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This programme contains some strong lauguage. On the day Team GB's gold


medalallies, past our haul in Beijing, David Cameron said it was


a Golden Summer. How do we keep it golden long after the summerment


Today, Mathew Syed say many events are out of reach for those not born


with a silver spoon. It was meant to be the diversity Games, but has


it lived up to its promise. Promises were made to local


communities they would benefit in some way from the Olympics, whether


that's getting to see it, whether it is running a business, and


tkpwreting business from that, and that just hasn't happened. Former


Olympians N the chair of UK Sport, debate if the sports will remain


strong long after the days of summer have gone. Standard


Chartered comes out fighting. Do the shocked waves and e-mails from


the scandal, reveal a serious rift The death of Robert Hughes the man


who delifd The Shock of the New. But was he wrong about contemporary


art? We will be hearing from Simon Schama. Good evening. Sir Chris Hoy


has become the most Garlanded Olympian ever, with sixth gold


medal, on the day the blood, sweat and tears, paid off. In cycling,


dressage and the triathlon, where the Brownlee brothers won gold and


bronze, and Laura Trott won her second gold with a last gasp


surgeon. This is our most successful Games formore than a


century, but will they deliver the legry that has been promised.


Tonight we exam two of the key aims of the Olympic Games, that they


will help par tisation in sport and reach all groups, including ethic


minorities. We have guests, including two medal winners,


Baroness Campbell and James Cracknell. Elitism, are we making


sports accessible to only the few. The first Games he will berated the


intrinsic virtue of sport. The Olympics, a leveler, ignoring,


class, colour or creed. Crucial then, the spirit of taking part of


participation. But are the Olympics, as merocratic as they seem in will


the sound and fury coming from athletics, it is hard to forget it


has sports in sailing, Roweing, and dressage, how many kids in the East


End of London, or on the streets of Delhi, andity choice of many sports


the Olympics is as elitist as they come. The Frenchman, barren Pierre


may have created the modern Olympics, but many sports were not


accessible or popular, but they're dramatically overreacted with


medals. There's 14 medals in Roweing, but two in basketball. The


world, has moved on. This is a game played in south-east


Asia, it is easy to learn, and wildly popular, like its Indian


neighbour, it is completely ignored by the IOC. These Games may sound


jaring in our ears but played by millions. In global terms, sports


that are far more popular than say, dressage, hardly get a look in. And


in that sense the Olympics have advantage and entrench advantage


between nations. In too many cases it is too many children, thinking,


taking part in sport just isn't for them. We've got to change that.


Cameron's Eton, won more Gold Medals in Beijing than the withhold


of India, and the rest of Britain, so well, so far in London 201, with


private schools 7% have won 44% of Britain's medals. This is not to


decry private schools, but it is to question the idea, that anyone can


rise to the top, if they try hard enough. This isn't Eton. It is a


school in Tower Hamlets, which hasn't much of a pedigree in show


juching, but they still first to produce winners, and with far fewer


resources. The facilities are limited. We are


inner-city London, and we do not have football fields outside the


school. As a result rev a hall, which as you can see, is not too


extensive. We have in this particular case, eight tennis


tables. You can get a sport with a lot of people to play in a small


space. The greenhouse charity works across inner-city London. I


occasionally work with them and seen the impact their coaches have


in tearing down the obstacles that stand between poorer kids and


benefits of sport. They act as coaches, and mentors.


Instilling values that extend beyond the sports hall, starting


with basics like attendance. I was going like, once or twice a


week last year, and then, just went downhill. And then, when table


tennis came along, I was coming every day of the week, because I


play table tennis after school. What has that done for your school


work? Improved it, because I'm in school. There's nothing else to do,


and you're not playing table tennis, so you might as well learn. Are you


we missing a strick strick the logic is to inspire a new


generation of kids, to take up sports, with all the social benefit,


that brings. But how on earth are kids supposed to take on rowing or


sailing or equestrianism, if they wanted to. If the sport isn't the


level playing field we think it is, what does it say about other areas


of British life? In the sports we've doing so well in in the


Olympic Games, you need a huge amount of resource and coaching to


help you. That's the same in Britain, if you look at professions


and academia, it is a real issue in this country. We have a society N


the UK, where your family background, no the individual


talent determine largely where you end up.


