Oh wow!  This was our first visit to an exhibition since November 2019. I’ve felt so starved of my cultural hits, which I just took for granted, you know, that visiting museums, art galleries and exhibitions was my way of life and that’s how I behaved. But hey, last week we got out and went to Brighton Museum for the exhibition, Rock ‘n’ roll with Me.  This was an exhibition of photographs taken by David Bowie’s very close friend Geoff MacCormack many of them rarely seen and indeed many were unseen before this event (it’s on till 23 January 2022). It wasn’t on the scale of the V&A Bowie exhibition (just three rooms) but it was excellent, nevertheless.

The app on the website, with Geoff MacCormack’s reminiscences of their time together, told us that they were childhood friends and first met at school and furthermore they were choirboys together!

Later on, from 1973-1976, Geoff MacCormack was invited to travel with Bowie on the Diamond Dogs tour that went across the USA, Japan, the UK and Russia where they travelled on the Trans Siberian Express.

Here’s Bowie on the train, apparently he hated flying so they went everywhere by train and boat crossing the Atlantic to the States on board the Canberra.

Here’s another photograph of Bowie on board the Trans Siberian express – apparently the tour was one long party from beginning to end! I think this is my favourite shot, it’s so intimate and lovely. And below, Russia again.

MacCormack also accompanied Bowie on the set of The Man Who Fell to Earth and was his driver and companion throughout the film. The middle shot below was taken on the film set.

In addition the photograph on the left shows MacCormack taking part in the recording of Station to Station.

The shot below reveals the reflections of three photographs on the far wall.

The photograph below on the left shows the last time they met and the entire exhibition was intimate and revealing of friendship and life on the road.

Afterwards we walked into the centre of Brighton.  This was a Wednesday but the area was rammed with people, which was rather alarming I thought. Despite the crowds we decided to eat out, which was quite an adventure for us as up to now we have been so cautious. We plumped for Franco Manca where Mr F had a pizza and I had a substantial salad that included roast squash and artichokes and very good it was too. However, as per usual, I wore the WRONG CLOTHES!

No photos of us at the pizza restaurant, I was very much in the moment, but here is what I wore that day, the charity shop black polka dot dress with black leggings under.

Plus a white denim jacket over along with my white trainers.

Unfortunately, although the outfit was just right for the exhibition (they’re always a tad too warm, I find) the outfit was not sufficient for afterwards as we ate our meal outside and I absolutely froze. Yes, this is August and supposedly summer, but the sky was sunless and there was quite a chilly wind. Half way through the meal I did get up to see if there was a table inside, and oh, my, word, every table was taken and the inside area seemed packed with people shouting at each other as the noise level was quite high. Quite a contrast, I have to say, to the exhibition, which even though it was inside with no obvious ventilation the number of people present was low, we were all masked and no-one spoke as we all went around the exhibition in a reverential silence.

So, no way was I going inside the restaurant with all those maskless people (unsurprisingly case numbers are high in Brighton) so we stuck it out in the chill of a British summer and very kindly the waitress turned on the overhead heaters so I got a little warmth, but not a lot. It didn’t spoil the occasion but I had put a little cardi in my backpack and then taken it out as I said to myself, ‘no I won’t need it’ – but reader I did need it!

My steps were quite high that day as we walked to the Brighton Museum and back again via the seafront.  What a great Brighton day, yes, a bit of sun and warmth would have helped, but really that is why I live in Brighton – there’s always quite a buzz!

That’s all for now, but did you ever see Bowie live in the flesh?  Mr F did, in the Ziggy Stardust days too, lucky him!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. I will be commenting on the dreadful situation in Afghanistan but I just can’t do it quickly, instead I’m reading a lot and thinking about it constantly and I’ll let you know when it’s done.

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22 thoughts on “My first visit to an exhibition!

  • 17th August 2021 at 8:22 am

    What a beautiful photos and how amazing that Mr. F saw him irl. We had dinner yesterday in a restaurant, spontaneously. Wow, and it felt so good. But also a bit weird and I was happy to see that the staff still wearing masks.

