27 07, 2021

Sculpting the Elephant: An Alternative Town and Gown Tour of Oxford

By |July 27th, 2021|Categories: Art, History, Novels and short stories, Oxford|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

 Shepherd.com is an easy to use well presented  new site . Ben Fox it's creator asked me to  make recommendations on this subject. https://shepherd.com/best-books/oxford-and-where-town-meets-gown Going with the theme .. here is Sculpting the Elephant: An Alternative Town and Gown Walking

2 02, 2021

Start the Week brings back memories of Oxford in the eighties . Contrasting realities for Robert Maxwell with running a small business

By |February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Antiques, Art, Oxford|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gill and I in the unventilated basement.  Compare it with Maxwell's council house,  Headington Hall https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000rtxv?f Good programme about Robert Maxwell who rented Headington Hall from Oxford City Council for £7,500 in 1978 http://www.headington.org.uk/history/listed_buildings/headhillhall.htm? Before we set up at the

28 08, 2020

My features crop up in surprising places. Hope amid the turmoil?

By |August 28th, 2020|Categories: Art, The Oxford Times|0 Comments

More memories . I am often surprised  that Newsquest recycle features of mine that I wrote for The Oxford Times. They  publish them online  all over the country like this one in  The Warrington Guardian . http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/10582069.Turner_and_Constable__Sketching_from_Nature__Compton_Verney/ It’s interesting reading

21 11, 2019

India in England

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: Art|0 Comments

The UK is fabulously well endowed with Indian and India inspired art . I reviewed many exhibitions including Dancing with the Gods at the RA http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/1146405.Dancing_with_gods/ and  Visions of Mughal India at the Ashmolean. https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9535251.passage-india/ The latter was the collection

29 07, 2019

Grayson Perry : The Hogarth of 2017 who says aloud what women only whisper.

By |July 29th, 2019|Categories: Art|0 Comments

Grayson Perry: the Hogarth of 2017? I LOVE Grayson Perry. My first sight of his work was at the Turner Prize in 2003. From a distance his pots were exquisite high glazed and somewhat feminine. Up close there was something