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A World Elsewhere presents..... Gelato italiano / Italian ice cream

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Blogging Short Stories #2 - A MAN OF MYSTERY

His name was Bernard. I knew that much about him. At least I thought I did.      He lived in a flat on the top floor of a low rise block opposite my own. He was about sixty years old, six feet tall and of heavy build. The blinds of his flat were almost always down, but occasionally his kitchen blinds would be up and I could sometimes see him moping about, preparing a meal perhaps, or defrosting the fridge. Sometimes I saw him leaving or returning to his flat. He walked with his arms hanging lankly by his sides and his head lowered to the ground. His walk was slow and methodical, never looking around him or at passers-by, his gaze fixed on the ground in front. He invariably had a haversack on his back and an outdoor coat, with a heavy pair of boots.       I called him ‘a man of mystery‘, and became intrigued, one might even say, obsessed with wanting to know who he was and what he did, particularly as he sometimes disappeared for days at a time. I knew he was away because at night there …

The greatest painters in Western Art

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Climb aboard for a Whistle-stop tour of the Greatest Painters in Western Art, stopping at Italian Early Renaissance and High Renaissance, Italian Mannerist Period, Northern Renaissance and Northern Mannerism, Northern Landscape, Flemish and Spanish Baroque, Dutch Protestantism, Rococo, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, the Age of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Expressionism, Towards Abstraction and Pure Abstraction.

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Jean Dufy - the circus artist

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Jean Dufy, was the younger brother of Raoul Dufy, celebrated artist of the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, and like his brother would paint his canvases in gay, sparkling colours, in the manner of the fauvists, or 'Wild Beasts'.

Jean clearly had an attraction for the circus, as many of his paintings depict the splendour and spectacle of circus life under the big top. 


He also painted city scenes, including Paris and London, as well as his home town of Le Havre.


Blogging short stories #1 - MEET THE CHARLIES

I didn’t know his name so I called him Charlie.      Charlie was about 30 years old, around 5’ 8” tall, and of slim build. His thin legs were visibly bowed, and this, together with the tight-fitting yellow trousers with the crotch hanging down to his knees that he always wore, gave him the appearance when he walked of a duck waddling along. If he had suddenly started to flap his arms and go Quack quack! I wouldn’t have batted an eye.      Charlie lived in the flat below me with his girlfriend who I named Mrs Charlie. Mrs Charlie was about the same age as Charlie, was about 5’ 4” tall, slim, and liked to dress in smart trouser suits. I guessed that she had a job as a financial adviser or a family solicitor.      The final member of the Charlie household was a small dog that I called Dog Charlie. I have very little knowledge of dog breeds and so am unable to say to which one it belonged. It had a shaggy coat, light brown in texture, and big floppy ears. In the mornings I saw Charlie t…

The Kay Players, Darlington

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Note: The Kay Players was active until c. 1985. This blogpost is for the period up to 1965 and is not complete.

The Kay Players was an amateur drama group established in Darlington, Co. Durham in 1944 by Kay Barrow, at the time a professional producer and drama coach. The group adopted their founder's first name in order to demonstrate the high regard in which Mrs Barrow was held.

The President of the group was Eric Marsham (E.N. Marsham, Esq.) and numbered among the Vice-Presidents was Lady Starmer, O.B.E., J.P. 

From their home at the now defunct Little Theatre on Kendrew Street, Darlington, the group offered to the public a diverse repertoire of plays, which included:

Berkeley Square [pre-1954]
Candida [pre-1954]
The Glass Menagerie [pre-1954]
The Lady's Not For Burning [pre-1954]
The Heiress [January 1954]
Rope [circa March 1954]
Journey's End [circa June 1954]
The Wandering Jew [September 1954]
Under the Sycamore Tree [December 1954]
The Hollow [March 1955]
See How They Run [Septem…