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‘Musical Chairs’, Gerard Hoffnung (1925 – 1959)

When I was a young boy my mother used to take me to visit a friend of hers.  Geraldine Jackson was bedridden.  She always looked happy.  In my childhood innocence I thought she was fortunate to be able to spend so much time in bed.  One day she gave me a little book.  It was entitled ‘Hoffnung’s Musical Chairs’. 

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‘Laughter Lines’, George Melly (1926 – 2007)

The story goes… When George Melly first met Mick Jagger he asked Jagger what all the creases on his face were.

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‘Happy Days’ Sao Luiz do Paraitinga 2008

It was winter, yet light clothing was adequate, and the sun was shining. I first visited São Luiz do Paraitinga in June 2008 en route to the beach in Ubatuba. Although São Luiz has the feel of a small town it has the status of ‘city’. Whilst the square is the obvious focus of the city, I found the ‘ladeiras’ (very steep streets) more intriguing.

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‘A Troubled Soul’, Ferdinand Hodler

On a recent visit to MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) a painting caught my eye.  I had not heard of the artist before.  The painting, ‘The Woodman’ by Ferdinand Hodler hangs in the ‘transparent, suspended exhibition’ on the second level of Lina Bo Bar …

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‘Every beginning is cheerful’

‘On the tablecloth was a little scroll. “Here is your certificate of apprenticeship,” the Abbé said, “consider it well, its contents are important.” Wilhelm took it up, opened it and read:

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