# Some people think I'm bonkers # London 2012, talks of the diversity


of modern Britain, yet it is as difficult to break into sporting


eleets as it's ever been. Society that perpetuates entrenched


advantage, is never going to be as successful that is meritocratic.


Fatima Whitbread, James Cracknell and Baroness Campbell is with us,


and chairs a schools sports trust. Fatima Whitbread you look how well


we're doing. If we spent money on sports that


were accessible to all, and these involve Olympic forts, would we do


better? I would like to say this, nobody in their wildest dreams


would have ever imagineed the amount of success we've had in 2012,


so congratulations to all those and the leeths. What worries me, one of


the most important things that comes out of this, is we're trying


to inspire the next generation of youth. Thereof, what concerns me is


this a sudden influx of young people coming into sports, clubs


and schools, will struggle. And the Government had long enough to think


about this, in terms of putting more funds in and into the


structure and infrastructure and help it develop partnerships with


the schools, and the clubs. There are a lot of specialised events


that the schools can't cope with, and hope for the partnership of the


clubs, which is a voluntary sector. You make the big funding decisions,


am I right they're based on excellence. If rowing, does


brilliantly, you will put more money into rowing. If sailing does


good, you will put more in. If you put money into the kind of stuff


that allows children to compete, and to grow, you're going to get


rewards from that, don't just go with what is delivering gold?


have to understand the structure. UK Sport isn't the only body that


funds sport. There's Sport England, Wales and Northern Ireland, that


participation. I call it the Formula One end of sport, it is to


take those people who are talented and ensure they have everything


around them to give them the best chance of world class success. What


you're seeing is ten years of very hard work to create a high


performance system in this country, using Lottery, and xeck ker money


that is resulting great results across a range of sports, not just


in a few selected sport. In sports the charge of elitism could be


directed at these sports, for example in rowing and sailing,


you're a big rower, you rowed, an independent school, do you think


you had a natural advantage? Natural advantage in terms I went


to a school that rowed, the same way, if I wanted to play rugby, I


guess it was disadvantage, because the school went rowing, because


someone got injured in rugby and they stopped it. I think it is


elitism is one thing. What it does give you is that I was lucky enough,


because of a good education, that I could take the gamble of saying,


I'll see if I can go to the Olympics, and then fall back... I


went to debt, but still thought there's education to fall back on,


which is different from saying, I have to go to work straightaway.


Who is going to get to row, kids in Hackney, are not going to be, able


to even get a foot in the boat? I accept the statement you're


making, but as it happens, rowing, are working exceptionally hard to


trying to provide a whole range to provide access of rowing. They're a


huge range of activities in schools, where they're using a rowing,


machines, they're doing come and try activities, and they would say,


clearly, the balance of people in rowing, is changing.


You got to be near a river, for a start. Or a canal. But, in terms of


rowing, clubs, which are better rather than skools schools, are


cheaper to join than a gym. Don't mean rowing, means anything else.


Let's take equestrianism, mill field school has a whole equest


treeian centre, we should support that, if that's one of the sports


in the Olympics, you want to do as well as you can? There are two


different issues, one is do we want to maximise the medals, Team GB


wins, and we've done that magnificently well. And sap sue has


been involved in that class. The disconnect comes when we look at


the rationale for public investment in the elite sport. The ration 58


is it will have benefits, the Olympic programme have high entry


costs, which are incredibly expensive for people to get


involved with. Even if they wanted to get involved in dressage,


showjumping, they won't be able to do it. The UK Sport which has one


responsibility and without going through the quangos, sporting has


the other, there's a disconnect between the rationals. Do you


accept It depends whether you want to inspire a generation using sport


as a tool. We've done a programme called international inspiration,


which is the international legacy from London 2012, where where we


worked in 20 developing countries, to tackle the broader social issues


in the communities. So it isn't always that what you're doing is


inspiring them to take up cycling. Surely that's the way that children,


the way children understand excellence is to become better and


better and better, in a sport. can they get better, when you're


taking away the playing fields, and currently the 12 boroughs,


surrounding the stadium, are playing on carparks. Funds for


school sports as well. A lot of the unfortunately, it falls upon the


schools, as it always does, to provide that level of expertise.


