Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Ramble about art

Just before I found out, well I guess most people found out, about the vandalism to the paintings on The Great Wall of Ramsgate I spent most of my lunch hour in York Street Gallery in Ramsgate.

Here is the link to their website the artists exhibiting there change often and the quality is good and varied, well worth a visiting often.

There is usually painting in progress too
After two rather disheartening visits to The Turner Contemporary recently, see and I found I had pretty much stopped painting and drawing.

So today I went over to Canterbury and visited The Beaney here is their website

I took a few pictures with my mobile phone below They will expand if you click on them) and may add a bit more text to this post later.  


  1. Now that Michael is an art gallery! Great Post.

  2. It is a fabulous gallery that one can visit over and over again and always find something new - as well as returning to old favourites, particularly the compelling Harriet Halhed. I am glad you are spreading the word about this wonderful free attraction, which so many people don't know about.

  3. Thank you Michael. These will be well worth a visit.

  4. I post this out of interest:

    TDC SALARIES IN EXCESS OF £50,000 pa. Source Tax Payers Alliance

    Year 2011-2012.

    No. of staff on remuneration packages in excess of £50,000 is 41. Which is an increase of 10 from previous year.

    Total cost of remuneration of those on more than £50,000 pa is £3,057,500. Which an increase of £807,500 from previous year.

    A bargain?

    1. That's Labour for you, John, great at spending our money.

      Back to the topic, lovely pictures and I shall certainly pay this gallery a visit.

    2. Looking at the wages and numbers of over £50k employees for the last 30 years and factoring inflation, there isn’t much variation under either political party, it is just Parkinson’s law gone mad.

      How paying any district council officer over a thousand pounds a week can be justified is something I just don’t understand. Maybe civil servants at county level, but probably not maybe the cream of civil servants at national government level.

      I will cover the Driver document thing later today, I am waiting for a reply from the council.

    3. I do not know for a fact; but £50,000 is about what the head of the FCO's Middle East Department would receive. This paints an interesting picture from which we can draw our own conclusions (see what I did there).

      If I'm wrong then someone please correct me.

    4. It is the year on year increase of over £800K at a time of constraint and cuts from central government that would worry me. There are very few people in Thanet seeing rises at all, let alone of any significance, so why should local government officers be an exception.

      Recently Broadstairs Town Council advertised for a Town Clerk at a little over £30K per annum including some anti-social hours working. They were flooded with applications from highly qualified applicants. Why do TDC have to pay so much in an area of relatively cheap housing.

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