Wednesday, 16 September 2015
After five years of determined blogging, this my second blog, has again been slightly over taken by events.
My first allotment blog had to end, along with my allotment tenancy 3 years ago, all because full time work got in the way. Now this blog is thwarted by a return to part time education, So while I still be collecting Poole, I might not have so much time to share all of my finds.
I bought the vase above a fair few months ago. I thought the Chinese blue bird pattern worked quite well on this shape, and at 9 inches tall it's a good size. The pattern is PN and was painted by Anne Hatchard in the mid 1920s.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Friday, 14 August 2015
Arrrrrrh! Half drunk on a Friday night, I can contain myself no more. Signing up for the latest Stonewall.org.uk campaign my employer is now looking for straight allies and fight my (gay) corner. Am I the only gay man that is uneasy about Stonewall.org.uk representing me?
Like every other gay men my age, I grew up with my sexuality more or less criminalised. As a young gay man, I've enjoyed breaking the law on many occasions and my current employer would certainly have stacked me at the time, had I been caught.
That all changed because of me and the actions of hundreds of thousands of other gay men and lesbians, some of them paid a huge price. The law and society changed because of mass sexual disobedience. Straight allies did not do that, they cannot understand how it was, or how it is now, no matter how lovely they are.
I worry that when your persecutor becomes your champion in one fell swoop, maybe they have just found some other way of treading you into the ground.
Above, is a plate from about the time when homosexuality was partially decriminalised, painted by Jean Millership.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Monday, 20 July 2015
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Having got that off my chest, I just wanted to say how glad I am about Greece's vote against austerity tonight. For a long time I've seen myself as pro European, but with a UK EU referendum planned, the chance to throw a spanner in the works of an anti democratic, market orientated Europe. with London bankers at it's financial center. makes a No vote really quite appealing. Calling the bluff on David Cameron's inept politicking would be the cherry on the cake.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
http://www.robspoolepottery.co.uk/traditional_poole_geometric_vases.htm#VX A vase that I found in Newark several years ago, sometime before starting this blog. On a vase that size this pattern is reduced to being a small if decorative border. Here, painted by Marian Heath in the late 1920's, it completely covers this pot.