I thought I would give you a few highlights and lowlights of my recent doings.
I went to the Palace of Holyrood to see an exhibition of Dutch landscape paintings. All I can say about Dutch painters of the collection I saw is that they could not paint clouds or trees. What they seem to have been good at, and were most interested in, was capturing the little everyday lives of everyday people. Within the paintings are little vignettes of human acitivity, brimming with wit and on the whole it was a delightful exhibition.
I popped into Cadenhead's for some strong single malts. I am particularly enamoured of Longrow CV from the Springbank Distillery.
I am seeing a lot more of Young Miss Weasel now that she has moved from France to Lockerbie. It is an incredible treat. I love the way she just leaves stuff around the house because I missed out on that for many years.
I got annoyed by a programme on the BBC, not because it was political but because it was crap. The Magicians, hosted by Lenny Henry is a travesty of what a good magic show should be. As a magician myself of over 40 years standing. I know how it is done. How it should be done is to build drama and suspense and surprise and fun. This programme has contracted a lot of c list celebs and some young magicians at what is probably a great expense. They have a host who should be able to carry the show. This show just failed at the gate. It refused to entertain me. Penn and Teller it was not. They are today's great magicians and they know how to create drama. Say what you like but Paul Daniels is a very good magician, much more of a magician's magician really. He had the help of Ali Bongo. Ali Bongo was the Leonardo Da Vinci of the magic world. He had been working with TV magicians and on TV shows that featured magic for half a century before he died. Had he seen The Magicians he would be spinning in his casket.