John Ashbery (1927-2017)

All things seem mention of themselves

And the names which stem from them branch out to other referents.

Hugely, spring exists again. The weigela does its dusty thing

In fire-hammered air. And garbage cans are heaved against

The railing as the tulips yawn and crack open and fall apart. <a


The Newbourne Giants

From Sunday 13th until Thursday 17th August 2017 we camped at Newbourne, Suffolk. Near The Fox Inn is Giants Cottage, home to George and Meadows Page, who were known as The Newbourne Giants. George was 7 foot 7 inches tall. Meadows was only 7 foot 4 inches tall. They became an attraction at the Woodbridge Easter Fair when the show’s tallest man would hold a guinea above his head and challenge anyone to reach it.
Top Photo: George Page. Middle Photo: Meadows Page (left) and George (right) with their father.
Lower Photo: The gravestone of George Page in the churchyard of St. Mary’s Church, Newbourne.
[Note: Sometimes Newbourn is spelt without the E.]

Katrina Siliprandi (1950-2017)

Today, at 11am, I attended the ceremony at Greenacres Colney to celebrate the life of Katrina Siliprandi.
She was my dynamic, inspirational boss at the Learning Dept of Norwich Castle for 10 years. In June 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer and passed away on 19th July 2017.
Kind, funny and incredibly generous to the huge amount of people she worked with, taught or mentored over her 30 plus years career, she was the best boss ever and one of the wisest people I’ve known. Katrina also had the rare ability to listen attentively and empathise.
Among the million things she achieved at Norfolk Museums Service were the pioneering Youth Offenders animation workshops and the Summer Schools for Looked After Children, and she co-curated exhibitions that attempted to break down elitist museum tendencies- such as the PLEASE TOUCH exhibition. Social Inclusion was very high on her agenda.
Katrina was that rare phenomenon: a manager with a social conscience. I will miss her.