Bauhaus at the Barbican

The Barbican on a hot Wednesday evening was another delight, a talk by the renowned Swiss artist Peter Fischli  whose father studied at Bauhaus Dessau. He talked about the influences of the Bauhaus after its demise including its far-reaching effects in the US an even in Britain.

I was expecting an audience of people in their 60s but the average age was more like 30. He talked about his early life living in a modernist house designed by his father in the outskirts of Zurich. Affectonately known as The Shoebox by the locals, the house was furnished with non- upholstered chairs, as upholstery was considered Bourgeois. He showed us this image.

It was only today that I realised that Fischli’s collaborative partner 0f some 30 years David Weiss had died a few weeks before. Fischli/Weiss  – The Way Things Go

Bauhaus: Art as Life
3 May 12 – 12 Aug 12 / Barbican Art Gallery

Read Me Something You Love

Farringdon Road on a hot Tuesday evening, at the Free Word Centre, was an unexpected delight. A group of singularly insightful individuals, broadcasters, writers, publishers offering us, the audience , access to their experience. And in the melee later I met the most interesting Steve Wasserman who runs the blog Read Me Something You love. This is a blog like no other, to quote ”

Read Me Something You Love is an online podcasting project. But it is also, hopefully, an offline experience.

People who love the written word read me a short story, an excerpt from a novel, or poem that excites them in some way, and then we wholeheartedly discuss the piece in question.”

How cool is that – but don’t take my word for it – go visit RMSYL

An example, quite apposite since I have recently returned from (been reborn from) a week’s residential tutoring by the delightful Mr Haddon.

The Gun by Mark Haddon – read by Ted Hodgkinson

Some more familiar things

A little model of the “Flying Scotsman” train, it is made of steel and had been silver-plated, though much of that has worn away now. I ‘d like to know where this came from or why my father was so fond of it.

We had several books from the Little Golden Book series, we must have been pretty rough with them, lots of torn pages and scribblings.  These images are from the story of Pantaloon – a poodle who wants to work as a pastry chef. My favourite was title was The Colour Kittens, they had such fun with paint and colour.

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