Thursday, 23 December 2010
After a lovely little holiday in a VERY cold Germany, I am pleased to report that I am back! Only one hiccup on the way out - as there was so much mist in Lubeck, we were unable to land and were diverted to Bremen, which then meant a 3 and a half hour drive...but we got there in the end, in plenty of time to spend the rest of the day and evening in the wonderful Christmas market...and Bierkeller! :)
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
But just to say, that was hilarious, sitting between Shahbs and Matt... don't worry you two, I don't think you were the only ones hiding under the desks! :)
And here is something to remind you of those furry little critters...
Hope you all remember to check your slippers tonight!
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Anyway, at the moment I am making 1/2 litre ones that serve about 6 people and smaller ones steamed in a large teacup, which would do 3 people - both are £10, and come festively wrapped and with a handsewn bag containing a 'lucky' sixpence. If you would like a different size, just ask, and I'll see what I can do!
Friday, 27 August 2010
...time to order that Christmas pudding!
I am now taking orders for luxury Christmas puddings, made to my own secret recipe, tweaked to perfection over the last 20 years.
The pictures show a 1/2 litre pudding, steamed for 10 hours, which will serve about 6, and a pudding steamed in a large teacup for 8 hours, which will serve approx 3. The puddings are very generously steeped in brandy, and contain a wide range of dried fruits and nuts. They come festively wrapped, with a little handsewn bag containing a (hopefully) lucky sixpence. How about ordering one as a present for that hard-to-buy-for auntie?! Larger or smaller puddings on request - just ask!
The sooner you order, the better - the longer they mature, the better they taste!
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Hope you are all having good summers! :)
Monday, 2 August 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Pictures to follow...
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Saturday, 22 May 2010
I made a quilt, (or 'comforter' as they are sometimes known) based on my research for the dissertation which looked at 'Nostalgia and Place'. (Actually, the dissertation was on nostalgia and heritage, but my research led me to question whether nostalgic sentiment is a comfort or if it holds you back.) So anyway, I made this enormous quilt, which was machine stitched with colours of the Scottish landscape, before being hand-quilted into neuron shapes to symbolise memory, finally having maps hand-stitched into the centre panel. Hmmmm...!
Then in the final week, Debra (the tutor) decided that maybe I should make some cushions too... Luckily, I like a challenge!
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
Thursday, 6 May 2010
So now I need cheering up - a prize to the person who makes me laugh the most! (Probably chocolate...!)
See you all next week...
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Anyway, here's a video I found which may be of use to someone looking at the motion of a viscous liquid... It's just a mixture of cornflour and water that stays liquid until you apply force to it, such as hitting it - then it goes temporarily solid!
And just for fun...
Monday, 19 April 2010
Anyway, plenty going on this week to keep me busy. Good luck everyone with the 'final push'!
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
But I have been thrown straight back into domestic drudgery interspersed with twice-daily visits to the hospital to see my poor old dad...and I'm in need of some escapism! Who recommends Clash of the Titans? I have read some varying reviews, but I would like to hear what you lot, with your critical abilities honed by a year of analysising what at times has been some strange stuff, think!
Friday, 2 April 2010
I'm off for some R&R in what is promising to be a very wet and miserable Winchelsea Beach - in a caravan, no less! Never mind, I have a good book to finish... also a waterproof coat for the short trek to the pub !
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
I shall be there from about half past one...
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
We will be watching The Tune by Bill Plymton and Fantastic Planet by Rene Laloux... I thought you might want to check them out beforehand, since you won't have the benefit of Phil's insights today !! :)
Pass it on!
Monday, 22 March 2010
It's an hour long, and unfortunately spends far to much of that time on the repugnant Tracey Emin for my liking, but there you go...! Personal taste and all that...
There are some interesting snippets that might lead to further research.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
lovely fish n chips followed up by Phil's exhibition! As a very amateur photographer myself, I have to say that I found Tutor Phil and Jan's photographs the most interesting...Phil's in particular. Although saying that, Photoshop Phill's plaster heads were also well made - were they cast or carved?
I hope that the accompanying students had a good time, and saw that there is life outside Rochester! :0)
Phil - one comment - the 'common' name would have been good alongside the Latin... I think the pink one was an onion of some sort (that was my fav) and the white multi-headed one a cowslip or something like fennel maybe?
Alex and Jolanta studying Photoshop Phill's busts!
Tracey by Phil's photos
Phil giving Alex some directions...
Jack and jolanta by Jan's work...
