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Moping Owl: Dropping a brick

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such as, wandering near

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her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. DROPPING A BRICK My old friend, Sir Jack
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Daw, Bart, the last in a very long line of distinguished Daws – the first Sir Jack was 400 Bad Request Barted by one of King Charles’s spaniels some […]

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Moping Owl: On yer trike

… from


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yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon

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complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest 400 Bad Request her ancient solitary reign. ON YER TRIKE What joy it is to learn that the lucky folke of Folkestone have been given another Trike at last. Was it really three years ago since their last one was ridden […]

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Moping Owl: Hoo ra ra

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such as, 400 Bad Request wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. HOO RA RA If I seem to be hooting on rather


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too much these days about that Zoo down in Piccadilly, I do apologise, but you know how it is when you get to

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Moping Owl: Eye spy

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. EYE SPY Dear old Dicky Stork is still cawing away, 400 Bad Request if that’s what storks


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do, from his nest high on the chimney

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pots of Burlington House. I can hear him from here, and it’s […]

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Moping Owl: Sooke Sayings…

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of


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such as, wandering near her secret bower,  Molest her ancient solitary reign. SOOKE SAYINGS I fear I may have made a mistake in always taking Little 400 Bad Request Sookey for one of Old Mother Dorment’s gaggle of

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goslings down on Telegraph Farm. He is certainly still there in […]

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Style guide to obfuscation (new updated edition): Laura Gascoigne investigates the continued manglings of syntax and punctuation by those with space to fill and nothing intelligible to say

“Nothing and no one ever heard so many stupidities as a picture,”


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remarked Jules de Goncourt, and since he 400 Bad Request made his observation things have got

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worse. The insults to intelligence endured by 19th century pictures were as nothing to those routinely heaped on contemporary art. Some things never change, however. Stupidity almost always originates in vanity, and art criticism is […]

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Non-visual art: Laura Gascoigne argues for a restoration of the visual

The traditionalist lament

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for loss of skill is a distraction. The modernists were right about that: skill on its own is not enough. The first step on the
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road to recovery is to reinstate the visual as the sole and proper domain of art. Once it is generally agreed that art’s 400 Bad Request impact is essentially visual, the skills to make it […]

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Misplaced trust: tripping along with the teddy bears’ picnic, Laura Gascoigne looks at the obvious mismatch of the National Trust and contemporary art

If you go down to the woods today,

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you’re 400 Bad Request sure of a big surprise. That’s if the woods are Mortimer Forest in Herefordshire, and the surprise hasn’t by now been deliberately spoiled by tree-hugging
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vigilante forest rangers. Last spring, RCA graduate Philippa Lawrence 400 Bad Request took it into her pretty little head to barcode the trunks of selected young […]

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Misappliance of Science: The marriage of art and science is one only of financial convenience, argues Laura Gascoigne

In economically choppy waters, artists without lifejackets can be forgiven for clinging to any passing spar. So when a life raft floats past flying a flag marked ‘EDUCATION’, it’s understandable that they should haul themselves aboard. But 400 Bad Request the flag is misleading. The raft isn’t headed for

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the familiar port of art school, where people used to receive an art
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Eh up Arup! Laura Gascoigne looks into the real brains behind the public sculptures we don’t need

Two beavers are standing looking at the Hoover Dam and one says 400 Bad Request to the other, “I didn’t build it, but it was my design”. Cue laughter. Now picture the same gag line under a cartoon of two artists looking at an enormous public sculpture. The gag still works,

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but the laughter’s forced. Because while a beaver has
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an innate grasp […]