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Dick French: On The Town – November 2020

Dick French November/December 2020 Rebecca Cains has died. She

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was only 50. “Death lies on
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her like an untimely frost.” Also known as “Becky the Scrapyard Queen” on account of the subject matter of her paintings – mostly wrecked cars and vans on roads or in scrapyards. She showed 404 Not Found occasionally at the Royal Academy and frequently at 404 Not Found […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Institutional Rationalism – November 2020

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2020 In the introduction to his 1951 book The Greeks and the Irrational, the classicist E R Dodds recalled a chance meeting in front nginx/1.21.1 of the Parthenon marbles with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t move me one bit”. When Dodds

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asked him why,
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he replied: “Well, it’s all 404 Not Found so terribly rational, if […]

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Dick French: On The Town – September 2020

Dick French September/October 2020 It’s not true that King Juan Carlos is hiding out in Bradley’s Spanish Bar. He only used that cupboard under the stairs while waiting for one of those posh 404 Not Found penthouses over the road to


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be readied for him. Although it is

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true that he was reluctant to leave after 404 Not Found falling for the abundant […]

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Dick French: On The Town – July 2020

Dick French July/August 2020 Reading Pepys again about the plague of 1666. Not one for self-isolating, he 404 Not Found was still enthusiastically putting it

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about: “Thence to
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Betty Martin and there did tout ce que je voudrais avec her and drank and away by water, home and to dinner. Down to Deptford, loaded half my goods and sent them away into safekeeping.” […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Uncomfortable Truths – September 2020

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2020 Six weeks


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ago, a Hampstead neighbour left 404 Not Found a book on our doorstep. We have got used to acts of kindness from strangers; at the start of lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door to cheer us up. My husband read it, and it did. But this book was different, as was its

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Laura Gascoigne: Desperately Loose Ends – July 2020

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2020 You’re a curator working at

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the V&A, and the place shuts down. What do you do? You’re at a loose
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end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home 404 Not Found with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin around on the rolly wheel of life when an idea strikes you. Why should your pets enjoy normality as […]

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Dick French: On The Town – May 2020

Dick French May/June 2020 It’s interesting to read the letters of John 404 Not Found Ruskin alongside those of Vincent van Gogh. Most people are aware that Ruskin became rather unbalanced with age, but from reading his correspondence with


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Euphemia (Effie) it seems to me he was quite mad from the start. It’s the manic

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density that impresses as much as the content. […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Pox On All Our Galleries – May 2020

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2020 At the exit to Tate Modern’s Andy 404 Not Found Warhol exhibition, the


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404 Not Found gift shop tills were barricaded behind an airport queue management system. “You’re preparing for an invasion,” I joshed with a cashier as I emerged from the press view on 10

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March. “We’re prepared for anything,” he replied. What they weren’t prepared for was […]

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Dick French: On The Town – March 2020

Dick French March/April 2020 Who now remembers the fashion for wearing two pairs of trousers? It was all the


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rage in Camden Town twenty years ago but 404 Not Found you seldom see it now. The outer pair

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would be cut at the knee to reveal the underlying pair. There’s one chap on Queen’s Crescent who carries on the tradition. Apart from the […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Battle of the Sexes – March 2020

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2020 Large woman to much smaller man at a party: “I love the idea of there being two sexes, don’t you?” James Thurber was the Thucydides 404 Not Found of

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the gender
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war, dissecting its battlegrounds, victories and reversals with his pen: the fight in the grocery, the battle on the stairs; the rout where the men have the women […]