What I’ve been reading: Gale/Lurie

Read what I thought of them here: Librarium 2016

Art and Tapas

National Sculpture Prize 2016

On this day last year, I was proudly attending my daughter’s graduation ceremony in scorching Stoke-on-Trent. This year she and her significant other were with me again, this time at Broomhill Sculpture Park in cool for July North Devon, one of my favourite haunts, and only a few miles up the road. The tapas was (were?) excellent as always; even bigger and better if that’s possible.

Here is the work of the ten finalists in this year’s competition. The winner will be announced in October.

Artists’ statements and general information about the sculpture park and hotel are all available on the Broomhill website. Elsewhere in the grounds ………


What I’ve been reading: Michaels/Wood

Read what I thought of them here: Librarium 2016

Here be dragons

Stink Lily, Black Dragon, Voodoo Lily, Snake Lily and numerous other names. This is Dracunculus vulgaris and is flowering now in our school garden. Stunning in looks and scent, it has the aroma of rotting meat which attracts the flies it needs for pollination.

What I’ve been reading: Dwyer Hickey/O’Hagan

Read what I thought of them here: Librarium 2016

A Momentous Day

For football; for Liverpool; for the families of the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster April 15th 1989. FINALLY………JUSTICE.

John Anderson 62-Colin Ashcroft 19-James Aspinall 18-Kester Ball 16-Gerard Baron 67-Simon Bell 17-Barry Bennett 26-David Benson 22-David Birtle 22-Tony Bland 22- Paul Brady 21-Andrew Brookes 26-Carl Brown 18-David Brown 25-Henry Burke 47-Peter Biurkett 24-Paul Carlile 19-Raymond Chapman 50-Gary Church 19-Joseph Clark 29-Paul Clark 18-Gary Collins 22-Stephen Copoc 20-Tracey Cox 23-James Delaney 19-Christopher Devonside 18-Christopher Edwards 29-Vincent Fitzsimmons 34-Thomas Fox 21-JonPaul Gilhooley 10-Barry Glover 27-Ian Glover 20-Derrick Godwin 24-Roy Hamilton 33-Philip Hammond 14-Eric Hankin 33-Gary Harrison 27-Peter Harrison 15-Stephen Harrison 31-David Hawley 39-James Hennessey 29-Paul Hewitson 26-Carl Hewitt 17-Nicholas Hewitt 16-Sarah Hicks 19-Victoria Hicks 15-Gordon Horn 20-Arthur Horrocks 41-Thomas Howard 39-Thomas A Howard 14-Eric Hughes 42-Alan Johnston 29-Christine Jones 27-Gary Jones 18-Richard Jones 25-Nicholas Joynes 27-Anthony Kelly 29-Michael Kelly 38-Carl Lewis 18-David Mather 19-Brian Matthews 38-Francis McAllister 27-John McBrien 18-Marian McCabe 21-Joseph McCarthy 21-Peter McDonnell 21-Alan McGlone 28-Keith McGrath 17-Paul Murray 14-Lee Nicol 14-Stephen O’Neill 17-Jonathon Owens 18-William Pemberton 23-Carl Rimmer 21-David Rimmer 38-Graham Roberts 24-Stephen Robinson 17-Henry Rogers 17-Colin Sefton 23-Inger Shah 38-Paula Smith 26-Adam Spearritt 14-Philip Steele 15-David Thomas 23-Patrick Thompson 35-Peter Thompson 30-Stuart Thompson 17-Peter Tootle 21-Christopher Traynor 26-Martin Traynor 16-Kevin Tyrrell 15-Colin Wafer 19-Ian Whelan 19-Martin Wild 29-Kevin Williams 15-Graham Wright 17.