Monday, 22 November 2010


Not much of a blog if there is no new post.Well patient followers, I saw the Piranesi exhibition currently on in Venice. Rumour had it that his work was imposssible to build  but Faktum Arte prove otherwise.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

out and about

Have not posted for a while - apologies.

So many things have happened - for one the great J.G.Ballard has died. For those who know nothing about him check out The Guardian. I doubt whether he would have been too surprised by the recent 'scandals' taking place at the Palace of Westminster. The thing is we have discovered is that what MP's claim for, hardly excites the imagination, though the Tories win on more interesting items. The upkeep of a Moat made me wonder when the last one was built for a private home and where you would put the postbox.

Finally - the scaffolding has gone from the house, which is great relief.There is still alot of work to be done both inside and out.The garden has become slightly wild and in the process of taming it I have suffered from some cuts and bruises. That plants can be aggressive comes as no surprise for the garden can seem a kind of hell full of midges and poisonous saps. 
A French company Sinnoveg has taken this concept further.To qoute 

"Sinnoveg has developed a concept to securitize, with discretion, any property. The hedge is especially conceived to be at the same time decorative and impenetrable by whomever, even by animals.
The garden and the house become a place to live in, in peace and serenity." 

As the say, one man's castle is another man's home.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Health and Safety

Often thought of as killjoys the Health and Safety Executive is now 35 years old. No doubt some of it has been sensible advice. They have a rather fun page called myths of the month which they would like to dispel.Take a look here.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

The Hagos

Jonathan Hagos u16 2007-08 now has a web site.

Monday, 16 February 2009

to all those wielding an image making machine

Today,Monday 16th February 2009 is the date for Section 76 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 comes into force. 

"The relationship between photographers and police could worsen next
month when new laws are introduced that allow for the arrest - and
imprisonment - of anyone who takes pictures of officers 'likely to be
useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism'."

from the British Journal of Photography (BJP) wrote last month:

To read the full BJP article CLICK HERE

By photographers they mean anybody weilding a machine that can take images.

Even the police think it's barmy and uneforceable leading potentially to the arrest of tourists simply taking photos of the changing of the guard.When asked the police could not name a single incident that warranted this law. We should all be aware this is not really going to improve our,the general publics welfare but is in many ways the erosion of civil liberties.A visit to the Stasi Museuem in Berlin would be a timely reminder of the futility and harm these laws can bring to us.

thanks to Nils Jorgensen for bringing this to my attention

Friday, 13 February 2009


Photographs of Thomas Demand.

Theo Jansen

I found this rather delightful video that shows Theo Jansen's work.