Weird and Wacky ‘Make it Snappy!’

We read so much about Spyware and CCTV cameras being installed as deterrents against crime.  Then there are numerous stories of stalking and identity theft, as well as court cases involving newspapers violating privacy laws.  Most people really value their privacy, but there is also a bit of voyeurism in us all that makes us just want to take a peek atContinue reading “Weird and Wacky ‘Make it Snappy!’”

Making a Present of the past

It’s a long time since I posted any jewelry or artifacts posts on here.  The inspiration today for this post came from a piece I have just written on Bookstains, in celebration of the Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s birthday.  This video by Native American artist Harold Alfred Kwakwaka’wakw caught my eye.    This Canadian artist was born into the Namgis tribeContinue reading “Making a Present of the past”

Weird and Wacky – Clock this!

  It’s ages since I wrote a weird and wacky post.  As far as I know I’ve never written a post featuring clocks.  I just couldn’t ignore these unusual ones!  For people with time to kill how about this ‘Killing Time’ piece.  I’m not too sure about the fake blood – and I wouldn’t fancy being underneath itContinue reading “Weird and Wacky – Clock this!”

The Ghosts of 2010

Although I have cut down on my  posts from one per day to one every 4 or 5 days in 2010 starting in August, I managed 256 posts.  I hope to improve on this year and continue to build up Bookstains, which is proving popular. This year Echostains celebrated 16 artists birthdays (another area I intend toContinue reading “The Ghosts of 2010”

Christmas Greetings!

The first Christmas card was commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843, London.  The image  can be found on this video – see if you can spot it.  Early Christmas cards were rarely religious, the focus was fairies, flowers and the approach of Spring.  Cards could be sentimental featuring humour and children. I  have started the video with some religious paintingsContinue reading “Christmas Greetings!”

Barcode Messages

    Barcodes are on more or less everything we buy.  They are an optical  machine readable representation of data (the Wikipedia definition).  There are many types of bar codes and lots of combinations.  Some think bar codes are the mark of the Beast 666, mentioned in the bible (here). As usual though, I am only interested in whatContinue reading “Barcode Messages”

About and out in Manchester

I’ve made this slide show because I was clearing my camera out and found all these pics.  All these places can be seen out and about in Manchester.  Featured sights we saw include the Northern quarter (a very Bohemian, up happening and buzzing part of the City centre), The Deansgate area, bits of artwork from Tib Street,Continue reading “About and out in Manchester”

Take a letter or two Miss Rathbone!

Remember the old typewriters of the past?   Yes the past!   It doesn’t seem that long ago when we were all using typewriters with  ribbons, and then cassettes…. and now its keyboards.  I remember years ago  being really impressed with some typewriter art I had seen.  A picture of Jimi Hendrix was one image and a butterfly was anotherContinue reading “Take a letter or two Miss Rathbone!”