Most of the specialised events can't be taught at schools. Usually


what happens in the curriculum, there's not enough sport on the


cuck limb, it only figures, or actually, concentrates on the


different seasons, and probably days, two weeks, before the actual


sport day, or cross-country, there's not enough, I don't think.


The volunteerism. The Olympics should be about, is


forming elite sport is one thing. In terms of the legacy to get


people more physically active. That's is the bomb that is waiting


to hit us. The physical active, to become, more active, the diabetes


time bomb that will whack us, can be avoided. So, if you take,


investing money into sport, if you think, the Beijing Olympics, no


European or caw caseian got a medal in track, from 100 metres up to the


Marathon. It is not amount of money, Mo Farah has changed that, but he


has a different background. It is about getting people into


physically active. And changing a social thing. You accept the way to


do that, is to make sport, a centre, key thing in the curriculum to give


facilities for children to enjoy sport. A lot of schools, don't have


facilities, and demand, depend so much on volunteers don't they?


Secondary schools have physical education teachers, but after


school sport, that's a challenge. There is a bigger, and I agree


entirely with you two, there's a bigger issue. Do you want


Government to do more at primary schools? That's where we capture


kids' imagination, inspiration, where we give them a chance, to be


really activity. And Fatima to do that, we have specialist teachers,


we we don't have that in our primary schools. Our kids, deserve


the right to be as physically literate as they are in school.


What does the Government say when you ask for more money? I don't do


that for UK Sport. Is there beyond the UK. Olympics presents itself as


global and inclusive mercratic institution, James picks out


athletics, where medals are distributed around the world and


low cost. But where is the Asian sports, they're wonderful, highly


popular. We're having rugby sevens, and golf in Rio. I'm afraid I'm


going to stop you there. We have to move on and continue this


conversation, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Louis Smith, diverse ethic


backgrounds of the Olympians, have hailed some Team GB has embadment


of the multi-kurlttuerl nation. Back when the bid was launched, the


ethic diversity was one of the documents key selling points. How


many of the pledges made in the bid to encourage diversity has been


# I can feel my soul ascending # Thanks to the city's diversity,


there will be supporters from every Olympic nation, every athlete will


If, like me, you fancy shooting hoops on the court in that video,


forget about it. It is not there any more. What of the proud claims


we heard about diversity and inclusiveness, way back when the UK


won the bid for the Games. According to official documents,


London 01 was committed to ensuring the business opportunities provided


by the Games, as spread as widely and fairly as possible. And, to


getting more black, Asian, and minority ethic people involved in


All right, come on, work the back. This gym in it west London has


produced many title-winning boxers, including former British middle


weight champ. Now it is under threat for closure for lack of


money. Another prospect is 14-year- old, Vladimir Ndeda. His mum's


Ukrainian, his dad's Kenyan, and he's all Londoner. Vladimir has


been watching the boxing in the Games, and hope to go to Rio.


you see people from your area, or new generation, you think that


could be me one day, so you try to get to that position. Boxing is an


art. I think it takes - if you got guts in boxing, you can do anything


Mr Akay has been running this gym for almost 40 years, but he's


struggling to keep it open, through fund raising appeals and the modest


subs he charges his young contenders. Are you getting any


backing from the Olympics people? No we haven't. That's one thing,


which I find it very difficult to understand. I think, the Olympics,


you concentrate from the grass roots, where people like these boys


come from, and the clubs, and institutions like ours, I help them


to encourage us to keep these boys ready for the Olympics, or whatever.


So far, we haven't got any, they didn't even have a look at what is


going on. Have you tried contacting them, and saying, we're here, we


could do with some money? amount of boxers, we have this year,


I don't want to beg for anything. They should be coming to us, to say


for what you're doing, you deserve this, and help us to keep on going


Ladies, would you like to try one of our new sandwiches.


