In a summer in which I hardly left home artistic and cultural events provided occasional holiday diversions from domestic and other concerns.  Looking back over largely unplanned viewing what strikes me are extremes and questions of scale, from the largest to the most minimal.

For of course in this of all years the stand-out events for sheer scale – enormity of space, number of performers, size of audience (80,000 present and millions round the globe), marathon length and vaulting ambition – have been the opening and closing events of the Olympics and Paralympics. (more…)