Friday, September 28, 2007

Italian

I began the second day of my adult education programme yesterday, dear reader. At ten o'clock, Digital Imgage Editing for Apple Macintosh Computers kicked off with half the machines out of action. Of the machines that did work, half wouldn't allow a user to login. Of those that did allow a user to login, half failed to launch Photoshop elements. Meaning two people were able to take part in the class, fourteen were not. So our very impatient, joyless, stern and severe tutor sent us home.

I did not go home. I went to Henderson's for a lunch of vegetable curry with brown rice and then on to Costa opposite The Mound for a double espresso. While there, I switched on my mobile telephone and found I had a voicemail from Pat. I called her back. She'd been ill but no virus was able to squash the enthusiasm she has for her grandson's theatre career. She spoke to me about his appearance in Footloose with a vivacity rarely heard these days.

Shit. I know I'm old. Only old people say these days.

I'd have taken the opportunity to see him in Footloose while Ian and I are in London next week, though we're unable to. Our free time does not match the times he's on stage. So that's that. Traurig aber wahr.

From Costa, I walked across to the National Theatre of Scotland to begin my history of art course. I did wonder if we'd begin with cave paintings, but we did not. No, instead, our introduction was with medieval Italian art. We spent two hours looking at approximately six paintings. How, I'm not sure, but our delightful tutor had a lot to say. She was always interesting, insightful and brought a realism to the art as previously unseen. It was quite clear to me and to the other seventeen middle class ladies in my company that Agnes has a love for her work which most working people would be jealous of. Not only love but passion.

8 comments:

The Brian said...

aw I'm jealous. I'd love to take an art history class.

Anonymous said...

You're not dead yet, Brian. Sign up for one!

Ah, the arts. Rarely is so much said about so little.

Minge said...

Who are you, anonymous person?

RIC said...

Tunes apart, love is quite enough, in my humble opinion... Passion has become a cliché for everything and so for nothing at all as well... These days...
Art lessons are always welcome! Good for you!
:-)

Brian said...

Is Wicked the only show you're catching in London? You should really see Avenue Q, if you can squeeze it in.

alan said...

Hey Mingey-Minge. Congrats and well done on taking LOADS of courses. Good luck with em!

Just a Girl said...

I loved taking art history. It came in handy when I finally made it to the National Gallery in London and could drool over some of the actual art.

Thadeus said...

You are cool
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