    • 18th August 2021 at 7:49 am

      The photographs were so beautiful and made such an impression. Fab exhibition!

      Glad to hear that the staff in the restaurant you went to were wearing masks. In the one I went to they weren’t. And as for being inside – nooooooo!

    • 18th August 2021 at 7:50 am

      P.S. Honestly I think almost the whole country is sticking its fingers into its ears and going La, la, la, la, la!!!!

  • 17th August 2021 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for the photos and your description of your day out. They are so few and far between for me at the moment, that I love piggybacking on your adventure out. Re the ‘wearing the wrong things’, it’s so difficult to know what to wear at the moment. The so-changeable weather and sitting outside makes having woollies at hand a sensible option, but not very summery! I was thinking today of going out in a dress, to meet a friend. However I’m rethinking that decision based on your experience. It really is quite cold today, and no sun as far as I can see, so I’ll have to be especially creative to find a ‘warm’ summer look. Every outing helps my spirits a bit, and they need all the boosting I can get, as ‘overseas- grandchildren’ syndrome is bringing me down quite a bit. Re the Bowie exhibition- it looked fun, and a remembrance of times past. Wish I could get down to Brighton to see it.

    • 18th August 2021 at 7:55 am

      I think the weather has become a lot cooler and if people want to eat out it’s critical to have many layers. Hope you were OK when you went out!

      The exhibition did lift the spirits and despite it being indoors I felt it was safe because of the reverential silence and the universal mask-wearing. I think it’s getting droplets/aerosols from loud-talking people indoors that has to be avoided at all costs.

      The exhibition goes on for quite a long time – hope you manage it somehow.

  • 17th August 2021 at 10:38 am

    Love this, Penny! I would have enjoyed this exhibit. I knew who Bowie was (who didn’t?) but did not follow him. You may disown me for this but I was not a rock fan. Instead the R & B genre captured my attention. There were two incidents, however, that made me take a second look at him; hearing/seeing him on television doing a Christmas medley with Perry Como and his marriage to Iman. The first he did as a favor for his mother who adored Como and his vocals were beautiful. The second, his marriage to Iman, seemed to really work for them. What a handsome couple. Of course, all my impressions and info come from the media. That’s what makes your exhibit so interesting, it was so personal.
    Your outfit was wonderful! Love that dress! Your look was well put together even though it was not warm enough. I am learning to dress in our new locale. Our old home, about fifty miles away, has been baking in the 90’s to 100’s (high 30’s Celsius) but we are quite comfortable closer to the coastline. Though we have air conditioning, we are just fine using fans and opening windows and doors.
    Tonight, the husband and I went out for margaritas and dinner. We needed it. We sat in a patio but, like you, found plenty of people were inside. This was not our first foray out but we usually go out during off-hours and days. We’ve had a couple of breakfasts out in the middle of the week and find it quite charming. Our historic downtown has shutdown the Main Street, organized potted trees and plants, walkways, gates, etc. to create an outdoor venue for the local establishments. It’s brilliant, really! During a quiet weekday, my husband can maneuver his walker with ease.
    So glad to read of your return to cultural pursuits! It is good for the ole brain and takes us out of ourselves…stretches us, really. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Afghanistan. Sigh…it’s a horrid situation and has echoes of the U.S, pulling out of Vietnam. My veteran husband has been glued to the news.
    Take care, Penny! Stay safe!
    P.S. Husband and I easily got a Moderna booster on Sunday.

    • 19th August 2021 at 7:42 am

      Oh wow, Charlene, I’ve gone straight to your last point that you got a booster. That’s so not the case here in the UK as the vaccine rollout has slowed and no boosters are planned for some time plus the over 12s are not being vaxxed yet. Other countries in Europe are vaccinating faster than us – and I think the States also. This is a supply issue and par for the course with our chaotic government. But very glad to hear you’ve had your booster.