What about that pledge to give ethic minority businesses, a taste


of those sweet Olympic contracts? This firm from London's gar nayian


community, applied for VIP meals and feed some athletes. When the


Olympics came along, we thought grab the opportunity, present


ourselves in a positive light, where, we're a well respected


business, we have big corporate clients, let's do this. We actually


felt we could get even one little contract. Nothing came through.


Part of me feels, perhaps, it was never intended for small business


to get contracts. It was almost like, let do something to look like


we're doing something about it, a situation to ensure people feel


involved, or, they have the chance, a small chance, that's kind of the


impression I get. They didn't really mean it? And there was no


follow through or intention almost. Fewer than 7% of contracts have


gone to businesss about owned by gone to businesss about owned by


ethic minorities. Those communities, made up 15% of the workforce, who


built the Olympic Park, as for the athletes of tomorrow, the Greater


London Authority says it is spending �22.5 million on so-called,


"Legacy sports projects". Black business leaders, say they're


very poorly represented at the Games, even though they're held in


boroughs, with large ethic minorities.


The Olympics was won on the back of diversity and promises were made to


local communities they would benefit in some way, whre weather


that's going to see it, running businesses and getting business


businesses and getting business from that, and that just hasn't


happened. We invited represents from the Olympic Delivery Authority,


and the Greater London Authority to discuss the issues raised in the


film, but they told us no-one was available. ODA says it played an


active role and engage in black, Asian and ethic minorities. Locog,


said it exceeded the targets it set itself. I'm joined by Diane Abbott,


whose constituency borders the Olympic Park. Does it look like


that way to you? The Olympics are fantastic, the athletes, Opening


Ceremony, all the wonderful volunteers, reflect the diversity


of the area. Unfortunately, when it comes to jobs, and contracts, the


people of the East End were let down. Locog, say they met targets,


they were derisory. All this was said under the Labour Government.


Do you think they didn't try hard, saying we want to enforce this


point was the targets were set under a different mayor. A mayor


who had a key role to play in this. What is striking, it is not just


the lack of people getting jobs and contracts, it is the real issues is


the low number of local people getting jobs and contracts. That's


what underlice it. Did you try and do anything about this? I met with


Ken, months after 2005, I met with the ODA, Ken was very committed, to


putting pressure on the ODA and Locog, when you had a change of


mayor, diversity is not his issue. If it delivered, not only the Games,


but buildings, and facilities, on time, on budget, and to a high


quality, will that in itself, not bring industry and business? I was


reading the document for Locog, they had a picture of the last big


team of apprentices, around 77 of them. I counted, I think, five,


black apprentices. Whatever they say, the failure to get local kids,


apprenticeships was scandalous. know it is not just territory, but


you must have concerns over black and Asian and ethic minority


business owners. I'm not in a position to comment. Obviously, I


know that there has been a commitment on everybody's part to


try and do that. But I'm no expert on that. You're saying clearly, you


don't think Locog, made that commitment. The figures speak for


themselves. Less than 20% of employees, on the Olympic Park,


came from the five surrounding boroughs. Locog paid lip service.


Looking now at both the question of for example the lucky star Jim, the


- gym, now we have women's boxing in the Olympics, that fundamental


support has not been there. You heard him say, 40 years and they're


struggling to carry on. With the upsurgeon of boxing that needs to


be addressed? There are hidden barriers, for economically


disvainged to get into sport and he can sell, decent equipment and


coaching, bordering the prospective a little. What about the


professions, if the state needs to get involved, to ensure access, to


elite sport, how much more for elite proprofessions. You are


talking not the idea of sport for all, but competition for all. We


need to get that engendered for all. This is a sense of belonging for


your young children. We have a lot to be grateful for, the voluntary


sector and what they do. We shouldn't have to rely on them, but


we do. A lot of the children could be on the streets, involved in


crime, drugs, and there could be a whole lot more issues going on.


