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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fair and Balanced

Fly on the Wall
YOU DECIDE
By Don Merlot 
[WC News Service]
 
Chacun  a son goût.

To each his own taste.

When it comes to wine, the French categorization of red and white (Bordeaux and Burgundy) in the 19th century have dominated  oenophile and epicurean palates until the end of World War II, when Europe had to be rebuilt and the Pax Americana renovated France in the post war period.  American G.I’s who returned from VE- Day who had learned about and had savored the wines of France became acquainted with the wine habit and formal dinners with family, friends and social associates. The historical epitome of a dinner was guided by the French who influenced the British on wine with dinner. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Book News: Vietnam Angst

War Saga in 60s Setting
 
Paris to Saigon
Lawrence J. Potesta
Amazon Kindle: Free (limited time) at amazon.com
 
It’s 1966, and Mickey Van escapes the jungles of Vietnam for a cushy post in Germany. James, his best friend, is black, alone, afraid and not so lucky as he fights for his life and sanity in the daily terror of the Hell known as 'Rice and Dice Land.' The letters that these two soldiers share are horrifying, bloody, and brutal as well as life preserving and morale boosting. Following a long and treacherous battle fighting the North Vietnamese, James is cut down by friendly fire and sent home to his sobbing mother in a flag draped coffin along with thousands of other sacrificial lambs.

Mickey Van, suffering from survivor’s guilt, trades his escapades in Paris for likely death as a Medevac helicopter pilot in the country that took James’ life. These choppers bearing giant red crosses taxi maimed and bleeding soldiers screaming for their gods and mothers to healing hands providing that they might someday see their grandchildren.

Monday, 25 July 2016

LUXE BAG MAN


THE HORSEY WORLD OF HERMÈS
By RICHARD CARREÑO
[WC News Service]
MONTREAL -- In the surreal world of ultra luxury shopping and privilege, nothing better conveys a lady's status as a regal One Percenter than a handbag from Hermès, the Parisian leather, scarf, and lifestyle goods maker and purveyor. Especially if that accessory is demurely coded as a Kelly bag, eponymously named after the blondish Hollywood movie star, fairy-tale princess, and Philadelphian.

Indeed, the bag might be another kind entirely, one that fits as comfortably over a saddled horse, as does Kelly nestles in the crook of an arm. Yes, a saddle bag -- and, yes, it's among an extensive array of horse furniture, including bridles, girths, saddle pads, and saddles themselves (starting price, from $6,750) that Hermès turns with the same kind of faithfulness to quality and the high art of customized workmanship that's imbued in other of its products.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

TALLY-HO!


TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AS HORSE PAINTER
By RICHARD CARREÑO
[WC News Service]
MONTREAL
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) is best known as France's shortest painter, never more than 4 feet, 8 inches. That and -- even by the hard-core middle-brow, the kind of folk who used to troll the once-ubiquitous shopping mall 'art' shops -- for his Belle Époque-era poster prints of Jane Avril, Aristide Bruant, and other habitués of the louche world that the diminutive roué made his own in late 19th-century Paris, principally in the seedier precincts of Montmartre.
 
There's also the wild-and-crazy guy of  movie fame, many popular books, and of an even an abortive West End musical production, written by Charles Aznavour, which lasted all of about three months in 2000. 
 
But 'Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque,' a current exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts here, another, lesser-known side of the intense Art Nouveau practitioner is explored. That of horse painter. Who knew? My bad.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

BOOK NOTES

RECOMMENDED SUMMER READING 
Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (The History Press, 2012), by Harry Kyriakodis
ISBN-13: 978-1609496821
Since the time of William Penn, the Philadelphia neighborhood of Northern Liberties has had a tradition of hard work and innovation. This former Leni-Lenape territory became one of the industrial River Wards of North Philadelphia after being annexed by the city in 1854. The district's mills and factories were powered not just by the Delaware River and its tributaries but also by immigrants from across Europe and the city's largest community of free African Americans. The Liberties' diverse narrative, however, was marred by political and social problems, such as the anti-Irish Nativist Riots of 1844. Local historian Harry Kyriakodis traces over three hundred years of the district's evolution, from its rise as a premier manufacturing precinct to the destruction of much of the original cityscape in the 1960s and its subsequent rebirth as an eclectic and vibrant urban neighborhood. In this first history of Northern Liberties, Kyriakodis unearths the story of this remarkable riverside community.

