the graham greene trilogy

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Little viewed on YouTube, there is a series filmed in 1993, by the BBC Arena programme (complete with Brian Eno intro music) about the life of the author Graham Greene. If you have ever enjoyed his books, the series is well worth a watch. Of Greene’s years as an Mi6 station officer in Sierra Leone, which he based his 1948 novel The Heart of the Matter on, his former boss said,

“I don’t think Graham was God’s own gift to the secret service. On the other hand, I do think that the secret service’s great gift to English literature was to post Graham to Freetown… He was basically someone who was fascinated by the bizarre and bored of the routine.” Nicholas Elliott, former Director Mi6.

There is a description of the TV series on the Doku.Arts site,

Produced after Graham Greene died in 1991, this trilogy sheds light on Greene’s secret world, where the characters are typified by morbid obsession: weak men, traitors, hypocrites, failures. In the film, the cast of characters includes Kim Philpy talking about his time with Greene in the Secret Service, Greene’s contemporaries John le Carré and Anthony Burgess, his wife Vivien, his mistress Jocelyn Rickards and the secretive Yvonne Cloetta, his companion for the last thirty years of his life. Greene’s work is read by Sir Alec Guiness and narrated by Robert Powell. link

Here are the links to each part of the series,

England made me part 1

England made me part 2

England made me part 3

England made me part 4

A dangerous edge part 1

A dangerous edge part 2

A dangerous edge part 3

A dangerous edge part 4

A world of my own part 1

A world of my own part 2

A world of my own part 3

A world of my own part 4

The other Graham Greene

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cosmic comet song

Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. The comet seems to be emitting a ‘song’ in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet’s environment. It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing, which typically picks up sound between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased in this recording. Thumbnail image credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 link

And, for contrast purposes, here is the soundtrack, composed by João Martinho Moura, for the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta visualization app.

minimal palms

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0.1 mm nib, black ink, Steadler pigment liner Fineliner pen, on Moleskine plain paper notebook.

palm trees of dakar

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I’m starting to think about Project K, which I’ll be working on more or less full-time throughout 2015, and how I want to illustrate it. I’d like to do more sketches, but nothing really like those I’ve been doing up until now. It’s more about finding a detail in a scene to focus and expand upon, whilst at the same time describing, but definitely not focussing on, the rest of the scene. It sounds a bit like writing really.

dakar palms segment

0.1 mm nib, black ink, Steadler pigment liner Fineliner pen, on Moleskine plain paper notebook.

black hole

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30 minute doodle. 0.1 mm nib, black ink, Steadler pigment liner Fineliner pen, on Moleskine plain paper notebook.

on land

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Took a photo looking out over Dakar airport at dawn & thought of On Land.

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0.1 mm nib, black ink, Steadler pigment liner Fineliner pen, on Moleskine plain paper notebook.