First and foremost, it is important we have the facilities, and


voluntary services to help them. As I said, earlier, the schools, and


the clubs coming together in partnership is important. But the


ideology is really what's missing within the schools. What's wrong


with being competitive, and what's wrong with winning, at the end of


the day, this is what it is all about. Life is competitive. This


idea that Hackney kids, and Hackney schools don't encourage competitive


sports, is foolish. Before they started building, you would


literally, hundreds of Hackney and East End children, being massively


competitive on football. We have rowing, clubs, the issue isn't that


Hackney kids don't want to compete. The problem is access to fassifplts


Left-leaning, LEAs: I'm interested in a charity that funds, community


sports clubs, the problem is the schools shut the gates and there is


no place for the kids to go. So there are enough community sports


clubs, which like the boxing gym, will give them discipline, a


purpose, and social crime in the area around them reduces. You need


to have a place. I have to saifplt The biggest


punishment is... Thank you very much. I'm sure we'll return to this.


Tomorrow, we'll be looking at another Olympic pledge that the


Games will help grow the economy. In the next few days, we will look


for the plans for the site, and regeneration of the local area. The


American authorities, have called out Standard Chartered Bank, the


second biggest, on allegedly trying to hide billions of dollars, tide


to Iran, thus breaking rules, allegations the rather stayed


institution deny as they watch the share price fall. The accusation


follows quickly over the his his scandalsings reduced by the


Americans. Given London is the global centre of banking, is it


inevitable we have to take the heat or is the US guning for us in


particularly. The report contains strong language. Connect with the


bank that's connecting Asia, Africa, and Middle East for 150 years.


Standard Chartered bank. Unfortunately forStandard Chartered


Americans believe some connections with Middle East was illegal and


hammering the share price 25% after a little known wing of a US


Government, known as the New York State Department of Financial


Service, accused the bank of ignoring the embargo on activities.


The ADFS allegiance 60,000 transactions, are at issue and the


bank was a rogue institution, motivated by greed, without any


regard for the legal reputational and national security consequences


of its flagrantly deceptive actions. It got its hands on internal e-


mails, in one, an American working at the bank warned they might be


breaching US rules, to which a breaching US rules, to which a


That type of industrial language, and alleged unethical behaviour is


a far cry from the public sper exception of Standard Chartered as


one of the few ethical banks left. The institution said it is only UK


institution most ethical worldwide. The bank refuteed the allegations


says 99.9% of its transactions were above bored and legal. It is maybe


known as these transactions were known as U-turns, they were allowed


to 2008, provided they weren't originateing from and ending up in


Iran. It is said Standard Chartered falsified details relating to these


transactions. Not everyone has lost faith. Standard & Poors, said it


wouldn't affect the credit rating and brokers in vest tech, told the


shares were still a buy. Standard Chartered has too strong a record


to be dismissed on basis of allegations that we cannot verify.


There are regulators involved in this, and there seems to be one


this, and there seems to be one that which took this drastic view.


We believe that the management is right, in defending its record, and


we hope that clarity will be achieved very soon.


Only last week, the Standard Chartered boss, Peter Sands,


boasted how his bank was boring and predictable, he is a favourite to


take over from the Bank of England. Finding a singiling banker or


regulator with no smudges is proving impossible. Why is it once


again the Americans are coming down hardest on British banks. A month


ago was Barclays, and his his, having gamble money. They've had


gambleism for hundreds of years, only we in 20 years have seen the


banking sector go off the rails. And, so I think they've developed a


rel effective set of regulators, that do the job properly, in the


way ours don't. It is interesting the Americans rather than the local


regulator, which appears to be exposing British banks, wrongdoing.


The Americans are exasperated that the British watchdog was snoozeing


rather than barking or biting. But the Americans are also, guilty of


appearing to push their foreign policy on foreign countries, and


companies. The US dollar is the delobl reserve currency, but should


every transaction be related from New York or Washington. Fifplt


allegations are proveen true, this is devastating. When you say


devastating, could this destroy the bank as we know it? Credibility of


the bank will be destroyed. The only way the bank in this operation,


can survive is to root out, strip out all the problems, rebuild from


ground zero and operate aid cording to strict controls. Standard


Chartered could face formal charges this month. If found guilty could


lose its banking licence in New York. But the real damage, would be


on its global reputation, which may never recover.


