Thomas Hardy wished to be remembered as a poet, but most people know his novels best. His poems are some of the finest in the English language: imaginative, evocative, and redolent of lost summers. Continue reading Cider with Hardy
At Christmas 1952 the inhabitants of a small village in the middle of England were surprised and delighted to discover two of the world’s best known comedians seated at the bar of their local pub. Laurel and Hardy were in another fine mess. Continue reading Stan Laurel: Funnier than Keaton or Chaplin
The Adoration of the Shepherds is a painting usually attributed to the Italian Renaissance painter Giorgione. Others think it is an early Titian. The two painters were friends and for a time worked in the same studio.
Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Convergence of the Twain” is an unusual perspective on the loss of RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912. The first five stanzas of the poem concern the submerged ship itself, while the last six discuss its fate while afloat. Continue reading RMS Titanic
Norman MacCaig (1910-96) was a Scottish writer, whose poetry, in modern English, is known for its humour, simplicity of language and enormous popularity. Continue reading Unforgettable poets – MacCaig and Hardy