Books and coffee

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Photo from @thelittlebookroom. The sight of these new penguin Shakespeare’s reminds me of near the end of the film “An education” where Lynn Barber goes to have coffee with her former teacher and realised the fulfilment available in black spine penguin classic paperback style and postcards tacked to the wall. Yes!

Lviv churches

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One of the most tangible symbols of Lviv’s multiculturalism is the many churches of different creeds: Latin (Catholic); Jesuit (also Catholic, but hey, why not have a different name); Armenian; Orthodox; Dominican (Catholic again, sorry).

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I haven’t split the photos out by church but I think you can broadly guess by the paraphernalia and organisation inside whether they are Roman or Eastern. The eastern ones reminded me very much of the Greek and Bulgarian orthodox churches we visited in Istanbul. Also, note the cultural crossovers in the use of embroidered cloths and icons in all churches.

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Ruskin

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A fascinating exhibition at Two Temple Place of Ruskin: the art he collected and that inspired him, the art and collections he made, and the makers today inspired by him. It especially made me want to visit the museum in Sheffield that Ruskin founded and that’s still going strong today.

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Mao in Walthamstow

The William Morris Gallery, as well as being free and excellently curated, has a canny eye for a good visiting show. May Morris last year was a good continuation to her father’s work on display; the garden paintings exhibition a nice nod to Morris’ floral designs and the park that the gallery is set in.

This time the visiting exhibition from the Ashmolean of Mao propaganda posters links with the fact that Morris was a publically committed socialist for the last decades of his life, despite the embarrassment many of his artistic friends felt about this. Another link is that towards the end of Mao’s rule artists were encouraged to use traditional painting styles to celebrate modernity’s achievements, something which echoes Morris’ own wish to revive traditional methods.

Its only a small show (1 room), but well worth a visit, and not so large that you don’t have time to see the main house if you haven’t been before.

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Dilrani Kaur

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If you like Meera Sethi and/or remember these playing cards by Sarah Ferone, you’ll also like Dilrani Kaur’s though provoking and witty work.

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As well as her own take on the playing card deck (which comeback as either prints or t-shirts and jumpers) and the out of this world tiger sneakers, Dilrani also takes vintage Vogue covers and adapts them for an Indian viewer. Her website is here.