It’s Sunday. According to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum website , both Lancasters (Vera, the Canadian and Thumper, the British one) will be flying past South Rauceby near Sleaford at 3.20pm.
A sudden shower from Hurricane Bertha drenches the city centre, draining the streets of tourists. When the rain has passed, colleges and churches stand renewed. Continue reading
HMS Belfast is wider than the viewfinder. Here, groups of language school students with orange identifying rucksacks and families on holiday pose in front of Tower Bridge. Without the Olympic Rings, the gap between the towers looks vast. It’s a slow pilgrimage over the bridge with the masses of tourists. Continue reading
Although Matisse’s Cut-Outs exhibition has been open a while, it’s satisfying to skip the queue at the Tate and head in at 9.30am. Matisse used his cut-out technique as a way of arranging and rearranging the objects in his paintings, before realising the collages could be pieces of art in their own right. Continue reading
smooth turquoise, combed;
bottle glass, sculpted;
waves crumple over rock.
The village of Ayot St Lawrence is reached on single track roads with passing places, grass growing in the centre. ‘Shaw’s Corner’ is a haven at the edge of the village: George Bernard Shaw wrote extensive directions for drivers to find his house from London and St Albans. Nicknamed in Shaw’s lifetime, there are photographs of the villagers lining the gates to celebrate his birthday, and of his fan mail being passed through the kitchen windows.