French Antique Furniture for Dummies

  If the word commode brings nothing to mind but toilet bowls, and you don’t know Louis le Bien-Aimé from Louis Armstrong, fret not! For what follows, a light hearted lesson on three major periods of French furniture making, will help you muddle through the fog. It’s more than just fancily carved drawer knobs and heavy-handed…

Timeless Tudors

Pastime with good company I love and shall, until I die. Grudge who list, but none deny! So God be pleased, thus live will I. – King Henry VIII of England  If anyone ever took pleasure in actively curating a pretty collection of companions and living as they alone pleased, it was England’s second Tudor…

Undercliff

Undercliff is the first novel by Devon based musician/writer Mark Brend. Set in in the early 70s, Undercliff finds everyman Martyn Hope as he joins and then tries to extricate himself from a post-hippie religious group that might not be as benign as he originally thought. Undercliff is an intriguing looking supernatural thriller that moves…

Drop Everything Festival

A contemporary, multi-disciplinary biennial that takes place on Inis Oírr, Drop Everything is a veritable celebration of diverse but compatible cultural industries. Cedar Lewisohn caught up with DE’s organiser Mary Nally and sampled the festival’s blend of the culinary, literary and artistic, in an idyllic location on the very edge of the Atlantic ocean that…

Village People

A Thankful Village is a village in which every resident soldier returned alive from the First World War. The term ‘Thankful’, or ‘Blessed’, village was first coined by British writer, journalist and educator Arthur Mee in his set of guidebooks, The King’s England, published back in the 1930s, but the passing of time has rendered…

Continental Film Night

Our resident film critic, Peter Wix, runs a personal rule over a selection of movies, recent, antique and somewhere in the middle A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) – Roy Andersson  Almost every scene a painting worthy of a national gallery somewhere. Andersson himself refers to the inspiration of Goya, Brueghel,…

Rock of Ages

A year after the Stones’ ill-fated 1967 convocation in Morocco, Brian Jones went back, this time minus his increasingly distant band-mates but in the company of a recording engineer, determined to capture the hypnotic local music he’d been fleetingly introduced to the previous year. In the second of our articles about the lost Rolling Stone’s North African excursions, Mark Brend…

On With The Show

The Rolling Stones may not be among the first bands that spring to mind when discussion turns to pioneers of avant-garde musical experiment, but for a while, the band now synonymous with rootsy, blues-derived, combo rock’n’roll, were more than passingly familiar with music’s technological cutting edge. Indeed, the Stones were, briefly, more about Moog-ie than…