Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

MARAUDERS BEWARE: Spoilers ahead! I won’t mention any major plot points, but will be discussing the three main reasons you should see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child if you can get tickets (good luck with that though…). So in the spirit of #KeepTheSecrets 🤐 , if you don’t want forewarning even of themes, motifs, characters, magical creatures or artefacts involved, don’t read on. Scroll … Continue reading Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

Chicago

Finally I’m posting some travel tips and pics for America. Read about New York, Boston and Philadelphia first! I had a great couple of days in the Windy City. I found it prettier, more characterful, less blocky and less claustrophobic than New York. My top 5 must-sees are marked with a ⭐ Millennium Park & the ‘Bean’ ⭐ Millennium Park is in the centre of Chicago and … Continue reading Chicago

New York [part 1]: Midtown

Finally I’m posting some travel tips and pics from my trip to New York. Look out for parts two and three! Some history … Manhattan is densely built up (literally up!) – there is no extraneous green space or wasteland – and I found myself wondering why anyone would settle on this claustrophobic island? A little googling suggested the following account: the Dutch were trading … Continue reading New York [part 1]: Midtown

Sicily [part 2]: Cefalu’

Day tripping from Palermo? I highly recommend its neighbour Cefalu’: it’s easily accessible (50 mins on the train) and has tons of history and a beautiful beach. Duomo di Cefalu’ This 900-year-old basilica, overlooked by the Rocca di Cefalu’ and overlooking a pretty piazza, is fortress-like on the outside and rather plain on the inside, except for right above the altar, where you get some … Continue reading Sicily [part 2]: Cefalu’

Crystalline art

Last weekend I went to see Josiah McElheny’s ‘The Crystal Land’ exhibition at Bermondsey’s White Cube. Among the items in this collection were his series of ‘paintings’ consisting of glass domes and pillars set inside gem-shaped, mirrored window boxes (not shown): Looking inside these structures, I was reminded of what it’s like to stare down a cathedral nave – ad infinitum – or of the Wizard … Continue reading Crystalline art

Performing monkeys 🐵 🙊

aspiration and objectification in Black Mirror, Old Masters and social media I hadn’t heard of art critic John Berger before news of his death broke a few days ago. Today I happened upon this interesting article about his critical legacy in the field of the artistic treatment of women. What hooked me in was the initial quotation: A woman is always accompanied, except when quite … Continue reading Performing monkeys 🐵 🙊

Wtf is the ‘meaning of life’?!

Those of us lucky enough, over the festive period, to be able to sink into the loving embrace of the sofa beside an open fire, glass of port in hand, belly full of turkey and Thornton’s, and surrounded by loving relatives, might be tempted to proclaim that ‘this is what it’s all about’. The meaningful life consists in the cosiness of affection, security and slight … Continue reading Wtf is the ‘meaning of life’?!