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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Good Advice (from Virgil - or Apollo)

VIRGIL, from Eclogue 6

Cynthius aurem
uellit, et admonuit: "Pastorem, Tityre, pinguis
pascere oportet ouis, deductum dicere carmen."

From the translation by C, Day Lewis:

Apollo tweaked my ear,
Telling me, ‘Tityrus, a countryman should be
Concerned to put flesh on his sheep and keep his poetry spare’.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Europe's Most/Least Cultural Nations?

Which is Europe's Most Cultural Nation? Euronews

Who says the performance has to be live? What about live transmission by satellite to your local cinema? What about reading a book?

Who says "culture" comes down to going to concerts, the opera, plays at the theatre, or the ballet?

Eurocentric, well-heeled metropolitan cultural snobs, perhaps?

Weymouth: Plans for Weymouth's Rejuvenation

Plans are unveiled for Weymouth's rejuvenation, Dorset Echo

UK: Supermarket discounts- meet NHS exercise targets

From The Telegraph: Families could get supermarket discounts if they hit NHS exercise targets

The Metropolitan Museum and an Ancient Greek Vase, Pappas Post

NYC’s Metropolitan Museum Surrenders Ancient Greek Vase to the Authorities for Investigation, Pappas Post

William Barnes, On the Road with Dorset's "Rock Star" Poet and Lecturer

Some posters from William Barnes' Scrapbooks, Dorset County Museum, William Barnes Archive, with enormous thanks to Marion Tait, Honorary Curator of the William Barnes Gallery and Archive - this posting is intended for possible linking to the William Barnes Society website. NB - these posters are pasted down in a precious scrapbook (except for the final Mere poster) hence the impossibility of photographing them on flat surface.

"It has been calculated that Barnes gave at least 178 lectures to working mens' institutes throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset". Alan Chedzoy, William Barnes, A Life of the Dorset Poet, 1985. In a note, Alan Chedzoy cites Trevor Hearl's William Barnes the Schoolmaster, 1966 (page 311). In Trevor Hearl's words: "Well into his 70's, he travelled some ten thousand wintry miles over the roads and railways of Essex, lecturing to Mechanics' Institutes from Bristol to Southampton, from Wellington to Salisbury, often in remote villages, at the invitation of a score of societies. The evidence of 178 recorded lectures shows that instructive topics yielded to popular demands for poetry readings".