The Anonymous Widower

The Tate Is Closing

I have just received this e-mail from the Tate, where I am a member.

For over 120 years we’ve been welcoming people to our galleries, to enjoy great art from around the world. However, the welfare of our members, visitors and staff must always come first.

That’s why we are closing Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives from this evening, 17 March until 1 May. We will be reviewing this and keep you updated.

We believe that access to art is a universal human right. Now more than ever, art can lift our spirits, brighten our days and improve our mental health. So whilst our galleries are shut, we’ll be sharing some ideas for how you can still enjoy the best of Tate wherever you are.

Thank you for your support and for being part of Tate. We hope you will bear with us during this period of disruption. If you have tickets to upcoming events, we’ll be in touch soon. And of course we will extend your Membership for the duration of the closure.

We don’t know yet when our galleries will reopen, but we look forward to welcoming you back when they do.

Until then, stay safe and take care. We’ll be in touch soon.

Best wishes,

Maria Balshaw
Director, Tate

It is not unexpected.

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Health, World | , , | 1 Comment

The London Cablet

I took these pictures outside Carluccio’s in Smithfield.

It is called the London Cablet.

September 3, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Network Rail Teams Up With Local Council To Bring Happy Street To Battersea

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Advent.

This is the first paragraph.

Network Rail has announced it has worked in partnership with Wandsworth Council to spread some joy in the Nine Elms area of Battersea with a stunning makeover of the Thessaly Road railway bridge.

These are some pictures I took last Sunday.

It’s certainly not dull!

Conclusion

We need more happy streets! And bridges!

August 17, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

The Painted Hall At Greenwich

The Painted Hall at Greenwich is now fully restored.

I went on Saturday and these are some of the pictures I took.

We had an excellent guide, who explained the imagery of the painting.

Much of it is aimed against the French and today, it can almost be considered to have a Brexit theme.

So has this philosophy about Europe and mainly the French been passed down the generations from the time of William and Mary?

The older I get, the more I realise that some of my personal philosophy on how I live and treat others has a Jewish slant.

Has it all come down from my sole Jewish ancestor, who arrived in this country from the Baltic in around 1800?

 

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August 4, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chihuly At Kew Gardens

April 19, 2019 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Up For Grabs: Rene’s Fallen Madonna With The Big…

The title of this post, is the same as that of a short humorous article in today’s Times.

It’s the prop for that running gag in ‘Allo ‘Allo!

The picture, has turned up for auction in Bristol.

Who was it who said, he who laughs last, laughs loudest?

Will we be expecting a repeat on BBC2?

November 17, 2018 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Banksy At The Barbican

These pictures show Banksy’s new art at the Barbican.

As it’s in a tunnel, that is probably owned by the City of London Corporation, I doubt it will be removed or stolen.

Is Banksy going upmarket choosing underneath the Barbican?

September 18, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Day Out In A Wheelchair

I have a friend, who is not the best on her feet. As she was in London on business and wanted to see Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain and I have a Membership at the Tate, which allows me to take a guest into any of the exhibitions at any time, I took her to see the pictures.

We arrived at Tate Britain in a taxi at the side entrance and in the entrance one of the staff indicated we could use the wheelchair in the entrance hall.

Judging by the number of similar chairs, I saw, it wasn’t the only one, but possibly the last one yesterday at that time.

So I pushed my friend around the exhibition, which because it was timed entry, although not for Members, wasn’t that busy.

I’d never pushed a good wheelchair before and it was surprisingly easy.

But what surprised me, was the helpfulness of Tate staff, who a couple of times cleared a way through the crowds, so I could push my friend through.

We were even able to use the Members Room, where I got another surprise. They now do gluten-free sandwiches and egg was on the menu! So I indulged!

At the end of the visit, we walked to the front of the Tate, where there were at least four waiting taxis, one of which took us to my friend’s hotel.

By the end of the day, the designer in me, was saying that had all been well thought out.

I wonder if other museums and galleries are so disabled-friendly.

March 16, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | 5 Comments

Eduardo Paolozzi At Tottenham Court Road Tube Station

Eduardo Paolozzi‘s mosaics are now back in Tottenham Court Road tube station.

This article on Global Rail News describes how they were installed.

It’s a pity, that there are not more to cover the new white walls, which are there because the station has been expanded for Crossrail.

February 2, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Summoned By Bells

When I saw the pictures of the new bells for Southwark Cathedral, I just had to go and have a look.

It was just as well I did, as after the dedication yesterday, they will not be on view, but hanging in the belfry.

January 10, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment