Destiny Manifest

I watched all of Timeless (2016-18). The show ran for a 1st season of 16 episodes (including the Pilot), and then a 2nd season of 10 episodes, followed by a definitive finale of 2 episodes, “The Miracle Of Christmas”. The “present day” segments of the story are roughly contemporary with the broadcast release, and the […]

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Dance Partners

I went to see the new exhibition of work by Isamu Noguchi, This Earth, This Passage, at Mason’s Yard. Previously White Cube Bermondsey hosted the show A New Nature. Upstairs: Three views of “This Earth, This Passage” (1962-3): Three views of “Play Sculpture” (1965-80): Two views of “Lady Mirror” (1982-3): Downstairs: Several set piece for […]

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Femme Grise

We went to Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the exhibition Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism. Along the road we saw adverts for other displays of the Gallery’s collection. Inside the Gallery, some of the permanent collection. The exhibition: Julie was her daughter. Also on display, in the Lupton Room, was Mary Beale: Experimental Secrets.

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Glam Smiley

I watched Tightrope. This originally run in 13 episodes of about 25 minutes, with a break, on ITV from 19th January 1972 – 12th April 1972. It was originally shown in colour but only black&white recordings have survived. It was aimed at younger viewers. The opening titles have a noodly jazz theme tune as the […]

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Opportunity Cost

I watched 2 films about criminals. The Criminal (1960) begins with some poker faces. Murray Melvin is playing against Patrick Wymark and a slightly posher actor. Of course they’re only playing for matchsticks, as they’re in prison. The mournful theme song “Thieving Boy” by Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth plays as we enter this society […]

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Leamas Redux

Once again we watched the old BBC adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People. Once again we noticed little details we hadn’t noticed before, and also wondered about aspects that somehow didn’t make as much sense this time around. We also decided to watch some more recent adaptations of John Le Carre stories […]

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The Court Of Death

We went to Watts Gallery Arts Village. This needed a trip from West Norwood station… …via Clapham Junction… …to Guildford Station. We got a taxi out to the Watts village. Inside the Gallery, first of all the work of George Watts himself: Also in the Watts Gallery is an exhibition of work by Halima Cassell, […]

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Crown Land

We watched the Coronation of King Charles III on the BBC. I suppose like everyone of our generation of British people this was an event we’d imagined would happen in our lifetmes at some point, but we didn’t give it too much thought. Like a human astronaut landing on the planet Mars, it would be […]

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Hotel World

I watched all 7 episodes of Who Were We Running From? (original Turkish title: Biz Kimden Kaçiyorduk Anne?) We start at a high-class hotel, which turns out to be the category of venue where our main characters spend most of their lives. A woman in her 30s, who is only ever referred to as “Mother”, […]

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Foreign Players

I went to South London Gallery. At the Old Fire Station is Found Football Difficult by John Costi. In Gallery 1: The device part of “Physical Education”: As the gallery chap explained, it is possible to put coins next to the skeletal finger and the device will flick them to join the pile accumulated at […]

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