Category Archives: Art

Nancy Balfour, my spirited aunt

My aunt, Nancy Balfour, died 20 years ago on 29 August. Here are some memories. Continue reading

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Next to the common

Last weekend I was at Southampton University, and a joy for me was the common on the doorstep. Continue reading

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My mum’s centenary

Today, 31 March 2017, my Mum is 100 years old. Here is a little bit about her. Continue reading

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Today my Dad would have been 100

My Dad, Jay Ashbrook, would have been 100 today, 26 July. Continue reading

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The CLASP system

At York University I was introduced to the CLASP system of architecture. Continue reading

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Janette of the wild seas

‘Janette Kerr is a foul-weather painter’ says her entry on the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) website.  Brian Fallon, critic of the Irish Times, called her ‘the best painter of the sea in these islands’.  She is president of the … Continue reading

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Not so benign?

Last week I went to a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate England’s national parks. It was held in the Attlee Room, under the shrewdly benign gaze of Clem Attlee whose portrait hung on the wall.  Since he was prime … Continue reading

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