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I’d like to quote you from Banksy but why should I, he never quoted any of my stuff. However on this occasion I’ll make an exception.  I picked this up on Facebook from a mate of mine so whether it’s actually from Banksy or not I’m not sure and I can’t be arsed to verify because whether it is or not I pretty much agree.

The artist “Banksy,” on advertisers: People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They… leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs. 

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They… leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs. 

Here’s an advert for the NHS I found in a London phone box 

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Big Bang Theory

Current ponder is how many of my recorded The Big Bang Theory can I watch while the wife is in the shower or doing something mundane out of the room. I’ve tried to persuade her of it’s funniness but it’s the canned laughter she can’t stand. The answer is one episode and that includes fast forwarding through the adverts. My recordings are random so that I watch random episodes of Penny and Leonard married, Sheldon and Amy married, Bernadette and Howard with baby and all those things not which seem to run concurrently on E4 and E4+1.  

Pastel De Nata 

This week’s delight was finding Lidl sell Pastel De for a can’t resist “oh go on then you only live once” price of 49 pence. Sooner or later I’m gonna have a goat making these myself just for the heck of it. The wife likes them as well so that’s a bonus. 

Sainsbury’s do em for about 80pence ! shame on them eh ? 

Clothing 

Check out Smith Webb clothing which want you to be kind in the world  with their ethical clothing  ( sweatshirts and t-shirts ). It says on their website they’re proud supporters of Mental Health and Anti – Bullying Charities

Music 

If keeping up with the music scene here in the UK is your thing check out Jared Musson’s Blog Mortal Vibrations   

Jared also writes for music website Louder than War

Radio Radio

It was great to be a guest on my mate Darrell Roberts’ Thursday evening radio show on Millside Hospital Radio   

I got to choose seven tracks from seven decades for his 7 Decades of Heaven at 7 feature. Bearing in mind this is a hospital radio I kept my choices as eclectic and middle of the road as I could. Nothing too heavy or left field. I injected a bit of a street ( photography) theme as well. Here’s my choices;

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog

The Beatles – A Day in the Life

The Jam – Strange Town

Prefab Sprout – Appetite

Dire Straits – On Every Street

Adele – Hometown Glory

Elbow – Mirrorball

All these can be found on You Tube or Spotify should you wish ?

Taken with Lumia Selfie

Darrell Roberts and I in the studio

Another Place

 

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I’ve been suffering from a bit of anxiety and depression just lately. It happens from time to time ! It’s been a bit of a shit year what with one thing and another. I looked up ‘anxiety’ on the internet and some of the symptoms listed  I could identify with. It’s not an easy thing to define or deal with. No matter how much I kept telling myself that there were hundreds of thousands of people much far worse than I was and how lucky I was I could not lift myself out of this dark pit that I felt I was in. I had this dark negative mood hanging around me and as much as I tried to smile and feel happier I just couldn’t and there was absolutely no reason other than things that have been happening this year that I could do about it. I felt oh so tired as well. It wasn’t that I couldn’t be bothered, it was just tiring.

A few days away at a lovely hotel on the West coast has lifted my spirits somewhat. Amongst other things we visited Anthony Gormley’s Another Place on Crosby Beach. I was under strict instructions to leave the Fuji X-Pro at home so just took along my Lumix GF2 ( I told you I was lucky ). I counted about ten photographers on Crosby Beach, all taking photos of Another Place. So ! the question for me was this; how do I go beyond the mere recording of it ? How do I capture the essence of it, what the artist themselves was trying to communicate while at the same time initiating a more personal response ? Something that resonates with the place and the work of art while simultaneously adding my own creative stamp. As photographers this is often what we are dealing with is it not ? We deal with what is in front of us and the challenge is to create something else or personal. 

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