20140618-160646-58006653.jpgChain of flowers for the 750th anniversary garden party in Merton College.

20140618-160719-58039258.jpgAnd the gals who made them.

20140618-160756-58076735.jpgAh Oxford!

20140618-160918-58158522.jpgThis yellow rose goes with the photos above.

20140618-160941-58181068.jpgCurtain call at the ROH. I went to see the rather magnificent Robert Carsen production of Poulenc’s Carmelites. The opera itself is one of those one wouldn’t listen to on CD, but on stage it works. Every staging in the past twenty years owns something to this one, it seems, and it’s easy to see why. The minimalist approach, period costumes on an empty stage, use of the ensemble to define the space are thoroughly thought of, and the dramatic impact is breathtaking. Bonus points for Sir Thomas Allen in a bright crimson costume – I hear ROH staged this production on his request.


20140618-161512-58512623.jpgBees bees everywhere.


20140618-163028-59428745.jpgIf I ever open a pub, I’ll call it The Rose and the Ladybird. Or The Rose and The Snail.


20140618-164715-60435901.jpg“If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.” ― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

The streets are sparkling with litter and confetti, and everywhere there are bruised carnations and empty champagne bottles. Can only be Trinity and exam time in Oxford.


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