A.O.C. has seized the moment and there is no way to put her genie back in the bottle. Get used to it American corporate Dem’s and your media backers. Get used to it Fox because when she is old enough, she is your next President and I can’t wait for an intelligent women with great social policies, to transform America into the progressive country we all hope it could be.


Prosecute the parents

Prosecute the parents!

The local authority should prosecute the parents for child abuse. It’s depressing, that parents can get away with indoctrinating their children into fear based, dangerous religious sects, such as Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity and Islam. The children of such parents will face a lifetime of looking over their shoulder, to see if their divine ‘friend’ on high is watching their every move. They will find it extremely difficult, to lose the fear of going to hell, to face eternal torture, all for the ‘accident’ of being born into ‘original sin’.
Everyone should be free to practice religions of their choice – when they are old enough to understand the ramifications, of making such choices.


Bend the Arc

In memoriam of the helpless Pittsburgh victims of Robert Bowers, I now fully support ‘Bend the Arc’ and their efforts to bring about a more equitable society.


So the Saudis

So the Saudis actually kill another county’s citizen while in their ‘care’ and America (particularly Lindsey Graham) whose citizen it was, feigns outrage and does nothing. Imagine if it had been Iran. But of course Iran doesn’t have multi billion dollar arms deals with America. Go figure.


bees make honey, I make art.

I make art. That’s a fact, I haven’t been posting much, mainly because, the weight of what is happening politically has just been crushing this year and I can’t keep up with it. But……..I have been painting, drawing, preparing canvases and planning new projects. I’ve nearly finished the final painting in my trilogy of paintings to commemorate the sacrifice made by the hundreds of thousands of young people during the 1st. World War and in particular to remember the soldier/poet Captain Wilfred Edward Salter Owen. ‘The End’ is nearly finished and will complete the trilogy.

‘Masters of Misogyny’ a large painting for which I designed and had made – by a local artisan – a new easel,

is taking shape.

A lot of work but again this allegorical painting will say a lot about what I think concerning the treatment women suffered and still suffer at the hands of male religious leaders. The injustice was and continues to be real despite the hollow protestations in the West.  I want the religious imagery to resonate with disingenuous apologetics like Matt Slick and William Lane Craig, the likes of Tony Blair, Anne Widdecombe, The Pope and his cronies, the rotund and gormless fake Irishman Bill Donohue of the Catholic League and Islamic preachers and princes alike, all profound misogynists. The list is too long, hopefully the painting will eventually come to their notice.

I’m also working on two portraits of my model Elodie Bouffard, maybe three, two at least will be in the style known as ‘tenebrism’, with an obvious nod to Caravaggio. Still a way to go but it is taking shape nicely.

Planned future painting are ’10 Downing St.’ starring the severed heads of five British Prime-ministers impaled on the 10 Downing St. railings. I may call it Traitors’ Row. I’m sick of these bastards getting into power and doing nothing for the country and its people. I’m thinking particularly of Thatcher, Major, Blair, Cameron and May, all lying cunts, who betrayed the British people and made themselves and their cronies rich at the electorate’s expense.



As a life long socialist, this is great news to start my day.


Dunkirk 2017

Just watched this film, god that was hard to watch at times. Liked the music score too, interesting combination of an electronically modified orchestra and electronic effects. Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ was added almost subliminally, clever stuff.


The Matthew Passion

Composed in 1727 Bach’s Passion is at the centre of his great religious works. Undoubtedly a Christian, Bach believed, as far as we can tell, that he was creating music that glorified his god. As an atheist I simply replace ‘religious’ with transcendent, thus apart from the sheer turgid nature of some of the text I can enjoy Bach’s wonderful music without the need to supplicate myself before a mythical super-natural monster. Some have argued that this music simply couldn’t exist without the religion it is pinned to, probably not as the text is at its core, but there are many examples of the transcendent in Bach’s instrumental music, without any such religious text being anywhere in sight, or earshot. Listen here Erbarme dich mein gott  for a truly amazing aria from The Matthew Passion, featuring the contralto Delphine Galou.


special snowflakes

The paintings of Balthus can be thought provoking, particularly those, such as, ‘the guitar lesson’. As adults we can view such images and come to out own conclusions, we really don’t need a group of people who know what is best for us, to gain the upper hand. Thankfully as we can glean from reading the Huff’ Post article

Huff Post

the Metropolitan Museum of Art has ignored their whining and crying and continues to display the Balthus painting, as is their right.

I suppose the painting gives bored, rich people something to talk about, meanwhile artists get on with revealing the difficulties of life and the complexities of the human condition, no matter how unsettling to these ‘snowflakes’.


Musée d’Orsay

So I visited the Musée d’Orsay and whilst looking at a beautiful desert scene ‘Le Sahara’  by Gustave Guillaumet I entered into a brief conversation with a women from the East coast of America and I remarked, ‘it makes you think, doesn’t it?’ ‘Yes’, she replied, ‘that there is something bigger than us’. ‘For me it’s the weight of our common humanity’, I said. She’d moved a little and didn’t hear me.

Later I revisited the moment and despite feeling both humbled and invigorated by a star filled night sky, hoping that one day we can explore there, I knew that the bigger thing for all of us at the moment is our immediate, fragile and dangerous human condition.  When looking to the stars, we should realise that we need to look after each other, or we will never reach our true transcendent potential; we need to invest in our common humanity.