The Monday Poem – There was in cranes.

This week's poem is There was in cranes. I hope you enjoy it!   There was in cranes. by Jay Snelling   Cellophaned flowers. To look forward to it was an astonishing feeling of a high degree. Staging each one by hand. Directors of gardens, their relationship to the towering tempest in over 2000 plastic… Continue reading The Monday Poem – There was in cranes.

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The Bowmen

The Bowmen by Arthur Machen

The Friday Film: Rope (1948)

Last night, I watched Hitchcock's ultimate suspense film Rope for the first time! It's definitely near the top of my favourite films by this legendary director. In fact, it probably shares the top spot with Rear Window, although there are still many that I haven't seen.

5 Days of Oscar Wilde – 4: The Grosvenor Gallery, 1877

That ‘Art is long and life is short’ is a truth which every one feels, or ought to feel; yet surely those who were in London last May, and had in one week the opportunities of hearing Rubenstein play the Sonata Impassionata, of seeing Wagner conduct the Spinning-Wheel Chorus from the Flying Dutchman, and of studying art at the Grosvenor Gallery, have very little to complain of as regards human existence and art-pleasures.

Illustrator: John Tenniel (1820-1914)

Let's take a look at Victorian illustrator Sir John Tenniel. This London artist is most remembered for his Alice in Wonderland drawings, but Tenniel was also a political cartoonist and a skilful painter.

8 Lord Dunsany Books

Here are eight books by the incredible Lord Dunsany. If you haven't read any of his work before, you should definitely give him a try. If you have read some before, perhaps you'll discover some unknown pieces in this list. The Charwoman's Shadow An old woman who spends her days scrubbing the floors might be… Continue reading 8 Lord Dunsany Books

Ethel Le Rossignol – Psychic Artist

I was lucky enough to see a rare exhibition of her paintings at the Horse Hospital in London. Many of her paintings are on permanent display at the College of Psychic Studies in London. Each painting is a rich rainbow of floating figures adorned with thick golden paint.

The Beautifully Ornate Book Covers of Days Long Gone

I often judge a book by its cover and sometimes I'm wrong, often I'm right. But oh how I wish book covers could go back to being as deliciously detailed as they once were. Let's take a look at some examples... The text is so ornate that it's hardly legible! Compare this to a modern… Continue reading The Beautifully Ornate Book Covers of Days Long Gone