A starting point was needed. Just one word would do. ‘Try The Times for a change,’ said Arnold. ‘For example, take the fifteenth word on page 6.’ At the newspaper shop I picked up The Times. A fleeting image of the paper’s proprietor flashed across my brain. No, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. […]

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Lesson for the day: Some friends who have run a successful music business for many years have been telling me about all the things they’ve done over the years which they couldn’t afford to do. They did them by being flexible and ingenious. Acrylic and pastel, framed, 31! x 38″. If you would like this painting, […]

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Just been reading ‘Business for Bohemians’ by Tom Hodgkinson http://www.green-shopping.co.uk/business-for-bohemians.html Having run my own business for the last 45 years I was very happy to find out some new things.

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A happy week in a beautiful cottage with a beautiful friend. Just inland from the sea, we had fresh fish every day and vegetables from the garden. Just put a new picture on Facebook to raise more funds for MSF ow.ly/F5Bv301KUAb This is called ‘The Great Turning’ and is a response to Joanna Macy’s book and […]

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Last week’s painting has gone already, so here’s the next: THIS PICTURE will be freely given to the first person who asks for it. ‘Not Entirely Caged’ is mounted and framed, acrylic & pastel and measures 2′ x 2’6″. All I ask for in return is a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières via my JustGiving page: […]

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Each week a painting is going to a new home to the first person who asks for it. Each week Médecins Sans Frontières gets a donation. This makes me happier than anything has done for quite a long time.It has also encouraged me to start painting again. Thank you everybody who has donated so far. […]

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This week the picture is ‘The City is Overheating’. It is mounted and framed and measures 30″ x 25″. Whether it’s about financial or climate overheating I’m not sure. It depends on the day of the week at the moment! If you would like to have this picture, all you need to do is to make […]

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A GIVE AWAY to the first person who asks for it: This picture is called ‘Count your Blessings’ and with its blue moon and chaos is quite appropriate for the current times. Mounted and framed, acrylic& pastel, it measures 17″ x 15″. All I ask for is a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières via my […]

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A GIVE AWAY to the first person who asks for it… This picture is called ‘Near Miss’ for reasons I can’t possibly divulge. Mounted and framed, acrylic, pastel & collage, it measures 16″ x 18″. All I ask for is a donation to Médecins Sans Frontièrs via my JustGiving page: http://ow.ly/E8fW301wfQT

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‘A collection of splendid columns that tell us much about deepest Yorkshire and even more about life, the universe and everything.’ Matthew Engel ‘Keeping this old earth on the rails will require a mix of actions both big and small, and a blend as well of dread, delight, and common sense. These bracing short essays […]

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