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About to head to the Loire for a bit, after health issues I'm too tired to talk about. Not serious issues, just painful ones.

It's been busy but fun, with friends and art and Arturo Ui. Took a mate to the Tate, where he found himself enraptured by Turner, Constable, and Gainsborough. I found myself staring at my once beloved pre-raphaelites and not really seeing them, same with Richard Dadd's Fairy Feller's Master Stroke...

No, instead I found myself gazing fascinated at Stanley Spencer's Cookham Resurrection: Jesus in a white doily dress holding babies, his father behind him, children playing in coffins, a man who appears to have wooden trousers, paddle steamers to Heaven... I don't know quite what I am seeing here.

Then it was time for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. This versions's the one with Lenny Henry, and it was well acted and crafted with plenty of audience interaction. The disturbing part for me was right at the end, where a corrupt vote is being forced, and few give their support to Arturo. The smiling thugs tell us that if we just sit, we are essentially abstaining, and if we want to specifically not vote for Arturo, we must go stand in the centre of the stage. So about 20 of us did just that.

And even knowing it was just a play, I felt...uncomfortable. It made it easier to imagine what it must have been like, what it's still like, for conscientious objectors, how hard it is to say no.

I am a little sombre. Tired perhaps, with too much to do today. Taking this laptop to France with me, where I hope to rest and read back through all the entries I have missed.

And now, time to get moving.
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