Saturday, 30 May 2020


Premier League football will be back in June!!!!
... although personally I think it's far too early.

But to 'celebrate', I'm showing you a picture I took that more represents grass roots footie than the top-level variety.

Anyone who is a fan of the game will be familiar with the old classic chant, "Is that all you take away"
A traditional taunt to the visiting team's distinct lack of fans in the Away end.

And when I was at Weymouth last season, for their pre-season friendly with Southend United, I instantly thought of this chant, as a lone supporter walked along a deserted terrace, with the added bonus of him holding a take away!! Meaning I managed to get two jokes in one!!

Wednesday, 27 May 2020


A few years ago I came up with the idea of creating my own digital magazine, but as I was still working full-time in London, it was a bit of an impossible dream ...

However, a lot has changed since!!

Especially now we are in lockdown (well, supposed to be ...)!

And, inspired by the magnificent Grayson Perry, and his Art Club programme on Channel 4, I decided to revisit my original idea.

So the ARTPIX magazine is back on!!!

It will have the theme of vintage throughout, with bits of my own work, and many vintage items and topics featured.

Have spent the last week on it now, and have come up with loads of designs and layout ideas.
I've also sorted out my page plan, and it works out as an 18-pager so far, but that could change!

I've finished designing most of the feature heads already, and I think I've finally decided on the magazine's logo style, although there are a few ideas to choose from ...

Things are happening fast, but I still need to write it!
I'm already Designer, Picture Researcher, Artist and Editor, but I'll also have to be the Marketing and IT Departments as well.
Fortunately I spent years and years in publishing designing magazines, so I should be ok!!

Hopefully I can keep you all up-to-date with how everything is going, and then finally announce my 'publishing date' ...

Have to stop now, as I have an Editorial Meeting with myself ...

Sunday, 24 May 2020


... to quote a famous song ...

Today politics in this country has sunk to the lowest I can remember.

The saddest thing is, it comes as absolutely no surprise that these people do these things.
Money, privilege, power always talks, and they will always think they are above the law.

We have to govern ourselves anyway, they long ago proved they aren't fit for purpose.

But of course Johnson and his set will ride the storm, everything forgotten about, and carry on as before.
And people STILL vote these people in???????!!!!!!!

Friday, 22 May 2020


With the first tentative steps of the return of football taking place in Germany, I thought I'd show you this unusual photo ... 

It shows the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, with the Bundesliga team, Hertha BSC, training on the pitches next to it.

The stadium is of course forever linked with the Olympic Games of 1936, for which it was built.
Remarkably it had stayed virtually unchanged for nearly 70 years.
When I took this photo, around 2004, it was being updated and modernised in time for the 2006 World Cup finals, and was only just then getting a roof added to the original stadium.

The pic was taken from the nearby, and eye-wateringly high, Bell Tower.

At the time the whole complex felt like little had changed since 1936.
I have to say, I felt a strange atmosphere around the place.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020


I've long ago stopped watching the daily government briefings ...

And there was one specific reason why ...
They remind me of the biting WW1 satire Oh! What a Lovely War.

We are still very much Lions Led by Donkeys, especially when Hancock & others blithely read out the daily 'casualty figures', (putting on a sad face), spurting out what seems to them just random numbers.

It reminds me of the scenes in the stage play and film when they project the numbers of the dead in the background, while the generals in the foreground blunder on.

Remember, we are all just cannon fodder to this government.


Sunday, 17 May 2020


Another one of my ArtPix rescue missions is this amazing fireplace ...

Found in a sorry state, I'm slowly but surely cleaning it up, and hoping to bring it back to life.

Its bizarrely covered in a horrible oily, sticky substance, and to add to the fun, newspaper!
I was wondering if it was an attempt to preserve in some way, after it had been taken out of the wall, as the newspapers are fairly recent.

But I knew there was a gem underneath the muck, and after removing some of the gunk, fabulous decorative details started to emerge.

And after taking out one of the loose tiles down the side, I found that they are made by probably one of the most famous ceramic factories of all time: Mintons

A nice surprise that adds to the already interestingly mysterious history of this fireplace.

I've dated it to the Victorian era, but I admit that is a bit vague!
The style of the surround and the tiles suggest it, but now you can see some of the details, it could actually be something a bit more unusual.
Possibly Arts & Crafts, as it has the flowers decorations, or even from the Aesthetic Movement period??
Both of which would roughly place them in the 1880s onwards era.
Or it could also be early 1900s Edwardian??!

All a bit of a mystery!

I'll carry on cleaning off the muck, and one day it will be on sale ready for a new home ...

Tuesday, 12 May 2020


One of the curious side-effects of the lockdown, is that loadsa people seem to be having trouble sleeping.

I've always been a night-person anyway, but now I've started as well ...

Which reminds me of the absolute classic 90s choon, INSOMNIA by FAITHLESS
Still brilliant.
Something to listen to at 4am ...