I very much enjoyed watching the BBC’s recreation of Jane Austen’s Netherfield Ball from Pride & Prejudice – Party like it’s 1813. The amount of detail and effort which went into the recreation was astonishing. Experts in the field of dress, lighting, food and drink, etiquette, dance and music were all employed to ensure that [...]
I finished watching Jonathan Meades’ latest program, The Joy of Essex.
As usual the density and beauty of his language combined with his trenchant comments based on knowledge, not merely opinion or bluster, meant that my thumb was poised on the remote control to rewind key passages several times to make sure I could [...]
One of the main points of the watch buying ban for 2013 is to assist with the “big save.” I’m going to save hard to achieve “a nice round number” by the end of this year, which I will dump onto the mortgage. With interest rates being pathetically low, any savings one might have attract [...]
This took the beautiful and erudite Mr. Meades less than 30 seconds to narrate in his latest program “The Joy of Essex:”
Rectilinear rigour, white render, copious glass. These were the “trinity” of architectural progress and supposedly of moral progress, in the earlier twentieth century. The proposition that our surroundings can improve us, is of [...]
We all do it, set ourselves New Year Resolutions.
I have these:
Eat sensibly – so far, so good Exercise daily – so far, so good Drink less, e.g. only on Friday’s – so far, so good Buy no watches or watch related stuff in 2013
The last one is clearly insane and inevitably the [...]
I’m aware that many deluded followers of the Abrahamic religions believe heaven to be somewhere beyond the clouds, in the sky, located within the vast reaches of space. Well clearly they’re wrong and I have the proof. Heaven is not to be found in some nebulous upwards direction, it’s definitively downwards.
What could be [...]
I’ve begun reading Museum Without Walls, the latest book from national treasure, Jonathan Meades. I’ve not even completed the first chapter but I’ve been entranced, again, by his vocabulary, wit and wisdom. Some quotes will hopefully elucidate my enjoyment.
While discussing taxonomy and football:
A buzzard is an avian analogue of the even squeakier David [...]
Irony was running amok today.
First, the UN, an organisation dedicated to saving humanity when confronted by the powerful whims of nature, sent cholera riddled Nepalese soldiers to Haiti following the disastrous 2010 earthquake. So far the cholera epidemic they spread has killed over 7,000 Haitians. A UN report has said that “no group or [...]