Bonnie Dundee!

🎶and a life on the ocean wave🎶

Six weeks into the New Year and already a highlight that will take some beating. What was it? Only the Ocean Liner exhibition at the newly opened V&A Gallery in Dundee!

I have always liked art deco (well, most of it) and a great deal of what I like is integral to the golden age of ocean liners of the 1920s and 30s, so the exhibition was a real treat.

An armchair from the first-class dining room on the Île de France.
Side chairs and a lacquered side table from the Grand Salon of the Normandie, the supreme liner of the era.
Evening attire as worn by some of the beautiful people of the 1920s and 30s.
Gents’ dookers and ladies’ cozzies of the era.
A wall in the first of the exhibition’s salons festooned with original posters advertising ocean liners of the era.
Normandie. IMHO the most iconic of the ocean liners and an equally iconic poster.

The Normandie poster, above, was the inspiration several years ago for one of my own, used to advertise a meeting of the Marine Laboratory Science Operations ‘Coffee Club’ (including its venerable ‘Traybake of the Month’ competition), and incorporated the rather less-well-appointed Fisheries Research Vessel Scotia:

FRS Scotia, Le Club de Café et Le Traybake du Mois. Magnifique!

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😎 Former scientist, now graduated to a life of leisure; Family man (which may surprise the family - it certainly surprises him); Likes cycling and old-fashioned B&W film photography; Dislikes greasy-pole-climbing 'yes men'; Thinks Afterlife (previously known as Thea Gilmore) should be much better known than she is; Values decency over achievement.

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