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December 06, 2014


When VR took up the graphic arts I revelled in buying her top end stuff which she might have baulked at financially. A wide (and long) sable brush comes to mind, Its luxuriance made it hard to hand over and the price was such that each hair had a significant price to the left of the decimal.

Later I bought her a Rotring kit, amused at the marketing problems implicit in the pronunciation - by Anglos - of the original German brand name. Are Rotrings a bit down-market? Destined for non-creative scribblers in the ad trade. I see the Faber Castell is called an artist pen? Can anyone buy one and thereby become an artist? Pen and ink drawing is rather forbidding, VR says, but won't say why.

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.