Not a storyboard in sight...!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Here is the link to the post -
Sounds like it will be an interesting experience! (And I have been led to believe that there will be wine and nibbles too...)
Whitstable's easy to get to on the train from Chatham, just about 40 minutes with trains running every half hour straight through, and costing about £10 return. It is well known for it's art galleries and has lots of little arty shops to nose around - read more here!
Your chance to get your own back - don't miss this opportunity to give Phil the crit he deserves!! :)
Hope to see some of you there.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
Also, if you didn't get a chance to sign it, I will bring it along to life drawing tomorrow...
Sorry you guys at the back are a bit blurry... :(
Sunday, 14 March 2010
I was up just after six this morning, sitting in my garden, all wrapped up like an old tramp, with dressing gown, coat, woolly socks and gloves, hugging a mug of steaming tea, and watching the clouds push by, all tinged with red and promise. The rest of the world is still asleep, and it's just me and the birds. Anything could happen today...
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
As I have mentioned before, European versions of the fairystories seem to be a bit more on the gruesome side - as we saw yesterday, the one stepsister cuts off her toes to get her foot in the slipper, and the second one chops a bit off her heel...I dread to think what that slipper looked like after those two had tried it on! Also at the end, the sisters get their eyes pecked out- just for good measure! Here is an English translation, if anyone wants to read it...
Anyway, this animation reminded me of a contemporary artist called Rob Ryan, who uses cut-out paper to make silhouette designs - his are not animated, but still very beautiful, and have that European fairytale quality about them...
I don't know if you can read the poem in the second piece, but I rather like it...
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Firstly, all those excellent animations....and the music! Was that Oscar Peterson on the piano? BRILLIANT!
And then to top it off, life drawing! I have never done this before, so was a bit nervous really, and just did it in my sketchbook so could hide it if necessery - but actually I am pretty pleased with the results!
Here we are...(in the wrong order, but never mind)
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
'In the morning the sun rose brilliant and quickly melted the thin ice on the water, and the warm air all around vibrated with the vapour given off by the awakening earth...the young grass thrust up its tiny blades; the buds swelled on the guelder-rose and the currant bushes, and on the sticky, resinous birch trees, and the honey-bee hummed among the golden catkins of the willow. Invisible larks broke into song above the velvety green fields and the ice-covered stubble-land...Spring had really come.'
Hope you all slept well...!
Tomorrow's jazz band at the Eagle Tavern in Rochester, is the Gary Wilcox Quartet...does anyone want to go and have a listen? I haven't heard them before, so can't say if they are any good - but all the times I've been, the band has always been ok...
Band starts at about one.
Let me know by tomorrow morning if you fancy it!
Friday, 5 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
My friend Carole from the AA has come to the rescue with a much more readable translation of Anna Karenin ...(that's AA as in 'Applied Arts' - not Alcoholics Anonymous! Things aren't quite that bad yet!)
So far so good, although I think it will all end in tears...
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Anyway, I have a request - in preparation for the film, I have been trying to read Anna Karenina, to give me an insight into Tolstoy's writing; however, I think I must have a rubbish translation, as it seems to be pretty badly written- I keep getting glimpses of how it should possibly be, but it is obscured by garbled grammar!
Mine is translated by Constance Garnett, and published by Pan. Does anyone have another translation I could borrow?
Here's the trailer anyway - hope I haven't missed it!
Monday, 1 March 2010
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Instead of sitting in your room, all alone with a coffee, come to the Eagle Tavern this afternoon, and have a coffee there! You never know, the excellent live jazz might just inspire you some more...
I will be in there from abour half past one, and it finishes at about half three...but of course you don't need to stay for the whole set. Remember, it's free to get in! (But there is a raffle - £1 a strip - which goes towards paying the band.)
Today's band is the Quentin Collins (trumpet) and Brandon Allen (sax) Quartet. Haven't seen this lot before, but looking at the biogs, they have played with some pretty big names, so they should be able to hold a tune! :)
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, 27 February 2010
I have never tried it before, and am not quite sure that this qualifies properly, but it was there in my head already formed, so I wrote it down quick!
A moment together
the air fills with song
my heart sings
I think maybe it's quite a useful exercise in brevity. I found a good website, if anybody else wants to give it a try -
- but be warned, it could be addictive!
The overall aim, it seems, is to say something meaningful 'using an economy of words to paint a multi-tiered painting, without "telling all".'
Please send me your efforts !