      Bowie was a very unique individual – glad to hear you came to like him 🙂 And good to hear it’s a bit cooler where you are. Here in the UK we had one hot week in June, same in July, but August has been such a cool month, it’s like Autumn has begun! And yes, we are planning more cultural visits which is very good for the morale 🙂

      Thanks as ever for your comment and have a lovely rest of the week 🙂

  • 17th August 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Hurray! Your first exhibition. It looks fascinating and they looked very close friends. MacCormack took some wonderful photos.

    I loved your outfit; it was very stylish but that’s no comfort when you feel the cold. I do hope the weather improves as the month goes on; it’s very dull today and cool. It’s my first August in England since 2013 and I had high hopes….

    • 19th August 2021 at 7:45 am

      I know and it was a very very good exhibition – the photographs were lovely. Thanks re: the outfit but it wasn’t warm enough for the very cool August we’re having. Oh no, your first August…..

      Take care and have a lovely rest of the week 🙂

  • 17th August 2021 at 4:44 pm

    What a fabulous exhibition. Those are exactly the kinds we love to visit and learn more about!! I especially love seeing the older photos and I had no idea David Bowie didn’t fly.
    Isn’t it just impossible to always dress perfectly for the occasion. I swear, I think I’ve figured it out, and then something changes, ugh!! Sometimes we laugh that we take an overnight bag just for a day excursion to have the just in case pieces with us!!
    I thought that was smart to wear the leggings, yet they aren’t really obvious. I may have to try that trick!!

    • 19th August 2021 at 7:53 am

      The photographs were just lovely and so intimate and revealing of their friendship – it was such a good exhibition and we shall go to more – yay!

      The outfit thing is very tricky this year in the UK as it can be so cold at times, plus it’s quite windy which cools you down a lot and then it can get quite muggy even though it’s cloudy and then the sun comes out and it’s hot, and then it might rain! You just never know! It truly can be four season in one day!

      Leggings are essential under dresses – and they’re good as they can be whipped off if it gets too warm. I think at the moment they’d be too warm for you where you live.

      Take care xxx

  • 17th August 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Lovely outfit Penny, I really like the white jacket with the dress. Perhaps a big scarf around your shoulders would have helped.
    We are looking forward to getting out a bit more after our recent move.
    It really does you good to be part of events, so the exhibition would suit us too. Great to get your view on it, thank you.
    All the best xx

    • 19th August 2021 at 7:56 am

      Actually I should have worn a little black vest under the dress, that plus a large scarf or indeed a neat cardigan under the white jacket would have done it. I think with this weather we’re having taking extra clothes with you is essential!

      The exhibition was so good, and the whole museum is very well worth a visit as it has some lovely things – hope you get to see it.

      All the very best to you too 🙂

  • 18th August 2021 at 1:06 pm

    HI Penny. I had a similar experience while on vacation of not wearing the right clothing. since it was a warm night and the restaurant was not far my family and I decided to stroll through town rather than use the car. I had on a sleeveless dress, perfect for the weather. there was only indoor dining but as so often the case the air conditioning was cranked up so I was cold during an otherwise delicious meal. It did not spoil it really, but I was wishing I had brought my cardigan. last night I went out with four goods friends to a Peruvian restaurant which was excellent, as was the conversation. we have decided as a group, 5 and sometimes 6 of us to get together weekly while it is still warm enough to enjoy outdoor dining. we will take turns choosing the place.
    I would have loved to have seen that Bowie exhibit. I was a fan and saddened by his passing.
    I am planning to attend an exhibit a museum in a neighboring town in the next week or so .I have not been there in a couple of years, due to covid of course but they have also done a major expansion and were closed for a while. the two main exhibits are on the Amazon rainforest and a photography exhibit on the aftermath of nuclear weapon production. I hope they are not to depressing. so much dire news right now, so much uncertainty. Yet we try to find beauty , friendship, kindness around us as best we can. your posts always brighten my day. Darby

    • 19th August 2021 at 8:25 am

      Oh yes, I’d forgotten the air con situation in the States, I remember the one time I went to the States (1999) being amazed how cold it could get indoors in the summer!

