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What’s on the roof in Whitechapel?

I like weathervanes and I noticed this one day. Canadian artist, Rodney Graham depicts himself dressed as Erasmus, engrossed on a book while riding backwards on a horse. Erasmus was said to have written his In Praise of Folly, a satirical attack on superstition while riding on horseback from Rome to London. The image...

Tagore

This bust of the Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore is in my favourite London square. It is Dorset Square, Bloomsbury and I love it because it looks a little wilder than most, the plants here are not quite under control. In the spring it is full of bluebells. Discrete notices around the square...

Art, Socialism and Spies

This week I went with some friends to visit the George Frederick Watts Galley in Compton, Surrey. It was sunny and the countryside around Compton is lovely. The museum staff were all very pleasant. You don’t have to book and there is a small but very good café so you can spend the day...

Cattle in London?

These are English Longhorn cattle and they are grazing in a park in the suburb of London where I live. I am very lucky that during the Covid 19 I have been able to walk or cycle in the park. The cattle were recently introduced to eat some of the grasses that are not...