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I feel I must comment following my last Blog about Drummer Hodge. A Military Drummer these days does not need to go to South Africa to be slaughtered. We see the full horror now but in 1879 it was unseen.

But there has been art to enjoy. The wonderful lecture last Friday in the Whitworth by Guy Peploe, grandson of S. J. Peploe, everyone who came said how much they enjoyed it. I got a message later from Shirley to say that Guy had enjoyed his day in Manchester also and is looking forward to welcoming us to The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. Afterwards Adele, Gus & I went to an exhibition of contemporary design crafts at Cube gallery in Portland St, some wonderful furniture to be bought. We finished up at Manchester Art Gallery to see ‘Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Paintings’, I hugely recommend this exhibition from their own collection it is full of familiar and much loved ‘old friends’. We also peered and smiled our way round Raqib Shaw’s glittering creations.

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Warm up act, Performance Art?

Report from the Home Front. Our roof is mended and the ‘State Drawing Room’ decorated by our patient decorator Sam. There has been great sadness at the loss of a much loved wallpaper in favour of fashionable ‘plain neutrals’. There was total disbelief when I announced my final touch – GOLD LEAF. Well the Devonshires have set such a high standard at Chatsworth one simply must keep up! I can’t wait to tell Gywnneth that Shaun the gilder from Liverpool worked on the restoration of St George’s Hall. Cost for 16 roundels ¬£150, why wouldn’t you!! We have rehung ‘the art’ and the restoration of the furniture continues with cotton buds, toothpicks and elbow grease.

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Finishing on another  sad note, our love to Anne, on the death of her mother just after she left the gallery last Tuesday.

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