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:bulletblue: a webcam, of sorts ..

Sartre Project IMG 0571

:bulletblue: I played the lead role of Jesus Christ in a nativity play when I was three years old, with the explicit stage directions that I was to just lay in the bassinet, don't move and don't say a word. I fell asleep during the performance, for which my father rewarded me with fish & chips on the way home. Yes, my career peaked early.

:bulletblue: And my real website is here, all lovingly handcrafted and coded in Dreamweaver, which I'm sure makes me an anachronism in the world of Facebook and Wix, and everything else in the lemming-like rush over the cliff of social media homogeneity and shrinking cultural expectations.

:bulletblue: My necessarily biased guide to the 100 greatest artworks of all time is here, and yes, there's one of my photographs, at 99, as if I can't include La Verre a Pied in my own catalogue then I'm taking my footy and going home.

:bulletblue: Bill Henson, and me ..

Bill and Me

Favourite Visual Artist
Marie Boralevi, Sarrita King, Hiroshige, Blu, Christian Boltanski, Gottfried Helnwein, Robert Doisneau, Guido van Helten, Richard Long (the walking dude) ..
Favourite Movies
Betty Blue, Apocalypse Now, Amélie Poulain, Léon, Lost In Translation, Local Hero, The Fisher King ..
Favourite TV Shows
Carnivale, Misfits, Six Feet Under ..
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Dirty Three, Bob Dylan, Mermen, Blowzabella, Davy Spillane, Alan Stivell, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Dr G Yunupingu ..
Favourite Books
Another Roadside Attraction, The Tin Drum, The Iliad & The Odyssey, Ulysses, Kinsella's The Táin, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Louisa Young's Book Of The Heart, Sartre's Roads To Freedom trilogy, Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc ..
Favourite Writers
Tom Robbins, Gunter Grass, Homer, James Joyce
Favourite Games
"Mind Games" by John Lennon, and Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers", while Roy Harper’s "The Game" is all shades of brilliant ..
Tools of the Trade
Guided By Voices’ “Trashcan Full Of Nails” and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “Hammer Song” ..

a journal, of sorts ..

:bulletblue: 2nd June, 2020

One Hundred Thousand pageviews ..

Dear Trump

and it's only taken 16 years. So, thank you umpires, thank you linesmen, thank you ball boys and girls, and thanks to all those deviants out there who have added my stuff to their favourites, and those with whom I have exchanged notes, and I'd like to thank all those total strangers who've turned up in my street photographs, even the Barcelonian anarchists who threatened me with violence (details on request), and I'd like to thank the entire pantheon of Greek gods, particularly Dionysus and Apollo and Gary Ablett (both of them), and a heartfelt thanks to Alan Mitelman's French girlfriend whose name I never knew, and I'd like to thank evanhwong for selecting Bushfire Aftermath as the only Daily Deviation I'll probably ever get, and I'd like to thank Germaine Greer for arguing that "the first attribute of the art object is that it creates a discontinuity between itself and the unsynthesised manifold", as sometimes i just need to laugh. Loudly. Hah! Gets me very time.

:bulletred: May 30th, 2020

I’m reading Alice Procter’s The Whole Image, and I sort of suspected Art has a dark history of theft, murder, lies, corruption and colonialist greed, but never imagined it was on a scale this massive and systemic ..

:bulletblue: December 10, 2019

They've got cars

Big as bars

They've got rivers of gold

But the wind goes right through you

It's no place for the old

When you first took my hand

On a cold Christmas Eve

You promised me

Broadway was waiting for me

from Fairytale of New York, by Shane MacGowan

:bulletblue: December 11, 2018

You were handsome

You were pretty

Queen of New York City

When the band finished playing

They howled out for more

Sinatra was swinging

All the drunks they were singing

We kissed on the corner

Then danced through the night

The boys of the NYPD choir

Were singing 'Galway Bay'

And the bells are ringing

Out for Christmas day

from Fairytale of New York, by Shane MacGowan

:bulletblue: December 11th, 2017

You're a bum

You're a punk

You're an old slut on junk

Lying there almost dead

On a drip in that bed

You scumbag

You maggot

You cheap lousy faggot

Happy Christmas your arse

I pray God It's our last

The boys of the NYPD choir

Still singing 'Galway Bay'

And the bells are ringing

Out for Christmas day

from Fairytale of New York, by Shane MacGowan.

:bulletblue: December 24, 2016

I could have been someone

Well, so could anyone

You took my dreams

From me when I first found you

I kept them with me babe

I put them with my own

Can't make it all alone

I've built my dreams around you

The boys of the NYPD choir

Still singing 'Galway Bay'

And the bells are ringing

Out for Christmas Day

from Fairytale of New York, by Shane MacGowan, and damn, Shane's now got better teeth than I do ..

:bulletred: June 4th, 2016

The Iconic exhibition at the Burrinja Gallery in Upwey, includes some of my Camino photographs, and here's two them, but no, it's not me, and those are not my boots ..

Pilgrim
Untitled

and my diaries detailing the entire 1,000 mile Pilgrimage To Santiago epic, from Le Puy-en-Velay in France to Santiago in Spain, are here ..

:bulletblue: October 16th, 2016

Someone's got it in for me

They're planting stories in the press ..

You’ll never know the hurt I suffered

nor the pain I rise above

And I’ll never know the same about you,

your holiness or your kind of love

And it makes me feel so sorry ..

from Idiot Wind by Bob Dylan, and onya Bob! Just leaves me wondering why the Nobel Committee took so damn long, but please excuse me just one moment while I try to get through Tarantula one more time ..

:bulletred: :bulletred: :bulletred: and many thanks to the Sooki Lounge, in Belgrave, for hosting my exhibition, Bars I Have Known, and in particular for extending it for a second month, and here’s some ..

The Grapes

:bulletgreen: The Grapes, in Narrow Street, London, and a major location in Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, but I recommend Tuesday nights, when Ian McKellen, the proprietor and Gandalf himself, hosts the trivia quiz.

Le Verre a Pied

:bulletgreen: La Verre a Pied, in Rue Mouffetard, Paris, and for those familiar with the movie Amelie, this is the bar/cafe where she encounters Bretodeau, to whom she had just returned the tin box of his childhood memories ..

RubysBar

:bulletgreen: Ruby’s Bar, when it was good, before it became the even better Sooki Lounge ..

:bulletred: February 24th, 2012

And just uploaded The Sartre Project to my website, it being the photographs I took in Paris and New York of the locations mentioned in Jean-Paul Sartres' Roads To Freedom trilogy ..

Rue Vercingoratix

and, half-way down the Rue Vercingétorix, is where, and how, The Age Of Reason begins ..

:bulletred: January 15th, 2010

Exhibiting at the Brunswick Street Gallery, and thinking my Bucket Of Bulbs is the one most likely to go off, big time ..

Bucket Of Bulbs

later .. no, nothing, niente, rein, nanimonai, nichego, nada, feckall, and not even a bag of chocolate snowballs and a bottle of red wine can do much to alleviate the certainty that exhibiting at the Brunswick Street Gallery has been a complete fecking waste of time ..

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