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This essay, on the influence of John Berger on the new BBC series Civilisations, was the main part of my Observer column this week. (The column included also a shorter piece on the… 861 more words

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Finishing Clark's 'Civilisation' (1969)

Just in time, because the BBC’s new Civilisations starts this evening.

There is a definite uptick in the tempo of Clark’s last three episodes.  Clark is at his most philosophical, most engaged, and indeed most anxious.  961 more words

On Watching Clark's 'Civilisation'

Clark outdoes Rex Harrison as Professor ‘iggins.  He rolls and rounds his r’s as if they’re chunky pieces of wood that must be honed into spheres.  566 more words

The BBC's Battle of Civilisations: Simon Schama takes on Kenneth Clark

I am an admirer of Simon Schama.  He is one of those commentators whose fluent writing and mode of expression conveys depth with ease, not surprising in so accomplished and erudite an historian.  466 more words

Civilisation and The Sopranos

My addiction started with the Sopranos. It was indeed Tony who singlehandedly pulled me into the realm of binge watching. And I haven’t stopped since. So far I have binged my way through Dexter, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Wire, Sherlock, GoT, Fargo, House of Cards (until youknowwhat), Stranger Things, Sense8, Six Feet Under, Ray Donovan, Black Mirror, The Crown (I know), Godless, Mindhunter, The End of the Fucking World, but to name a few. 787 more words

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Grainfoot Farm - World War Two

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Grainfoot Farm 1940. Kenneth Rowntree, 1915 – 1997. Victoria and Albert Museum. 273 more words

Peak District

An elegant contrast ...

Waves flutter and tumble gently onto the sands of Porthmeor Beach.
The self effacing curves and crevices of the Tate St Ives lay behind.
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