Author Archive: Andrew Green

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Turner at Ewenny: a political artist?

February 13, 2017 0 Comments
Turner at Ewenny: a political artist?

Recently I’ve been looking into the strange fate of Ewenny Priory at the time of its dissolution in the 1530s and 1540s.  Sooner or later anyone interested in the history of the priory can hardly escape an encounter with the remarkable watercolour of the church’s interior that JMW Turner painted in 1797, when he was […]

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Are angels real?

February 5, 2017 1 Comment
Are angels real?

Walking through Mumbles a few weeks ago I glanced up at the noticeboard on the Christadelphian ecclesia (Mount Zion Hall) advertising the topic for the next meeting.  Normally the wording takes the form of ‘What does the Bible say about x?’, where ‘x’ is a current concern, like adultery or climate change or the colour purple.  On […]

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Blwyddyn Chwedlau Cymru

January 29, 2017 0 Comments
Blwyddyn Chwedlau Cymru

I’r swyddogion yn Llywodraeth Cymru sy’n gyfrifol am baratoi cynlluniau i ddenu twristiaid i Gymru, mae ‘diwylliant’ Cymru yn broblem y mae hi bron yn amhosibl dod i afael â hi.  Y prawf diweddaraf o hynny yw’r ymgyrch bresennol Blwyddyn Chwedlau Cymru. Llynedd oedd ‘Blwyddyn Antur’, a ‘Blwyddyn y Môr’ oedd hi yn 2018: pynciau […]

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Glenys

January 21, 2017 0 Comments
Glenys

There’s only one person in Swansea known by everyone as ‘Glenys’.  And there couldn’t be a more popular or fitting choice for the Glynn Vivian’s first big exhibition after its five-year sleep than a retrospective of the works of Glenys Cour, born in 1924 and still painting daily at the age of 92. What’s more, […]

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A painting by Vivienne Williams

January 16, 2017 1 Comment
A painting by Vivienne Williams

1          Jug You know me well enough, so you think – White, sure, handle as a band, Standing just where I was put. You think you have me taped. You’ve the advantage of greater height, Enough to see my inside’s cool blue. I sense it gives you comfort, simple me Answers to your need for […]

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A letter from Kampala

January 8, 2017 0 Comments
A letter from Kampala

A few days ago a letter came from Kampala, Uganda.  It’s still lying on the table inside the front door, with its envelope.  I haven’t put it in the bin for recycling, and nor have I thought about replying to it.  It continues to lie there.  What follows tries to explain why. The brown envelope, […]

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Some books I read in 2016

January 2, 2017 0 Comments
Some books I read in 2016

If last year was a desperate time in the public world, there were plenty of comforts closer to home.  As always, reading was one of them.  These days I read more than I have since I was a teenager, with the added advantage that if I find a book unreadable I’m now happy, time and life […]

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The new eschatology

December 24, 2016 0 Comments
The new eschatology

As 2016 comes to an end the heavens are full of what Flann O’Brien’s great scientist De Selby called ‘black air’.  A long night, it appears, is about to fall on two continents.  In the United States a plutocratic bully and egomaniac with the crudest social and political attitudes is about to take power, unrestrained […]

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Paul Nash

December 19, 2016 1 Comment
Paul Nash

The big Paul Nash exhibition now on at Tate Britain is a great show.  Not just because it’s an unusually big and comprehensive review of his work, but because it raises so many interesting questions – about the part of an artist in homegrown and international traditions, about art’s relationship with the state in times […]

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Cynulliad neu Senedd?

December 9, 2016 1 Comment
Cynulliad neu Senedd?

Yn ddiweddar iawn cyhoeddodd Elin Jones AC, Llywydd Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru, wahoddiad inni leisio ein barn am gynnig i newid enw’r Cynulliad. Ei dadl yw bod y Cynulliad, dros y bymtheg mlynedd a mwy ers ei sefydliad, yn haeddu enw sy’n fwy urddasol a chywir na’i enw presennol, wrth i’r pwerau sy ganddo gynyddu (bydd […]

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