I’ve just got back from being in Italy for a week. It was wonderful. I haven’t been to Italy in quite a few years and I’ve never been to Rome or Sorrento before, so it was great to see new places.
I really enjoyed Rome and I did loads of tourist type stuff as you’d expect, but I really enjoyed just walking around the city and looking at it and it’s people. For late October the weather was great although there was a little rain at times it was was completely bearable.
I also visited Sorrento, and of course went to Pompeii and Vesuvius too. Great experiences both which I’d thoroughly recommend. I’ll be posting some more pictures and thoughts on my trip over the next few days I guess. For now I’ve got to get myself used to the UK weather again, which was a bit of a shock.
I spent a very pleasant hour recently in the Poetry Library at the Southbank centre. I’ve been a member of the Poetry Library almost since it first opened, and it is truly a national treasure.
It is such a peaceful place, such a great place to sit and read poetry (of course) and discover new writing.
When I worked full time in London I used to make a lot more use of it, but now I only get to pop in every now and then. Even so, it is a joy to visit it every now and then. I hope to get to use it more.
I was at the Horniman Museum recently and took a look at a few of their temporary exhibitions including this one on the Tuareg.
The exhibition is called Tuareg: People of the Veil, and although only a small exhibition I really enjoyed looking around it at the textiles.
The Horniman is one of my favourite museums and I’ve spent many happy hours there over the years. It always has something interesting going on and is very good at serving it’s local community as well.
Places like the Horniman are really important. They may not have huge multimedia exhibitions running all the time, but they have exhibits that you might not see anywhere else. Places like this should be protected. They’re important.
My last post was about going to WOMAD, and since then I’ve been thinking about why I like festivals so much, especially ones like WOMAD, in fact, especially WOMAD.
A lot of UK festivals are just too big for me. I like smaller festivals like WOMAD where I can wander around easily and go from one stage to another quite quickly. That’s one of the things I love about festivals I can check out lots of different acts during the course of a day and stay for 5 minutes or watch the whole show.
It is like a kind of musical buffet where I sample some things and don’t get on with them, and others I have to eat the lot. If you know what I mean.
In some ways this goes against what I’d said before about listening and consuming music. I guess that this buffet approach to must is further along the consumer path then the dedicated listen. However, in many ways it is different from that argument.
I always enjoy coming away from WOMAD with a few new things to listen to, and this year they were.
I really enjoyed these three for very different reasons. They were the best bits of my buffet!