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“I think Modern art lacks affection”

What an astounding observation by Ian Hamilton Finlay: “I think modern art lacks affection”.

It was made during lunch with an artist with whom he maintained an exchange of letters and pictures – Graham Rich.  I know this from the 34 minute video talk in which Graham talks about the shared love of boats with Ian Hamilton Finlay – and their little jokes in the correspondence.

This is one of those rare things: charming.  The younger artist obviously had respect for (more…)

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Shortest poem?

I just came across this intriguing video answer to that question.

First of all, I need to say that the presenter is slightly too inTENse in the WAy he spEaks. But don’t let this put you off, the content is interesting, cooky and sometimes plan daft, with many examples.  Persist in viewing if you’re interested in words and wordplay. Or find yourself looking at a postcard and wondering how you can possibly write anything interesting in such a brief space.

Snollygoster….

Two words which have fallen out of use, according to Radio 4.

How about reviving them?  Today.  See if you can slip them into conversation.  Somehow.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2xL1gH6FcyCtYH2NM6zYhTK/lost-for-words-14-expressions-that-have-vanished

9. Snollygoster

A 19th century American term for an unprincipled, dishonest person, especially a politician.

10. Mumpsimus

An obstinate person who holds on rigidly to a certain set of beliefs even though they are wrong or disproved. The term may have been coined by Erasmus.