Thursday 23rd February 2017

The Field Storm Doris  

A return to homage of Goya.


Strangers or Cowherds one with a Red Nose.

Fight with Cudgels called The Strangers or Cowherds in the inventories, is the name given to a painting by Spanish artist Francisco Goya, now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. One of the series of Black Paintings Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house sometime between 1820 and 1823, it depicts two men fighting one another with cudgels, as they seem to be trapped knee-deep in a quagmire of mud or sand.
According to Francisco-Xavier de Salas Bosch, Goya may have been referencing an allegory (number 75) that appears in the work by Diego de Saavedra Fajardo, the emblem book Empresas Políticos [Political Maxims], Idea de un príncipe político cristiano, which contained a hundred short essays on the education of a prince.
The allegory referred to the Greek myth of Cadmus and the dragon’s teeth. By the instructions of Athena, Cadmus sowed the dragon’s teeth in the ground, from which there sprang a race of fierce armed men, called Spartoi (“sown”). By throwing a stone among them, Cadmus caused them to fall upon one another until only five survived, who assisted him to build the Cadmea or citadel of Thebes.

Saavedra used this imagery to discuss how some rulers stir up discord in order to ultimately establish peace in their kingdoms. Goya’s use of this allegory may have referred to the policies and politics of Ferdinand VII.
In 1819, Goya purchased a house on the banks of the Manzanares near Madrid named Quinta del Sordo (“Villa of the Deaf Man”). It was a small two-story house which was named after a previous occupant who had been deaf, although Goya had also been left deaf after contracting a fever in 1792. Between 1819 and 1823, when he moved to Bordeaux, Goya produced a series of 14 works, which he painted with oils directly onto the walls of the house. Fight with Cudgels had been situated in the upper room of Quinta del Sordo.
The Black Paintings



These paintings could be read as the outpouring of a madman or a bitter artist unhinged by illness and the compounded tragedies of his life were it not for the Duel to the Death with Cudgels the most disheartening and startlingly seductive of all the black paintings. This painting is different. It seems to have been painted in the cool, rational light of day. Goya some how managed to transcend his bitterness to prove to himself that reason and discipline were still in command of his brutal deluge. In the next post we’ll try to figure out why this tragic painting is still alive and kicking — still relevant in our time.


What is all this naming of our storms and winds? Doris…Abigail are they trying to make them user friendly? ‘Name our storms’ is a pilot project between the Met Office and Met Éireann which aims to increase awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.


Spurs 2 Gent 2

Spurs shot themselves in he foot again and were turfed out of the Europa League by Gent on a miserable night at Wembley for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in a game that will be remembered for Dele Alli’s horror challenge. Spurs drew 2-2 on the night, exiting 3-2 on aggregate, but their cause was not helping when Alli saw red in the 39th minute for a studs-up challenge on Brecht Dejaegere.

Needing a two-goal win to reach the next round after last week’s 1-0 reverse in Belgium, we made the perfect start with the opener on 10 minutes, Christian Eriksen streaking down the right channel and beating goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.


But Gent hit back 10 minutes later, Harry Kane putting through his own net from a corner to give the advantage back to the visitors. And when Dele Alli was dismissed six minutes before the interval for a dangerous challenge on Brecht Dejaegere, the momentum was very much with the visitors. We gave it a real go in the second half though, scoring a deserved second through Victor Wanyama just after the hour mark and having a number of opportunities to get the all-important third goal.

However, it was the visitors who scored next through substitute Jeremy Perbet, scorer of Gent’s goal in the first leg, as they hit us on the counter. As an aside, the attendance of 80,465 at Wembley was the biggest ever crowd for a Europa League match as our fans turned out in fantastic numbers once more.


I am not sure how we didn’t win this game..Always the same for a Spurs and England fan.. Gent seemed to have the rub of every ball going for corner when it should be goal kick and many throw ins given the wrong way..Also they fell over many times to gain free kicks..Frustrating again..Poor Spurs.


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