Author Archives: Miles

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at art so far this year. The reopening of the Courtauld Institute Galleries has been a wonderful chance to reacquaint myself with their superb collection. Somerset House has been closed for three years … Continue reading

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2022, February 9

Various friends have commented on Peter Jackson’s film and asked me questions about it, but I have only now managed to see the full version. I liked it very much. It was filmed in January 1969. I was then the … Continue reading

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2022

I managed to get to France several times in the summer of 2021 which was wonderful. Contrary to what the right-wing British press said, there were no food shortages at all in France, and there still aren’t. The French spend … Continue reading

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2021

Jim Haynes died on January 6th. I had known him almost 60 years. In 1963 my girlfriend Sue Crane and I hitch-hiked to Edinburgh to get married as her parents would not let us live together in London. We had … Continue reading

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2021, the year of lockdown.

After spending the night at Suzy Treister and Richard Grayson’s beautiful flat overlooking Hampstead Heath, on January 13th, I went with them to a symposium on the work of Anselm Kiefer held at White Cube, Bermondsy. Hans Ulrich Obrist led … Continue reading

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2021, 7 October

I haven’t written anything in my blog since Rosemary died in June 2019 so there is a lot to catch up on. Here is the last photograph I took of her. We are waiting for a cab outside Tate Britain … Continue reading

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Rosemary Bailey

It is with great sadness that I report the death of my dear wife, Rosemary Bailey. On February 21st 2019 she was admitted to the intensive care unit of University College London Hospital suffering with a bad case of flu. … Continue reading

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18 May 2018

On the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, nothing has changed. Israeli snipers murdered 60 unarmed Palestinian protesters including 16 children and injured 2,700 others. Further proof that the existence of Israel is the biggest obscenity on the face of the … Continue reading

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The Chelsea Hotel

There are so many things I intended to comment upon, but didn’t have the time. One was the sale of doors from the Hotel Chelsea, rescued from a skip on April 12th. I admire the acumen of the homeless man, … Continue reading

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28 March 2018

In the late sixties I rented a house on Lord North Street, Westminster, close to the Houses of Parliament. We had a black cat, called Nadja after the heroine in Andre Breton’s novel of the same name. She had an … Continue reading

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