New York's gigantic staircase

The Vessel is designed by Heatherwick Studios in London and the huge, Escher-like staircase is due to open in Spring 2019. Its essentially a huge public artwork which people can walk, climb, and enjoy the views from the top. People will be able to ascend it by any combination ofRead More →

DSC 0900fi 460x270 - The One Million Queen

One Million Queen was unveiled on 29th November 2018. This unusual sculpture at Hyde Park Corner is based on Marga’s earlier work at the Ventique art gallery in Chelsea. It was meant to be launched in the summer of 2018, the idea being the bright sun would reflect the 1Read More →

IMG 0330 460x270 - Mulberry's Lights

A special four day light show was held over the weekend in Regent Street. It was organised by Mulberry. The exhibition marked the launch of the company’s new Xmas campaign and was held in an adjacent pair of spare shop units – once part of the former Aquascutum/Austin Reed premises.Read More →