Thursday, 26 May 2016

Another Brick in the Wall, a story of Thanet Men and Books and Sheds and a general Thanet Ramble, painting, wosisname

I was only talking to Floyd the other day. “Mornin Floyd ‘ows the sex and drugs and rock and roll?” Says I.

“Not so bad with the Viagra, but I’ve swapped the drugs for time in mi shed you know and been palyin a lot of ruler recently." Says E, I mean F.

“You ‘eard about the one in Broadstairs, they say it’s a big one?” Says I.

“Yes” said Floyd, “they generally did have big ones over Bradstowe.”

I get a lot of this sort of thing now from the men of Kent and the Kentish men, my bookshop here in Ramsgate has become a bit of a centre for shed related books, or to put it another way my craft section is a big one.

Any way off to Faversham and Whitstable today where I mostly painted bricks and bought a few craft books

here they are, the picture should expand, enough to read the titles, if clicked on compulsively.

 Next a few pictures of some of the shed load of shed books on the shelves in my bookshop.


On to the Ramble

Here is the watercolour painting of Ramsgate I started this Morning from outside The Oak Hotel, Clockhouse on the left Cervia on the right
Ah Just found the photo I took while painting

The blog editor has just gone bonkers and all the text is now in the middle.

Due to the nature of Clown Computing this was post was written using different types of fruit, it may make you more comfortable to know the following:- If the part you are reading makes sense, it was written on my PineApple Device, which has an ordinary keyboard. If it contains random wrong words, it was written on my RaspBerry Device, which has predictive text and a small screen that I can’t always see properly. If it makes no sense whatsoever, it written on my new BaNana Device, with which I develop the persona of a chimpanzee and hit keys randomly hoping it will produce the works of Shakespeare, or at least something coherent.     

Next up has anyone else noticed that they seem to be building another Thanet Earth next to the existing one? I would call it another greenhouse, but this is like calling Mt Everest a hill.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Manston update, RiverOak Investment Corp’s bid to get the site moves further into the long grass.

RiverOak’s attempt to use the government to force the owners to sell them the Manston airport site so that RiverOak can build an airfreight hub there are now further delayed.

This is the pertinent bit “RiverOak informed the Inspectorate that they intended to conduct non-statutory consultation in June 2016, with a stage of statutory consultation towards Q3 2016 and with formal submission at the end of 2016.”

So what’s changed? Well this is the first official notification of two consultations instead of one and answers the question I asked RiverOak some months ago that they didn’t bother to reply to, which was roughly. “Is their internet activity part of the consultation process?

We are now back in the correct me if I’m wrong ballpark and as my post a couple of weeks ago about Manston, got no corrective comment I can only assume what I said there was correct, see well here we go.

The Planning inspectorate have said in their advice that it is important that interested parties consult with RiverOak now i.e. in this pre statutory consultation stage, because the statutory consultation is front loaded.

I take this to mean that unless the content of the statutory consultation is decided by all of the interested parties then it is unlikely to be an effective part of the DCO. However RiverOak so far don’t seem to have answered any correspondence from interested parties.

My guess would be that without pre consultation input from those opposing the building of the airfreight hub, especially those who live under the proposed flight path who would be affected by the proposed 12,000 airfreight flights a year, which RiverOak say may include night flights, then the statutory consultation would be a waste of money.

So it now appears that this pre consultation consultation will take place sometime next month and my guess is that for it to be valid then some of the venues for drop in sessions and public meetings would have to be in the two main towns on the flight path, Ramsgate and Herne Bay. I would also think the main towns most affected by the rise in particulate air pollution and the resultant reduction of life expectancy that would be caused by 12,000 air cargo movements a year, i.e. being within the 10km particulate dispersal zone and upwind of the runway, would need venues for drop in sessions and public meetings.

A very important factor with the noise pollution issue in Ramsgate is the high number of listed buildings, some of these would be both difficult and expensive to sound insulate, provided that the council were prepared to grant planning consent to alter them.

And finally it looks as though TDC have stopped pursuing a cpo, see 

I did eventually manage to get out and try to sort out yesterday’s watercolour of The Clock House in Ramsgate by changing the perspective to make both sides look the same length

This went on until I got white vanned 

And finally here are the books that went on the shelves today quite  few Thanet ones so here is the link

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

And then came Little Noddy, a tale about books, reading, The Children's Library, bookshops and money.

