I thought I'd post someone else's work for a change. This is a photograph I took on Monday the 25th of November of Maggie Hambling's 'Scallop' sculpture on the beach at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. At Snape we enjoyed two concerts during the Britten's final centennial celebrations. Firstly - the Kuss Quartet playing Schubert’s (15th)
and Britten’s (3rd) last quartets. Absolutely marvellous.
Then a concert including:
Purcell’s (arranged by Britten) Chacony; Britten’s Variations on a
Theme of Frank Bridge and his Serenade
for tenor, horn and strings and finally Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in
Memoriam Benjamin Britten. The performers were the Aldeburgh Strings with Allan Clayton (tenor), Richard Watkins (horn), and Markus Däunert as the director. This was a rivetting concert from beginning to end. The 'Bridge' piece by Britten was superlative in every away. Never heard a string ensemble quite like it.
'The Dove and the Ant', an illustration by JVL in Aesop's Fables, Jonathan Cape, 1989.
The Dove and the Ant
When an ant tried to drink from a stream he almost drowned. Observing this, a dove, perched on a tree above, picked a leaf from a twig and dropped it into the pool. The ant quickly climbed upon the leaf and was rescued. Sometimes afterwards a bird-catcher was trying to catch birds with a snare. The ant noticed this and stung the man's foot, causing him to make a mess of the snare. The dove noticing all this flew off to safety.
Moral: One good turn deserves another.
Selected Parallels: Caxton, Remicius11. La Fontaine 2/12. L’Estrange 203. Chambry
242. Perry 235. TMI B362.
'The Lion and the Four Bulls', an illustration by John Vernon Lord in Aesop's Fables,
Jonathan Cape, 1989.
The moral of this fable concerns 'strength in numbers' and 'union is strength - divided we fall'.
It also suggests that the quarrels of friends are the opportunities of enemies, who will divide and rule to gain power. In this illustration our viewpoint is that of the Lion. The fields here are not far from where I live in Sussex, looking at Oldland Manor in the distance
The Lion and the
FOUR Bulls fed in a field together in the greatest peace
and amity. A Lion had long watched them in the hope of making prize of them,
but found that there was little chance for him so long as they kept all
together. He therefore began to spread evil and slanderous reports of one
against the other, till he had fomented a jealousy and distrust amongst them.
No sooner did the Lion see that they avoided one another, and fed each by
himself apart, then he fell upon them singly, and so made an easy prey of them