Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Henry And The Giant Harp

Sunday, 31 January 2010

It’s not really a new blog post! It’s just this week’s Observer column, cunningly disguised as one.
  But there’ll be a new “news” page tomorrow, for February.

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Andy W at 5:56 pm on January 31st, 2010

“It is also a fantastic-looking thing. If I had a spare £27,000 and a giant house with a working, replica sun in the lounge, I would buy it.”

A friend of mine at work used to make bizarre mad-scientist art pieces.  I blogged about an exhibition of his here :

One of his later projects was the “star in a jar”, which was a sort of nuclear reaction thing, in a jar.  Sounds like it would be the perfect companion piece !


David R at 12:27 am on February 1st, 2010

I read in one article that Henry Dagg plays keyboards for a Genesis tribute band, and in the article below, it says that one of the admirers of his work includes “an unnamed member of Genesis”.

Hmm, the plot thickens…

David R at 2:20 am on February 2nd, 2010

Here’s another example of men getting a little too carried away with their love of machinery:

Sarah B at 9:55 am on February 2nd, 2010

Good blog Andy W. I hope that being in a Genesis tribute band will prove an insulating layer for Henry Dagg through which the acquisitive desire of the cool crowd cannot penetrate.
  “Even the valium doesn’t kill the pain any more” lol [1]

[1] not in a cruel way

Victoria Coren at 10:08 am on February 2nd, 2010

Being the only girl at my school allowed to give up physics before GCSE (too much risk of bringing down the grade average), I’d never heard of Tesla Coil. My first guess would have been a member of the cabinet.
  But I’ve looked it up now and a giant one sounds brilliant. I hope it did this.

MJ Bridger at 12:34 pm on February 2nd, 2010

Good to see you’ve taken to Art journalism Victoria - the Art world needs you - and you’re reviving an interest in Physics. So what would you make of my painting “The Explanation of Olbers’s paradox” (search: Bridger Olbers)

Andy W at 6:08 pm on February 2nd, 2010

Thanks Sarah .. and Vicky, yes, that’s the basic idea with the Tesla coil !


seven2off at 7:44 pm on February 4th, 2010

very pleased to see you defending martin’s comments…
i think people forget his main goal has always been to pinpoint the humour that exists in life’s darkest moments and locations…

some people just have no sense of humour.

Phil at 9:01 am on February 5th, 2010

As usual an enjoyable read. I can understand rallying to the defence of Martin Amis, but I’m fairly confident that you’re being a bit unfair on that were / was business. I’m pretty sure ‘were’ in that context isn’t strictly incorrect. It reminds me of an interiew with Michael Burke a few years ago where he complained about people incorrectly using the word ‘decimate’ to mean ‘almost totally destroy’ when it means ‘reduce by one tenth’ - refusing to accept natural changes in language, understood by all without ambiguity. I’m sure Amis wouldn’t approve.

Phil at 2:15 am on February 9th, 2010

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