My day started with the business of which side poppies should be worn and if this is different for either sex, a complex issue partly related to the history of clothing, and the need be able to draw ones sword, and partly related to the queen wearing her poppy on the side men do and some women’s clothes just not having a buttonhole on that side.
I guess if I look online there will be a whole new lot of questions and answers to this one, but life is too short. My children made some adjustments to comply with the monarch, I have already joined the spread of having the bottom button of my waistcoat undone by necessity rather than convention.
It looks like pizzagate is now over, two high profile locals or dfls I am not sure, Ian Driver and Lisa Richards, I would guess we will hear more from both of them and certainly hope so.
Another dfl TSE had something to say here:
“There are three conditions which often look alike
Yet differ completely, flourish in the same hedgerow:
Attachment to self and to things and to persons, detachment
From self and from things and from persons; and, growing between them, indifference, ... .” prob’ly thought it up in a shelter.
Well at least Ian Driver and Lisa Richards don’t seem to be indifferent and do seem to care about Thanet. I wonder what the other councillors think, well at least Simon Moores has said what he thinks, can all the rest be indifferent?
I had a pretty ghastly shopping experience today as family shopping in Matalan progressed I found myself in an isolated part of Westwood Cross, with what were ostensibly shops, including Comet having It’s bankruptcy, but there being very little to interest me.
Dunlem Mill was I suppose the most interesting and varied of the shops there, which is something like a department store, and I did buy a wooden spoon, they do have artists materials but I am very fussy about these, so I couldn’t even look at things I would use.
The view is pretty uninspiring too so I didn’t sketch anything. Comet is one of those places that I only really visit when something needs replacing, so the reductions of between 10 and 20% weren’t much use, as I don’t need a new fridge.
Personal technical and technological items, which for me would once have been mainly my camera, have been mostly incorporated into my mobile phone. So although theoretically there would have been all the interest of a camera shop sale, in practice there hasn’t been this for some time.
Artist’s material wise I did buy two Cotman riggers on Ebay while being very cheap as watercolour brushes go are very useful. The rigger brush was introduced to allow artists to paint the rigging (long thin lines) in maritime paintings.
I am pretty impressed with these and needed very few dips to paint the London Eye albeit badly the other day.
What I am saying I think in my roundabout way is that here were two shops that have in their way replaced the camera and art shop, once two of my favourite type of shop, really offering me nothing much in the way of solace while the fairer sex were buying clothes.
The riggers are the brushes at the top the others being for comparison, as you see the riggers have longer hairs, highly recommended if you paint with watercolour the two of these cost me about £5 including postage, sable ones would have been a bit more expensive. I have never had a problem with a Winsor and Newton watercolour brushes sable or synthetic.
The bbc seem to be, right in it, at the moment and wishing to understand what the Arlington Tesco Margate public enquiry was actually about, I have to say I am not really much the wiser having looked at their very limited coverage.
Little bits of information that have come my way seem to suggest that the council have had some internal dispute over Arlington House, their heritage officer, I believe the only person in the council to have any qualifications related to heritage, ceased to be their heritage officer over it and it would seem that the council basically support Tesco over this and not the residents who actually live there.
Well perhaps eventually there will a well reasoned and impartial report about the whole business, but I am not holding my breath.
My take is still that Arlington House is worth listing and preserving, as it an iconic building of if not the first order certainly the second, if it isn’t significant enough to preserve than it does beg the question are any of the designs from the 60s of any merit at all and should all buildings stick to established classical designs.
Try and buy an important piece of 60s retro and you will find both the price and the demand high, so I do wonder if the whole approach to this issue is wrong. Perhaps the bottom should be some sort of art gallery, but then many would say that Margate is the wrong place.
My children have a collage as part of their homework and were not uninterested that a new art gallery is opening in Ramsgate this week with an exhibition by Sir Peter Blake, arguably the king of collage. Any of you who have ever looked at the cover to the Beatles album, SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, his caps not mine will be familiar with his work.
Just painted Jacob’s dream after Rembrandt, as you see it is still very wet.
if you are unfamiliar with the original, here it is.
I may continue to ramble on here.