Hair……

I came across this strange photograph of a man and his rather odd haircut which made me think about hair and hair styles. It is probably fair to say that hair styles are a mirror that reflects individual, collective and stylistic histories. It is one of the only parts of …

Let`s hear it for Norman……..

Dear old Norman Wisdom. For many of us , this unsophisticated comic represented something inexplicably special. We grew up with him always on TV and in black and white films, low budget slapstick comedies that defined an era. At the age of 13, after a bad childhood, Wisdom was homeless …

The Great Grimaldi….

This is rather lovely! I was (once again) side tracked whilst doing trying to do some research by the curious story of Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 – 31 May 1837). He’s commemorated in a little park just off the Pentonville road  where he is buried. Rather sweetly it features …

How to speak Art Gallery…….Chiaroscuro and Pentimento

CHIAROSCURO : Literally means “bright-dark” in Italian and describes the technique, in painting or drawing, of modeling three-dimensional figures by contrasting or gradating areas of light and dark. Leonardo da Vinci was among the first to use chiaroscuro to break out of the tradition of flat, one dimensional outlining of …

Monty Python and the me generation……

I saw an article recently in the Daily Telegraph that modern audiences would now be left baffled by the humour in Monty Python film The Life Of Brian – because they have such ‘poor religious literacy’. The article goes on to say that some Engish teachers had commented that nearly …

Let`s hear it for Horace…..

  Quintus Horatius Flaccus aka Horace was probably the world`s first autobiographer. He tells us far more about himself, his character, his peculiar foibles, and his way of life than any other great poet in antiquity. A firm believer in the ” Life is brief and death is coming, so …

Naughty Lord Palmerston…….

Despite his ill-fitting false teeth and appalling bad breath, Britain’s prime minister was seemingly irresistible to women during the Crimean War. “Lord Cupid” as he was known in Parliament, fathered seven illegitimate children and once tried to bonk one of Queen Victoria`s ladies-in-waiting while he was visiting Windsor Castle. (He …