The View From The Cab.

I passed through Trafalgar Square the other day and on that pillar left vacant by the Victorians, having run out of heroes to venerate, there was a new effigy. Every so many years the Arts Council of Great Britain decide which aspiring artist to showcase on the available plinth opposite the National Gallery and at times, I must say, I wonder what criteria they use in their collective judgement on what is or not art.

The present one, in my opinion, has a certain artistic value and worthy of display although I wish a different material had been used in its construction and a different place found for it. It appears to have been made from wood or perhaps fibre-glass and painted beige.

In my interpretation it is a representation of a dream. Seated on a rocking chair leaning backwards, as if about to fly away, is a dull glided figure of a Cherub of life size proportion staring into the sky. The artist must be proud to have been selected from the entrants to such a prestigious competition, but not the day I passed by.

On the head of the angelic depiction was an indifferent Seagull, unconcerned of blighted dreams and aspirations of wing-less mortals or those of a spiritual nature. His attention seemed firmly fixed on more material gain than that of inspiration

In conclusion to this small missive of every day life in Metropolitan London I feel obliged to add that the Seagull looked more majestic than what was beneath its feet. Perhaps the Arts Council could employ an old seaman with a cross-bow to protect us dreamers.


About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller and in May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada and Australia. Although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows best; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television in the UK.
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