Anthony J Sargeant mourns the death of Brian Sewell – he will be greatly missed.

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His was an original voice and he may not have always got it right and he may often have been extremely non-pc (but all the better for that in age when people seem afraid to point out that “The Emperor has no clothes”). I especially approve his attack on the terrible dumbing-down of the BBC especially in relation to documentary programmes. See this link – http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jun/15/bbc-factual-tv-insult-brian-sewell

Who has not shouted at some fatuous presenter on television – standing in front of a painting waving his arms about and obscuring the very object at which we are wanting to look ?

(it is a long time since a really good presenter of a programme about the arts (Neil Macgregor was one such) was used by the BBC).

Photograph David Levenson / Getty image

Photograph David Levenson / Getty image

Broadcasting House – Home of the BBC

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On Thursday we ate at ‘Roux at the Langham’ in Langham Place London (good meal by the way) – immediately opposite that wonderful Art-deco building which is Broadcasting House completed in 1932. Eric Gill’s sculpture of Prospero and Ariel towers over the doorway. Photographs taken by Anthony Sargeant on 23rd July 2015.

Wonderful art-deco building completed in 1932 - Eric Gill's sculpture of Prospero and Ariel towers over the entrance.

Wonderful art-deco building completed in 1932 – Eric Gill’s sculpture of Prospero and Ariel towers over the entrance.

Prospero and Ariel over the entrance to Broadcasting House - home of the BBC in London since 1932.

Prospero and Ariel over the entrance to Broadcasting House – home of the BBC in London since 1932.