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Bach, J.S.: The 2 Violin Concertos; Double Concerto; Partita No.2 in D minor, Gidon Kremer and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – AOTM February 2020

I hope you will forgive me for the almost mythical length in the title of this post. Equally I hope you will forgive this AOTM not being pop. At the end of the month, I reflect on which album has moved me the most. In February, it is this one. There is no doubt in my mind that what Gideon Kremer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (herein the Academy) have achieved is nothing short of miraculous. This review will be split into three sections because I believe each piece deserves to be considered in its...

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Suggestive Highlights (Part 1 of 2)

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is one of Birmingham’s crowning glories. It stands proud and easily recognise-able on the skyline of this our wonderful city. I’ve been meaning to review this for some time and find myself with two many highlights. consequently this post shall be split in two parts. This is the first, in case you were curious. Andrea Fantoni (attributed to) – Figure Of Christ Crucified (Without Supporting Cross)  circa 1690 Of course, following the recent theme, it would be remiss of me not to open with Catholic Iconography. This was presumably made by Andrea Fantoni, an...

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Proper Pesto – The Recipe

If this isn’t the simplest recipe in the world, my name is not Chrystler Jennings the III. No I do jest, in all seriousness there are simpler recipes out there, such as not boiled egg. Pesto is among the simplest and least time consuming recipes I have ever made. Additionally, it is one which will keep well and last a long time after is made. Ingredients 1 large bunch of basil, leaves only, washed and dried 3 medium cloves of garlic one small handful of raw pine nuts (lightly roasted in a pan with no oil) roughly 3/4 cup Parmesan, loosely packed and...

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Pocket Hoodies – A Poem

This was one of my earlier works, which I had the pleasure of reading out at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute Play Reading Group. We were reading Arthur Miller that week, in case you were wondering. The featured image on this post is a wonderful pallet knife piece by Leonid Afremov called Reincarnation, which I thought was most appropriate given the Catholic overtones of this poem....

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Boy Bitten by a Lizard, Caravaggio – Emotional Early Work by the Renaissance Master

Michaelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio is one of the greatest painters who has ever lived. My favourite piece by him is St Francis in Meditation, which I first saw at the Convento Dei Capuccini museum in Rome (pictured below). This piece was painted circa 1606, some 10 years after Boy Bitten by Lizard. It represents St Francis of Assissi in deep prayer. One can see immediately from the proportion, use of lighting, depiction of torn fabric and emotion in the face of the Saint himself, that this is a piece of great artistic merit. It certainly struck me when I...

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