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Youth, Wilfred Dudeney

Youth by Wilfred Dudeney stands, or rather kneels suggestively, outside Pemberton House, Pemberton Row, London.  It was commissioned in 1955 to stand in front of the headquarters of the Starmer Group, owners of northern local newspapers, in collaboration with the … Continue reading

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Berney Arms

The station at Berney Arms has the air of a remote halt in a western movie where a solitary figure, vengeful or avenging, alights and the train disappears into the distance down a single track.  East, not west, just four … Continue reading

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Living with gods

‘Living with gods’ at the British Museum – selected quotes.  ‘Beliefs in spiritual beings and worlds beyond nature are characteristic of all human societies.’ ‘The power and energy of fire symbolise creation and change.  Drifting smoke disappears into invisible worlds.’   … Continue reading

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Aeroplane Art

In the autumn of 1942 American airmen arrived in Britain at bases in East Anglia for the start of bombing offensives in Europe. ‘The boys of [the USAAF 8th Air Force] personalised their planes with images and cartoons, preferring a … Continue reading

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Brighton Front

‘”No,” Hale said. “I’ve got to be getting on.” – Getting on.  Down the front, mixing as quickly as possible with the current of the crowd, glancing to right and left of him and over each shoulder in turn.  He … Continue reading

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The Idea of Truth 2

‘The snapshot played, I’m sure, a hither to unrecognised role in the creation of seaside mythology.  When the sun shone – as of course it always did in our childhood memories of hot sand, warm seas, sunburn, lotion, and ice … Continue reading

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The Idea of Truth

It is widely recognised that Degas’s paintings have a photographic quality, especially those depicting ballet dancers, horse racing and informal social events.  He achieves this with figures that are cropped and positioned off centre, with a concern for movement and … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 7 – What Makes a Good Picture?

Gerry Metcalfe, camera club member and photo judge of 20 plus years took the Forum through the challenges of judging.  The post on 21st July 2017 covers an earlier presentation to the U3AC by Gerry.  His views on judging? ‘It’s … Continue reading

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Purls Bridge

‘Birdwatching at Purl’s Bridge with David W.  Chilly and grey punctuated with escalators of light; with occasional rain, which didn’t hurt us in the hides.  Good to be out in the air; good to chat.  Bird list: tree sparrow… kestrel… … Continue reading

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Photography and Painting

It is easy to take photographs, more difficult to paint or draw, according to Andrew Marr introducing his latest publication, A short book about painting, at Ely cathedral on 6th November.  Though this is a gross over simplification, I have … Continue reading

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Rothschild Mynah

The Christmas Fair at Waddesdon yesterday was manic.  Away from the stalls selling things I didn’t want to buy, the Electric Menagerie by Lauren Booth floated through the gardens.  ‘Booth has interpreted the Rothschild Mynah as four neon sculptures installed … Continue reading

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Sarah Wrench

I wonder when it was in Post War Britain that being born out of wedlock stopped being a great social stigma, the badge that gave a member of my family born during the First World War a miserable childhood and … Continue reading

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The Guards Chapel

‘The Royal Military Chapel, St. James Park, known as the Guards Chapel, is the religious home of the Household Division at the Wellington Barracks in London. Constructed between 1839–40 in the style of a Grecian temple and restored in the … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Beech Lore 5

‘Healing: In The Bach Flower Remedies Beech is used against mental rigidity, fault finding, intolerance, arrogance and lack of sympathy.  Meditation: Meditation with the Beech helps us relax and let go of fixed ideas, which hinders us and our development. … Continue reading

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Fenscape 30

Walked along the Great Ouse from the Lazy Otter this morning.  Mild; distant Fen horizons lost in the mist, trees and barns given an impressionistic wash, faint tractor lights like occasional lighthouse blinks.  Underfoot the grass wet and decorated with … Continue reading

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