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Sun 10-Feb-13
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Hattie
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I didn't know where to post this, so had to create a new thread. Perhaps if you watch this programme (or if you already have done so) you will understand my need to share it. 

Overnight, due to insomnia, I was watching TV programmes on BBC iPlayer as I usually do.  I found this, which was a revelation.  Link here.

The Culture Show: Ice Age Art

Andrew Graham-Dixon travels to Northern Spain to visit some of the world's oldest works of art, hundreds of meters beneath the surface of the earth. In limestone caves he is astonished to find a series of vivid paintings, some of which are over 33,000 years old, which appear to link modern man to our ice age ancestors.

 

The programme came as a revelation to me although I have known many of these works, from illustrations, for most of my life......starting from photographs in the National Geographic magazines that were sent over from the USA during the war & just afterwards (I think they came in food parcels) & were passed around. They were the highlight of my childhood...I hoarded them, they were my treasures.

It was so exciting to see them in close up & to hear the opinions of so many people who are arranging the exhibition at the British Museum as well Antony Gormley & Andrew Graham-Dixon. Everyone was as excited about them as I was.

I do urge you to watch the programme before it disappears off iPlayer & to visit the exhibition (alas I can't cope with it).

 

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Sun 10-Feb-13
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there is another good exhibition on at the british musuem from march until september, it is the artifacts from pompeii. Also if you come to the musuems to things that you have to pay entry for and come by train , go on the train website and you can usually print off a voucher for 2 for 1 entry.

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Mon 11-Feb-13
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Glad you enjoyed it so much, Nadine.  Oh I do miss the museums.....the British and the V&A were my favourites.

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Mon 11-Feb-13
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I love both of those museums too, Sue.  I used to take myself off to the V&A as a child, as I lived within walking distance of it. It was like fairyland to me...so full of beautiful things. As an art student I studied there & used the library for research. We were often taken behind the scenes in the costume department to study items of clothing that were not on show to the public. 

The British Museum was just round the corner from my art school so we went there often.

I have been very lucky to visit a lot of museums around the world while I was working abroad. I used to go to them on Sundays mostly as it was usually the only day off I got. So I have many wonderful memories. 

 

Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly; I hope as spring arrives you will feel better & won't feel the need to eat stodgy food.  I always feel better eating more raw food & certainly less sugary food is a good idea......doubly true for you. Many big_hug & big_hug to you.

 

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Tue 12-Feb-13
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Thank you Nadine, big_hug to you too.

My Grandfather used to take us to the museums regularly when we lived in Middlesex - my siblings and cousins liked the Natural History and Science museums but I always preferred the British, think I was more of a literary and bookish child.  And they were all younger than me, so preferred the 'hands-on' stuff to do in the other museums (and had shorter attention spans!).

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Tue 12-Feb-13
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Thanks for the iplayer link, I see it's available until Saturday. I shall enjoy that. smile

 

I used to love the museums as a child. We didn't have holidays but we would have a day in London once a year and do the museums. I once bored my family to tears because I was so engrossed in the Roman and Celtic displays and wouldn't come away. All those little items of everyday use, all so beautiful in form and design. It made a lasting impression on me.

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Tue 12-Feb-13
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I do like Andrew G-D, especially in combination with Giorgio Locatelli in Sicily.

I'll try that again!

Wed 13-Feb-13
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I love that series too, TA. I love Italian art & Italian cooking BUT just hated working in that country......Oh, the stories I could tell about trying to collect my fees & expenses for the work I was doing..... the corruption & lies that went on....& on.....& on !!   runaway ......runaway ......runaway

 

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Wed 13-Feb-13
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wave Never been to Italy, but would love to go, especially to Sicily.  Don't know why, but it just fascinates me!

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I have worked in Italy many times, but luckily as a paid employee, and we have holidayed there a few times as well and we both like the country. Yes  trying to work in their economy and get paid for the work in arrears is probably a totally different experience.

We made landfall in Sicily once from a cruise ship, in the port of Messina- we did try to take a train out to Taormina which has a medieval castle , but just missed one that would have given us enough  time to sightsee and get the train back to be on time for the departure (only stayed a half day in port) so we stayed in Messina, had a coffee and pastry, watched some men trying to move around some huge shop counters and get them in to a small shop without smashing the large plate glass windows. It was done with lots of shouting and some brute force, but they managed.

After touring the inside, we were then treated to a lovely display at noon of the animated figures that appear at different levels on the outside of the bell tower of the Cathedral accompanied by music as well. It was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1908 and an astronomical clock was installed in the 1930's as well.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

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