Here to discuss this latest blow to the City of London's reputation,


are Mark verks erman who runs a advising bankers, and the editor of


City AM, a question, do you think there's a sense which the Americans


are out to get us? There is a sense amongst some in the City is that is


the case. UK banks have made mistakes, but eurozone have too.


Bad to think none of the problems originated there. In fact, the sub-


prime crisis was American, Fannie Mae and many of the problems were


from the US. Everybody is to blame for the crisis. This narrative that


is projected by Americans, that all of the problems are from London is


wrong. But, Mark, look at whose made the accusation, the New York


State Department of finance, a little known organisation, and


although different financial authorities, this one, has suddenly


come up with the accusation, which of course, Standard Chartered,


refute all but bar .1% of it? I find shocking is a organisation


like this, New York state, enterity has brought a major case. 30,000


document they've looked at, years to do the examination, and the


investigation, these are extremely serious charges, they would never


have laid the charges without a strong, underlying evidence of


truth. What I find absolutely shocking, here, is the fact that


three, extremely large British banks in a row, Barclays, his his,


and now Standard Chartered, have demonstrated, lack of superprigs.


You think it is justifiable as it were hunt? It is not a hunt, the


evidence speaks for itself. Look at this language, from The New York


State Department of Financial Service.


Saying there's a result of this, a vulnerability to terrorists, drug


King pins, corrupt regimes, this is a ramping up of language is it


helpful? If you look language on page 20, where it says the CEO


assured the deputy the bank was compliant in all matters, and they


believed he lied to the examiners, here is a CEO... You had it coming,


three failures, is what Mark is saying? This is a claim from


effectively a prosecutor. The language is too over the stop and


extreme. It sounds like a lirks, trying to make a point. I have no


idea, the right and wrongs of this case F Standard Chartered did do


wrong, they need to be penalised. It is not UK banks, but it involves


up to 20 banks. But in terms of what is Standard Chartered, the


immediate impact is the share price st? It collapsed by 25%, regulator


accuses an institution of having done something, and immediately,


the institution is penalised regardless of whether the full


scale of what is claimed is true. disagree and it is missing the


point. The point is two-and-a-half to three years investigation,


30,000 documents, damning e-mails. Standard Chartered knew it was


comeing Yes and the instructions came from London. All of the


frauds: I am not defending chartered.. I'm not putting the


case to the prosecution, I'm saying the sefdz so damning, it is


difficult to say, how if at all, Standard Chartered could do


anything whore other than attempt to soften the blow. The bigger


story here is with HSBC, and now this, is that the damage it is


doing to the probety as the world's major centre? It shows massive


failures in British institutions, and regulatery failures, in the UK.


My point is it is not and just UK that have failed, there's


corruption all over the place in other countries and banks. Is this


damaging London in particular? is damaging London, because what's


happening is this type of tone at the top, this failure to supervise,


and this type of behaviour, has been not looked at in Britain, but


it is looked at elsewhere. And it is time for the UK regulators to


wake up and get justice, top as the HSBC and these organisations, not


only in British banks but every bank which break the law. Sthool


we're out of time. Robert Hughes Australian art critic, died today,


had a formidable capacity of criticism for architectture in the


20th century. Of the American artist, he said slimy assurance his


gift was to view modern art of the priex of seismic shifts of the


century, as evidenceed in his TV series, shock of the new. He had a


vision of New York as a possible, though floued uetopa. New Yorkers


didn't take that seriously, then, today they still don't. Not taking


artists at their own lofty estimatation, this was his message


too, and nothing, not even dirty great reflections on window screens,


was going to stop him saying it Planners have tried done vert,


living towns into uetopa, they've destroyed them. It seems that like


plants, we do need the sit of others for nutrients. A malgam of


van knack later and scholarly, that's how one described the screen


persona and writing of Robert Hughes. He changed the way


television looked at art, and more importantly how viewers looked at


art, with his series The Shock of the New.


