Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

I so enjoyed this film – even though I only went to accompany someone else and I’m not an especial fan of Queen the pop group.  It is definitely one to watch in the cinema, BIG SCREEN, to get the incredible sense of large stadium concerts – at which Queen excelled – and the necessaryContinue reading “Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody”

Friday night is Health and Safety Night: Seating

Professor Mal Archaic: (dry, academic cough) “Excuse me.  I take my role as lecturer on Health and Safety upon this Blog, on the Friday evenings quite seriously.  This work is so vital that I am mystified as to why we do not have such films running every weeknight.  Anyhow.  Enough about me and my superblyContinue reading “Friday night is Health and Safety Night: Seating”

Sudden Life Changes – Michelle Obama

The bookshops are full of Michelle Obama’s autobiography: “Becoming”.  Here is an audio recording of her reading her own words (on BBC), recording the start of what it was like to become First Lady.  Click here to access audio recording, if you live in the UK.  (I’m not quire sure how you’d access this, ifContinue reading “Sudden Life Changes – Michelle Obama”

Knitting Inspiration: Kaffe Fassett

This 5 minute video lets Kaffe Fassett describe in his inimitable, colourful way, how he discovered knitting and brought his painterly eye to it, bringing a wave of colour into 1980s knitting in Britain. Also, don’t miss another post on this blog about quilting here.  Both these videos are recorded in his home, which isContinue reading “Knitting Inspiration: Kaffe Fassett”

Exhibition Lecture: “Transatlantic Connections: Eduardo Paolozzi and Andy Warhol” Edinburgh

Today is the opening day of the newest exhibition at the National Gallery Modern Two in Edinburgh: Eduardo Paolozzi and Andy Warhol, titled “I want to be a machine.”  I attended an opening lecture at lunchtime and then went across town to see the exhibition for myself. Lunchtime Lecture (1pm, National Galleries of Scotland) AnneContinue reading “Exhibition Lecture: “Transatlantic Connections: Eduardo Paolozzi and Andy Warhol” Edinburgh”

Writing poetry in lunchtime: Frank O’Hara

One way to find time to write poetry while working full-time, is to write in your lunch-hour.  Frank O’Hara did.  Even with a hangover. Some of his poems begin by noting the time (his lunch hour seems to have been 12 to 1 pm) and then he simply says what he’s doing, eating, feeling andContinue reading “Writing poetry in lunchtime: Frank O’Hara”

Health and Safety Film Night: Global Warming

Professor Mal Archaic:  Ahem, it is my pleasure to introduce, as usual, the Friday Night is Health and Safety Film Night here at ,&.  Tonight, we welcome to the small screen those well known speakers on Global Warming: Professor Steve Martin, Dr Idle and Sir Thomas Hanks.  Which reminds me of my favourite song, “TContinue reading “Health and Safety Film Night: Global Warming”