Author Archives: daddyp

MINI TWIGLET JENGA

A few years ago I invented this marvellous game! The family love to play it.

The rules are simple.
You play in reverse of normal Jenga in that each person takes a turn to add to the tower. When someone causes the tower to collapse they have to eat [...]

PARTY TIME!

We went to a lunch this week to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of my Russian cousins. It was a lovely occasion, though not uneventful, and a good time was had by all.

A trio played traditional Russian music, which bizarrely included ‘Those were the days’ by Mary Hopkins, which added [...]

THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Most people use magnifying glasses to help see fine detail, to examine and discover.

A few use them to start fires or kill small insects.

I could waffle on about what I’m getting at but you are all intelligent enough to understand [...]

A VIEWING SUGGESTION

For those people who can’t get beyond wondering why I use rubber ducks a lot this might help. Imagine the duck is a person, even perhaps, yourself.

Anyway, this piece is called ‘This is What Ducks Do’ and is made from very heavy limestone and a rubber duck. Technically it was quite [...]

WHERE HAVE ALL THE ISMS GONE?

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In the good old days art isms were well defined and understood – Surrealism, Pointillism, Abstract Expressionism etc.

Nowadays there are plenty of examples of Narcissism, Sentimentalism, Amateurism and Commercialism but little evidence of an interesting and lasting new art ism.

I suspect that the last ism was Post Modernism which has now degenerated into [...]

TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING

An imaginary e-mail from a 12 year old daughter to her Generation X mother.

Hello Mum,

I would talk to you directly but your head always seems to be buried in your smart phone and you never actually hear what I’m [...]

MY VISION FOR THE FUTURE.

Humans have been around for the blink of an eye. It’s highly likely that during the next blink we will become extinct.
Perhaps crocodiles and cockroaches will survive and, in the fullness of time, work out how to breed.
The result might look like the alien from Aliens.

A few, by which [...]

THE BOTTOM OF MY GARDEN

So today, I was sitting in the garden enjoying a G&T when I heard a voice emanating from the public footpath the other side of the hedge – “Is that art?”

I began to feel a tad depressed.

And then I remembered that yesterday, when I was actually on the public footpath looking for feathers, [...]

YER REAL PORTUGAL

There’s yer real peeps, left winged with a touch of right and a dose of liberalism, that can only exist in the ‘real’ of whatever country they’ve invaded temporarily.

This is a ‘real’ Portuguese patio.

We’re getting used to it.

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IT NEVER RAINS IN PORTUGAL