Ramsgate Margate and Broadstairs are the three main towns on The Isle of Thanet situated in the far southeast of England, I run the bookshop in Ramsgate see www.michaelsbookshop.com and the www.thanetonline.com website. I publish over 100 books about the history of this area click here to look at them.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
New Year ramble
First a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all my
The picture is just a sketch of some of the children who
were here yesterday evening, we have been entertaining family and friends over
the Christmas and New Year period and I have just taken a blog writing break
while everyone else plays poker, or with their thesis.
First the pinch and a punch business from my webstats, here
is the link http://michaelsbookshop.com/laptop113/
this is only significant to other Thanet bloggers, but roughly forms a
Staying with the theme for a mo; do you say?
A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month:
A punch and a kick for being so quick.
A stamp on the toe for being so slow.
Perhaps someone says, “no returns.”
Or how about; a flick and a kick, or, a punch and a blow.
Does anyone say, “white Rabbit.”
There is surprisingly little about this either on the net or
in the obvious reference works, Brewer doesn’t mention it at all.
One important anniversary today, it’s forty years since we
joined The Common Market, later to become the EEC, European union or whatever.
Perhaps forty years are enough, it is certainly looking as
though the top European politicians are looking to put together some sort of
inferior membership for the UK as we seem to be looking for a reduced level of
I am trying to learn to use acrylic paint at the moment, the
main problem seems to be stopping it going hard on the palette when you want to
stop, I have modified a culinary implement to this end.
A quick sketch of the poker players, ink isn’t very
forgiving before ones hand and eye decide to cooperate.
John Holyer has just emailed me the picture I took
from the Eastcliff the other day, which he has adjusted.
Here is the original one.
and here the modified one
The business with the acrylic paint worked, the paint is
sitting on wet kitchen roll round the edge of the dish, two fairly wet kitchen
sponges in the dish with clingfilm over it and 48 hours later the paint is
still perfectly ok to paint with.
Leaving it out on an ordinary palette and after about four
hours it would have only been fit for the bin.
Painting with it is another matter, I may require
lessons, the cheapest thing to paint acrylic on seems to be thick watercolour
paper, you paint the back of the paper with acrylic paint to stop it curling
up, then turn it over and slap it on the front.
This is cerulean blue at the top, yellow ochre
at the bottom the two colours loosely mixed on the paper in the middle. The
paint behaves differently to watercolour more going on the paper than going in
Same colours with watercolour, doing the same