Half term is in full swing in the Cultural Wednesday household. We have popped down to Kent coast to explore Dungeness and Romney Bay. Just before we left I visited Knole where photography is now allowed inside the house for the first time. My Wednesday Wishes this week exclude Planets, Letters, the Arctic and a rather disappointing novel.
Polar region of the week
The brief foray that I made into the Arctic Circle left me in awe of both the beauty of landscape and of the people who make the arctic their home. Arctic: Climate and Culture promises to show the rich cultural history and current climate crisis opens at the British Museum on 22 October until 21 February 2021.
Letters of the Week
Do you remember getting a letter from Boris Johnson right at the beginning of lockdown asking us to Stay home, Protect the NHS and Save lives? Artist Jonny Banger put out a call for the nations under 16s to customise the letters and send the result to him. A selection of these Covid letters goes on display at the splendid Foundling Museum this weekend until the middle of January.
Planet of the Week
Well not so much planet as planetarium. The Royal Observatory Planetarium in Greenwich is reopening. You can only book by telephone 020 8312 6608 to ensure that audiences are socially distanced. If you can’t get to Greenwich then you can book a show via Zoom at weekends.
Book of the Week
Peter Ackroyd has been one of my favourite authors since the mid 80s, so the publication of his first novel for several years was exciting. Mr Cadmus by Peter Ackroyd started well, we meet seemingly innocent genteel neighbours who turn out to be murderous cousins. Then Mr Cadmus comes to live the house between them, he too has a hidden past. Then the vicar disappears. The stage is set for the mystery to unravel, except it doesn’t. I was left wondering if I had accidentally not read a vital seven or eight chapters. You might love it but I was very disappointed.
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For more summer reading inspiration check out my Summer Reads post.
Where will you wander this week?