Monthly Archives: August 2009

Favourite things

One of my favourite artists (and, I admit it, a very good friend) Paola Casalino will be showing some of her work at Taunton Public Library, Taunton, Somerset, from the 1st to the 12th of September. The show’s entitled My … Continue reading

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Shut yo’ mouth, Part Two

Silvio Berlusconi has just taken the extraordinary step of suing Repubblica on the grounds that the ten questions the newspaper has been asking him (click to embiggen above or see here) since the Papi-and-Noemi shit hit the fan last February … Continue reading

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Shut yo’ mouth

Earlier this year Freedom House placed Italy 73rd in its liberty of the press league table, classifying the country as ‘partly free’, a status it shares with Turkey, Burkina Faso and Haiti. This is hardly surprising, given that 80% of … Continue reading

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Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover

A fascinating interview with a great cover designer, and more, on Caustic Cover Critic, one of my favourite blogs: informative, thorughly well-researched and frequently side-splittingly funny. In this case, it’s the former. The artist’s name’s Roxanna Bikadoroff and this wonderful … Continue reading

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Oh my Lord!

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Thinking about death and contrast in Waltham

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I went to the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol yesterday. I’ve known about the place for years, but the last time I was in Bristol, in autumn 1975, I was looking for a job and don’t remember even considering the notion … Continue reading

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