Towards the end of Bladerunner, Roy Blatty stands in godlike potency over Deckard; he is transfixed by the power of life and death that is now his. When warriors in the Iliad are in the final throes of hand to hand combat, they are described as ‘equal to Ares’, the god of war. More accurately, … Continue reading Brief Lives. Roy Blatty and Achilles.
Published in Hastings Independent Press Issue 91 8/12/17 Beautiful Helen of Troy - seduced by Paris into leaving her daughter and husband, Menelaus. It’s often said about women in Ancient Greece that they were second class citizens without power or freedom, so was she just an object to be manipulated and fought over? Generalisations made … Continue reading Helen of Troy- Whore or Heroine?
Published in Hastings Independent Press Issue 89 10/11/17 If you saw the film ‘Eagle Huntress’, perhaps you wondered, among other things, how nomads manage bathing. There’s one answer in Herodotus, a Greek historian of around 484-425 BCE: a tent of wooden mats supported by poles is set over a pit into which red hot stones … Continue reading Art and Bathing on the Hoof: the Scythians at the British Museum.
The cheer was used later by Jules Verne, for the discovery of an underground ocean; by Iris Murdoch and James Joyce. In Ulysses, Buck Mulligan calls the sea ‘snot-green’ in a parody of Homer’s ‘wine-dark’’, which referred to the silkily impenetrable depth of colour it shared with the rough wines of the period.
These rather athletic lovelies have tied their clothes to a bar and are paddling in a pool while showering under water jetting from boars' mouths. It's a sophisticated bathing experience which wouldn't be out of place in a Spitalfields Rough Luxe interior. These showers are on a fourth century BCE Italian pot. It's my guess … Continue reading Liquid Assets
This beautiful, quirky theatre is the only working theatre of those owned by the National Trust. The tiny barn seats just 78 and it's ancient, dark, overarching beams embrace the audience with an intimacy and sense of magical potential from the instant you step in. Those pitted beams have absorbed all its wonderful theatrical moments, … Continue reading Ellen Terry Theatre Smallhythe Place
Graze-on-Grand. St Leonards on sea. “Cassoulet of pancetta, sausage, Guinea fowl & baked apple.” “Beetroot risotto, horseradish cream & red mullet”. “Sardines Venetian style with white onions, pine nuts & golden sultana.” With: “Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine de Belle Mare”- delicate, mineral, salty. Or: “San Vincenzo (Garganega) Anselmi”- melon, nut, orange blossom. Is this heaven? … Continue reading Graze in the Grand Manner.