Condemns Baton Rouge Police Murders

PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT
By Barack Obama
Remarks delivered by the President in an afternoon statement
Good afternoon, everybody.  As all of you know now, this morning, three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge were killed in the line of duty.  Three others were wounded.  One is still in critical condition.
  As of right now, we don’t know the motive of the killer.  We don’t know whether the killer set out to target police officers, or whether he gunned them down as they responded to a call.  Regardless of motive, the death of these three brave officers underscores the danger that police across the country confront every single day.  And we as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement.  Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.

BOOK NOTES

RECOMMENDED SUMMER READING
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014, Arcadia Pub.), by Harry Kyriakodis
ISBN: 973-1-4671-2153-8. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway has sliced through the Logan Square neighborhood of Center City (downtown) Philadelphia since World War I. Named after Philadelphia's favorite son, the mile-long boulevard begins at City Hall and heads diagonally towards Logan Circle before reaching the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Parkway is the chief corridor for the city's cultural institutions and serves as the primary gateway to Philadelphia's renowned Fairmount Park. The postcards and other images in this work show the grand thoroughfare's development and its role in Philadelphia's civic and cultural life, despite it often serving as a speedway into and out of town. All told, the Ben Franklin Parkway is a triumph in urban planning and roadway design that has become a treasured part of the City of Brotherly Love.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Equine Movement


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Dressage

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Monday, 27 June 2016

RIZZO REDUX

A Lost Industrial Kingdom
Working-class anger and economic decline
could deliver Pennsylvania to Donald Trump
 
Resurgence of Updike's Rabbit Voter Could be Harbinger
 
 By CHARLES McELWEE
[WC News Service]
Pennsylvanians will be under close political, psychological, and anthropological observation during this election cycle. The state is home to a large white working class that resides in urban and rural pockets undergoing profound demographic and economic change. Although Pennsylvania has reliably trended Democratic since 1992, there are enough of these voters to imperil Hillary Clinton’s chances. The state is witnessing an emerging coalition of Republicans and Democrats who are devoid of ideological preferences, furious over the perceived failures of both parties, and believe the changes transforming the state threaten their future.

In April, Republican voters expressed enough anger and carried enough grudges to make Pennsylvania one of Donald Trump’s best performances in the GOP primary season. In the coming months, Hillary hopes to win over the right number of Democrats and disaffected suburban Republicans to eliminate Trump’s pathway to Pennsylvania’s twenty Electoral College votes. But a closer inspection of Pennsylvania’s primary results, combined with a historical and cultural understanding of the state’s working class, portend a much more difficult campaign for Hillary than Trump.

In the primary, Trump outperformed Hillary in the Lehigh Valley, the Harrisburg area, two suburban Philadelphia counties, and parts of northeastern and western Pennsylvania. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won thirty of sixty-seven counties statewide, including the northern tier counties impacted by the natural gas industry and the Democratic strongholds of Cambria and Berks counties. Shortly before the primary, a New York Times reporter interviewed a retired steel worker at a Sanders rally in Reading, the Berks County seat and Pennsylvania’s fifth largest city. When asked who he would support in a Trump-Clinton matchup, he responded, “I would probably go for Donald Trump.”

Sunday, 26 June 2016

TRADITIONAL ART...

 
 
'...SEMI THAI'
By Janine Yasovant
[WC News Service]
The artist
Chaiwat Kamfun is a lecturer from Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and an artist of Thai traditional art, though he defines his style of work “semi Thai traditional” which contains impressive dimensions of dynamic movement.
 
His works are mostly related to Thai culture and tradition. Chaiwat has received awards from several art contests and has participated in art exhibitions in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. His works focus mainly on movements of natural phenomena and imaginative animals in Thai mythology and Thai traditional patterns like garuda and naga.

Monday, 20 June 2016

'Brine'

CAPE MAY ART SHOW
NO DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Danny Galieote
Bo Barlett
Kris Lewis
By Jackie Atkins
[WC News Service]
What would possess anyone in the Philadelphia/New York City areas to travel  hundreds of  miles down to the tip of South Jersey just to see a curated show of twelve artists? 
 
Cape May, New Jersey, attracts visitors for many reasons; principally because of its quiet ambience, Victorian architecture, and  laid back, decidedly non-“Jersey Shore” atmosphere. When people come, viewing internationally acclaimed art work may be the last thing that come to mind on a mild summer day.

