2017 Review

Like last year, I have tried to keep up with enough new releases to eventually have something say at the end of the year.  And exactly like last year, I have virtually failed to see ten new releases that I’ve actually enjoyed.  I quietly accepted once again that, with some notable exceptions, new digital films are not especially for me and require a huge crossover … Continue reading 2017 Review

Responses: Virginia Woolf (1912) – Vanessa Bell

A few months back, I visited the retrospective of Vanessa Bell’s paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The exhibition is still ongoing and an essential visit for anyone with a passion for those strange groups of English rebels that seemed to flourish in the arts around the Fin de siècle.  It confirmed for me Bell’s position as one of the most underrated artists from that period, … Continue reading Responses: Virginia Woolf (1912) – Vanessa Bell

Wanders:Women’s March London – Walking As Dissent

On the 21st of January, over 100,000 people marched through London in solidarity with women against the hatred currently being espoused by the recently inaugurated president of the USA.  This was alongside many other marches globally, especially in America, of unprecedented numbers of people; showing their resistance against what is effectively a newly elected fascist government.  I went along on the walk, partly to support … Continue reading Wanders:Women’s March London – Walking As Dissent

The Strange Language of Spam.

There’s something oddly beautiful about spam.  Like many websites, mine gets its fair share of random, ridiculous comments.  Though it also gets the occasional troll (only last week, a genuine commenter “felt shame on my behalf” for an article) my greatest enjoyment comes from the spam comments.  Is this odd?  When reading large swathes of authors’ work, my enjoyment of them can be determined by … Continue reading The Strange Language of Spam.