In so far a different wall is to accommodate a human bottom, that's


one of the Platonic solds, in ideal form but never made flesh. The fact


about it is august as they are, they are not really furniture,


they're sculpture. That was the thing, Hughes, compared human to


sculpture. Before him, they were grand men of the class who never


bought their own furniture. until then, ambitious, TV series or


not, had been dominate by Kenneth Clark, he was actually very posh.


And if you compare him for a moment with Bob Hughes, coming in from


another world, with the Australian directness, none of this posh


genteel, behaviour, that was quite # You're just too good to be true #


Hughes brought the great outdoors. A great outdoors man, he could have


forgive Hughes the shark, It has a ghostly presence, it is no more


than a halibut on the fish shop. is not that Hughes hated modern art,


he loved it, a lot of it, but the concept actual art of the YBAs,


like hours, and Tracy emen. compares her erotic experiences to


those with Jesus on the cross, this would be news to Mel Gibson.


I worked harvesting, 50 years ago from school. You're the little boy


in Constable. He tried and fail to be a painter, which may have given


him an insight into the art like David Hoc any. I have a big project


coming up and I'm looking forward to it. You always have a project,


it is called the world, mate. first of all, it seems, one of the


gifts was engaging people in the idea of discussion about art?


but he was he revelled in the juice of language. He had written poetry


in his day, actually. And in some way, he actually turned this


incredible, appetite for language, into a detackive instrument, into


communication. What he hated, among the many things, Bob was a great


hateer of the mertrirks and vain and nar cystic, and sank moan news,


and theatrical. He hated theory loaded discussions about art, and


hate the nose wringling finely dressed exquitityness of the art


world. What he loved was the rough craft of art. He went along with


mike Michaelanglio, and Rembrandt that you got dirty with the meat of


art bf you could actually earn, could get a yield of true greatness.


Did he, where he did The Shock of the New, did he have a blind spot


for concept actual art. For example, we can talk about the other artists,


but also, what he decision liked, Joyce self Boys, he had no point of


concept actual art? He wasn't terrificly keen on it, if it was


providing a concept weren't banal. The concept she tried to deliver


was a sampleier, embroidery logan or hallmark card. What Bob minded


was the notion, that those did not headline themselves as concept


actual artists were devoid of intellect. He thought a great


artists were in their own way intellectual giept. The notion that


by calling yourself a concept actual art, means the concept was


interesting, he would cackle with laugh ter at. I just want to talk


about the fatal shore, when he looked at the history of Australia,


and thought there was nothing written about it, it became a


famous book? Deservedly so. Read the art criticism, but do not miss,


before you die, don't care how old you are, don't miss reading the


Fatal Shore. It will change your when told about Hughes, it was told


with a musclar, physical sense of being in the shoes of desperate


people. You are with their desperation. And the thing about


Bob, for whom I grieve and mourn, he was irreplaceable union of head


and heart. He had a mind like a razor blade. But he felt it all in


that big, old communicating body of his. And the like of that, doesn't


often come along. Thank you very much. Well today be the death of


the composeer, Marvin Hamlish was announced he died at 68 after a


brief illness. He was best known for his work on films, and we leave


you tonight with him in 1977 singing the song that won him an


Oscar. # We were Neath innocent nor wise


# As we are now # Now we hope to make the memories


last # But times been known to change


the past # Pressed within some yesterday


# We'll stay Good evening, so far this summer,


we've had low pressure, weather over the next few days, we'll see


pressure rising. Starting to see signs of that in the north still


system to the south. This is 4.00 in the afternoon, sunshine across


northern England, with temperatures around 21 degrees. Maybe up to 22


in London. Risk of one or two light showers along the south coast, but


for most, Wednesday afternoon shall be dry and bright and warmer than


it has over recent days. Increasing amounts of sunshine in Wales, and


light winds. Northern Ireland, well broken cloud giving sunny spells.


18 degrees in Belfast, but a few degrees higher than that, out


towards the west. West Scotland good spells of sunshine. A little


bit more kwhroued here and maybe one or two light showers. Inverness,


overcast, but Thursday, temperatures up to 18 degrees.


Edinburgh, some sunny spells in the forecast here.


Now although we may see cloud at times in London, temperatures will


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