But what’s a vacation without exploring something more than sea shell hunting and dolphin watching?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Big Ben

PAFA Restores Grooms’
Philadelphia Cornucopia for Exhibit

When 'Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics' opens at PAFA on  29 June, it will mark the first time in nearly thirty years that the larger-than-life sculptures of George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin from Red Grooms’ Philadelphia Cornucopia will have been presented together publicly.

Philadelphia Cornucopia, including the four historical personalities, was an immersive installation/large-scale spatial environment—or what Grooms coined a “sculpto-pictorama.” This work, which the artist created on invitation, was designed to fit the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

EUROPE ROILS: OUR CORRESPONDENTS OFFER TWO VIEWS

 
FRANCE
MAY DAY
By Liliane L. Clever
[WC News Service]
My flight to Paris from Philadelphia,  on May 4, had plenty of open seats, and French travelers returning home far outnumbered American tourists venturing over.    I arrived on Thursday, May 5, the day of the Ascension and a national holiday in France.  I had completely forgotten that it would be a day off.  The TGV from Lille arrived on time at the CDG station.  It was already packed with families taking the opportunity of a long weekend to travel to Angers or Nantes (when a holiday falls on a Thursday in France it is customary to do ‘le pont’ and take Friday off as well).  So far, so good, and very French.  I had heard of the train strikes and marches throughout the country protesting a new labor reform, but on a day off, all was well.
READ MORE BELOW
BRITAIN
YOU BREXIT, YOU BROKE IT
By R.J. Chellel
[WC New Service]
Although Britain's EU partners disagree on many things, on one thing the twenty-seven heads of government had agreed upon:  that David Cameron's decision to hold a referendum, on 23 June, on Britain remaining the EU, was insane.  In the light of the way the campaign is turning out, he must be bitterly regretting it.  The idea was to 'renegotiate' the terms of Britain's relationship with the other EU countries, then persuade the British people to ratify it.  (Harold Wilson successfully pulled off this trick in 1975.)  This was supposed to silence the Eurosceptic zealots on the right of the Conservative Party and to marginalise the upstart UK Independence Party which has been eating into Conservative support amongst the older, Daily Mail-reading voters as well as the white-van-driving classes.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Watch it Go Up

Construction photostream of 'CVS" Building 20th and 19th streets 2015-2016

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

SELFIES

SELF PORTRAIT OF ELISABETH LOUISE VIGÉE LE BRUN
DOUBLE DIPPING AT THE MET
By RICHARD CARREÑO
[WC News Service]
New York
I doubled dipped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a visit last week, expanding my afternoon to the museum's new modern and contemporary outpost, housed in the old Whitney building a bit south of the main redoubt on Fifth. The 'new' gallery is still the legendary, five-storey Brutalist concrete slab at 945 Madison. What's different is the gallery's conversion to what is now billed as The Met Breuer (honouring the structure's architect, Marcel Breuer). The rechristening further forms part of a overall institutional rebranding that has also refashioned the main building as The Met Fifth Avenue. (Taking a titling cue from the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, perhaps? The Met's able director, Thomas P. Campbell, is a Brit, after all).
 
The continuing Breuer exhibit I came to see, 'Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,' is the gallery's first 'blockbuster' show in its new reincarnation, and involves a broad range of pictures from ancient to modern times notable for a single shared attribute: all are 'incomplete' works -- either my circumstance or by intention. Before showing up, I had no great immediate feeling for what, at first, I thought was simply a curatorial contrivance -- all quirky stagecraft, I believed. I was wrong.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Maria Elena Carreño de Granados

Nana and Papa: Circa 1950 Brooklyn, New York


Joaquin A. Perez 18
A FAMILY VISIT
By Richard Carreño
[WC News Service]
MEXICO CITY.
Emerson 243
My paternal grandmother, Maria Elena Carreño de Granados, was born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1895, and from there, started a life journey that weaved a path to the United States, The Bahamas, France, and finally to Mexico, where she died, in 1984, at eighty-nine years. For a large part of that journey, for almost forty years, she was a nurturing presence in my life.
 The trajectory of her travels was linked to the fortunes -- and a worldwide deployment -- of my family. With the notable exception, that is, of how Maria Elena Granados wound up as a twenty-year-old in New York City, in 1915.That involved work. Employment, she explained to me, as a nanny for the wealthy Colombian family whom she had accompanied to New York while the family was on a temporary assignment there.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Dennis Griffiths RIP

Griffiths Memorial Service 28 April
Many LPC members and Fleet Street executives will remember Dr Dennis Griffiths, the former chairman of the club and author, who died just before Christmas. We have organised to have a plaque placed on one of the pews near the altar at St Bride’s Church to remember him and this will be dedicated at a short ceremony starting at 6 pm on Thursday 28 April 2016.

The LPC has reserved the Johnson Room at the Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street from 6.30 following the dedication so that we can celebrate Dennis’s life and great service to the club by raising a glass or two in his memory.

While arranging for the plaque and the celebration at the Cheshire Cheese will be funded by the London Press Club, several members have asked if they can make a financial  contribution to the evening. If anyone would like to send a contribution, please email Richard Dymond (Richard.Dymond@londonpressclub.co.uk) and he will advise where to send payment. Please make cheques out to the London Press Club and with an indication that it is for the Dennis Griffiths dedication.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016


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Thai Artist...

  
Vichit Chaiwong...
Thai artist Vichit Chaiwong's studio has been an impressive meeting point of foreign art collectors who reside or have visited Chiang Mai, Thailand. The gallery-studio also doubles as Chaiwong home and exhibit and event space. 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Monday, 14 March 2016

Venice Celebrates 500 Years of Jewish Life

A PJ GALLERY
FIRST JEWISH 'GHETTO' STILL THRIVES;
FOR TOURISTS, AT LEAST;
HARD-TO-FIND NEIGHBOURHOOD;
BUT WORTH THE HUNT!
 
 
Photos: WC News Service
 

Monday, 7 March 2016

Turning Point

Small Hands?
Does Donald Trump End Standards?
By Liliane Clever
[WC News Service]
I had an argument with my brother-in-law prior to the last French presidential election. We had a strong disagreement about whether Marine Le Pen, head of the right-wing National Front Party and a recent presidential candidate, should ever be legally a candidate for the presidency. Pierre was adamant that she should not be. He based his position on Le Pen's vitriolic anti-immigrant discourse, her dubious position on French Muslims, her 'France for French people' (whatever that means), and generally her politics of discrimination and division.

In all fairness, Le Pen has toned down the viewpoints of her father, the National Front's former, ousted head. She has tried to appear to be more inclusive. But Pierre was not being fooled. It was his view that since Marine Le Pen did not support the values of the French Republic (Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity) she was automatically disqualified from being president.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

ALL ABOARD

 
Milano Centrale
Palazzo Venezia



Where Mussolini's corpse was hung


 
Memoriale Shoah Milano: Interior of transport car






Milano Centrale, Track 21,
and the Death of Italian Fascism
By RICHARD CARREÑO
[WC News Service] 
MILAN -- Rome, some 650 kilometres south of here, is usually associated with Benito Mussolini, Italy's bloody mid-20th century strongman whose Fascist reign spanned 22 years, from 1922 to his downfall in 1944. No wonder. As one of the capitals of the of three World War II Axis powers, along with Berlin and Tokyo, Rome was almost a made-for-TV movie set for the blustering, jaw-jutting, barrel-chested dictator. Amid the splendour of Roman artefacts -- and, prophetically, many of the ancient empire's ruins as well -- Mussolini perfected his strutting, cock-of-walk style. Overlooking the Piazza Venezia from a palazzo of the same name, Mussolini would harangue adoring, even rapturous crowds for hours with bombast, vitriol, and nativist racism.
 
Adoring? Rapturous? Lest we forget.

As in the case with Austria, many 21st century observers like to portray the populace of Italy -- like that of Nazi-Austria -- as the unwilling dupes of their Fascist regimes and tyrant 'leaders', the Fuhrer in Germany and Il Duce in this country. Germany was conquered by the Allies; Italy, liberated, goes the narrative.

Yes, segments of Italian populace, in the wake of an advancing Allied thrust, did rise up against him. And, yes, never was such the case among Germans, who retained their loyalty -- if not exactly their faith -- in Adolf Hitler to the very end.

For Italian Fascist Black Shirts, Milan was a hold-out. It was also the principal site in the north where the rise of Italian Fascism was incubated, its terror enforced, and, where, at long last, it perished. Even literally. Mussolini himself and his mistress Clara Petacci, who had fled together to loyalist Milan in the war's waning days, were both finally executed by a Communist partisan in Mezzegra, a town nearby here.

