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Prandial

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Prandial: of or relating to a meal. (Facetious.) ———————————————— Good evening, Artwiculati! Rather less than an hour left to RT, so this post-prandial round-up comes (almost) entirely without persiflage… In alphabetical order of @name only … here they come: RT @ariandalen Persiflage is a common prandial side dish. #artwiculate RT @baccatum Prandial? Of course. Of course. Of course. (mmm, a three “of course” meal) RT @beezknez With hair rolled up like a three foot profiterole,the girl from Ipanema strolled by distracting all d men from their prandial. RT @californiakara The Big Bad Wolf looked at Little Red Riding Hood with prandial eyes RT @DarkHaikuMoon Have you heard the Haigh’s Chocolate Orchestra performing the Four Spring Roll … More…

The Case of Vscount Visage

The Case of Viscount Visage

On 27th May, the Artwiculate Word of the Day was countenance. On that day we were also pursuing Rene Magritte. It seemed time to reinstate Helmse and Carruthers. The second half of this series of tweets contains references to a number of themes and characters familiar and dear to the Artwiculati! “RIP, Viscount Visage,” said Helmse, thoughtfully. “We shall not gaze on the like of his countenance again. If indeed we ever truly did.” “Really, Helmse! I cannot countenance such flippancy. The man was a monster, always hiding behind the faces of others. Good riddance, I say!” “You may countenance my utterances or not, Carruthers, but this is no suicide. The man was murdered, and brutally.” “Just because we abhore … More…

Magritte

Countenance #Magritte

Our friend and long-standing Artwiculati (not to mention Bartender at Salon Artwois), Harry Arp @harrarp has been forced away from the game for a while. Some of us chose to tweet for him, many using #Magritte to thread the tweets so he can find them when he comes back on line. Here’s a little selection from today’s crop. RT @Tralala56 6° 1) Countenance 2) demeanour 3) composure 4) savoir-faire 5) craft 6) art #Magritte #artwiculate RT @SJHatzi As the train absquatulated, the moon’s countenance shone bright in twilight’s velvet sky. #Magritte RT @TiddK As the train left Absquatulate, its passengers prepared to face a long haul to the next stop, Countenance. @harrarp RT @Wifsie The train pulled into Countenance in … More…

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Countenance

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Countenance: The face, especially when considered as expressing a person’s character or mood; Support or encouragement, sanction; composure, self-control; to tolerate, endure. ———————————————— Greetings, Artwiculati! We greeted today’s word like desperate desert wanderers greet the sight of an oasis. 21 pages of tweets at the time of writing (22 at the time of sending) and still “about 2 hours left to tweet”. I find I have “liked” over 120 tweets, but I must be rigorous in filtering them or I’ll be here all night. (Though I’m sneaking in an extra round-up of #Magritte tweets.) Surrealism aside for the moment, there were a number of references to mirrors of which the one that most impressed was tweeted … More…

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Meretricious

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Meretricious: Superficially or garishly attractive; insincere. Of, like or relating to a prostitute (obsolete). ———————————————— @artwiculate And now, it’s over to my Meretricious mirror image @TSupercargo for the RT round-up! Rather to my surprise, and despite rigorous sifting I still find myself with 31 meretricious RTs to palm off on you today. So, I shall try to keep my own chat to a minimum. Let’s kick off with some WOTD+Artwiculate references: RT @osmarjardim Did anyone have to go to a dictionary for “Meretricious”? No? Of course not. We are the Artwiculati! (Ahem.) RT @mwartwiculate Meretwicious(adj) of or pertaining to entries that look great & attract votes but really have no substance #meretricious RT @tWordBird Tempted to … More…

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Dispositive

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Dispositive: Directed toward or effecting a disposition (as of a legal case); relating to a disposition of property; providing a final resolution (as of an issue), having control over an outcome, settlement. ———————————————— From one “bum” word to another. Artwiculate served us up another bit of legalese as WOTD and loud were the cries of protest. I shall skip over the more repetitative of these (having picked better, alternate tweets from the wailing authors). The following, were the absolute best of the protests: RT @Squawkingalah Dispositive is a dry word. It is dessicated. You need to blow the dust off it before you pick it up. RT @Eridanus 6° of Propinquity: 1° Dispositive 2° Can’t start … More…

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The Habit of Art

[Use the above control to hear a recording of the following text. Go to the following link to download the recording as an MP3 file: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/supercargo/8108085 ] You’re about to hear a review of the National Theatre’s direct-feed broadcast of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art. The broadcast was made on 22nd April 2010. The text and recording of the review are by John Nixon, The Supercargo of www.thesupercargo.com You may freely redistribute all or part of this review for non-commercial purposes provided you acknowledge The Supercargo and include a link to The Supercargo homepage. ——————————————————————— The Habit of Art It’s been nearly four weeks since I saw Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art in a live broadcast from London’s … More…

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Camraderie

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Camraderie: A spirit of familiarity and trust existing between friends; the close friendship among a group of friends or teammates. ———————————————— Greetings! It’s time for @TheSupercargo’s doppelganger to intrude on all the camaraderie with the latest RT round-up. Quite a collection of backslapping and internal jokes today. Inevitably, I suppose after all … RT @TinaNguyen Nothing like the camaraderie of the artwiculati! RT @ZimmerJohn “Camaraderie” – Could there be a better word to describe the feeling among those who play #artwiculate? RT @mscator Finally, @artwiculate, a word that celebrates my heart & drinks coffee w/me: Camaraderie. You , me, us. RT @asim7asim let the camaraderie ~ bloom like a sweet camomille ~ dear Artwiculatti #haiku #artwiculate … More…