Saturday, 26 September 2015

Purposeful bicycles....

When I first saw these last Sunday in Bologna, I thought they were for real. How wonderful that would have been: Italy is the land of the bike. People of all ages, wearing fantastically unsuitable clothes (long skirts, flapping coats) ride around carefree without a helmet in sight.
But this, I realised in the end, is an art installation - though a priest's suitcase might well have looked something like this once.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Another jewelled bambino

Spotted in San Stefano, Bologna.
To add to the collection assembled here.... I wonder if this one works miracles.

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy