Friday, 27 January 2017
Saturday, 21 January 2017
I found what I am really interested in is called Sub Saharan Africa, that is to say not North Africa or Egypt. Not much is Known of this area prior to arrival of Europeans as most of the inhabitants did not have a written language. However they have fantastic art which I recommend looking up, or seeing in the British Museum. African art can be difficult to get into as it is completely different. I found the textiles and ceramics are the most initially pleasing.
Due to the lack of written culture among the people You do end up reading about them through the stories of the British Empire and the Slave Trade, sadly. I particularly enjoyed the book Africa Explored: Europeans on the Dark Continent. The explorers had an appalling time, suffering disease, starvation, murder, and were continually amazed, confused and aghast at the places, people and cultures they found. My favourite explorer was Richard Burton, genius, sex maniac and world traveller.
My current read is the chunky but entertainingly sarcastic Decline and Fall of the British Empire.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Saturday, 7 January 2017
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
On a lighter reading note, I borrowed and really enjoyed some classic crime stories from Alistair. I think a bit of Agatha Christie, Marjorie Allingham etc may help me to relax through this year.
I also plan to do lots of vintage style sewing, difficult things in vintage fabrics.
Art wise I have started to enjoy painting landscape which I have not tried before.
There will be no diet or self improvement other than an end to the continual boozing and snacking of Christmas.
As always, I plan to listen to more of the fascinating programmes on radio 4 and to watch more drama.