Today’s post is about some of those people whose surname begins with the letter P whose art, doctrines or achievements have influenced my life. This is the serious list, about appreciation of beauty in all its forms, about constantly questioning what is going on around us and noticing how clever use of language is a powerful weapon. If we have A to Z 2014 I promise that I’ll lighten up!
Andrea Palladio (1508 – 80) – Italian architect for inspiring all the Palladian masterpieces I have visited in the UK and Italy
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928) – English Suffragette for inspiring women to fight for their right to vote
Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967) – American writer and critic for making me laugh (a lot), and then making me think
Anna Pavlova (1881 – 1931) – Russian ballet dancer for the dying swan of course
Sir Karl Raimund Popper (1902 – 1994) – Austrian-born British philosopher for helping me to have an independent opinion about scientific “facts”
John (Jack) Profumo (1915 – 2006 ) – British Politician for showing me that you should not judge someones character based on one mistake
Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) – Italian Composer for Tosca and especially Vissi d’arte
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker
Who would you choose for your list?