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Take 5: Try These for your weekend

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13
May
1. The Printed Image in China: from the 8th to the 21st Centuries
British Museum


China gave printing to the world and because there is so much interest in her - 60th Anniversary of Mao's "succession", the Shanghai Expo, Google's problems, Banking crisis et al - the greatest museum in the world has put just some of its 2000+ Chinese print collection on show and has managed as always to beg and borrow one or two exquisite pieces from private collectors and other museums to fill holes.
 
The Exhibition is free though it is tucked away at the back and it is easiest to enter via the Montague Place entrance or so you'll have to go and search for it or ask a guide: it is a must-see.

I had one quibble - if you look at Print 24 entitled Chess Players, I somehow doubt that the two gentlemen are playing chess on a board much much bigger than is normal and though I am not sure when GO started to be played amongst noblemen my sense is that, that is what they are playing.  

2. A Day or Weekend in Aldeburgh
If there's a more restful place than Aldeburgh on earth I have yet to find it. Frequently, when I have felt intense pressure, I have driven up to Aldeburgh, walked my 2 Labs on the beach to Thorpeness and back, sat in the cosy bar at The Wentworth and supped a pint of Adnams, just the greatest beer. Pressure? Within an hour of arriving I am relaxed and ready to fight the foe. 

Give it a go.....you'll taste the finest fish and chips anywhere in England, take in Thompson's Gallery and leave with a piece of art, spend an hour in one of the best independent book shop, listen to jazz or blues and sometimes a more classical work at the Pumphouse or just eat at half a dozen classy restaurants. It's not called Chelsea-on-Sea for nothing.

3. Richard Norman Shaw by Andrew Saint (Yale University Press)
Our Victorian architects struggled to find a style and continued to borrow from the past - castles, cathedrals, schloss houses and chateaux. Just look at the two greatest examples - The Houses of Parliament (Barry & Pugin) and St Pancras Railway Station (Gilbert Scott) - which are essentially religious buildings. Parliament is a cathedral to politicians and St Pancras a cathedral to the new god of steam. No wonder the name Gothic Revival stuck.

Richard Norman Shaw built an amazing number of houses and headquarters but he might have balked at the thought that we were now describing some of his finest works as "offices". One such was New Scotland Yard on the Embankment beside what is now Michael Hopkins' Portcullis House (a mid 1990s creation). At some point New Scotland Yard moved to Victoria and the main building became known as Norman Shaw North and its later edition NS South and was incorporated into the Parliamentary estate. NSN is by some way a spectacular example of his work and in the updated book on him by Andrew Saint (Yale University Press) he reminds us of his progression to a Queen Anne revival. He was a prodigious architect and his buildings can still be seen in most of our major cities.   
 

4. Miles Davis: The Complete Collection
You won't necessarily get through the Collection at the weekend as there are 54 cds to listen to but pick and mix a few of them and hear the ultimate jazz genius at work.

5. Breakfast at Napket in Piccadilly
Continuing, my little guide to breakfasts - try Napket, next to De Beers, on the right side as you walk down (past the Royal Academy).   


Remember to support England in the 20:20 Final on Sunday


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