Bowie’s Art Collection Auction


So it appears that David Bowie’s poignant art collection is to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s. Part 1 takes place in London on the 10th of November, 2016 from 7pm.

Jean-Michel Basquiat - Air Power
Jean-Michel Basquiat – Air Power
Marcel Duchamp - Nude Descending a Staircase, No2
Marcel Duchamp – Nude Descending a Staircase, No2
Damien Hirst - Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking Sphincter Painting
Damien Hirst – Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking Sphincter Painting

This may be the last chance you get to see these amazing works of art – from Tintoretto to Damien Hirst. So do click HERE to view Sotherby’s online catalogue before that date, as it may be the last chance you will get to see images of them.

Here is my personal favourite:

Leon Kossoff - Dalston Junction
Leon Kossoff – Dalston Junction

Here’s what they say: On the evening of 10 November the most important pieces from the David Bowie Collection will go under the hammer, led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s magnificent Air Power. At the heart of the auction is Bowie’s collection of 20th-century British Art, which moves from Harold Gilman’s Interior (Mrs Mounter), painted during the First World War, to works by Damien Hirst from the 1990s by way of David Bomberg, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Caulfield, Frank Auerbach and Leon KossoffThe selection is embellished by keys works by Marcel Duchamp, who Bowie cited as a major influence, and Francis Picabia as well as a 16th-century Venetian altarpiece by Tintoretto.

Punk Wedding: The Rocker Covers

One of the wedding cakes – I daren’t publish the photo of the other…

My husband’s Nephew/Godson got married and we went to his wedding reception at the weekend. Johnny, in his early 50s, has been a punk-rocker since I could remember and we wondered what sort of entertainment could be provided for his extended family of roman catholics of Irish extraction. With it looking more like a Halloween party – complete with skull decorations, black and red themed balloons and two wedding cakes – one black, the other white with iced with expletives – we held our breath.

Their friends The Rocker Covers provided the answer. A talented trio who perform rock-a-billy-style covers of popular songs from the 50s to the present day. They are a serious band with albums and a contract with Greystone Records.

The Rocker Covers are a great band to dance to

So for my Music Monday this week: click on The Rocker Covers’ track ‘American Idiot’ (revved-up) to hear some cool sounds.

My husband who is 80, outdid all the youngsters with The Twist – his era was rock’n’roll. I was brought up on music from the 60s to the 80s, where you shuffled next to someone and did your thing rather than hold on to your partner. So we have invented our own way of dancing with each other – a sort of rock’n’roll / reggae, with a bit of lambada and salsa thrown in from having mixed with Brazilians and Spanish when we lived abroad. He circles me around while I pogo and wiggle my back-side. People think we are professional dancers – but when I am asked to dance by anyone else – they realise that I don’t know any of the formal dance steps.

So we had a great time – and I noticed that the over 50s tended to dance while the younger ones headed towards the room with the bar.

British & Rain (go well together)

If you visit Britain then bring your umbrella, because the rain does not stop us doing anything. There are no rain checks, because the heavier the rain the better the festival …

Very British rain
How’s this for outdoor cinema?
Let’s get cosy
Make a fashion statement with your ‘brolly’
You can still wear your pretty frock
Or you can ditch the umbrella and bring out your fold-up ‘Mac’. Tea anyone?
Or how about ice cream?
Wellington boots are popular for grassy areas. Steak and squid?
We like our curries too
And Fish & Chips
Or good old English burgers and bacon
Or bring your own picnic basket

All photos taken at Goodwood Vintage Festival 2016.© Southampton Old Lady

This is my second WordPress Photo Challenge under the heading H2O


Music Monday: Volare!

For my Music Monday click on the links for two versions of the popular song Volare!

Simon and Ted (the Song-a-minute-man)

Domenico Modugno should have won the Eurovision song contest for Italy in 1958 with the first ever rendition of this song that has become a cult classic. That year it was won by France with the unmemorable “Dors, mon amour”. Italy stopped taking part in the Eurovision song contest.

Volare! chorus i Italian and English:

Volare, oh oh…                        Flying, oh oh…

Cantare, ohohoho…               Singing, ohohoho…

Nel blu degli occhi tuoi blu   In the blue of your blue eyes

Felice di stare quaggiù            Happy to be down here

There have been too many cover versions of Volare! to mention, but my favourite has to be by Dean Martin. A more recent cover is by the Song-a-Minute-Man Ted McDermott with his carpool karaoke version with his son Simon. 80 year-old Ted, who used to be a Butlins red-coat in England, suffers with dementia. He remembers all the words to so many songs which keeps him in company with others, and their carpool posts on YouTube have gone viral. Now Ted has a contract with Abby Road to record his voice. This is not his song of his playlist – but I love it – it really makes me happy.

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Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

photo © Southampton Old Lady

For Music Monday this week I present a track that moved us from Punk to New Wave (originally labelled post-punk).

Love Will Tear Us Apart (click on title for YouTube video) is a song by English band Joy Division. It was written in August 1979, and first performed in November 1979 when the band were backing the Buzzcocks. Fans, like myself, could relate to sensitive lyrics by Ian Curtis, which reflected the problems in his marriage, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his tragic suicide in May 1980.

We were shocked. Following new wave sounds remained very dark – everyone seemed to wear black in the early 80s. Ian’s wife Deborah Curtis had the phrase: “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian’s memorial stone. His stone was stolen and had to be replaced later.

When routine bites hard
And ambitions are low
And resentment rides high
But emotions won’t grow
And we’re changing our ways, taking different roads

Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Why is the bedroom so cold?
You’ve turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect runs so dry
Yet there’s still this appeal
That we’ve kept through our lives

But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

You cry out in your sleep
All my failings exposed
And there’s a taste in my mouth
As desperation takes hold
Just that something so good just can’t function no more

But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Somewhere Else – Kafka Tamura

For my Music Monday this week I present:

Kafka Tamura, the Indie pop trio which formed in Southampton, England.

Their influences are British, Austrian and Japanese. The band’s name comes from the protagonist of Kafka on the Shore by Surrealist Japanese writer Hanuki Murakami.

Kafka Tamura have been making a big name for themselves since touring Europe.

It is difficult to choose my favourite track from their album Nothing to Everyone, but Somewhere Else has to be my favourite of their videos – made in Southampton and filmed along the South coast of England.

Click here to see it on YouTube.

Happy Birthday Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

The grounds of Highclere Castle (known in the USA as Downton Abbey) landscaped by Capability Brown

Tony Back

2016 marks the 300th birthday of England’s most famous landscape gardener, Lancelot “Capability” Brown.  His precise birthday is unknown but he was baptised on the 30th of August. Brown was the Master Gardener at Hampton Court for King George III (Farmer George) and was a must-have to design landscapes for any estate house of the landed gentry.

I took these photos at Highclere Castle, near Newbury on the Hampshire/Berkshire border.


Jackdaw Folly 4
Jackdaw folly at Highclere
Highclere sheep 1
lines of trees with large spacious fields for sheep was essential
Those Cedar trees were always in his landscapes
Secret garden, walled off so that one or two types of flower could not detour from the main colour: Green

Copses of trees shading crocuses contrast with wide open space. Several shades of ‘green and pleasant land’. Any flowers would not detour and would often be hidden behind secret walled gardens.


For a more in depth post about Capability Brown gardens in Hampshire, England, this post by the Southampton University archive is worth reading – click here