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Uncategorized December 19, 2010

DECEMBER ROSES

     I How peaceful can coexistence be? Chilling the blush of the rose Drawing faint heat from its cheeks The crystalline coldness melts Unique designs are lost. This trinity is miracle enough  Beetle, Bud, Ice. What god would intervene? This the majestic cruel purpose?      II Snowing again I trudge across our street

Uncategorized December 13, 2010

DEEP AND CRISP AND EVEN

Thaw follows frost; hard on the heel of spring Treads summer sure to die, for hard on hers Comes autumn with his apples scattering; Then back to wintertide, when nothing stirs.      (A. E. Housman’s translation of Horace Odes 4.7) _______________ GAYTHORNE ROAD, WEST BOWLING As a boy in Bradford, I lived just 100

Uncategorized December 6, 2010

SONG OF THE KITCHEN-TABLE LEAR

       Each a good egg or an empty shell     What can these portraits silently tell     Something of culture or civilization     These wafer-thin waifs sans fertilization?     Storm in an eggcup – Lear and his clown –     One’s kept his Motley, one’s lost his crown.     There’s drama revealed in all

Uncategorized November 28, 2010

WINTERTIDE

Blow, blow, thou winter wind. It looks as if I will be sending you seasonal snow scenes very soon. Hoping meantime that my Budapest film suffices until my next posting midweek. Meanwhile, this shows what you can do to amuse yourself and the children with felt-tip pens and ping pong balls. I have kept these

Uncategorized November 25, 2010

SHADOWS OF BUDAPEST

My first iPhone film! (N.B. The video is possibly best viewed in small screen to avoid delays in loading, but you can double-click to enlarge.)

Uncategorized November 21, 2010

SHADOW PLAY

For shadow play of Budapest Time has made its acid test So there will be a slight delay Before my shadows have their say But have no fear – I’m all agog We’ll catch the clock up with the blog. E.P. ____________________ For those of you who may have missed my ‘kitchen-table’ meditation on King

Uncategorized November 14, 2010

NOTES FROM ABROAD

Heroes’ Square, Budapest Surreal supper in solitary splendour in the hotel with Harry Potter on TV and Mike Gambon’s Dumbledore speaking Hungarian, which seemed right as I last worked with Mike here in Budapest. The screen was a thumbnail size at arm’s length, if you follow me, but dominated the empty dining room. It was

Uncategorized November 7, 2010

RETURN TO BUDAPEST

We know that Anthony Hopkins reads through and speaks his film parts a hundred times before he gets to the studio. This element of intense preparatory study is the thing that connects the actor performing before the oil and gas footlights of the 18th and 19th centuries with the film actor today finding his mark

Uncategorized November 1, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH EMILY RICHARD

Emily and Edward at home in their London garden, circa 1985. As you may have seen, Edward is a follower of Ruth Johnston’s excellent blog Cocktails and Feminism. This week Ruth has posted an interview with Edward’s wife, Emily Richard, in which she gives a candid and fascinating insight into her career as an actress,