I watched the Culture Show last night and was really pleased with two of the pieces. The first was the exhibition of Bronze at the Royal Academy. This was a remarkable display of a wide range of excellent work from a variety of sources that left me in awe of the quality of the work and wishing it were nearer than London.
This is, to quote the blurb from the Academy, “some of the world’s greatest masterpieces, from Ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan bronzes, to era-defining Medieval and Renaissance treasures and works by iconic figures such as Rodin, Picasso, Jasper Johns, Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois”. Not to mention Donatello whose work is exquisite. Benvenuto Cellini is also represented which is nice to see. Bit of a lad was our Benvenuto, what with killing people, stealing gems from the Popes tiara (allegedly) and putting it about with abandon regardless of gender.
Benvenuto’s peccadilloes aside, what an exhibition and what workmanship. I am always left with the question how did they do that? One might think that with modern technology such a thing is possible but they must have had the most primitive equipment and casting techniques, so how did they manage such perfection.
Bronze is a great triumph for the Royal Academy and I am sorely tempted to drag myself to London to see it. Do not expect it to travel up here though.
The second piece was an interview with Oliver Stone done by Mark Kerode. Excellent interview and how nice to see Oliver Stone back on form. Look forward to seeing Savages in all its glory. Is it my imagination or has John Travolta gone for the Silvio Berlusconi look with his new hair style?
Down to earth with a bump when I watched the snivelling apology from Clegg about telling porkies over student fees. What a piece of work he is. Trotting out the now familiar process, admit you lie , apologise then move on. Well sometimes it is just not enough. He will say and do almost anything to keep his tacky little fingers on the reins of power. Feel sorry for the genuine Liberals who must be cringing at this performance. Paxman wheels out Cable to explain why they lied and this just compounds the felony. They must be consigned to the dustbin of history as soon as possible along with Cameron and Osborne.
This new found trend to make a public apology and then act as if nothing has happened is getting on my wick. So called reformed characters of all sorts are queuing up to apologise and then write a book about it and proceed to go back to their old ways. Suppose they can apologise again. Watch out for Cleggs next version at the Lib Dems Conference
All in all a very up and down couple of hours on the telly. Went to bed with my head spinning