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Thursday, 04 September 2008


As my neighbours are still partying VERY loudly, I am stil here scrolling up and down your blog...
Very nice report, a very creative age indeed.

I went to this last Sunday -- the final day. You have shown images of some of the things I liked best -- I loved the knight on his horse -- wanted ALL the furniture. I also thought the drawings were wonderful. Trouble with Klimt is that some of the better known images have become so familiar it's hard to really appreciate them. But seeing them in the flesh made them come alive again. I thought the frieze downstairs was almost the most impressive -- I loved the way it flowed. When will you be in Liverpool again?

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  • ... relatively few persons in London ... can afford the luxury of one or more servants. No fewer than 3,700,000 have no servants at all, and of the half million that have servants 227,000 have only one. (The Times, 6 June 1895)
  • Standing among savage scenery, the hotel offers stupendous revelations. There is a French widow in every bedroom, affording delightful prospects. (Tyrolean inn brochure, according to Gerard Hoffnung)
  • (A doctor is at an elderly relative's deathbed) "The old sawbones, eh?" he bellowed ... "Just in the nick, perhaps. Haul the old girl back by the short hairs, if you ask me. Devilish smart at his work ... Always take a fence with more confidence when I know he's out with us."
  • Too often, when a man of Monty Godkin's mental powers is plunged in thought, nothing happens at all. The machinery just whirs for a while, and that is the end of it. (P G Wodehouse, Heavy Weather)
  • ...the breed that take their pleasures as Saint Laurence took his grid (Kipling, The Five nations)

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