      Your proposed meet-ups sound wonderful. I think it is important to surround ourself with culture and indeed amusement during these dire times, and yet on the other hand it is important to be clear eyed and view things as they truly are. The exhibitions you plan could be depressing but you will know more and then you can protect yourself with beauty and the poems that you write. Knowledge is power, if used well, and you will, Darby you will. Take care 🙂

  • 19th August 2021 at 2:42 pm

    I cannot believe you were still too cold: such a different type of weather than what we get here. Those photographs are really cool, it sounds like a really nice exhibition. We have had some outings before school started but apart from the aquarium we have stuck to outside places.

    • 20th August 2021 at 7:03 am

      The month of August has been dire in the UK as it’s very chilly a lot of the time and then it rains. And it really could be four seasons in one day with rain and a chill wind at one moment and then the sun coming out and feeling too hot with all the layers you’ve got on!

      It was a great exhibition – so nice to go to.

  • 20th August 2021 at 6:17 am

    Loved your glimpse and photos of the Bowie exhibition. I saw him 3 times in concert at Milton Keynes (I had only just passed my driving test and drove to MK from Plymouth on my own), Wembley and Birmingham.
    It’s very difficult to get clothing right at the moment. I wore a fleece on a walk yesterday but had to take it off after 10 mins. Meanwhile on Tuesday, it seemed so chilly I was wearing 3 layers indoors.

    • 20th August 2021 at 7:06 am

      It was such a good exhibition with really excellent photographs of which I’ve given you just a taster. Oh wow, you saw him irl!

      Choosing clothes is so tricky at the moment. I’m currently packing for another house-sit in Lewes and I shall inevitably take the wrong clothes as yesterday I packed on a really cold day – I simply must put in at least one warm day outfit!!!

  • 20th August 2021 at 3:27 pm

    I’m looking forward to going to exhibitions again too. Let’s hope we don’t have a bad winter with the combination of ‘flu and Covid, I’m so tired of my local area now!
    I always assume I will be cold wherever I go ; air conditioning is the bane of my life. I always have a pashmina at hand, one made of wool not acrylic. Nearly 19 years ago I held my breath and bought my first real one from Tie Rack to match a pink and black tweedy M&S jacket. It cost a then unbelievable £50 but I still have it to this day. I hand wash it and roll it in a towel so it dries quickly. The fringe is a bit tatty and it has a few pulls but still usable, an early example of buying the best quality and making it last. I’ve since bought many more, most in charity shops & a beautiful real cashmere one in Crete a few years ago. It has a pattern of trees woven into it. I will be taking a couple on my cruise, as if the last one is anything to go by it will be decidedly chilly in the large public areas.

  • 21st August 2021 at 7:17 am

    Glad to hear you enjoyed a gallery exhibition , the photographs look wonderful and provide such an insight . I was a fan but never had a chance to see him perform live.
    Your black and white outfit looks so stylish , shame it was a touch too cool weather wise.
    I will be interested to hear your take on Afghanistan as I travelled there way back in 1975 , before both the Russian and U S and allies (Aus. included ) were in the country.
    Take care Penny.

  • 21st August 2021 at 7:42 am

    Great to get to an exhibition and it looked like a real nostalgia trip. I would love to go everywhere by boat and train like Bowie and greener too. However since we no longer drive I’ve been shocked at the cost of train travel compared to those bargain flights. I see Prince C is on his high horse about global warming etc really hard to take him seriously, with the Firm’s lifestyle. I thought your outfit was beautiful pity you found it chilly. Those anti maskers/vaccers! It’s a fact they are the people in intensive care but I suppose personal freedom is everything for them and they are willing to die defending it. Have a good week I look forward tho your posts.

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