Of all the characters in fiction I suppose Noddy was the most influential in my life and this probably explains my interest in fantasy fiction and woodwork. Noddy was discovered by the brownie Big-Ears (my first encounter with a mythological creature in fiction) in the wood. Noddy being a carved wooden doll who has to nod his head when speaking, Big-Ears buys Noddy clothes and the they go off to Toyland where they have all sorts of marvellous adventures.

This is a picture of the first Noddy book, and today I am pricing books, so what’s this one worth. Well it isn’t a first edition, if it was in this condition it would sell for £200 to £300, but it is a very early copy because it doesn’t have a list of the other Noddy books on the dustwrapper. You can only tell if Noddy books are early or first editions if they have a dustwrapper, more of this later.

Here is a picture of the dustjaket. 

And here is a picture of what the 1949 first edition dustjacket should look like, (Credit Enid Blyton Soc ) you can buy new modern a copy of the 1949 first edition dustjacket online for about £15, so if you are buying early Noddy books it's easy to make some of them look like first editions.

It has to be before 1956 as from then on a list of all of the Noddy books published so far appears on the flap of the dustjacket and after 1952 when Noddy books started saying Children's Library on them.

Pricing is difficult, the research for this one took about an hour, so the first thing is there anything that would reduce it’s value, price clipped, written in, other bits missing, well really the only thing is the inscription.

The problem with most inscriptions are they are either long and messy or have the name the person the book was previously given to, so if you are a book collector called Jessica you won’t want a book which says with love to Peter inside it.

Fortunately this one has a fairly neat inscription that says “From Nanny and Grandpa” so I don’t think it makes a lot of difference to the value, so I’m going with £30.

Next are this lot, no gollywogs so all modern, reasonable condition so 99p each

Next this one, pre 1956 but lots of loss to dustjaket and a nasty mark inside £15

  next these two older but with some damage 99p each

next this one, No.5 pre 1956 first published 1952 so fairly early so £20

The next one is a really very nice first edition of Noddy and Tessie Bear, denoted by it being book No.12 and having the list on the dustwrapper going up to No.12 £25

then Be Brave Little Noddy also a first edition slightly worse jacket £20

Now of course there are loads of Noddy first editions listed for sale on the internet, surprisingly few listings include pictures of the jacket flaps which would actually prove they are firsts.

An another issue here is that prices fluctuate a lot with collectable modern children’s books, so that a book I priced today at £20 may only realistically be worth £10 next time I look it up on the other hand it may have gone up to £30.

the rest of the Noddy books had issues and I priced them at 50p 
here is an example of an issue, the listing would say lacs fep which basically means the first page has been ripped out.

off to lunch now at Miles Cafe Culture overlooking Ramgate Harbour

'am sarni and a coke £7

bit of a sketch of the view, it's a pity the cars parking in front of you obscure so much of it

I wonder if the sketch will come to anything.

Of course the main thing, for me at least, is rereading copies of some of the first books I encountered, before I was six, which must have been very influential in forming my taste in reading and how my mind developed.

Would, for instance the gollywogs mugging Noddy have turned me into a closet racist or just made me terrified of jam jars, altogether a tricky business.   

The pricing of books is a complex issue and I am taking a rest now and pricing something much easier, classics and English literature.
 some Dickens paperbacks in as new condition at £2.50 each

Some dickens hardbacks a £2.50 per book, some of them are in two volumes so that is £2.50 for two books.

some in reasonably good modern bindings at £7.99 a go

the condition has to be fine to get these prices and with the classics in translation, so does the translation.

Back to the tough stuff in The Children's Library 

 This next one is Nicholas Thomas and Timothy, the jacket is pretty rough but the only marks inside are to the crossword which is pretty unusual, so £15

On to Nicholas Catches the Crooks £15 I think.

I wouldn’t like people to think of this post as a price guide as prices fluctuate, I really only put the prices on to give people a sort of ballpark idea. There are bargains to be had online and off, but it’s very much a case of buyer beware.

The golden rule is only buy collectable books because you like them so much that you won’t be upset if the price fluctuates downwards. 

Here are the books that went out on the shelves in the bookshop today

After all that hard work with Noddy I got back to where I was painting and did a bit more

Oh well you can't mess with classical proportions unless you are John Rennie so I will have to start again.

