Light show in a disused WWII submarine base

This week I visited a light show featuring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork. The show is in a WWII submarine base in Bordeaux. The base has been an ugly blot on the landscape to the north of the town since the war. It was so well built it has been impossible to demolish. Now it...

The Courtauld opens again after 3 years !

The Courtauld has a fabulous collection of art. It is known for Impressionist and post-impressionist art but there is much more here. The new room layout really shows many of these exhibits at their best. This 5m wide painting by Cecily Brown was especially commissioned to hang at the top of the stairs. It...

Seven more tales from the crypt

Following on from last week’s blog, here are some more stories about memorials in Westminster Abbey. They are in the south choir aisle and their lives were intertwined and all are connected to the reign of Queen Anne. I take a walking tour in London which is about her and whether the eccentricities in...

4 minute mile man in Westminster Abbey

This is the new memorial to Roger Banister (1929-2018) in Westminster Abbey. He is best known as the first person to run a mile in less than 4 minutes on 6 May 1954 at Oxford’s Iffley Road track. One of his pacemakers was Christopher Chataway who became a broadcaster then an MP. The other...
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