Category Archives: Art

Another Visit to the Barber

Early Photographic Studio Photography and the Influence of Photography on Impressionist Painting The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Birmingham July 2017, Insight Programme More than three years ago I wrote about the Insight programme run by the … Continue reading

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Eccentric Viewing

When I first heard the term ‘eccentric viewing’ in the context of WMD, I thought it was a slightly un-PC reference to my new way of seeing things. My first experience of my sight changes took place in Sydney Art … Continue reading

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2015 in Review

In terms of my VI, 2015 was a steady year of learning new things and adapting to my situation. I have covered most of these in previous blog posts and thought I would like to summarise them here at the start … Continue reading

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Review catch-up

I seem to have a lot of reviews to catch up with, so the AOB from the past few weeks gets a post all to itself. Listened to Shadow of The Silk Road, Colin Thubron, read by Jonathan Keeble. This … Continue reading

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John Galsworthy – “To Let”

To Let John Galsworthy Published 1921 Downloaded from Audible Read by David Crace Reviewing “To Let” is full of hazards if the reader wants to avoid spoilers.  In this final novel of the first trilogy of the Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy … Continue reading

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Amazon-free Christmas 2014

Family emails, texts and phone calls were exchanged early this month.  Some members are spending the Christmas holiday in Australia and the time they are away also involves two birthdays.  Presents must be bought, wrapped and given by the end of … Continue reading

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World War I, 100 Years On 1914-2014

Transcribed below  (all spelling and punctuation is as written) is one of three mudstained letters in my possession, written on small sheets of  cheap paper in fading pencil.  Billy Brown was my grandmother Lizzie’s brother, my great uncle.  Willie, referred … Continue reading

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Switching banks

For reasons of location accessibility I decided to switch from the Cooperative Bank in the city centre to Lloyds Bank which has a local branch within walking distance of my house. Not only do the banks claim switching is easy, … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Barber

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was donated to the University of Birmingham by Lady Barber in the 1930s in memory of her husband, Sir William Henry Barber. The original Trust Deed specifies that the purpose of the Institute was … Continue reading

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Theatre Access / audio description

What a revelation! On Saturday another friend with VI and I went to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to see a production of Moliere’s Tartuffe. I had more or less given up on going to the theatre and this was my … Continue reading

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