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The Geology of the Underbath


73167-004-64654597Plus the Anthropocene within the Holocene, a proposed ‘new’ epoch that begins when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems)


During the Carboniferous epoch, 340 million years ago, the Underbath  part of the southern Peak District – was covered by a warm, clear, shallow sea full of microscopic shell-creatures.

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A serendipitous combination?

There are times when perhaps an image becomes greater than the sum of its parts. I couldn’t resist the unlikely dialogue that’s set up when these two images are combined.

One image is a postcard sent home to Matlock in 1904 by a little girl called Eileen. The other a photograph of a horse drawn open iron day boat travelling the Birmingham canals.  Our old boat Eileen – an open iron day boat – could well have been caught by a photographer in just such a circumstance.

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‘Thin Objects’ through Spring


Here’s a taster of the content I’m hoping to cover in Spring 2016, I’ll be:

  • Expanding the Word Hoard
  • Looking into the geology of Matlock Bath in more detail in Underbath
  • Telegraphese-ing a couple of caverns – the Royal Cumberland and Rutland
  • Continuing the tangential navigation around our old boat Eileen
  • Starting a practical series that will see me paint another Journey Can
  • Exploring the legend of the Green Man
  • Touching on Derbyshire well-dressings
  • Reviewing
    • Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series of novels
    • Corbel Stone Press Reliquiae Volume Three
    • Uniformagazine Nos. 1-5

Creative Corrugations


A simple boat tethered to the shore. There’s a natural, understandable temptation to cast off across the water and, released from landlocked normality, go on some Swallows & Amazon-ing adventure. But, something holds you back. There’s something incongruous about the boat, something that doesn’t quite sit right. It takes a moment or too to realise it but it’s the material, the material’s out of context. It’s not in it’s usual world. It isn’t straight-edged or up or down. A boat made from corrugated iron is plain odd, like a concrete boat. There’s a part of you that doesn’t quite trust the concept or the physics. Could it, should it, will it float???

Such are the wonderful tensions, questions and narrative trails prompted by Jeff Thomson‘s sculptures.

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King’s Cross

The Summer holidays always provide an opportunity for the Boys & I to have a meander around the huge Kings Cross Development in order to catch up on the work that’s taken place in the last year.

Not least of the changes was the hugely successful revealing/unveiling of the frontage of Kings Cross station after getting on for 50 years cloaked in a 1970’s facade. In fact an unimparred view of the frontage has not been possible for nearly 150 years. The redevelopment of the frontage was awarded an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage in the area of conservation.

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Paper Boats : Simply Perfect

paper-boats-vector-24689789As Simple and as Perfect as a Paper Boat

Sometimes only a paper boat will do. There’s something magical about the process of taking a flat piece of paper and in a few deft fold, turns and pulls creating a 3-D craft capable of floating in bath, stream or lake.

If you’ve not made a paper boat in a while, here’s pictorial instructions on how to get started…


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Book Review: Concrete, Crows and Calluses by Tina Richardson


Richardson, T. (2013) Concrete, Crows and Calluses Dispatches from a Contemporary Psychogeographer Particulations Press

The online blurb said: this book represents the thoughts and experiences of someone working in the field of urban walking and psychogeography. It attempts to provide a moment-in-time representation of urban aesthetics, while providing analyses and critiques of urban space. But in truth, I fell for the title.

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