On our recent trip to Italy I was particularly taken by this fantastic brutalist (it’s actually rationalist or neo-rationalist) cathedral in La Spezia.
The 12 support pillars represent the 12 apostles.
It was built between the mid 1950’s and its consecration in 1975.
And the apostles names are carved into each pillar.
The crucifix is 19th Century and is the only ‘old’ thing in the church (if you don’t count me).
It was designed by the rationalist architect Adalberto Libera.
Above the crucifix is a stunning 50 metre stained glass cupola.
Unbelievably mainstream. Some genuinely rubbish records on it (Florence and the Machine). Entirely lacking in class.
My vote is for Arctic Monkeys but the best act on the list is Nadine Shah.
- Arctic Monkeys
- Everything Everything
- Richard Russell
- Florence and the Machine
- Jorja Smith
- King Krule
- Lily Allen
- Nadine Shah
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
- Sons of Kemet
- Wolf Alice
No Young Fathers? Fuck off.
No Jon Hopkins? Fuck off.
No Gogo Penguin? Fuck off.
Cortona was rich pickings…
Well, I thought so.
Cortona antique shop. July 2018.
The composition. The religious statement. The sense of history. The poverty. The setting.
Everything about this picture is remarkable in my opinion.
I was struck by the image of this peasant girl in the aforementioned exhibition in Tuscany (Cortona to be precise). She’s a peasant girl and the flowers are crap. But her freckles make her stand out. just one of many great photographs in an exhibition you’d have paid good money to see and be thankful.
It was free.
We went to an incredible photographic exhibition in Cortona in Italy. This was one of the images.
The Roots, with Bilal.
Under 21 is way too young to die.
Our extremely good friends, Will and Ann, have lived in Howard Place for many years and last Saturday they had a leaving do that got a little bit, well, refreshed.
Anyway, as I left I kissed goodbye to Howard Place.
I first fell in love with Anna Meredith when she supported Anna Calvi at the, now defunct, The Caves in Glasgow. It was a bonkers performance and I adored it. I bought her SAY award winning Varmints soon after and saw her live at Leith Theatre last year opening Hidden Doors Festival. The best gig I saw in 2017.
My appreciation of her was actually behind the curve because she had already established herself as a highly regarded composer in modern classical circles and that is one of the reasons she will open The Proms tonight and the Edinburgh Festival in August with a commissioned piece about WWI called 5 Telegrams.
Even though I consider myself a big fan nothing, NOTHING, could prepare me for this. This awesome, really nothing short of awesome, performance in the Tiny Desk Concerts series. I thought Penguin Cafe had kicked it out of the park a couple of years ago in this series but this kicks it out of the park next door too.
Sit back, relax and enjoy Nautilus (surely the greatest piece of music ever written for the tuba), Ribbons (she even sings, who knew?) and The Vapours.
19 minutes and 4 seconds of utter bliss. Thank you Anna.
Airbus has sent out loud warnings. BMW is saying it will shift production from the UK. Nissan has already had the book thrown at it in terms of financial sops. Now the jewel in the UK’s automotive crown is making noises about the serious financial impacts of a hard Brexit. Even the bastion of Brexit, The Daily Express, is leading on the Jaguar story with a warning.
Why? straightforward really. in the face of no European tariffs deal the cost of cars will go up and the cost of imported parts will increase.
This is not complicated economics to get one’s head around. And yet, the government; well, a few morons in the cabinet specifically, continues to be completely undecided about its Brexit strategy, never mind actually negotiating it.
This is all on the back of a wafer thin decision made by an electorate that has now largely woken up to the fact that the leavers voted on a belief that was founded on a bunch of lies.
£300+million extra a week for the NHS. Does ANYONE now believe that?
We run an Air B’nB so have continental visitors day in day out. Every single one of them, bar none, simply shake their heads in disbelief when conversation turns to Brexit.
We’re not in the Euro, so we face none off the risk that brings. Our banks service trillions of £’s of European money with no strings. We have no trade tariffs and anyone who thinks Europe will play it easy on that front should look at the Trump scenario.
We are in a brilliant position for trading with our biggest customer (and supplier).
A few sociopaths threaten the UK’s economic health through their mental health problems.
I still believe a second referendum is justified, fair and sensible.
No, not sensible. Sane.