Category Archives: Contemporary Culture & Design

Young talent – Annie Lai

Every now and then Instagram gives us something interesting and positive. On Tuesday 26th June the media folk at Creative Review posted this intriguing photograph by a new young talented photographer, Annie Lai. The post informs us that Annie (for … Continue reading

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Dragon Boat Racing for Charity

Last Saturday some seriously energetic folk climbed into their boats and spent the day racing in the Fresh Start Charity Dragon Boat Challenge. Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition rowing to the rhythm of the drum and has … Continue reading

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Guess what was in this parcel?

Here in the UK there has been a grass roots movement to deal with the epidemic of wasteful plastic excess. The introduction of a law to charge for single use plastic bags has been with us from October 2015 and … Continue reading

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Gucci – channelling Henry VIII

Just in case you missed the press coverage a couple of months ago (Feb 2018) of Gucci’s outing at Milan’s fashion week, here’s a couple of pictures. Apparently, the Creative Director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele, was musing on the French … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day and remembering mothers

My mother is no longer with us, but, she still lives on in my memory. Of course, she was not always a mother and she had some fun times despite growing up during the war years. She was an entertaining … Continue reading

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What is the painting?

During a recent visit home my daughter was trying out my new, preloved camera and the new, also secondhand, prime lens. You can see she was having a go at capturing the ‘infinite’ reflections disappearing down the tunnel created by … Continue reading

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Hooking a cushion cover

It may no longer be as necessary as it once was, but recycling old clothes, offcuts and remnants can only be a positive way of limiting our modern, wasteful ways. I have a box filled with remnants of my painted … Continue reading

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Verdi: A Philanthropic Maestro

Last week I posted a piece about my recent visit to the Royal Opera House to see a rather passé production of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’. During the interval I recalled that last year my father and I had visited the Casa di … Continue reading

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Perhaps time for a new production

There is an age-old question how do you present a masterful work of art created in the nineteenth century to a contemporary audience. Grand opera, like much of Shakespeare, is often concerned with universal themes of the human condition. Stories … Continue reading

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Contemporary Decorations

Tomorrow is the last day of Christmas and traditionally all the festive decorations will be taken down. Since early December there has been a contemporary Christmas Tree erected outside the University of Suffolk on the Ipswich Waterfront. Featuring a gradually … Continue reading

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