....photograph from a recent post reminded me ot this (thank you Ann)....which reminded me of this....Such skill. And before I know it I've spent an hour online!
Hope you enjoy!
(By the way I'm not convinced by the glass tube theory of viewing the Holbein skull, but for it to be hung by a door so that you see it when you enter (not leave) I find very credible and rather an exciting idea to come from that most sober of artists....)
Reminding myself Ye've go'ae stonn oo' wi' yer honn oo' (see yesterday's post) I tried to get the extra lighting I need at the university. The access department phoneline said 'Karen is not available' and didn't reply to my message, but the friendly chap on reception couldn't have been more helpful and unplugged an anglepoise-type lamp on his desk and gave it to me. I lugged it up to the classroom and plugged it in only to find it had no bulb in it. Neither of us had thought to look! When I took it back laughing, he said he'd find a bulb and bring it back up. No show. Better luck this week.
I am learning to ask for help.
I was so happy that I could see this magical sight on Sunday at the Botanic Gardens. Most of the time I can see pretty well :)
PS Please tell me, is this too large? I don't usually post photos this big, but I rather hoped you might feel drawn into its fairylike charm if it filled your screen....
Glasgow's Miles Better was a very successful slogan to promote the city in 1983 and reflected the friendly (mostly) rivalry between Glasgow and Scotland's capital city Edinburgh.
When I go up to Glasgow I often find that within minutes of getting off the bus in the city centre I am smiling at something.
Last time, I watched as the bus sailed past the stop to the consternation of a man who had been waiting patiently to get on it. Two women behind me Tut-tutted and one said to the other
Ye've goa'ae stonn oo' wi yer honn oo'
(Apostrophe indicating glottal stop. My spellcheck underlined all of this, unsurprisingly!)
I laughed out loud and could have hugged them.
You have to stand out with your hand out could be a metaphor for succesful living. Make demands, ask, make things happen for you, don't just stand back waiting...
I also enjoyed a virtuoso trumpeter in Buchanan St who doffed his hat with a theatrical flourish to someone who put money in his instrument case, and a line up in front of another street musician, in Argyll St. An oldish well-dressed lady was showing three young trendy girls the steps of a dance. They were having a great time and seemed oblivious of those watching - maybe that is a characteristic of Glasgow humour? That it's unselfconscious?
I do wonder if you have to be Glaswegian to appreciate the humour but if you, do you may enjoy this - really corny, terribly dated, but funny (to some!) Apologies if not to you..
Do you think humour has regional and national differences?
..and have a lovely evening in.
Log fire, glass of Clos d'Yvigne Le Rouge et Le Noir, and a very enjoyable two hour programme on Radio 3 about the links made by Luca Turin between favourite perfumes and pieces of music. See here. The programme is available for 28 days. Perhaps your favourite perfume features? Mine didn't, but I loved his choice of music.
And on Swissrose's recommendation I have put the book The Flavour Thesaurus on my wish list. The author Niki Segnit writes with wit and humour about pairings of flavours (thesaurus being a bit of a misnomer). Just reading the contents list on Amazon had my mouth watering and was enough to persuade me I want to read more - Roasted, Cheesy, Earthy, Mustardy, Green and Grassy, Creamy Fruity, Bramble and Hedge...
Sensual delights for an autumn evening in.
Followed by an autumn afternoon out - sunshine walk at the Botanic Gardens. I am loving autumn this year, are you?
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)