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The best of times and the worst of times

The best of times and the worst of times

We are locked down, and yet the wealth of offerings via digital platforms has blossomed to extraordinary proportions.  It’s truly an embarrassment of riches.  Artists, performers, galleries, museums and television producers are making use of video-conferencing, pod casting and Instagram in ways that we could not have possibly imagined. This week, on the occasion of […]

Baroque: art in a turbulent time

Baroque: art in a turbulent time

King Charles II, his red cape borne aloft by cherubs, sits enthroned on a mound of prancing steeds, muscular servants, tritons and nymphs. So what is this crazy hodge-podge painted by the Neapolitan artist Antonio Verrio all about? Verrio’s Sea Triumph, a forerunner of Britannia Rules the Waves, depicts the King as a triumphant victor, […]

Labour should back case for democratic r...

Labour should back case for democratic revolution

By Corinna Lotz The blame game following Labour’s election defeat is destructive. Seeing Labour MPs using the mainstream media to make poisonous attacks on Corbyn is an ugly spectacle. Defeat was not about one or two people but about a long legacy of neglect and economic downturn. Nor was the outcome simply down to working […]