arty-farty


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arty-farty

  (British informal) also artsy-fartsy (American informal)
something or someone that is arty-farty tries too hard to seem connected with serious art, and is silly or boring because of this Rob's friends were a couple of arty-farty types who talked endlessly about the decline of the modern American novel.
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and our professor and our professor has encouraged has encouraged I know it all sounds a bit arty-farty but trust me - it's brilliant the way it works us all to attend us all to attend
Furthermore, I regret to reveal that the arty-farty in question was Lorne Campbell, new artistic director of the Northern Stage in Newcastle.
A few years ago the general consensus was that only hippies and arty-farty people resorted to yoga and meditation but more and more we're accepting it as a valid way of relaxation.
A" And it's true, we admit it - this year, from the fashion-forward to the arty-farty, real estate moguls to real-life heroes, the pages of the issue are packed with real Dubai success stories - as well as the odd waste-of-space socialite who squeezed in.
She wanted to know what an arty-farty playwright knew about the subject so I had to tell her that the play was in her words.
The comedy shows weren't remotely funny, there were numerous dramas you'd never heard of and it seemed the more arty-farty the programme, the more likely it was to get an award.
I'm a long-standing defender of the month of madness to people who casually dismiss it as arty-farty nonsense.
The late-night Friday programme is strictly for the arty-farty types, with three folk you've never heard of talking about Peruvian poetry you'll never read, subtitled Hungarian films you'll never watch or Ecuadorian pan pipe music you'll never listen to.
Anyway, for all those moaning minnies and arty-farty types writing letters and holding protest meetings, I say this: get a life
He'll be turning those he meets and what he learns into giant tapestries, but don't go thinking that this is some arty-farty programme.
Likewise, those arty-farty types hold Pablo Picasso's paintings in high regard but I doubt one of his cubist canvases would beat Peter Crouch to a high ball when the wind's swirling around the Britannia.
If it doesn''t work I''ll be doing a Damon Albarn and coming up with a slide projector, some arty-farty friends, and a bunch of actors trying to make sense of whatever it is - as Roger Daltrey would say - emerges when I go up my own a** e.
What Britain's Got Talent proved is that we're tired of violent, reality television and the smarty-pants who bring us the arty-farty and tell us we're morons if it fails to engage us.
So the only films out this week are arty-farty things (cleverly scheduled so that when they fail, they can blame Star Wars).