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Diving for Puffin: My Valentine's trip to Iceland

by Iain McGill
HOW WAS your Valentine's Day? I spent mine on EasyJet. I had a hot date alright. In Iceland. In winter. Underwater. And just about the only reasonably priced thing about Iceland was the EasyJet flights. Who cares about price though ...

Article from Thursday 23, February, 2017
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Public art requires a revolution in approach

by Charles Harris
THE MAJOR PROBLEM with Art today is that two different contradicting roads exist within its meaning. One road leads to a proven conventional view. This allows the viewer to see for themselves the reality, power and importance of human life, ...

Article from Monday 20, February, 2017
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An artist’s running diary: The subtleties of light.

by Charles Harris
FRIDAY: A little yellow sun arose this morning amid white foaming clouds, staining them with light brown, like marks on a clean table cloth. Appearing a hint darker in apparent creases, the stain found new patterns, making subtle colourings in that ...

Article from Wednesday 15, February, 2017
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Help support essential change in art

by Charles Harris
I AM a classical painter. I was fortunate to train at the Royal Academy in London under the late Peter Greenham OBE, at a time when the art world was being swamped by an obsession with and unhealthy bias towards ...

Article from Thursday 9, February, 2017
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A requiem for independent retailers

by Hugh Andrew
IN ALL THE SOUND and fury of Donald Trump, Brexit, referenda and so on in which, what passes for our press, so delight, a small and poignant event will arrive unnoticed. At the beginning of March McAlister Matheson Music is ...

Article from Monday 6, February, 2017
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The Illusion of Coloured Lights

by Charles Harris
DEAR READER, this time I will begin by asking two questions: 1)  Have you seen the latest trendy activity at Norrie Miller Gardens, Perth, with coloured lights draped over conceptual metal objects and draped over nearby trees, pretending ...

Article from Wednesday 1, February, 2017
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The 'Cumbernauld mermaid' and other sad tales

by Charles Harris
DEAR READERS, thank you for your letters, interest and kind response since Christmas. I am encouraged by your words and very pleased that you have clearly grasped how any attempt at visual art is instantly recognisable for what it shows, and not otherwise, ...

Article from Friday 20, January, 2017
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An artist's running diary: Winter Light

by Charles Harris
YESTERDAY there were a number of short snow showers which arrived on a strong North Westerly wind. They were thick with snow at times, but the broken sky returned to blue quite quickly and the snow melted immediately. Visually, it was ...

Article from Friday 13, January, 2017
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Art is not about bright colours - tonality is far more important

by Charles Harris
OVER CHRISTMAS I stayed with my kind friends Tom and Carolyn. I went early on my birthday, but Tom has a new dog and I could not walk the one-to-two hours with my weak foot in the slippery mud. So I purchased some ...

Article from Thursday 12, January, 2017
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Yangtzeshire hotpot – or Lancashire Hotpot made in a Chinese furnace

by Jonathan Stanley
AWAY FROM politics my other real love is authentic cooking, especially from central China. If you fancy a twist on an old favourite then try this yourself. My family is very much of two worlds, one side grounded ...

Article from Friday 6, January, 2017
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