Organisations to receive recognition from the charity include an NHS Trust, and a housing company
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Tuesday 11 March 2008
It was a little startling to read that Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, had drawn up a list of seven modern deadly sins. I had no idea that the sin management business had been going so well that the Church Authorities now feel able to expand their portfolio and tackle human frailty on a whole series of new fronts, including drug abuse, excessive wealth and environmental pollution.
Friday 29 February 2008
Peter Doig's peculiar brand of painting is magnetic. Emotional, vibrant, pulsating, the Scottish- born artist's show at Tate Britain showcases a retrospective journey over conventions and continents. Does Doig's delight come from intensifying reality? Taking photographs, newspaper cuttings and video stills, he creates a fantasy that is more pleasing than real life. He outlines a landscape that is the antithesis of mundane, a cocoon that blindingly unfolds, a kaleidoscope replacing conventional vision. The shimmering pastel tones concertinaing a Japanese ski resort in Ski Jacket (1994) may not represent what we think we see: it is far closer to the texture of an ephemeral memory. This is the stuff of impressions, of momentary, fleeting glimpses.
Saturday 23 February 2008
For centuries, artists have turned to their mothers for creative inspiration. John Lennon wrote anguished lyrics about his, the Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar dedicated at least one film to his and the artist Whistler captured his in an iconic painting.
Tuesday 19 February 2008
The suggestion by Julian Le Grand, ministerial adviser, that smokers should be obliged to apply for a licence permitting them to buy tobacco seems to have been about as welcome as the sight of a cigarette butt in an ice-cream sundae.
Monday 18 February 2008
Thursday 14 February 2008
Monday 21 January 2008
Wednesday 05 December 2007
Sunday 02 December 2007
Monday 19 November 2007
As the British pop artist Allen Jones celebrates his 70th-birthday year, he has an exhibition of new work at Alan Cristea Gallery running concurrently with shows at Tate Britain and the Royal Academy.
Sunday 18 November 2007
Saturday 06 January 2007
If a player wants to stay fit for the second half of a domestic campaign - particularly one shoehorned into eight months rather than nine as a result of a forthcoming World Cup - he should get himself injured during the first half. Ask Steve Borthwick; ask Matt Salter. Both return to serious activity this weekend after lengthy periods of incapacitation and, if their mindsets are anything to go by, they will make someone pay for their sufferings.
Monday 21 August 2006
A murder investigation is under way today after police found the bodies of a woman and three children at a house.
Friday 26 May 2006
Walking round Tate Modern the other day, looking at its rearranged galleries, I found myself obsessed with hanging - not in the curatorial sense of hang (to arrange paintings and sculptures in a gallery according to historical and aesthetic principles), but in the more ordinary sense of suspending something. Suddenly there seemed to be works hanging everywhere. In one room, Juan Muñoz's Hanging Figure apes the pose in Degas' great painting Miss LaLa at the Cirque Fernando, swaying gently in the air-conditioning about 10 feet above your head. In another room, Louise Bourgeois' sculpture Fillette also dangles from the ceiling - a phallic joint of meat, weighed down by its testicular ball joints. There are Calders here, too, and, in a large gallery devoted to minimalism, Robert Morris's Untitled - a strange fibreglass square suspended on four slender wires, like a kiosk selling vacancy. And upstairs, in a space dedicated to recent acquisitions, Pae White's Morceau Accrochant floats in the air, a precisely marshalled constellation of multicoloured discs that owes rather more than it ought, to my eyes, to Cornelia Parker's work.
Saturday 22 April 2006
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'