You Can’t Beat a Blogger

I recently published a book and a couple of the wonderful people who read my nonsense and like my pictures bought  a copy. So thank you very much!

One blogger went beyond the call of duty though and not only bought my book and read it she even offered to correct some of the silly schoolboy errors I’d made. So this is a big thank you to Annette and if you don’t already follow her Why Not! Her blog is My Aberdeen Garden  so please have a look, I’m sure she’ll appreciate you dropping in and if you have a book that needs editing I’d highly recommend her.

This pic is just for Annette so no peaking!


We’re going to see who?

This was my first reaction when the wife told me we were going to see Paul Simon and Sting in concert. I think my next response was along the lines of who on earth thought that would be a good idea!!

Well they were right what an inspired idea. Paul Simon wrote the songbook of a generation and Sting with the Police certainly got me bopping toward the end of school and through University. I wasn’t too sure about Stings solo work as I wasn’t a big fan but hey ho I’m going to hear Paul Simon sing The Boxer!!!!!

The set up of the concert was that both acts started on stage together and then alternated solo spots with a duet linking the changeovers. It was brilliant. Paul Simon covered all the classics and even threw in Homeward Bound as he’d written it in a nearby railway station. Topped off with a generous portion of Gracelands, one of my favourite ever albums I was grooving with the oldies. Sting threw in a good portion of Police classics which made me happy although Roxanne (which I was particularly looking forward too) didn’t really hit the spot.

3 hours and 36 songs later we emerged into the Manchester evening silly grins on our faces and Cecilia playing in our ears. Top night, now I wonder if they can get Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel together for a tour!!!!

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

As you know I’m not much of an art buff but its been Half Term here last week so I took a day off so we could have a day out. The Yorkshire Sculpture park is one of those places that’s on your door step but you never get round to visiting so off we finally went.

The park is is an open-air gallery  showing work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The park’s collection of works by Moore is one of the largest open-air displays of his bronzes in Europe.

There is plenty of works to see but the majority are piles of bricks or collections of metal along side pretentious descriptions of what the artist believes they represent. Personally I don’t get it but if that’s what you like then its fine by me. There were a couple we liked but the majority left me scratching my head.

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Spugwash 2014 in review?

Well seen as WordPress have done all the work in reviewing my year I might as well publish it. If you’re mentioned Thank You and can someone from a new country visit so I can hit 50 visiting countries????

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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We’re getting close to the end of the tour now with just a few more to go.

This was an early purchase for the collection and again was bought from the London Gallery Art You Grew Up With.

I was going to steal this picture and I’m sure I would have got away with it if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids !!!!!

Scooby Doo is currently on display in the living room.


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This is definitely one of my favourites, Top Cat and his crew.

Based on the Bilko TV series, Top Cat was an alley cat who always had a money making scheme on the go. Constantly outfoxing the local policeman Officer Dibble TC lived in a garbage can with built in TV and used the police phone to set up his deals.

This picture features the whole gang and is currently on display on the stairs.


An Early Christmas Present

After finishing for the Christmas break early today I took Jake to see the final instalment of The Hobbit.

I love going to the cinema I just begrudge handing over almost £30 for the privilege.

As Smaug takes his vengeance on the town the fire alarm in the cinema went off! The film stopped and the lights came on and we headed for the door. Just as we got to the exit of our cinema the all clear was given and a couple of minutes later the film resumed.

We settled back down finished the popcorn, drank the bucket of coke and enjoyed the movie.

As we left we were given a free ticket for our next trip to the movies so I won’t begrudge my next visit.

As to the movie? It’s ok but probably a trilogy is stretching quite a short kids book a film too far.

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For anyone growing up in the UK through the 70’s then Roobarb would have been a feature of every late afternoon. A short five minute cartoon in a very wibbly wobbly style featuring a green dog called Roobarb and his sarcastic pink cat neighbour Custard.
Roobarb was an inventor and an adventurer who built moon rockets and submarines watched by a flock of twitchy birds whilst Custard mocked from the garden fence. It was voiced by comic actor Richard Briers and its thick marker pen style made it cult viewing over the years.
Currently on display in the living room.



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For those of you who have followed my gallery tour you’ll know there’s some more Wallace and Grommit to come. So here are three storyboard images from the second and probably still the best of their movies The Wrong Trousers.
These storyboards are from the original sketches Aardman used for mapping out the movie. They feature Feathers McGraw as well as our plasticine heroes and two are from the memorable train chase.
Currently on display in the hall.




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Another today from the Huckleberry Hound school of animation. Ladies and Gentlemen Snagglepuss.

Snagglepuss is a pink well dressed mountain lion (?) who is similar in mannerisms to the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz. He first appeared on the The Quick Draw McGraw show and then became a regular on the Yogi Bear show. This is another original hand painted cel and is currently on display on the stairs.

As you can probably tell I’m a big fan of these multi position set up cels used by the animators to create lots of different poses. You get a lot of the character for your money.