This Bank Holiday weekend, I have been reading “William’s Crowded Hours” – typical of the many good-humoured, laughter-generating books about the life of young rapscallion William Brown, penned by Richmal Crompton. Richmal’s tales of her young hero have been continuously in print for about 100 years (first book 1922) – because they’re genuinely amusing. (TheContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: “William’s Crowded Hours””
Marna Lunt does applique the way Picasso worked with paint. She has a joyous feel for embroidery, likes making lines higgledy-piggledy (what a lovely, freeing word that is) – and she does workshops. Watch her at work in this video: Inspiring others I first came across her work today, via @Hippystitch, who attended oneContinue reading “Embroidery, #threaduary & light: Marna Lunt”
A brilliant podcast helping learn English as a second language has just won third prize in the British podcast awards: Luke’s English Podcast. One fun sideline he does is a ‘Phrasal verb a day”. This is truly useful – they are ways of saying something in a common ways of speaking – difficult to learnContinue reading “English as she is spoked”
Words – the English disease Howard Hodgkin disliked talking about his art. A very rare documentary of him was made by Alan Yentob in the “Imagine” documentary series. As you can see from this still, Hodgkin worked with broad brush strokes: The documentary is viewable in UK via BBC i-player for the next fortnight (16 days).Continue reading “Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) – painter”
As in the expression “My dander’s up”? Tune into this blog in 30 mins to get the answer from linguist Esther Asprey.