I really love Ferens Art Gallery in the middle of Hull. They have some pictures that are a bit like old friends to me, in that I just like dropping in and seeing them every now and then. At the moment they have a microbes exhibition that is well worth a look, particularly if you have kids.
Today we went to see the moon in Hull Minster. Awesome. It hangs from a large steel structure that they’ve set up . I don’t really want to know how it fits together inside or how they printed it. I just want to marvel at it.
We actually saw the moon for the first time last week, when I took along my expensive cameras and fancy lenses to try and get a nice picture. Today I just had my smartphone with me and I ended up with what I consider better pictures - which is an interesting comment on the state of photography.
We went off to Harrogate today. Very nice place. They have a lovely little art gallery which was showing some rather nice pictures and designs. In the porch on the way in they had some superb prints by an artist called Ian Mitchell. He's based in Scarborough and I think his work is awesome. Go take a look.
Apparently the world's favourite colour is "Marrs Green". This was announced at the launch of "Paper City", an exhibition of paper sculpture in Hull's Fruit Market.
I think I'm ahead of the game the. Above you can see the chosen colour against the walls of my tiny office which I painted green many years ago.
Very similar eh? Once more, Rob is ahead of the times...
The Hypocrite is sold out. I'm not surprised. We were lucky enough to go and see it this afternoon. Probably the best thing I've ever seen in the theatre. Ever. With nods to Shakespeare, pantomime and Black Adder, it tells the story of Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull who, at the start of the English Civil War, had the unenviable task of picking whether to side with Parliament or the King. For a variety of reasons he ends up doing both, although - as the picture above illustrates, it doesn't end that well for him.
The large cast did a fantastic job of bringing the play to life. And the play itself was peppered with local references which went down beautifully with the audience. And me. Favourite exchange:
"Have you got any spare change?"
"I'm from Yorkshire. We don't have spare change."
I'd say go and see it if you get the chance, but I you'll be chasing returned tickets if you want to go. There are some fairly adult bits, so it's not for the kiddies. But for anyone else, and particularly anyone from Hull, it's wonderful.
It's a well known fact (at least to me) that I don't "do" musicals. I blame my parents. As a child I was dragged to film after film where everybody started dancing and singing just as the plot was getting interesting, which I found really annoying.
I thought all movies were like that, and that perhaps there were parts of the world where spontaneously bursting into song and dance was normal behaviour. I can vividly remember the relief of finding that there were films with no singing.
This has left its mark on me. I don't like musicals (except for "Beauty and the Beast" of course, but that's different......)
Anyhoo, today found me, rather unexpectedly, in the audience for Strictly Ballroom - The Musical. This follows the current trend of making every mildly successful film into a musical. Although I wish them the best of luck with "The Artist".
And I rather enjoyed it. I don't remember any of the songs well enough to hum them, but I did remember all the of good bits of the film that they had reverently inserted into the production. If you like live theatre performed with style and gusto, go along. If you enjoyed the move, go twice.
While we were in London last week we went to the Tate Modern. Always good value (i.e. free). We arrived just too early to see the new bit, which opens around now. But we did see this amazing tower made of radios. Awesome.