I love the absolute clarity of this description by Cyril Connolly of life (or at least his life) in the Med in the late 30s: ‘Early morning on the Mediterranean: … Continue reading
I stumbled on this poem I wrote when I turned 40. First day at forty Looking out and looking back A big sky – high with spackled clouds Evening rooftop … Continue reading
From Alan Spence’s Glasgow Zen, versions of haiku by Issa: wid ye lookit the state ae it – me in ma new jaicket! fling doon crumbs the sparras start fightin … Continue reading
[…] I again spent two hours in front of a few pictures today; I sense this is somehow useful for me. Would it be instructive for you? I can’t really … Continue reading
Rough, on the fly notes from Andrew Graham-Dixon’s BBC series. — Andrew Graham Dixon on the Art of Spain 31 Jan 2008 Starts with Al-Andalus — often forgotten (not by … Continue reading
On seeing the astrolabe of the muwaqqit (timekeeper) of the Ummayad mosque in Damascus (c. 1334 CE): Spring morning, workbound In the eastern galleries Time lies etched in bronze … Continue reading
From November 2011 Last Tuesday, La Belle Femme and I went to the Tate to see the absolutely wonderful Holbein show. This being midweek, the place was jam-packed with Saga … Continue reading
I’m listening to Phillip Glass’s Six Etudes for Piano. It’s beautiful.