Art Exhibition – The Stars are Bright – London

Exhibiton of paintings by students at Cyrene Mission School in Zimbabwe some seventy years ago

Rocks and Flowers (1945) by William Nyati (The Stars are Bright)

My visit to this art exhibition in early October 2020 felt like a journey into a fragile time warp. I left it filled with nostalgia for the land where I was born … and with a question.

How would this show of school art from Africa, intended originally for international audiences in the 1940s, be seen in the middle of Black History Month in London, over seventy years later?

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Florence, Italy – a weekend in September 2020

Bridges over the Arno River, Florence – September 2020

I did not think this trip would happen.

A weekend in Italy? A wedding in a country brought to its knees in agony by Covid-19 only months earlier? Surely not.

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Zimbabwe’s struggle to breathe – how it looks from where I am

Caged bird in Zimbabwe

Caged bird – Zimbabwe, Africa

Zimbabwe is in real trouble – in a frantic struggle for breath.

The police and military are on the streets trying to force the people back inside – to keep them away from the demonstration against corruption that has been called for tomorrow. Evidence of whippings and intimidation already circle social media.

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Book Review: So It Goes – Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and places in between by Nicolas Bouvier

So It Goes – Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and places in between by Nicolas Bouvier

This collection of essays begins with a river and the road beside it, that “winds without rhyme or reason where it could run straight” .

Together they set the compass for Nicolas Bouvier’s meander beside people and their places, with moments picked out like glistening pebbles.

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Current affairs crossword (3) – the answers

Crossword (3) 23.9.2020

Time for the answers to Crossword 3. I always find these more fun than the questions, because when I read through them I can convince myself that I would have known them anyway. To save you having to flick back, the answers are written out beside the questions. You’ll see them just beneath the puzzle below.

The Tour de France featured quite heavily so any knowledge of this year’s race would have got you off to a good start.

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Current affairs crossword – not all about sport

Crossword (3) 23.9.2020

Here are a few more crossword clues picked out from the week that’s just been. The Tour de France and a few celebrities get a mention, and there’s other stuff. Hope you’ll find the clues tricky enough but not too tricky.

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Current affairs crossword (2) – the answers

Crossword (2) 16.9.2020

It’s such a pleasure to host these on The Phraser – a gap filler between end of summer and the start of winter writing.

Hope you might have had the time to give the last crossword a try. Here are the answers in case you haven’t already found them.

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Current affairs crossword – something for a lunch break

Crossword 16.9.2020

We’ve been through a little of what’s happened around the world over the past seven days, and picked out some of what’s gone on to see if you noticed as well.

For me, these questions – almost all from the headlines or linked to them – are harder than last week’s … at least, they were until I saw the answers.

The plan is to put the solution up on Friday. Good luck!

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The crossword answers – hope you got them all

Crossword

Here are the answers! I know you’ve been waiting. Thanks for giving it a go.

Now you can relax … although there may be more next week.

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