3941. M32 Cycle path (141)

I was lucky enough to meet Mest when he was painting this piece, just a couple of days before the Italy v England Euro 21 cup final. Perhaps the less said about the result of that match, the better, although being an Italophile, losing to the Italians wasn’t so bad.

Mest, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2021
Mest, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2021

Mest wasn’t at all what I expected, but then I can’t think of a single artist who looked anything like I thought they might before I met them. His simple large letters in white are embellished with a large red cross through the middle to create a Mestivellian St George cross, The whole thing neatly bound with a black and blue border. A nice patriotic football piece. I must be getting close to having enough of his work for a gallery.

Parsley in my ears

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Waiting for the boy

to watch the match together

the joy of playback

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shut out all noises or clues

I’ll put parsley in my ears

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by Scooj

This is a rather cryptic Tanka which I am composing while waiting for my son to get home from his late shift so that we can watch the England v Scotland match together on playback. I have to guard against hearing the neighbours shouting or turning on the radio or even using my phone in case I see or hear anything that might give away the score.

Putting parsley in my ears is an oblique reference to an Asterix cartoon book ‘Asterix the Gladiator’ in which the Roman soldiers put parsley in their ears so that they wouldn’t hear Cacofonix the bard singing, such was the dreadful noise he made.

Thursday doors – 27 June 2019

Doors 76 – Dorchester doors (1)

I went to a meeting in Dorchester last week and had quite a lot of time to kill either side of the meeting and my train journeys. I have never been to the town before, so there was an obvious doorscursion opportunity, and what an appropriately named place for such a thing.

The town left me a little puzzled. Compared to Bristol it is a rather sleepy and sedate place although both share an extraordinary history and abominable post-war architecture. The most striking thing was the abundance of retirees as a proportion of the total population. Maybe this was an artifact of the time of day I was visiting, I don’t know.

Because of its Roman heritage I had imagined ancient doors all over the place, but instead there was a curious mix of old, new, weird and beautiful doors. You’ll be glad to hear there were no graffiti doors in Dorchester.

Here we go:

Dorset museum. Shame about the hoarding and door in front of the door. Dorchester, June 2019
Dorset museum. Shame about the hoarding and door in front of the door. Dorchester, June 2019

Shop door, Dorchester, June 2019
Shop door, Dorchester, June 2019

Rather old and redundant? Shop door, Dorchester, June 2019
Rather old and redundant? Shop door, Dorchester, June 2019

Charming blue door, Dorchester, June 2019
Charming blue door, Dorchester, June 2019

Pair of doors - I particularly like the worn step, Dorchester, June 2019
Pair of doors – I particularly like the worn step, Dorchester, June 2019

This dwelling is appropriately named 'Lilliput House', the door was about 5ft 6 and I would have struggled to get in. Dorchester, June 2019
This dwelling is appropriately named ‘Lilliput House’, the door was about 5ft 6 and I would have struggled to get in. Dorchester, June 2019

So there we have it for another week – there will be more from Dorchester in due course. Meanwhile why not go and check out the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

Have a great weekend

Scooj