These are dark times, people. I might have to return to busking on the beach for cash, as in this pic taken by @cateandrosie some years ago at Aireys Inlet...🤔
Thanks to everyone who came along to last night’s chat at Readings about ‘A Lovely and Terrible Thing’. The book is now out in the wild, even if my own child was more interested in... the election guide. 🤔
Negotiating With The Dead
Pleased to have been part of The Breakfasters on and off over the years and rapt to be given the chance to farewell great co-host and all round good guy @jeffsprrw this morning!
Peak of my sporting career right here
Memento of a few strange and fascinating hours I spent in a French Maison d’arret (prison) last week, where The Festival Rochefort organised for me to go in to chat with about a dozen prisoners* about literature. The ‘johnny’ scrawled on the poster refers, I think, to the late French pop singer Johnny Halliday. This doesn’t seem much of a compliment, frankly. Many years ago (in a hotel in Nouadhibou - its a long story) I watched a doco about Johnny and he seemed kind of creepy. C’est la vie I guess... *The only prisoner to have read ‘La Compagnie des Artists’ (Cairo) was an older, quietly spoken man who had obviously read the book very closely and asked very perceptive questions. He was serving 20 years for rape and murder.
Book box. Out in a few weeks!
Le Jeune St Jean Baptiste. C15th. A really beautiful painting
Faces from C16th and C17th
Laps. In a pool on a barge on the Seine!
Spent a few hours at the amazing Musée des Plans Relief. Incredible dioramas of French cities and ports and forts made in the 17th and 18th centuries to assist with military planning. The first two images, of Mont St Michel l, was made by a monk at the abbey out of playing cards! Thanks to @jarvisbransoncocker for the tip!