Finished a comic, Interiorae by Gabriella Giandelli. Atmospheric comic about different people in a Milan apartment block, linked by a mysterious invisible rabbit that monitors their lives and dreams.
Well-drawn, with some interesting stories.
I noticed it seemed very similar to another comic I read lately The House That Groaned which had a very similar set-up, and much the same ending but Interiorae seems to be the older (2005 against 2012).
Pretty good, but not unmissable.
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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, by Dorothy Sayers, another Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. My wife's very into these, read it aloud to her. OK on the whole, pretty dated but the mystery is effectively constructed. Preferred this one to "The Nine Tailors" as this time, while I didn't guess whodunnit of course, at least I felt I had a fair shot. (The other one was incredibly convoluted).
Saw the Barocci: Brilliance and Grace exhibition at the National Gallery. Barocci was a relatively little-known Renaissance painter, whos's traditionally held well below Turtle status.
This exhibition shows him to have a great mastery of colour and form, with some strikingly beautiful pictures here. The only weakness is perhaps that all his faces seem to have similarly delicate features.
His most famous picture, or at least the only one I recognised, was here: Aeneas carrying Anchises away from burning Troy. I like this painting a lot, though the subject is one that means a lot to me.
There are also some fascinating sketches here, in particular the delicately coloured chalk. There's also one showing several stages in how a male model was turned into the Virgin Mary, by widening the hips, adding breasts, and of course removing the penis. That's interesting to see as it was very common practice in Renaissance art, which is why a lot of the beautiful ladies have broad frames and what look like bizarrely botched boob jobs.
Saw The Universal Machine at the New Diorama Theatre, a Small venue with about 80 seats. It's a musical which is a biography of Alan Turing. I'm not that into musicals but this seemed pretty good as they go, effectively narrating the tragedies and triumphs of his life.
We saw the very first night's preview. Girl B tells me the music was good.quality. Apparently one of the singers was off-key but you can't expect perfection in a preview: I was quite impressed how the small cast managed.
Overall, pretty entertaining, worth a look.
Was wondering what kind of audience a musical about a gay protagonist would attract, but it seemed to be mostly straight couples.
Saw The Iron Lady on DVD. Odd that it turned up soon after her death, it was one of over 40 "medium" priorities on the Lovefilm list, would have expected one of her fans to have it as "high".
Fairly decent biopic. It's framed around her falling into dementia, experiencing hallucinations as she remembers her path.
As is fairly inevitable for a biopic, depicts her sympathetically, with only a couple of hints that she's not universally admired. It's fairly slanted to the American market too, so it has fairly elementary explanations of the politics of the era. Americans tend to regard Thatcher as primarily a symbol of Female Empowerment, which seems strange to UKians who grew up during her 11-year term and took the concept of a female Prime Minister for granted.
Fairly amusing to see various actors impersonating politicians of the period. The dementia content is sad, as always.
Socioeconomics. Goldenfreude. Very hard to get a job if you've been out of work over 6 months. A sombre reality check for the UK jobs market. Low pay begins to do more harm than good. Little gain from European austerity. IF urges UK to rethink austerity.
Politics. London 2012 Election Cartograms. EDL go to Brighton, mistake Brighton Pavilion for mosque. "Politicians...donâ€™t go for evidence-based policy. What they go for is evidence-basted policy". Parliament doing well. "Shares for Rights" plan revived, rejected second time by Lords.
Random. Review of 1971 novel "The Feminists" . Fewer long articles at Wall Street Post. Businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq How to wrap up extension cords. "Bug" as problem dates to 1889. New mini-Arabian-Nights stories discovered. Comparing 1911 with modern Boy Scout book and badges. Telegraph grammar quiz (I got 75%, wife got 100%).
Pics. Bad Romance covers.
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