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The British Museum

After the Paralympic Dressage at Greenwich Park I went to The Horse exhibition at the British Museum (which was my intended destination the other Friday when the car overheated).
It was small, and perfectly formed, which was good because I don’t think it much floated the kids’ boats. I particularly liked the oil paintings of the racehorse Eclipse, another stunning one of Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath by George Stubbs and a rather unusual painting and script mixture circa 1750 about the Godolphin Arabian, lent by Her Majesty the Queen. The Godolphin Arabian was, along with two other stallions, the foundation sire of the modern thoroughbred. That, however, is another post altogether.

I also had a look at the Paralympic medal designs on show, but, for the third time this week, a reflective surface (glass) got the better of me.

I took this stunning ceiling in the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court instead. Next time I go, I would like to visit the Reading Room, on the right of the picture.

The History of the World in 100 Objects

After the initial euphoria and novelty value of the snow has worn off it actually has a slightly deadening effect on all the senses.  So after a period of flatness I was glad to register a blip on my excitement scale.  Two blips actually, which neatly collide (in my own mind at any rate!).

Excitement 1: the bathroom floor is decided upon, ordered and *paid for.  In the usual form and function tension I think form has slightly won the day.  I’ll let readers be the judge of that when it’s fitted.

Excitement 2: the BBC start a series next week on Radio 4 in the 15 minute slot before Women’s Hour called the History of the World in 100 Objects.  This is the culmination of a 5 year project with the British Museum and the presenter is Neil MacGregor, the Museum’s Director.  He has said that he has moved from “the study of art to the contemplation of things”.  I like it.  It seems that even the earliest humans could not resist a little form combined with function here and there, despite relying on some of these objects for their very survival.  More about the project here: http://www.economist.com/books/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15172496

One of the 100 objects

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