Gr8at: The Art of Banksy

As I referenced in an earlier post I saw the acclaimed Covent Garden exhibition of provocative graffiti artist Banksy. Little is known of the elusive Bristolian, but his work continues to create debate and inspire his many fans. Around 90 of his artworks from 1997-2008 were displayed, along with some of most striking quotes.

Line(s) of the Day #JonathanCreek

Jonathan Creek: I get the feeling it didn’t quite live up to expectations.
Maddie Magellan: If Steve Harrison and Martin Ford ever get out of here alive, it’ll be a miracle.

Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin in the mystery crime comedy drama Jonathan Creek (1994 – 2016).

Line(s) of the Day #AsIKnewHimMyDadRodSerling

I look forward to these trips to Disneyland and having my dad all to myself. Much advance planning goes into these excursions. My dad and I decide where will be stay overnight, the precise time he will pick me up form school, where I should wait for him, what we should take, and so on. That he is as excited as I am is clearly evident. There is no pretence, no forced pleasure; these trips unquestionably appeal to the child within him.

Driving on the freeway, we play our usual pre-Disney game. He will say “Okay, Pops, the first one who sees the one for Disneyland get to pick the first ride.” My dad never sees it. He must be blind, I think in my young mind.

Taken from As I Knew Him, My Dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling. A personal biography of her legendary father, who among his many notable achievements was responsible for the iconic show The Twilight Zone.

Line(s) of the Day #Banksy

I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.

The mysterious Banksy, whose identity continues to elude everyone. The Bristolian specialises in distinctive stencilling technique with evocative and provocative political and satirical messages. I went to The Art of Banksy exhibition recently and will post some photos from it soon.

Line(s) of the Day #Friends

Rachel: (into phone) I’ll call you back (hangs up).
Joey: Who was that?
Rachel: Just the pizza place.
Joey: You hung up on the pizza place? I don’t hang up on your friends!

Jennifer Aniston and Matt le Blanc in the ever-popular Friends (1994 – 2004). Another hilarious example of Joey’s deep love of food. After all, Joey doesn’t share food!

Gr8at: Van Gogh Immersive Experience

As such a big fan of Van Gogh, I just had to share these photographs from the Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience in Spitalfields, London. The spectacular artwork is shown on 20,000 square feet, featuring two-story projections of his most compelling works.

Line(s) of the Day #AlingonMitra

I don’t like people who brag. They do like the subtle brag. Like I have a friend who went to Harvard and and he always tries to drop it into conversation, you know. And he’s always been like that, even when we were at college together.

A wonderfully subtle joke by talented TV writer and comedian Alingon Mitra. Mitra’s appearances on TV include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Gr8at: Striking Sporting Images from 2021

When I saw this feature on the BBC website celebrating their favourite images of the year I just had to share my favourites with you. 2021 has been tough but I hope you all have a wonderful 2022. All photographs from Getty Images and subject to copyright

This explosive image is Joey Logano and Cole Custer following an on-track incident at the Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida
This scenic shot is of USA’s David Colturi diving from the 27.5m rock platform at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Mayo, Ireland
Taken in March, Players of the Ordynskoye district ice hockey team and HC Sibir Novosibirsk take part in a friendly on the frozen Orda River in Russia’s Novosibirsk region
The inspirational American gymnast Simone Biles captured using combined multiple exposures, warming up prior to the women’s balance beam final during the Tokyo Olympics
Britain’s Emma Raducanu tosses a tennis ball to fans just after beating Maria Sakkari to reach the US Open women’s final. She would win the final two days later, in my sporting highlight of the year.
China’s Zheng Tao competes in the men’s 100m freestyle on day two of the Tokyo Paralympics. He winning 4 gold medals in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic
China’s badminton team cheer in a circle before the Uber Cup final against Japan of the Thomas & Uber Cup in Aarhus, Denmark. China won 3-1.
Germany’s Tobias Muller falls in this brilliantly timed photograph as Austria’s Johannes Aujesky competes in the men’s ski cross at the FIS Cross World Cup in Zhangjiakou, China

Line(s) of the Day #AlfredLordTennyson

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

The much celebrated English Poet Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892), who was Poet Laurette during much of Queen Victoria’s reign.