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The Shipping Forecast

The Shipping Forecast Every night the entire nation of Britain fall into the envelope of sleep serenaded by the softly spoken cadences of The Shipping Forecast….a tiny transistor radio on their bedside table transmits the comforting voice of the BBC, … Continue reading

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Frida Kahlo

An extraordinary life and an extraordinary woman. Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico City in 1907. Her instantly recognisable paintings, many of them self portraits of almost hallucinogenic intensity, have defied definition or categorisation. Sometimes called ‘naive style’ and Andre … Continue reading

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Gagaku

Imagine if there was music that had been created in the 7th Century which still sounds harmonically avant garde today. As early as the 6th Century, Chinese court music came to Japan. The Japanese introduced the koto and the biwa … Continue reading

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Kingdom Of Not

Elven Kaban, the contrabass player with Forgotten Fish Memory Orchestra, asked me one day during a rehearsal if we could include some jazz in our repertoire. It was a reasonable request. We had been busy deconstructing all kinds of musical … Continue reading

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Marc Riboud

  Marc Riboud has sadly passed away on the 30th august 2016, at the age of 93. One of the truly great photographers of the 20th Century, he travelled the world, particularly in those giant lands of the eastern communist … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff

          George Gurdjieff He was a remarkable, complicated, brilliant, infuriating and inspiring man. His life’s work was to synthesise a philosophy for the perfection of human consciousness, bringing together Sufism, esoteric gnosticism, fakirism, shamanism, and incorporating … Continue reading

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Street Art in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Street Art In the 1980s, John Nation of Bristol visited Amsterdam. At this time the Dutch city was at its high watermark of creativity and subcultural excellence. John Nation was particularly inspired by the quality and inventiveness of the … Continue reading

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