Dali: kitsch or must-see?

Re: Festival reviews (issue 394)

Jack Mottram's review of the Dali exhibition has me baffled. In my view, Dawn Ades has curated an exemplary exhibition, perfectly placed in Terry Farrell's surreal work-over of the Dean Orphanage. What is on view is Dali’s schizophrenia as an artist: the work from the 19305 is witty, engaging, Subversive. But, post-war, when he turned from shocking the bourgeoisie to shocking us liberal aesthetes, I am predictably appalled by his kitsch religiosity and banality of painting. The stereoscopics, so admired by your reviewer, leave me cold, but this is a must-see exhibition.

John Williams



Funny peculiar

Re: Festival reviews (issue 393/394)

I am an avid reader of The List and during Edinburgh Festival time it is an extremely informative magazine. However I was extremely disappomted to read recently the reviews for both Bill Bailey at the Assembly Rooms and Ross Noble at the Gilded Balloon in the edition of 24 August.

The reason I raise this is that in the edition of The List dated 17 August both of these shows were highlighted in The List's Hit List. Now in today’s edition I find that both shows are only rated on a three-star basis and when one reads these reviews they hardly come across as Hit List material.

I purchased tickets for both of these shows on the basis of the original recommendations and I am disappointed that The List is pursumg such a policy. Lesley Duncan via e-mail

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Working in TV news, I can report that, indeed, the truth is stranger than fiction. All too often, we hear stories of people whose lives have been wrecked through no fault of their own and their problems have been made worse because they simply weren’t aware of their rights or didn't know how to set about getting things straight. Knowledge is power and knowing where to get aCCUrate information and good advice is the best place to start to solve a problem, large or small.

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The Citizens’ Advice Bureaux Service is something of which we can all be proud. Since


The Dali exhibition shows his 'schizophrenia as an artist'

1939, it has been giving free, independent and confidential advice to members of the public. The service was founded as an emergency service during the Second World War, when it became clear that people w0uld need a lot of help to cope with the chaos and disruption of war. Sometimes the mobile units were parked near bombed areas to advise those who had lost their homes.

CABx now help over five and half million people every year, solving problems which are central to their lives, including debt and consumer issues, benefits, housing, legal matters, employment and immigration. There are over 750 bureaux across the UK, 57 of which are in Scotland, and each one is an independent charity, relying on funding from the local authority and from local businesses, charitable trusts and individual donations.

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Summertime and the living rooms are easy

Re: Features (issue 395)

Page 12 of your fine mag and I find A.L. Kennedy saying, 'We’re not doing something where you leave your living room and go and sit in someone else's'.

So I flick over to page 14 and Cora Bissett is saying, ’Having lived in umpteen tenement flats in Glasgow, it seemed crazy that these great big living rooms weren’t getting used for something other than lounging around and watching the telly'.

What's with the living room hang up? Is there something I’ve missed? I've also lived in umpteen tenement flats and very fine they were too but I’ve never once felt like going to see a show in someone else’s living room or expected to find one in my own. Haven’t these people got something better to worry about?

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