Monthly Archives: September 2012

homo practicus

Debenham’s, the High St. chain department store, has its branch in Oxford, halfway between The Ashmolean museum and the MAO gallery. I like department stores like Debenham’s because I loathe shopping, and dept. stores are the nearest reality gets to … Continue reading

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popcorn

More films to watch on an iPad. I remember almost thirty years ago a workmate telling me about this great black and white film he’d caught on TV, about four desperate men transporting two truckloads of volatile nitroglycerin, over three … Continue reading

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jenny saville at MAO & Ashmolean

Took a short trip to Oxford this Saturday, to catch the first ever UK exhibition of Jenny Saville’s before it closes. This exhibition is split between The Ashmolean museum and the MAO gallery, less than ten minutes walk apart. The … Continue reading

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homo practicus

I like to think of myself as a practical bloke most times. It’s key to my job. If I had my arm twisted to become a philosopher, I suppose I might opt to join the pragmatists, though I wonder how … Continue reading

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popcorn

This is a film I’ve watched before but not on an iPad. Rashomon was the west’s introduction to the magnificient film maker, Kurosawa. It stars Toshirō Mifune – probably the Clooney, Depp and Cruise, combined, of his day. The film … Continue reading

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some art what I like

Machine, Tournez Vite by Spanish-Cuban artist, Francis Picabia. Francisco Maria Martinez Picabia della Torre! This is the first I’ve heard of him. I need educating. That’s why I registered an account with Art Finder, to consider the art I like … Continue reading

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cults

I remember the Moonies scare but I’m now struck by how quaint the term brainwashing is. It’s like rediscovering an old Len Deighton novel… I remember in the mid 80s I was in Sydney, by way of travelling, and this … Continue reading

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