Month: August 2019

August 29, 2019

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7.30 am: I took the train for London for a brief visit to see my elder son. He’d invited me to a jazz Proms concert. News of the sudden and tragic death of one of the School’s former students and an employee at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales had emerged over the past few…
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August 28, 2019

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019: A day, largely, of MA fine art tutorials with students who’ll be undertaking their second and final exhibition next month. Many have been working on this project flat-out since their last exhibition. They’re now reaching the point of exhaustion. This can be a dangerous time. Their judgement, confidence, and sense of both self-worth and the integrity…
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August 26, 2019

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Saturday, August 24, 2019: Work, this day, comprised on-line tutorials on the topic of identifying students who could, potentially, be radicalised. Now Higher Education staff are on the front-line of terrorist prevention (along with mental-health identification and referral, and other pastoral dimensions). Sunday, August 25, 2019: A family walk (more a climb, in my opinion) up Cadair Idris to Llyn…
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August 23, 2019

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I came across this etching recently at the exhibition Rembrandt in Print, held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Rembrandt reworked the plate for Segers’ ‘Tobias and the Angel‘ (c. 1630–33), which he owned, and redirected the subject matter to a different biblical story: Mary, Joseph, and the Christ-child’s flight into Egypt. I recalled Robert Rauschenberg’s more radical intervention in…
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August 22, 2019

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The Great Hebridean Holiday was behind me. Although, it’ll take a good deal longer to process the many experiences that I’ve had. During the vacation hiatus, this diary was placed on ‘pause’. Instead, my ruminations while I was away took the form of Twitter feeds and notes to myself in the ‘Black Notebook’. The tweets were either memorials to moments…
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