(Harbour Clock house. 1817. Design by Benjamen Wyatt and George Louch, altered by John Rennie. Ashlar with slate roof. Two storeys, with segmental 3 bay arcades to ground floor wings, plat band, cornice and parapet, with stacks to end left and end right. Central projecting tower with 2 storey arched opening, the band acting as imposts. Triglyph frieze and cornice to hipped roof with square clock turret with dentil cornice and open arcaded and balustraded belfry with weather vane. Three metal casements to each wing and central Diocletian window on 1st floor, tripartite glazing bar sashes on ground floor. Central panelled door and sidelights in round-headed surround. Boarded 2 storey doors in end elevations. Rear elevation identical to front, but without central Diocletian window. Interior: fine, simple interiors with trussed rafter roofs. Originally fitted with brass solar meridian line, stolen mid 1970's. Stone domed clock room in central tower. The changing upper floor levels indicate that Wyatt's original design was for single storey wings - Rennie added the upper floors.) accreditation Newman and Busson.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Panorama of Margate

Obviously you can expand it a certain amount by clicking on it I think if you click on this link you may be able to download it even bigger

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Watercolour sketch in Canterbury, dull blog post for a dull day.

Here is the half completed painting of Canterbury painted today from the upstairs window of Chocolate Café. Some experiments here in trying to sketch the people in the street, as the whole painting is A4 these are very small, although I think in reality they should be even smaller, but I assume the only way with this sort of thing is to go on trying .

Sorry it’s another painting from the same spot, but my children like to shop in Canterbury on Sunday afternoon and I am allergic to shopping, as soon as the weather gets better I will be able to sit outside and paint there.

Also a picture of work in situ for reference.    

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Turner Contemporary Margate, “Seeing Round Corners” first impressions for a review?

Putting on my scientist’s hat/lab-coat, goodness me I’m sorry I’m not very good at this sort of thing – where was I, oh yes lots of circles in this exhibition. There is a sense (because space is curved) that all looking is in circles, so if you could see far enough – would you not see the back of your own head? This isn’t working is it?

If I put on my artist’s hat, that won’t work too well, so hatless into the exhibition, which is I think supposed to be about circles and how we respond to them – artists respond to them, well that type of kidney. We all of course know the story of the artist who proved his artistic ability to the royal messenger by drawing a perfic circle – justlikethat. Leonardo Angelo wossisname Geotto Giotto, well from Bondone anyway.

Into the gallery, photography is forbidden and the gallery staff were applying the rules strictly, so I didn’t take any pictures and so the ones of the exhibits here I have lifted off the web and may be slightly wrong.

The first item inside the gallery door, Isis with child Horus from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, also in the same case a model of a rocking-horse/ibis presumably model toy of model child, Isis circle on hat, (breastfeeding?) her brother on knee, 2,300 years old. From my point of view this one item made visiting the exhibition worthwhile and the so anything more I saw would be a bonus.

Lots in the first gallery, so star items only, this is star items for me, others may prefer other stuff.

William Blake Milton’s Golden Compass, now of course viewed partially through the eyes of Phillip Pullman’s Lyra, that is unless you either didn’t read it or was someone else.

Paul Nash Eclipse of the Sunflower

Waterhouse’s Destiny

You know the bloke who did the one of the nymphs, undines wosisnames, this pic not in exhibition and only here in case you got lost.

Two pages of Da Vinci’s sketchbooks, dealing with? You guessed – curves and I won’t mention Destiny’s tummy, and of course being Da Vinci – what appears to be the invention of the electric mixer – but is probably his idea for a torture instrument or weapon. 

Here are my notes for the first gallery, so you can see why I am having difficulty remembering what I couldn’t photograph.

Look I think that’s enough of my blow by blow account, sufficient to say that this is an exhibition worth visiting.
I was sketching and noting my way around the next gallery when choreographer Gaby Agis and partner performed a modern dance, no photography and my sketch isn’t that good as they were, doing what? Going round in a circle so a series of rotating glimpses.

Overall first impressions are of a good exhibition with enough in it for most people that should be a good attraction for the summer. Worth a visit to Margate just to view it.

My acid test for exhibitions is am I inspired to create and I went off up the harbour arm and sketched the gallery.   

Here is the link to the Radio 4 review the bit on Seeing round corners at about 27.49 in.