Christmas greetings from the Imperial War Museum

My favorite museum in London comes up with my favorite piece of holiday marketing material.


Had a lot of fun in London over the past week. Didn’t get to the Museum of Brands, though. Next time. Stayed in a flat 150 feet  from the Israeli Embassy so got to see the very peaceful demonstrations up close and was impressed by both the protestors and the London PD crowd control/riot squad. Biggest danger was risk of tripping  on a policeman. Hope to get back to London but still prefer Paris!

The Mrs. has a very good post on the real issues raised by visiting the War Museum and seeing the protests — go read it.


Can you find my article on camouflage?

It’s cleverly disguised as art criticism over at DarkRoastedBlend.

Here’s the lead:

War has inspired many great artistic moments but how often have artists returned the favor? Once, as far as I can tell. During World War I Modernism descended on Allied naval planners with a bang (sorry about that), turning fleets into the largest painting canvases in the world.


The HMS Mauritania — prepared to disappear into a crowd of Pagliacci imitators.
The idea of painting ships this way was the idea of Norman Wilkinson, a British naval officer and painter. Oddly, this was Wilkinson’s only stab at non-representational art. After the war he went on to a successful painting career, including many wonderful posters for British railway lines. Wilkinson
For all of my UK readers (maybe that’s reader singular, maybe that’s wishful thinking), there’s what looks to be a great show about camouflage at the Imperial War Museum through Sunday. Wish I could go.
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