BERNIE FOR PRESIDENT


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Friday, 26 February 2016

Trouble in Paradise

With friend
Justin in Ceuta
 
 
 
 
 
NIMBY
 
By Richard Carreño
[WC News Service]
I.
In geography, as in many things, according to the well-worn cliché, what goes around, comes around. No, not global rotation. But as in diplomatic tit for tat, bred by a mutual territorial disaffection. In other words, a variant of Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY), the kind of school-yard squabbling between two nations when one country believes it owns a certain patch. But the other, doesn't.
 
It can get nasty. More than twenty years ago, Argentina undertook a full-scale military assault against British forces to 'reclaim' the Falkland Islands. And also petty: One of the major Argentine aims was to rename the British protectorate, basically assembly of forlorn rocks, to its former native name, Las Malvinas.  Despite many deaths, the islands are still known as the Falklands.  No surprise, then, who prevailed in that ill-fated skirmish.
 
For the most part, international haggling about property rights is less fraught. Even Vladimir Putin's land grab of historically-Russian Crimea was done without firing a shot -- in Crimea, at least.

Monday, 22 February 2016

GALLERY: VIVICHA YODNIL

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The Artist

Rocks,
Sea, 
Sky
By Janine Yasovant
[WC News Service]
Thai artist Vivicha Yodnil produces impressive realistic seascapes. He attempts to capture natural images of rocks, sand, a calm sea, and clear blue sky.
 
He says, 'My love of rocks, sea and sky began from the journey to Samet island, Rayong province, Thailand, when I was just a freshman of the faculty of painting, sculpture and graphic arts. Silpakorn University. Around forty years ago, the senior students took the first year students. I thought that was my love at first sight with scenery of the island. After that I went there several times on my own during the study at the university and after graduation. Another time I was at the area of Lung Wang bay for over a year. As usual, I painted rocks, sea, and sky. Later, I also traveled to some famous islands and Provinces in Thailand such as Samui island, Phuket Province, Similan island, Krabi Province and Trang Provinces. I think this is my deep love because I don’t want to change my way of painting from the nature of rocks, sea, and sky to something else.'

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Big Hair --The Return of Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is back in the news. In a big way, following her endorsement of Donald Trump last week. This was The PJ's first report on Mrs. Palin, posted on 21 September 2008. The article, in a slightly different version, also appeared at BroadStreetReview.com.
Where's the Coon-Skin Cap?
Give 'em hell, Sarah!

By Richard Carreño
[WC News Service]
At first, she was knocked as a new-comer to big-league politics. Too inexperienced to be just a heart beat away from the Presidency. She fired back: No darling of the liberal media elite was she. She was just plain-folks Palin. A gun totin', moose shootin', pro-life hockey Mom, and, yes, with an unwed daughter who's five months pregnant. In other words, women of America, just like you.

She might just be right. At least, in mirroring an increasingly visible segment of American womenhood.

For the fact is Sarah Palin, a cocksure, low-brow, unintellectual, baby totin' Alaskan frontier woman looks a lot more like many working single moms in the Lower Forty-Eight than those, on the East and West coasts, who scorn her as a under-educated rube. Where's the coon-skin cap? You know, the one Ben Franklin wore to the French Court as America's first down-homey.

Finally, the 800-pound gorilla is out of the cage. What really rankles America's educated, urbane (and urban) brie-and-Chablis crowd is the Palin is so plain, well, so plain common.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

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LORD OF HOSTS
THE LIFE OF SIR HENRY 'CHIPS' CHANNON
By Richard Carreño
 
IN LATE 1997, Alan Clark, then seventy-years-old, was preening as the Conservative Party's bête noire. Less to his liking was his other reputation as an aging Lothario. Both images were portrayed in an installment of Clark's tell-all diaries, the first published in 1993 as part of a trilogy that concluded in 2002.
 
I had written to Clark for an interview. Later I followed up with a phone call at his office in Westminster. Actually, I reached him at his house, Saltwood Castle, in Hyde, Kent. His positive response was immediate.
On a crisp autumn morning, I set out from my flat in Richmond on the District line to Parliament Square. This, for my meeting with one of the then stars of British political and cultural life. Clark was no one to underestimate. He often played the role of toff. One of better-known repartées during a political debate was to refer to his opponent as 'the kind of chap who needed to buy his own furniture.' (Whether he coined the retort or not, the barb still stung).

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