Quote of the week

“[They] represent the Calvinist and the Carnivalist in us all. Bring them on!” – historian Simon Schama, on Question Time, referring to the Bruegels painting “The Battle Between Carnival and Lent” (pictured above), and on the prospect of the London Mayoral contest between Ken Livingston and Boris Johnson.

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  • Hey! For once I’ve got a vote and you Norn Ironers are out in the cold.

    This one is going to be an absolute (as my East Anglian granny would have said) huly wunda [try it: you’ll get there eventually].

    How long (and how often) does Boris foot meet Boris mouth?

    So guess why did every leftie of my acquaintance coughed up and paid for the mobile-phone open primary? It’s about the only Tory plusage out of this impending disaster.

  • Red Ken or Blue Boris. Syphilis or gonorrhea YOU DECIDE!

  • Rory

    ”[They] represent the Calvinist and the Carnivalist in us all. Bring them on!” – historian Simon Schama, on Question Time, referring to the Bruegels painting “The Battle Between Carnival and Lent”

    Schama yet again sacrifices understanding at the altar of pop-journo alliteration. I await with doomladen anticipation a presentation by him on “Nudie Ladies in Art” on Bingo TV when I expect to be treated to a sly camera titillation of Bottecelli’s Venus overlain with piss-poor academic commentary homing in on speculation
    along the lines of “literal/clitoral” if not, God forbid, “Venus/penis”.

    As to the forthcoming London mayoral contest all I can say is that London, for all I love it dearly, can sometimes yet be hell, which gives old Snowball Boris evey chance.

    Still, we all likes a laugh – good on yer, Snowball. Ne’er mind, ay?

  • Rapunsel

    Quote of the week?

    You joking

    Schama was terrible on question time and I expect most of the watching public thought him a pompous twat

    Not as articulate as he is on his TV programmes, he rabbitted on far too much and scarcely reached a conclusive point.

    Little point in referring to a painting , which again I reckon most of the public didn’t have a clue about and even less could be bothere dto google it as you have done Pete

    In terms of the mayoral contest

  • Nevin

    I’d have thought that Calvinists were hardly supporters of Lent or Carnival. Do Ken and Boris represent the “Feast of Fools“?

  • pith

    Oh dear. I like Schama. I have never seen him on a politics programme and didn’t know he did them but he was excellent on the History of Britain series. He has the gift of being able to use stress properly so that his commentary is engaging at two levels – he knows his stuff and he can speak the language.

    Rapunsel,
    “Pompous twat”? See a doctor for that.

    Going on the type of material Pete Baker normally posts here I would be pretty sure that he knew the picture without having to google it. Sneer at murals not at art.

  • Rapunsel

    Sneer at murals not at art

    Directed at me?

    Are murals not art?

    I wasn’t sneering at art.

    Perhaps sneering at the esoteric use of art

    I like Schama too, just that he annoyed me last night