A diary worthy incident

I thought I might post some things that either happen to me or I observe. I'm reading David Sedaris' new book, Volume one of his diaries ' Theft by finding'.  They contain little observations and such like from his diaries and they are utterly him which is a wonderful thing if you've ever read his other books. I'm rather more verbose but as I'm reading I realised that I notice some things in life, in my own way, that are at least similar and at most, not. 

For instance;

A few days ago, Mum and I had been talking about how scientists had concluded that Neanderthal man, all those years ago, had not so much been wiped out by our common ancestral species so much as they'd been interbred out of existence. Many of us still retain neanderthal DNA deep within our genes. I like to picture them within a lost, moss covered treasure chest on a remote strand of this DNA but you've got to admit, it's a much pleasanter way for your species to go than being whacked over the head or something. Did cavemen stab each other?

So there we were, Mum and I, at the Salamander Shopping Centre with Dad, having a coffee and a breakfast of toasted sandwiches when a chap who, I kid you not, looked like a neanderthal, walks into the centre and starts talking earnestly to some other chap he's seen on his way out of the centre. Possibly they spoke about how his family had been interbred out of existence by this other chaps sister. "The end of the line stops with me goddamit" he possibly said, "we've held on for so long and now that's it for us!"  "I'm really sorry about that" the other chap posssibly replied. "I mean, my sisters a slut but she's her own slut and you've got to give her some sort of credit for that at least."  It may have possibly gone something like that. But more than likely they were just talking about ice. 

Later, and further down inside the shopping centre. I was walking alongside my old dad when we saw the neanderthal chap walking toward us a bit of a way off. Just in front of us walked a young chap of our own species of human in a dark blue t-shirt. As they passed, the neanderthal chap turned back suddenly and aggressively enquired to other young chap as to what was he looking at. The other young chap then countered with the obvious "what are you looking at?"  At this point my father and I are well and truly in the middle of this verbal tennis match. We both felt the tension around us build and an unsaid thing passed between us to move on in case this encounter escalated into something the Daily Telegraph might later describe as 'unfortunate'.  

Thats pretty much it. They continued enquiring as to what each other were observing until a security guard returning from a toilet break rounded the corner and they both broke apart to pursue other conversations of great wit. 

Whales need to be very careful about where they play...

Here's a new image from the prawns and bees book. This one is of a ship accidentally bumping into a whale while it's playing hide and seek with a seal. 
Here's the sketch first up so you can get an idea of how this image began.

And below is the final image, all tucked away and ready for bed.

I'm thinking I might take a break from it for a short bit and put some work into the other book which has been neglected for a while now. A fresh head on it I hope will make the difference and allow me to really get ahead on it.

A belated Birthday Video

Somehow it slipped my mind last year to ad the video I made of Oscar's sixth birthday party to my neglected blog. He insisted that the music remain the same for this years video as last years (he liked it) but I went in another direction half way through. It felt right.

If you like the music, it's from Powermad and was used to spectacular effect in David Lynch's movie Wild at Heart and is available here on iTunes

A bee and a prawn exchange pleasantries on their way to work...

Slowly but surely I'm getting through my Mr Shiny book. Here's a new one, just in time for Christmas and ready to do another one in the new year.  I'm hoping I'll get a lot more done than I've done in 2015. Which is now two. Not a good average I admit but life has a way of getting in the way of our own best thought of plans.

Originally I'd made a start on this book a fair while ago and was going to do the original sketches, build up the image over it in Adobe Illustrator and then shade them from there but `the Missus' convinced me to use my original sketches as she felt they have a better `energy' about them.

Final Image

And so, the final image of a bee and a prawn saying hello to each other on the way to work.  It seems very English for some reason.

A bit of studio work

My (now ex) flatmate Anji is a professional Sexalogical therapist and kink practitioner.  She needed some promotional images for her work and website and these are some of the results. 
I've always wanted to explore my sexuality creatively through photography and Anji has been the most understanding and willing model. Sadly she's gone on to other areas. We took some good photo's I reckon and had lots of fun doing them.

This last image is one I took of Katie, Anji's beautiful friend who was very generous in letting us use her camera and collection of lenses.

I need you to watch this Movie and share it about...(Please)

I’ve posted this movie here on my site in the hope that maybe a few more people than the many  thousands who have already seen it, will multiply.  It’s my own small little way of helping. 


Other than that I’m writing letters to politicians - not to berate them, but to show them that there’s another, more profitable way to create jobs and revenue in building an economy based on renewable energy.

We need to get rid of Coal mining, Petrol driven cars etc and create more forests and restore degraded land so we can begin sucking the carbon out of our atmosphere and restore our environment to how it should be.
Otherwise, we’re going to kill this planet.

Help by watching and sharing. Read about the the Third Industrial Revolution - the book and Kindle Ebook are available by clicking the Amazon Link opposite.

Watch a video of Jeremy Rifkin talking about the Third Industrial Revolution here.