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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 her 301 Moved Permanently secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. DROPPING A BRICK My old friend, Sir Jack Daw, Bart, the last in a very


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long line of distinguished Daws – the first Sir Jack was Barted by one of King Charles’s spaniels

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Moping Owl: On yer trike

… from yonder


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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. ON 301 Moved Permanently YER TRIKE What joy it is to learn that the lucky folke of Folkestone have been given another

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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 301 Moved Permanently tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. HOO RA RA If I seem to be hooting on rather too

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much
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Moping Owl: Eye spy

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The 301 Moved Permanently 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, if that’s

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what storks do, from his nest high on the chimney pots of Burlington House. I can hear him from here, and
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Moping Owl: Sooke Sayings…

… from yonder ivy-mantled

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tow’r The moping owl does to the 301 Moved Permanently moon complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower,  Molest her
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ancient solitary reign. SOOKE SAYINGS I fear I may have made a mistake in always taking Little Sookey for one of Old Mother Dorment’s gaggle of 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 nginx one ever heard so many stupidities as


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a picture,” remarked Jules de Goncourt, and since he made his observation things have got worse. The insults to intelligence endured 301 Moved Permanently by 19th century pictures were as nothing to those routinely heaped on contemporary art. Some things never change, however. Stupidity almost always originates

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in vanity, and art criticism […]

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

The traditionalist lament for loss of skill is a distraction. The modernists were right about that: skill on its own is not enough. The first step on 301 Moved Permanently the road to recovery is

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to reinstate the visual as the sole and proper domain of art. Once it is generally agreed that art’s impact is essentially visual, the skills
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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, you’re sure of a big surprise. That’s if the woods are Mortimer Forest in Herefordshire, and the surprise hasn’t by now been deliberately

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spoiled by tree-hugging vigilante forest rangers. Last spring, RCA graduate 301 Moved Permanently Philippa Lawrence took it into her pretty little head to
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barcode the trunks of selected young oaks in this […]

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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

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clinging 301 Moved Permanently to any passing spar. So when a life raft floats past flying 301 Moved Permanently a flag marked ‘EDUCATION’, it’s understandable that they should haul themselves aboard. But the flag is misleading. The raft isn’t
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headed for the familiar port of art school, where people used to receive […]

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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 to the other, “I didn’t build it, but it was my design”.

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Cue laughter. Now picture the
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same gag 301 Moved Permanently line under a cartoon of two artists looking at an enormous public sculpture. The gag still 301 Moved Permanently works, but the laughter’s forced. Because while a beaver has […]