Imatives: Gobble

All animals can be bribed with treats though there are always strings attached.

Love is always involved with bribery.


(Section from Gobble: Acrylic, oil and charcoal)

Imatives is open at Moorish, in Wiveliscombe on the edge of Exmoor until the end of March 2014

Imatives exhibition . . .

Moorish / Wiveliscombe / Somerset

~ 6th February 2014 to March 31st 2014 ~

(Section from Peggy: Acrylic, oil and charcoal)

For my first exhibition in more than 20 years I chose to make four individual paintings nuanced by four pieces of poetic narrative.  Collectively they explore the various complexions of love.





If you are able to visit, it’ll be lovely to see you.

The Holly and the Ivy

It is an enduring remnant of Paganism to deck our houses with evergreens towards the close of the year.   Although the custom was forbidden by the councils of the early Christian Church, its hold was too strong for it to be readily relinquished.  For the Druids of ancient Britain, Holly and Ivy symbolised  a contest between the masculine (holly) and feminine (ivy) elements in nature.  In the modern age Holly and Ivy have come to represent Christmas.

Holly supposedly wards off witches and a sprig tied to the bedpost assures pleasant dreams.  Syrup, made by boiling the twigs is good for easing chesty coughs.  According to Christian tradition the pointed leaves represent the thorns of Christ’s Crown, the perennially-green leaves represent eternal life and the red berries represent the blood He shed for our salvation.

Ivy, according to ancient tradition, has always been a symbol of fidelity, friendship and affection.  Druids considered it a symbol of determination and strength while the Celts also associated ivy with the lunar goddess, Arianrhod, and held it as a portent of death and spiritual rebirth.

Visit Ben & Alfie here.

Merry Christmas everyone and may your God have the strength to go with you.

Video: 4 Minutes That Will Change Your Life



Originally posted on THE GENERALIST:

Watching this video made me want to write about a topic very dear to my heart; animals and animal rights. I have 4 reasons why animals are important in our lives:

1- Animals are part of our ecosystem cycle. Simply put, if we don’t respect their co-existence or protect them and their habitats from the possiblity of man made extinction, then the whole food chain cycle will be disrupted.  Animals of all kinds, including primates, will directly suffer the consequences of our actions.

2- Animals have elevated senses.  We as humans have super senses, but even our eyes, ears and sense of smell are of no match to those of the animals. Further, the evolution of the animal is linked directly to the Earth and the historical changes of our planet through time.  For example, sharks use the electromagnetic field from the earth’s north and south poles to detect their direction using electrical wave lengths. Elephants…

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Moscow Drug Club


Rampant Burlesque basted in the oven of flamboyant gypsy jazz
and smoke house swing.


The Moscow Drug Club are on tour in the UK showcasing their latest album

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Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes.


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