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Smokey Black Beans with Wilted Greens and Polenta Dumplings

This is my current favourite, ‘desert island’ dinner. It used to be a fast and lightly cooked vegetable couscous with harissa sauce to pour over, but this has capped it … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stadt aus Glas

The apex of that summer of 1990 had been the making of Rüdiger Schöttle’s ‘Stadt Aus Glas’, the small houses for which were made by local glass craftsmen. They were … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Vertical Earth Kilometer

It was saddening to hear last month of the end of Walter de Maria. He was visiting his 100 year old mum in California, he being a mere strip of … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Bewley’s Coffee Cup

I was staying with German friends in Kerry when Claudio told me that he collected espresso cups, and had quite a sizeable collection of them. He wondered if there might … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Used Art Dealer

I notice that Steptoe Brother or Del-Boy of the art scene is shelling-off some of his ill-considered wares at a Christie’s auction in October, at the time of course of … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ian Finlay at Arnolfini

At last someone has managed to put on a Finlay show that might do the work some justice. There has been so much dithering around, so much lack of insight … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

From Sylvia Beach to Walter Benjamin

March 30, 2013 · Leave a comment