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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Making the Most of It



"Not too many blue skies this time of year"

Louise Hoffsten sings "Make the Most of It"

Louise is an outstanding Swedish blues singer

Studio Session







From the Horton and Chalbury walk today (sunny Dorset)

Thanks to Roger, walk-leader

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Mike Chapman Exhibition, Duke's Gallery, Dorchester, Dorset





 Steve and his dog

An exhibition to view until 19 February.

I was very impressed by the portrait of Steve (shown in the Dorset Echo article) when I happened to catch sight of it being prepared for exhibition. I went to Duke's Gallery to view it again, It sold for £10,000. Then I went to buy a copy of The Big Issue.





Jimi Hendrix: London Flat - Museum



From BBC News - A look around Jimi Hendrix's London home

At the Marquee Club, 1967




Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Brummagem Philhellene



A story about George Fanshawe Chubb, from Greece Untrodden, Alan J. B. Wace, 1964

"It was Byron who in a letter to Murray called him the Brummagem Philhellene".

The Brummagem Philhellene   A. J. B. Wace

"You will not find the name of the Philhellene George Fanshawe Chubb in the Dictionary of National Biography, although that does include a purely mythical Philhellene Kirkman Finlay. Though he lost his life in the cause of Greece, Chubb is never mentioned by Finlay, Trikoupes, Gordon, or by any other historian of the Greek Revolution. He appears, like Melchizedek, to have had no ancestors and no posterity, and whether he was really a native of Birmingham or not we cannot tell. We know nothing about his family or his education or his profession, or indeed anything at all about him till he became a Philhellene".

George Fanshawe Chubb is, of course, a fictional character:

"What is told here is imaginary even though here and there actual occurrences have been inwoven'.


Monday, 8 February 2016

Weymouth Bay on a Stormy Day




It wasn't the ideal day to drive to Weymouth, battered by Storm Imogen - see Dorset Echo Picture Gallery - but I had no choice. I had an appointment.

Back home, I was reading Aubrey de Selincourt's 'Dorset' (1947):

"Southward from Dorchester it is an easy ride or drive to Weymouth...You round a bend, and suddenly between the hills you see the sea. No doubt it takes an Englishman - or a Greek - to feel that catch of the breath at the first sight of the sea, after however short an interval. There it lies - the broad sweep of Weymouth bay...The sea is a great healer."


It wasn't a day to feel particularly exuberant, and I wasn't going there to look at the sea, so this time there was no catch of the breath, no joyful shout of  Θάλαττα! θάλαττα! — The Sea! The Sea!


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Dorset lashed by hurricane-force winds as Storm Imogen hits county - Dorset Echo