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Thursday 14th March 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 15, 2019 by bishshat


Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud16 March – 16 June 2019
Children have always fascinated artists. This is a celebration of some of the most iconic paintings of children produced over the past 500 years.
Through stunning portraits, amusing genre scenes and touching ‘fancy pictures’, we will explore the creative process and the specific challenges posed by painting children: from how to capture the fleeting moments of youth,
to how to encourage young subjects to sit still. The exhibition addresses themes including royal portraits, play and learning, and the fantasy and reality of children’s lives.

It concludes with a series of paintings, sketches and sculptures by Stanley Spencer, Louise Bourgeois, Jacob Epstein and Lucian Freud. These offer deeply personal insights into the place of family within an artist’s life, and the ongoing dialogue between biography and creativity.


Chantal Joffe, Poppy Esme Oleanna Gracie and Kate, 2014


Furthering the conversation initiated in Painting Childhood, this sister-exhibition brings together the works of three contemporary figurative painters – Chantal Joffe, Mark Fairnington and Matthew Krishanu.
Drawn to the subject of children, each of these British artists depict childhood in very different ways. Fierce, tender and highly personal, Chantal Joffe’s expressive paintings chart the growth of her daughter Esme from birth to adolescence, in relation to her own changing role as a mother. Mark Fairnington’s approach turns a scientific eye to the depiction of his twin sons with hyper-realistic precision, while Matthew Krishanu’s radiant paintings reveal memories of an exotic childhood in Bangladesh. Together, these three artists present fresh perspectives on what constitutes childhood today.



Tuesday 12th March 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 12, 2019 by bishshat

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Monday 11th March 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 12, 2019 by bishshat


Green Dwelling has been imagined by Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, and will consist of a collection of differently-sized green blocks ranged across the Old Town Meadow. The blocks highlight the history of the land: once the site of the medieval village of Compton Murdak, the meadow was planted with elm trees in the 18th century, which were lost due to Dutch elm disease in the 1970s.

Like a modern Stonehenge, the blocks playfully reference these lost histories. Paths and picnic benches are integral to the design, transforming the meadow into a destination to explore and enjoy, and providing an exciting opportunity to re-frame familiar views of the Grade-I listed mansion house.


Sunday 10th March 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 10, 2019 by bishshat


Saturday 9th March 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 9, 2019 by bishshat

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Southampton 2 Spurs 1

Southampton claimed a vital 2-1 over Spurs in the Premier League this afternoon after an amazing turnaround at St Mary’s.
Spurs had held the lead at half-time through Harry Kane’s opener and fully deserved their advantage following dominant first 45 minutes.

However, the Saints came roaring back with two goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse in a much improved second-half display.

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The opening 15 minutes of the game saw Saints having to soak up a lot of Spurs pressure and Harry Kane was caught just offside before having his shot blocked by Angus Gunn.

Their defence was looking less than convincing and some slack play nearly led to an opening goal for the visitors.
Possession was surrendered to Kane and he fired a cross into the area that was diverted onto his own post by Maya Yoshida, but the Japanese international eventually cleared.

Christian Eriksen then hit the bar with a free kick but it wasn’t long before Saints fell behind.

Saints could only muster two half chances for Redmond and Austin in the first period and it was clear that Ralph Hasenhuttl needed to make some tactical adjustments at half-time to help his players get into the game.

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Both Shane Long and Josh Sims were thrown into the action to provide some pace and movement upfront, and this seemed to have an immediate impact when both were involved in a move that almost saw Nathan Redmond grab and equaliser

Long’s pass found Redmond inside the area and he jinked past Davinson Sanchez before firing into the side-netting from a great position.

The same combination then produced another chance that Redmond will have felt he should have done better with.

Long squared the ball across the six-yard line to the winger who had darted across the near post, but he flicked his effort wide instead of inside the near post.

Harry Kane missed a good opportunity when he curled a left-footed shot wide but Saints got their deserved equaliser in the 76th minute.

Substitute Stuart Armstrong played the ball across the area and Yan Valery was at the far post to take advantage and bundle home his second goal in two games.


However, there was even more to come.

With an international break upcoming, James Ward-Prowse is in the form of his life and he took his claims for a place in Gareth Southgate’s a step further with another superb free-kick goal.

The ball was put down centrally just outside the area and he executed a strike perfectly into the top corner to match his effort against Manchester United last weekend.

Friday 9th March 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 9, 2019 by bishshat


Thursday 7th March 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 7, 2019 by bishshat


Urban Spaceman

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

I’m the urban spaceman, baby; I?ve got speed
I’ve got everything I need
I’m the urban spaceman, baby; I can fly
I’m a supersonic guy

I don’t need pleasure
I don’t feel pain
If you were to knock me down I’d just get up again
I’m the urban spaceman, baby; I’m makin’ out
I’m all about

I wake up every morning with a smile upon my face
My natural exuberance spills out all over the place

I’m the urban spaceman, I’m intelligent and clean
Know what I mean?
I’m the urban spaceman, as a lover second to none
It’s a lot of fun

I never let my friends down
I’ve never made a boob
I’m a glossy magazine, an advert in the tube

I’m the urban spaceman, baby; here comes the twist–
I don’t exist