Saw the Millais exhibition at Tate Britain. Thought it was superb actually. There's one room full of grotesquely sickly-sweet child portraits, including the Pears soap girl, but the rest of it is actually very good: dramatic scenes, acute observation of expressions, lavishly beautiful nature backdrops, and technically superb. Highly recommended.
They're also holding a Turner Prize retrospective upstairs. Nice to see some of the highlights of yesteryear again, though that terrible wooden shed is as tedious as ever. Also has Damien Hirst's Mother and Child Divided (the split cow and calf) which I hadn't seen before. It's definitely disturbing to walk through, seeing the various internal organs clearly laid out on each side.
What I'm Reading
Finished Wintersmith: Terry Pratchett juvenile, which recently made it into paperback. Third one in the Tiffany Aching sequence. Pretty good, liked it better than the last one. Sticks fairly close to the formula, but decently done, mixing jokes and learning fairly well. Also advances the junior witches storyline a fair bit. Has a few nice touches: I liked Tir Nani Ogg.
What I'm Reading 2
Very slowly making my way through the audiobook of medieval romp "Baudolino" by Umberto Eco, on disk 7 out of 16. It's laugh-out-loud funny in places, but also terribly long-winded in others. Might have been better to go for the paper version.
Steamed radishes are very nice: crispy and tasty. Much better than raw in salads.
Also tried some mutton chops from the farmer's market for a slight change. Not that impressed: cooked them a lot longer as instructed: they're supposed to be more flavourful but apart from a stronger aftertaste they didn't seem any tastier than lamb chops.
Implausibly large breasts (NSFW). Too big even for voorheesleatherface I believe.
Croatian novelist on market literature and its strange resemblance to socialist realism.
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