In Casablanca, the crisis – an essential element to a well-written film – is that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) has to confront and overcome his selfishness (“I stick my neck out for no man”). Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/Warner Bros
Which country leads Europe in contemporary art? Britain, of course, you answer. Look at all those people flocking to Tate Modern. Wrong. The best artists in Europe today are German. The towering geniuses Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer radically contrast in how they conceive art yet both, from their divergent perspectives, one super-cool, the other romantic, achieve a profundity that makes most British art look trite.
While NCA is not a competition my gym even thinks about going to, I am super proud to say that my former flyer (from before she moved across the country) and her sister will be competing there. Best of luck to everyone competing!