Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon – New exhibition at Tate Britain

Contrasting the Flesh of Freud against the Torment of Bacon “All Too Human – Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life” Having always been a fan of Lucien Freud’s portraits, it was not surprising to be delighted by the current collection on display at Tate Britain.  I counted 16 paintings in all by Freud…

Choosing One’s Path with Robert Frost

While walking Oscar in the woods, each time I reach this point I can hear the words of the American poet Robert Frost contemplating which path to take in life.  Of course this poem, below, has a universal appeal and the imagery is powerful as well as accessible.  I particularly love the line “way leads…

Thomas Jefferson’s Ten Rules

  On this day, 22 March, more than 200 years ago, (1790) Thomas Jefferson became America’s first Secretary of State under President George Washington.  As one of the founding fathers and the author of the Declaration of Independence, he provided political and moral leadership at a critical time in America’s history. Today, amid the revolving…

An Antidote to Brexit – No Man is an Island

  Photo of bust of John Donne in the grounds of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London 4 December 2017   Sometimes it feels as though there will be no end to the Brexit disaster story, and perhaps there is a fundamental truth in that instinct but some days, I have to switch off entirely from the…

David Frum on Trump’s Corruption of America

  Trumpocracy – The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to be in Washington DC visiting family while David Frum was publicising his new book, Trumpocracy – The Corruption of the American Republic.   Frum was speaking at Politics & Prose which is not simply a bookshop…