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Can you see beyond the tent?

Originally posted on Regular Marvels:
Nicole & Martin live in a caravan: it may be the least interesting thing about them. People who live settled lives – most of us nowadays – have always regarded those who don’t with a mix of fascination and fear. Life without (apparent) ties is easily romanticised from the comfort…

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Ancient and Modern

Originally posted on The Light Ships:
[gallery type="rectangular" ids="2474,2475,2476"] Medieval visions Wrangle Church is known to architectural historians for its rare 14th century stained glass. Such survivals are unusual in English parish churches because artistic work associated with Roman Catholicism was frowned upon after Henry VIII established a Protestant Church of England, and especially by…

Renaud

Joining the canon

As tribute records go, La Bande à Renaud, is not bad, but it is a little sad. There is a valedictory air to these restrained, polite versions of songs by one of the dominant figures of French popular music since the 1970s, Renaud Séchan – which is ironic since Renaud himself was neither. In scores…

West Acre Theatre

Extending access in Norfolk

The view from London Last week, Sajid Javid, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport used his first speech on culture to issue an important and justified challenge to the cultural sector on of its record of inclusion. Three days later, his shadow, Harriet Harman made a very similar argument in her…

Mass Bolero

What a cultural moment can mean to a city

Thirty years ago, at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, two young ice skaters from Nottingham won the Ice Dance Gold Medal with a routine created to Ravel’s Bolero. Torvill and Dean won a perfect 6 from every judge. It’s a moment the city has never forgotten, as this video shows. Community, art –  it’s all here.…

Change of Perspective - Igor Lukyanchenko, 2014

On the value of not putting things into words

It’s uncomfortable for a writer to admit, but sometimes words fail us. They seem to have done so both before and since the 2014 European Parliamentary elections – or perhaps it’s we who have failed our words. Words, like hands, can be used to construct, to caress and to strike. Whatever the truth of it,…