Archive for January, 2008
27 01. 08 This place never ceases to surprise me. Last Friday I had to go to the mairie for some information and,whilst waiting for the lady to get off the phone, picked up the local newsletter only to discover that we had a film festival this weekend. It was billed as a festival celebrating the relationship between film and architecture and the special guest was Peter Greenaway. As a long time fan of Mr Greenaway’s work I was delighted, so duly turned up to the round table discussion on Saturday afternoon. This was mainly conducted in English (not sure what the Clermontais thought of this) with Mr Greenaway passionately declaring that since the invention of the remote, cinema as we know it was dead. All of which didn’t seem to have a lot to do with architecture but was very interesting. In the evening there was an advance screening of his film on Rembrandt entitled Nightwatching, a fictionalised bio of the painter based on his famous painting The Nightwatch. Fascinating movie with the usual Greenaway trademarks of a certain exuberant bawdiness and wonderful painterly lighting and colours. Worth seeing.
I spent Christmas in Toronto visiting friends and generally trying to stay in touch, house sitting Maryann and Gregory’s house and looking after their dog Jake. Julia and Daisy stayed with me whilst they were in town so Jake was quite happy having all this new company and in particular he enjoyed Daisy who was always either taking him for walks or bathing him! Snow before Christmas allowed Daisy to renew her tobogganing skills and just after Christmas I was also lucky enough to be around when Poppy first began to walk. She is now really mobile and is constantly exploring and keeping everybody on their toes too. En route back to Clermont stayed with Julia and Daisy in Windsor for 10 days before heading back down here. Whilst in the UK visited the Sir John Soane Museum in London and also went to an exhibit of Sickert nudes at the Courtauld. The Soane is really worth a visit to see what he did with natural light in a Georgian house and also to see the collection of original Hogarth paintings.