Notes from a Polish Football Match

The kick-off wasn’t until a quarter to nine, but even so I left home shortly after seven in the evening and sat at the bus stop waiting for the number 15 that would take me to the stadium. The soft patter of rain played upon the top of the bus shelter; I knew that more was to come, which was one reason why I’d headed out so early. But minutes later the heavens opened and the roads became like rivers; the sky turned as dark as the Baltic in winter, and it was lit periodically by flashes of lightning...
Hektoen International

Hektoen International - Mary Cassatt

The year is 1868, and the twenty-two year-old Mary Cassatt has had her first painting, The Mandolin Player, accepted by the famous Paris Salon. The painting is in the realist style and is reminiscent of Rembrandt’s 1659 Self-Portrait. The background is lit as if there were a candle behind the sitting mandolin player, a young girl dressed in the colors of France: a white blouse half-hidden by a red sash and a deep blue skirt.
The Telegraph

Just Back: fairground fun in Tbilisi

Christopher Walker wins £200 for his vision of old Tbilisi from the high vantage point of a rickety basket on a rusty Ferris wheel I was wandering about old Tbilisi, trying to find my way to the funicular. Inevitably I got lost in the maze of tumbledown houses and narrow streets, though they were all so beautiful in their dereliction that I didn’t mind. Eventually I spiralled around to the funicular station, and happily paid the three lari (90p) to be lifted up the hill.