Friday, 26 February 2010
This is one of my favourite pieces of music, played here by the scrummy Johnny Depp... originally by Duke Ellington. I like this version better !
Caravan, from the film Chocolat.
I thought I would add this for good measure - come to think of it, the whole soundtrack is pretty good!
Read the book, if you get the chance... much better than the film, although the film is brilliant!
If you go to the lecture material, there is an extra bit that Chris did not get round to discussing, which is interesting as it relates to Norman Bates in Psycho...
After a spot of self-psychoanalysis, I have decided that my tripartite identity is out of balance, and my Superego needs a kick up the backside!
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
And you must be a nutter, feeling sorry for Norman Bates! :)
Norman Bates has to be the creepiest motel owner in the world - I haven't seen the remake, but can't imagine anyone else playing the part with such detached madness...that look he gives the audience at the end....*shudder*!
Looking forward to tomorrow's talk...
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Thursday, 18 February 2010
I'm sure a few lessons have been learned, and not just about Romanticism either... take today's experience forward, and remember it for next time!
On a lighter note - Final Cut Pro was hilarious, what with all the odd sound effects flying around...and the 'extra' entertainment provided by those sitting between me and Ruben...you know who you are! :)
Anyway, sleep well tonight - back to the grindstone tomorrow!
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
It a really good atmosphere, free to get in, lots of different ages of customer, and if you're lucky, free roast potatoes!
Maybe see some of you there!
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Don't forget, you can listen to it again on myUCA as many times as you like, until it all becomes clear! :)
I am currently trying to get my head around the idea of Empiricism and Rationalism... I believe what I am trying to do is think dialectically. I may need some help!
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Have just watched a really interesting documentary on the idea of 'infinty' - Horizon BBC1,
Great if you have a head for maths (which I don't!) but all the same, it makes you think...
Also, has anyone read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy... very similar theories discusssed in that, but obviously on a much more lighthearted level... (the book's much better than the film)
The idea that we are so small and insignificant in an infinite universe, is sometimes what we need to remind ourselves to keep things in proportion.
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Friday, 15 January 2010
And slightly less thought-provoking...how did Jefferey manage to get his trousers off so easily when kneeling at knife-point in front of Dorothy? ;)
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Out of all the films we have seen so far this year, this is the first one that I haven't actually seen before, so I was coming at it with fresh eyes for a change...
(whoops - one and a half hours later... - I got caught up watching bits of Twin Peaks!)
...ok, I'm back! As I was saying, this film was new to me, although I had seen other stuff by Lynch including the TV series Twin Peaks, which also stars Kyle MacLachlin.(In this series, he has actually graduated from amateur sleuth to FBI Agent!)
Blue Velvet made for an uncomfortable couple of hours viewing, although to me the comparisons between this film and The Cook et al were interesting. I must say, I am surprised that Jolanta found this film easier to watch than the Cook...maybe the 'look' of this film was a bit too close to home for me- after all, I was an 80's teenager! I think that because the setting of The Cook was so theatrical, it made it easier to distance yourself from what was actually happening, whereas in Blue Velvet, I could identify with the teenagers, how they looked (big hair, 'interesting' skirts) and how they behaved ( lots of smooching about at parties! [snogging - is that still a word these days?!])
What I found interesting was the similarity between the women in Blue Velvet, The Cook, and also Poltergeist - all strong women willing to do whatever it takes to get through and survive, and protect their own. The difference between Dorothy and Georgina was down to what was at stake - in Blue Velvet, Dorothy had to do what she did to protect her family, whereas Georgina was looking after herself. Both women use the mens weakness (ie need for sex) to to protect themselves and their families, but where Georgina recognises the sexual advances of Albert as wrong, Dorothy is confused by the feelings that have been unearthed in her, and seems to relish the beatings in a sadomasochistic way.
I thought the'Baddies' (ie the men!) were completely different - Albert Spica comes across as a playground bully, compared to the sociopath that is Frank, in Blue Velvet. Frank is so completely loopy, that you could not reason with him whatsoever. Also, his use of drugs (Nitrous oxide...laughing gas - I don't think so!) sets him apart from the scene and lifts the tension to another level.
The conclusion of the film, with everything 'back to normal' is the scariest bit of all I think, as it is hinting that whatever you think is safe and normal at home, is harbouring something sinister, and there is nothing you can do about it......!
And on that cheery note, thanks Phil,for reintroducing and introducing me to some screen classics! If you had told me a year ago, I would be sitting in a 'cinema' with about 30 young men watching Blue Velvet, I would never have believed you!