stuff we made

just because...
lettuce play

lettuce play

My friend James, who is very good at making something tasty out of the most unpromising of ingredients, sent me this as a refreshing amuse bouche

Fougasse – sortof

Fougasse – sortof

Christmas Day, and my brother wants me to watch his new DVD, excited \i agree. – could it be a new scifi film, or an obscure but brilliant history or science documentary he has discovered, or something equally as edifying?

clay masks

clay masks

Doing things backward as always, I bought some DAS clay in a remaindered book shop, and when I got it home, I wondered what I was going to do with it.
I thought I might as well start ambitious and decided to create some small (read: manageable) decorative masks.

Whose identity?

Whose identity?

Whose identity? 17 May, 2020PoliticscultureIdentity politics is ruining society. The product largely of the chattering class, and turned into a thing by studentsit is driven by the individuals’s hurt feelings, and an ever expanding supermassive black hole of niche...

Shirley

Shirley

Shirley19April, 2020memory cultureI remember sparkling kind blue eyes in a narrow face, chopped muddy blond hair like she had cut it herself, and a slight frame in a coat that was much too big for her. I don’t remember her surname. It was only last week, when I bought...

The Third Murder

The Third Murder

The director of humanist, thoughtful films, the self-titled Ken Loach of Japanese cinema,  Hirokazu Kore-eda has moved on to murder in his latest The Third Murder.
His previous work has largely been centered on broken families, and taken a child’s point of view – its no accident that Arrow Academy have released a box set of 3 of his films, entitled Family Values.

Summer films

Summer films

The UK is in the middle of an unlikely and persistent heatwave  temperatures are in the high twenties, when for most British summer’s, the best you can hope for is high teens.

Interestingly we cope with this unusual heat better than cold spells.

Naked Island

Naked Island

It's a film in which for most of the hour and a half running time, we watch a man and a woman walking up and down a steep narrow path, fetching and carrying buckets of water in blistering heat, and occasionally ladling the water parsimoniously onto wilting plants. We...

Crab exits stage right

Crab exits stage right

M is someone I have known for most of my life. She is – by instinct – fair and level headed, but she is sometimes drawn from her instincts by watching ITV evening news. If Emmerdale followed Channel 4 news, we would have a whole different ballgame, but ITV news is the one that is watched, …

The ‘seventies

The ‘seventies

The 'seventies - a Devon teenagehood 8 JULY, 2018 summer culture Cadbury's chocolate teddy bears, Corona Ice-Cream Soda; Harmony Hairspray: Show him your a Slimcia girl. Cheap aftershave and sickly perfume. Belted knitted jackets – Starsky; Crocheted waistcoats;...

The will to movement

The will to movement

Travelling through the West Country on a Sunday at 5pm suddenly makes me wistful for the days when I used to hitch my way around the country.
When i was young enough for hitching to be a safe endeavor, because I had the indestructibility of youth.

Galileo’s Finger

Galileo’s Finger

Galileo spent most of his life in Florence – there is a museum dedicated to him in that beautiful city

Hard though it is to believe though, the displays Galileo’s middle finger.

Whose identity?

Whose identity?

Whose identity? 17 May, 2020PoliticscultureIdentity politics is ruining society. The product largely of the chattering class, and turned into a thing by studentsit is driven by the individuals’s hurt feelings, and an ever expanding supermassive black hole of niche...

Shirley

Shirley

Shirley19April, 2020memory cultureI remember sparkling kind blue eyes in a narrow face, chopped muddy blond hair like she had cut it herself, and a slight frame in a coat that was much too big for her. I don’t remember her surname. It was only last week, when I bought...

The Third Murder

The Third Murder

The director of humanist, thoughtful films, the self-titled Ken Loach of Japanese cinema,  Hirokazu Kore-eda has moved on to murder in his latest The Third Murder.
His previous work has largely been centered on broken families, and taken a child’s point of view – its no accident that Arrow Academy have released a box set of 3 of his films, entitled Family Values.

Summer films

Summer films

The UK is in the middle of an unlikely and persistent heatwave  temperatures are in the high twenties, when for most British summer’s, the best you can hope for is high teens.

Interestingly we cope with this unusual heat better than cold spells.

Naked Island

Naked Island

It's a film in which for most of the hour and a half running time, we watch a man and a woman walking up and down a steep narrow path, fetching and carrying buckets of water in blistering heat, and occasionally ladling the water parsimoniously onto wilting plants. We...

Crab exits stage right

Crab exits stage right

M is someone I have known for most of my life. She is – by instinct – fair and level headed, but she is sometimes drawn from her instincts by watching ITV evening news. If Emmerdale followed Channel 4 news, we would have a whole different ballgame, but ITV news is the one that is watched, …

The ‘seventies

The ‘seventies

The 'seventies - a Devon teenagehood 8 JULY, 2018 summer culture Cadbury's chocolate teddy bears, Corona Ice-Cream Soda; Harmony Hairspray: Show him your a Slimcia girl. Cheap aftershave and sickly perfume. Belted knitted jackets – Starsky; Crocheted waistcoats;...

The will to movement

The will to movement

Travelling through the West Country on a Sunday at 5pm suddenly makes me wistful for the days when I used to hitch my way around the country.
When i was young enough for hitching to be a safe endeavor, because I had the indestructibility of youth.

Galileo’s Finger

Galileo’s Finger

Galileo spent most of his life in Florence – there is a museum dedicated to him in that beautiful city

Hard though it is to believe though, the displays Galileo’s middle finger.