Sunday, October 22, 2006

Potpourri

A report says 65% of Germans, 52% of Spanish and 50% of Italians would be willing to intervene if they saw a group of 14-year-old boys vandalising a bus shelter, compared with just 34% of Britons. --> For once I'm glad there aren't a lot of 14-year-old British vandals reading the news, although I suspect they're already fully aware of their increasing power over a society that is too politically correct and weak to endorse any notion of respect or any kind of authority...

Forty of Velazquez works will be on display at the National Gallery until 21 January: an experience not to be missed by anyone who cares about art. When I first visited the Prado Museum in Madrid, I spent over one hour looking at Las Meninas, that most fascinating of paintings. I don't know if this masterpiece is comming to London (I'm almost sure it's not, as most people visit the Prado just to see it) but I'm certainly not going to miss this exhibition.

Fiction and big bucks over historical fact: a movie version of Vivaldi's life, portraying him as a "sex-obsessed star", aims to match the multi-Oscar success of Milos Forman's Amadeus.

A new luxury rail journey will allow passengers to cross India in comfort: such a pity hubby won't be able to afford it when he goes to Mumbai in January (The 15-day 'Viceroy of India' journey costs from £5,695 per person, excluding flights: he doesn't have the time nor the money)...

Last but not least, a bit of humour! Laughter is good for you!!!

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