A series of half-hour programmes, each dedicated to one painting with a commentary by art critic Waldemar Januszczak, finishes tomorrow with a detailed analysis of ‘The Card Players’.  Cézanne painted the subject 5 times – this one is part of the Courtauld collection. Continue Reading »

With theatres now closed for the foreseeable future, it’s going to be a while before we can go out to enjoy a play again.  So, some theatres have organised streaming  of their productions to ensure we get that essential dose of drama.  London’s National Theatre has a programme of their best productions, to be launched on consecutive Thursdays at 7pm, UK-time.

It kicks off tonight, Thursday 2nd April, with ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden as Francis Henshall in this hilarious West End and Broadway hit.
Available online until 9 April.  https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

NEXT WEEK: Jane Eyre

Have you ever ridden your bike round Marseille’s velodrome or over an ice rink?  Through the shopping centres Les Terrasses du Port or Centre Bourse?  Or across the stage of a theatre?  No? Then the Marseille Velotour is the event for you! Continue Reading »

Photo from La Provence

As if the police haven’t got enough to do right now, they are on the track of the perpetrators of an act of vandalism at the bottom end of the cours Mirabeau where Continue Reading »

David Hockney recently left his beloved Yorkshire and his LA base to live in Normandy where he is currently in lockdown with his dog Ruby and two of his long-standing assistants.

He is in the garden most days, drawing the spring awakening – his favourite time of year – on his iPad. In a BBC exclusive, he is sharing 10 of his most recent images, nine of which have never been published before, for us all to enjoy at this difficult time, along with his thoughts on the role of art in life.

See his paintings of his new home and the first signs of spring: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52109901



I have occasionally posted about the work of this exuberant Provencal painter and been surprised at the subsequent interest in these posts.  So here for all art-lovers is a heads-up on a forthcoming exhibition of his work at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nimes this summer. Continue Reading »

The gleaming new Nimes-Pont-du-Gard station opened in January as a busy interchange on the TGV network.

Travellers can reach Paris Gare de Lyon in 2:49hr;  alternatively they can take services to Lyon and Lille in France, or travel south via Montpellier Sud de France to destinations in Spain through the Renfe network.

Nimes itself is 14km/8 mins away by TER.

Read more here: https://www.sncf.com/en/passenger-offer/nimes-pont-du-gard-new-station-benefits