Saturday, 30 April 2016

A long week for everyone, and how I ended up on telly.

The new pier in Hastings finally opened this week, and it’s magnificent - I was one of the first 20 or so people to walk on it at the ‘soft’ opening - a huge open space out to sea - with amazing views (Hastings looks wonderful) and a very accomplished design and build. No unnecessary details, quality workmanship and the best of both the old and the new. Really delighted with it all. As a result, I briefly ended up on the TV, as the BBC were there.

Here we go - some pictures.

I have been going into work at 7am this week - getting a lot done, but making myself tired and going to bed before 9 every night. I’ve pretty much finished everything on my plate - next week I have to rescue a job that someone else has totally fucked up - probably for no money. It’s called being professional, apparently.

It’s the long weekend - all my bills are due and I’ll probably get to the other side totally broke. Not happy about that - I shall be doing some sums over the next day or so.

Scott of the Antarctic is on the TV - it’s my favourite film, and the musical score is wonderful. It’s about 7.30am and everything is on hold until it’s finished.

I had a pub lunch with friends on Friday - it was almost like being a normal person, I wish I could afford to do that every day - I’ll have to try harder.

It’s ‘Jack In The Green’ weekend in Hastings - so that’s 3 days of drinking, processions, parades, Wicker Man style nonsense and more drinking. 30,000 motorcycles and all sorts of associated events. I usually give it a miss, but might catch the odd bit of silliness if I have time. Among other things, I need to service my bike and clean the house properly. I have no food at home and I’m a bit behind on other stuff. I need about 5 days of solid slog to get back on top of things.

Politics (feel free to sign off now)

I’m sick of the whole mess of British Politics now - I’m seriously thinking of just signing off. The older I get the more important it is to me and the more hopeless it seems. The ‘anti-semite’ row is the final straw. The Tories are literally stripping the country to the bone and creating decades of ongoing grief with their short sighted greed - the Socialists of all hues are either wooly headed incompetent fantasists or vicious, self loathing and angry maniacs who are ruining everything for everyone. I never liked Corbyn - I’ve met so many people like him - I have nothing against him personally, I just believe he’s the wrong man for the job and has created - intentionally or otherwise - so much grief and division at a time when it’s just not needed. The people around him are just as bad. I never really liked Ken Livingstone (I think he’s a bit of a knob) and his time had well and truly gone - he should never have come back. The local Labour Party landscape here is a mess - people tearing into each other and trying to rout non-believers - it’s quite pathetic. One person referred to Naz Shah as ‘a nazi peasant’ - totally oblivious that she was herself being bigoted and racist. I’m sick of people living in the past.

To be clear - I’m 49, I’ve worked with, worked for, and am friends with many Jewish people - and have been all my life. I have met racists, homophobes, men that hate women and women that hate men - I’ve come across all sorts of bigotry - from religious sectarianism to families divided over support for rival football teams (I lived in Liverpool - remember…) and I’ve also suffered the animosity between classes and the ‘have V have not divide) but I can honestly say I’ve never met an anti-semite. That’s not to say they don’t exist - and obviously - there can be no excuse for me ever allowing anyone like that into my social circle so they are bound to be thin on the ground - I just don’t think I’ve ever knowingly had to deal with it. I don’t understand anti-semitism, it just seems pointless and stupid. However - criticism of the state and politics of modern Israel is something else. All states and all governments should be open to criticism - and I clearly recall the Facebook post that kicked this whole mess off, it was shared widely at the time by many people who I absolutely know are not anti semitic, but appalled at what was happening in Palestine and angry and frustrated by the international response - it was the same week that the BBC showed a film of a man carrying the torn remains of his children from the beach they had been playing after being shelled by an Israeli gunship - it was a gesture of frustration, and not an actual attempt to move the state of Israel to America - that’s just silly. If there is anti-semitic feeling in the labour party - or anywhere else, it has to go - I don’t know if it’s a generational thing but I honestly don’t see it in the young in the way it’s being portrayed in the media - especially by the BBC, who are being very silly and gutter press at the moment. (just to clarify - I’m not saying that anti-semitism doesn’t exist - of course it does, and it’s abhorrent as well as inexplicable, I can only talk about my own experience - this whole mess has been handled so badly and exploited so gleefully that the whole farce is just repulsive)

I’ve had to unfriend quite a few people on Facebook, I’m sick of all the ranting, posturing and bloody minded self importance - short sighted, selfish and deluded. This country works really well when it’s balanced - when neither the left or the right get carried away with themselves and haver to listen to what the electorate want them to hear in order to stay afloat - but being ‘moderate’ is a very dirty word right now.

Rant over.

Here’s a picture of me on the telly (wearing a hat) to ruin your breakfast.

Sunday, 24 April 2016


I worked really hard this week - including Saturday - so today I’m tired and irritable. I’m planning on taking next Friday off and having a long weekend - we’ll have to see how that pans out.

Been a strange week - more absurd deaths in the media, all unexpected. I was never a big fan of either Prince or Victoria Wood, but they were gifted and probably still had much to achieve. Genuine sadness from people all round. They held a Prince party in the bar below my studio last night (I did the poster below) but I can’t bear loud noise and crowds now so I decided to give it a miss.

Had a very good week in the charity shops, bought some decent stuff for almost no money, gave away a few things too - like the unworn Jill Sander Jacket that was too small for me.

A few small jobs with minimum income came up and were despatched - but mostly I’m working on a big packaging project and a few associated side lines - hopefully all going to print in the next day or so. 

I’m really looking forward to a couple of days at home next week for the annual spring clean and clear out - I’ve nearly stripped the loft bare and plan to carry on until it’s empty of everything except insulation. I’m planning on completing my website over Easter and a few other small jobs, then I'll try and look forward a bit. I know that everyone is in the same boat - but that’s not making me feel any more secure.

Listening to people rumble on about Brexit is becoming tedious so mostly I’ve been listening to Radio 3 all week. It’s just white noise most of the time.

We have super fast broadband in the studio now and I have been given a WeTransfer  Professional account by a client - so I can send huge 20Gig files for free, and we are going to move the studio around shortly to make better use of the space - so all that side is looking good.

The Harris’s Hawk that they use to clear the pigeons sat outside my studio window last week, its a fantastic looking bird.

I’m invited to two weddings this summer - I’ve only ever been to one ‘non family’ wedding before - and I have a vague feeling that I’ve actually only been to two of them - not my natural habitat - but I’m looking forward to them both - they will also be at the same venue - which is handy.

The refurbished pier has a ’soft launch this week and I should be able to walk to the end - really looking forward to it.

The people next door manage to put out 20 bin bags every week - I have no idea what they are doing or where it all comes from. The Seagulls are tnesting now and will become increasingly aggressive and hungry over the next few months - so it will be bin bag season again - crap spread all over the street.

I watched Theresa May being interviewed earlier - she was clearly wearing a wig, it was so obvious that it was almost comical.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Monday, 18 April 2016

More. These two were really hard and are not finished yet

I thought they would be easier - they looked quite simple when I sketched them up - probably need more work.