Sunday, 8 October 2017

Martin's Cat

Calais Cat
La Vierge au chat (Madonna of the Cat)
Marble relief by Jacques du Broeucq  (c. 1505 – 1584)
Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France.
Image source: WGA

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Monogamy wars

The darker the times, the lighter the entertainments.

by Barbara Metzger, read by Pippa Rathborne

available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Portrait of Lieutenant General the Hon. Sir Charles Stewart, K.B., in hussar uniform by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
The 1814 'Londonderry' version of Lawrence's portrait of the future 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, wearing the medal he was awarded for service as a commander in the Peninsular War.
Lawrence was the visual propagandist of Regency romance and glamour. He gave all his sitters the gloss of celebrity makeovers, and made every portrait look like a love affair in paint. Image: Wikipedia

Monday, 13 March 2017

The air in my country

“The air in my country is very foul”
Ian McEwan, at a press conference in Barcelona, March, 2017

 Pieter Breughel the Elder, The Fall of the Rebel Angels 1562
Oil on oak, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Image: WGA

"Now is not the time to obstruct the will of the people" Theresa May in the House of Commons, 2017.
"Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue; it is not so much a special principle as it is a consequence of the general principle of democracy applied to our country's most urgent needs." Robespierre, in a speech to the National Convention, 1794.

Maximilien Robespierre, oil on canvas by Pierre-Roch Vigneron, 1786; in the Museum of French History, Palace of Versailles. Image: The embodiment of the people 's will, and the exponent of State terrorism: Maximilien Robespierre, smiling his sweet megalomaniac's smile, before the Revolution.

We are being bullied into acquiescence with a disastrous rupture with Europe. Our economy and civilization are being degraded, people we love might be torn from us, and we are told to be silent.
Brexit is being imposed upon us in a reign of Terror, in which dissent is suppressed and the rule of law threatened.

"Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil." Robespierre.
"Enemies of the people"
Daily Mail
denouncing the judges of the High Court who upheld Gina Miller's case for parliamentary sovereignty.

Our centuries' old representative parliamentary democracy is broken, smashed under the weight of public opinion polls and political opportunism.

This is not democracy; this is authoritarianism.

If you don't like Brexit, and you love your country, don't shut up.  Never stop protesting.

“It is the right of those of us who voted to remain to continue to speak for what we believe is in our country’s best interest and not allow ourselves to be cowed into silence.”
Ian McEwan, March, 2017

Detail from The Rape of Europa, bronze by Il Riccio (Andreo Briasco), 1520.
Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest. Image: WGA

  Great Britain self-destructs:






Thursday, 15 December 2016

Enchanted Winter

Winter by Boucher, 1735. Image: WGA

New audiobook published specially to cheer up the end of this year and celebrate the new:
an anthology of romantic Christmas themed stories
by Barbara Metzger, read by Pippa Rathborne

Available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes

 Ghosts, magic and mistletoe wreathe these stories about the redemptive powers of love and laughter.

This new selection of Barbara Metzger's shorter romantic comedies is read by Pippa Rathborne in a special Christmas audiobook, available now and in the New Year, to cast enchantment over the Brexit -Trump winter.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Living under Democracy in USA and UK, 2016
Two Monkeys by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, 1562
Oil on oak panel, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Image: WGA

Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Compelling Entertainment of Catastrophe

Sofa by the Spanish cartoon artist Ekhi-Guinea

GRABS POPCORN is how humanity self-medicated its way to disaster instead of getting off the sofa to resist and protest.