Chinese Laundry?

If the Chinese new year is the year of the sheep  then in London it was definitely the year of Welsh sheep since we were buffeted by strong winds and freezing rain at the celebrations in Trafalgar square yesterday.


No matter, the national portrait gallery offered temporary respite from the weather and a fascinating collection of portraits. I particularly fell for Boldini’s portrait of Lady Colin Campbell.

The Chinese community put on a brave show in the square’s pavilion and the quartet of lute (Pipa) players was particularly good.

We returned in further tempestuous weather through Chinatown but not before entering into yet another world, the French church with its moving frescoes of the crucifixion by Jean Cocteau which he painted in 1960. What’s remarkable about these frescoes is what’s not shown…for instance Christ himself…

I don’t know if rain is a good omen in China… there was certainly a lot of it around in London yesterday!


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