Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Speaking of sofas: back in the 1960s-70s I painted four small (26 x 30cms. 10 x 12 inches) pictures called The Sofa Series. I was reminded of those and of Goya's famous Maja Desnuda and Maja Vestida which, along with life, were my inspiration for that series.

The first two below are in a private collection. I still have the last two and the etching. Photos are not good but you can come and see the actual works if interested.

Sofa Series 1: Maya Clothed. NdA 1965.

Sofa Series 2: Maya Nude. NdA 1966

Sofa Series 3: Paternal. NdA 1966

Sofa Series 4: Maternal. NdA 1966

The Sofa. Etching A/P 1. NdA 1970. Image size: 27.5cm x 22cm (11 x 9 inches) Sheet size: 42 x 57cm (22.5 x 16.5 inches)


New painting in progress. I have a title for it. Guess what it is?

Thursday, November 12, 2020


Irrelevant update in case anyone was losing sleep worrying about my absent sofa cushions. I'M JOKING. I know nobody was losing sleep over cushions. The cushions, with covers now fitting over their fat firm foam filling, have been returned by the sofa company. If anyone visits me between now and next year I will ask to be photographed reclining on the sofa.

Sunday, November 08, 2020



Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, welcome to the world stage. May you bring some light and hope to its darkness.

Friday, November 06, 2020


Of course he will contest it. Of course he'll continue to claim it's all fraudulent, a conspiracy by Democrats. That's what despots and dictators always do and what their supporters and imitators do. It's not over yet.

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Monday, November 02, 2020


Do you have conversations with yourself when some particular subject has been nagging at you demanding to be vocalised and words pop up on your mental screen arranging themselves into sentences and then an hour or a day or a week later you say, yup, I'm gonna post this on the internut? Yup, I do. My subject today is: conspiracy theories and actual conspiracies: can you tell which is which?

Suppose, just for example, you're considering adopting a vegan diet and you read an article by an eminent scientist/nutritionist/doctor/sport star stating that eliminating meat and all animal products from your diet seriously endangers your health and that of yourcurrent or future children.

a} Do you, because of the eminent status of any of these influencers/experts decide that the risks of radically changing your diet are too great?

b) Do you research the expertise /eminence of the author of the article and make your decision based on what you discover? For ex: the expert happens to be a shareholder in a meat processing industry, or a dairy company is sponsoring the sports star. Etcetera etcetera. Do you conclude that the 'danger to health' warning is fake news, part of a conspiracy by big businesses worried about the rising popularity of veganism?

c) Do you do further careful research into pro-vegan as well as neutral sources and weigh up the evidence according to your informed judgement and gut feelings about people you've personally consulted?

For the above example you can substitute any controversial subject which has had the label Conspiracy attached to it.

Some people are absolutely sure of one (or more) of the following: a) All conspiracy theories are imaginary. b) If you can smell smoke there is a fire somewhere. c) No human being is beyond reproach. d) Top Experts, top Institutions and top People must never be suspected or accused of being involved in conspiracies because they just wouldn't be, would they? If you think they are then you are delusional.

Having said all that,the question remains: when an issue is huge and the risks of misinterpretation genuinely dangerous, how do you effectively and truthfully separate the wheat from the chaff?

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Saturday, October 31, 2020


Are these times more politically corrupt, chaotic, vindictive and deceitful than ever or is it that pandemic isolation makes us more aware of it all?

The vicious, relentless, unjust campaign to destroy Jereremy Corbyn continues unabated. They didn't only want him out, they want him crawling on his knees slobbering for mercy, signing an admission of guilt and accepting to be burned at the stake.

He is not going to sign since he is one of the rare politicians who value integrity more than popularity and he knows that the accusation of antisemitism is a vile smear against him, deliberately fabricated and orchestrated. Evidence of this is obvious to anyone who takes the trouble to search for the facts behind propaganda.

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Friday, October 30, 2020


On this date 30th October twenty-four years ago my beloved father Alexander (Sacha) d'Arbeloff died in London aged 101. I've written about him several times here and my in--progress autobiography. At the moment I don't want to add words but here's a short video I made in 2011: Eternal Return, a visual poem about the nostalgia and mystery of my Russian ancestry, on my father's side.


The soundtrack is Alexander Vertinsky, famous Russian cabaret singer of the 1920s, singing Liliowy Negr (purple black). My father loved Vertinsky's songs and with my mother Blanche saw him perform them in Paris nightclubs at that time. The photo of Sacha below was taken by George Cserna in New York 1955.

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Friday, October 23, 2020


Stayed up and watched the whole thing. No contest. Well-prepared Biden won. As for the other guy....what is there to say that hasn't already been said?