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‘A small start to a New Year’

Posted in CHRISTMAS, DESIGN, period drama, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB, WATCHED with tags , , on January 2, 2010 by echostains

I'll be sorry to say goodbye to 165 Eaton Place

A New Year and a new start.  What a fabulous time we had at last nights party…and what a hangover.  The Star Inn was completely packed out and everyone was in the party mood.  But now it’s time to get down to some normality: business as usual.  To be truthful, I’ll be glad to get back into some sort of routine,that does not  include spending money. Already I’ve cut back on the rich food and immediately feel a whole lot better.  Went out for my usual walk which I haven’t done for a few days.  It was freezing cold and at one point  the sun was shining and whilst it was trying to snow!  I just hope it’s not icy tomorrow as that could really scupper my plans.  I’m still ploughing through my ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ DVDs (the 5th series) and really savouring them.  As usual I want to watch them one after the other in a mammoth session, but not only is this impractical (about 800 minutes!) the situation is made all the more poignant because once this series has been viewed  –  I will have seen  every episode.  It’s been quite a journey from the television series to videos to DVDs – all episodes seen at different stages.  All except the elusive 5th series……..

Attack of the Killer tomatoes! A conspiracy?

Posted in ART, HOME, LONDON (JAUNTS), PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by echostains
Survivor of 2008 and glad

Survivor of 2008 and glad

Doing really well with these resolutions so far!  OK, I know it’s only day 2, but nevertheless I am doing great!  After all the rubbish I’ve been eating at Christmas, I couldn’t wait to get back to healthy eating.  I thought I would do a nice healthy shepherds pie and some salad: (I’m odd like that ….)

Innocent? ...don't be fooled, a killer could be lurking

Innocent? ...don't be fooled, a killer could be lurking

The first mouthful  tasted absolutely FOUL!  At first I couldn’t work out what it was.  It tasted like disinfectant!  Sifting through it,  I found that it was the tomatoes!!!  Now these tomatoes (plum) look fine: they don’t taste fine though.  I still feel ill thinking about it.  And now I’m starving!!!  Oh well, it’s back to the drawing board, literally.  It’s about time I did a bit more on my Altered book, plus I’m still writing about the Francis Bacon exhibtion we saw at Tate Britain in London.



Looking for an image of plum tomatoes, I found this write up about tainted plum tomatoes!  I am now panicking! Attacked by a tomato!  What a way to start the New year eh?

You say you want a Resolution? Up the Resolution!

Posted in ART, HOME, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by echostains

Up the Resolution!  I am resolute!
Up the Resolution! I am resolute!




In comes the New Year, and out comes the Resolutions; –

  1. Eat less

  2. Drink less

  3. Write Blog every day

  4. Do more walking

  5. Bin a load of rubbish from this house

  6. Hang on to my money longer

  7. be nicer to people

In with the New Year and out with the excuses: –

  1. Well I’m SORRY!  I DO NOT eat THAT much!  You’ve got to eat to LIVE you know!!  What do you expect me to do? lay down and die because I’ve put a few lbs on over Christmas? Yes CHRISTMAS, the season of festivity!!!!

  2. I’m hardly an alcoholic mate!  Why would I NEED to drink less? eh? eh? eh? and what’s it to you ANYWAY?

  3. Huh?  Well I AM writing this every day, and nobody is reading it!  I mean it’s hardly MY  fault if I am writing rubbish is it? (eh? well whose fault is it then? you sad person talking to yourself lol!)

  4. Well I can’t POSSIBLY walk more than I am doing,  My legs are short enough.  I will wear them away if I carry on and anyway, I need all the inches I can get (to see bands).

  5. Ah, but what exactly COUNTS as rubbish eh? tell me that?  How do I define ‘rubbish’? (if I haven’t already that is..).  One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure isn’t it?  Imagine my anguish if I inadvertently threw away something that turned out to be treasure or something I actually needed?  No, it’ s not worth the risk.

  6. This is an easy one to deal with: WHAT MONEY? no money, no cry

  7. I’m already nice to people, any nicer and people may think I’m a pushover and take all my money (that I havn’t got) and think they can just help themselves to all my food, drink and rubbish (that’s really treasure).  Oh no, thank you VERY much…and I don’t want to sound smug but I think I have the balance just about right.

Well that’s me sorted.  Time to get 2009 on the road!  It’s such a relief to get these resolutions sorted and in place.  Now I know EXACTLY where I’m going, I feel so much better!




Help! I’m disappearing up my own archive!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by echostains

blackhole-at-the-heart-of-the-circinus galaxy (one I may be contributing to)

blackhole-at-the-heart-of-the-circinus galaxy (one I may be contributing to)

 As the old year disappears and the New Year, once a distant shadow looms closer and closer: becoming more of a reality or possibility, it begins to occur to me that all the words I’ve wrote so far will ‘disappear’ into that seemingly invisible file called ‘Archive’.  That got me wondering if anyone actually reads what has gone before, or if this archive is actually a black hole that words disappear into.  Or even if this whole blog is a black hole! 

sparks legendary heros

sparks legendary heros

 Maybe I am wasting my time: maybe I need to be more patient.  Or maybe it’s like ‘Sparks’ said; –

‘It’s a lot like playing the violin, you can not start off and be Yehudi Menuhin’ (Amateur Hour)

yehudimenuhin stagedoorcanteen-1943 (This man practised)
yehudimenuhin stagedoorcanteen-1943 (This man practised)

We will see (or go blind trying to)