gouache on paper

11.5cm x 8cm

26 years on and this is still a picture I am proud of ... based on the moon over the moors of West Cornwall painted in a kitchen in Sidcup - Kent / SE London (take your choice) - still in a clip frame - I said I would post this in the comments on my last image. The moon looks the same here - it's over Dartmoor instead.
l also thought it was a good image to illustrate my 6 random facts - having been tagged by Peggy Sue - the last couple of days at work have been relentless and I have felt wrung out - so it's taken a little while to respond - but first the "rules"
1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules on your blog.
3) Write six random things about yourself.
4) Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5) Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
so here are my 6 random facts -

1. the Moon connection - my very earliest memory is standing in my cot - so I reckon I was about 18 months old ( I talked about this with my Mum to try and place it in time) - holding on to the rails - looking out of the window at an enormous full-moon. It's still as vivid in my mind today as ever it was. I still adore the Moon - my daughter seems to be equally obsessive.

2. One of the bloggers on this post - Ivor - was also a friend at school, and I have known him since 1970. In 1978 when we had both been at Uni / Poly for a year we met at my house and we created Sardine Surprise - a tasty snack consisting of Sardines and .... stuff, made memorable by the use of cochineal, which rendered the dish scarlet.

3. I became the youngest ever elected member of Cornwall County Council when I successfully stood for Penzance East ward in 1985.

4. I have been physically removed (by personnel of both the RAF and USAF - it was a double pleasure) whilst I was having a nice sit down on an airbase containing nuclear weapons - I happened to wander on to it with a hundred or so friends out for a country walk.

5. I was one of the 100 'civilian' charity reps in the funeral procession (following the coffin ) of Diana , Princess of Wales - possibly the single most surreal experience of my life.

6. I met my wife Debbie when we were cast members in a community millenium production ( 2000 strangely ) at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth ( 2 weeks run - 1,100 sell-out every night). It was called "Union Street" - I was dressed as a military policeman - Debbie was in a bikini and sarong - and still looks as lovely. When Debbie reads this she will find that very embarassing.

The following six people I have tagged in keeping with the spirit of this game - what they do with it is up to them......


  1. Thank you (?) for the tag. It would help if I knew 6 bloggers to link to. Or can I just pounce on unsuspecting victims? My memory of the Sardine Surprise Incident is somewhat different. I would place it a little earlier, say 1973, and we had planned to survive a night in a tent in your garden. There were three of us (Bob Fifield?). Your parents weren't in at the time, so we whipped up the sardine surprise, which you have accurately described (those of us who survived it could hardly forget it). We washed it down with an entire bottle of whiskey mixed with Ribena. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I haven't drunk Ribena since.

  2. thank you my dear i love your page...
    you look like sombody i know ;)
    have a nice time. viv

  3. You know what's amazing to me? That when we look up into the sky, we see the same moon. All of us. I see it and you see it, and we're looking at the same thing.

    I don't know why that boggles my mind, but it does.

  4. Hello

    I love this one! I find it both inspirational and restful....Very interesting.

  5. Ok this is the one. It will be on the bulletin board on Monday!

  6. great pic
    Happy Christmas wishes from Bovey Tracey

  7. Ivor - as it's you - make up the rules for yourself ... re Sardine Surprise I still reckon 1978 - lets split the difference and call it 1975.5 - which would be June 1976 ... ?

    Vivien thanks - I look like someone I know too

    Rhea - it is boggling - I like spotting it in the daytime

    Linda - it feels like there could be drizzle drifting across - but it's a clear sky

    Megan - looking forward to seeing it on that bulletin-board ... I've finally made it !!

    Genie - thanks and season's greetings to you from just down the road really

    Cheers to you all


  8. Hey Steve, thanks for the tag.

    The sardines sound disgusting and washed down with whiskey and ribena?.....)

    Really enjoyed the vibrancy of your commission.)

    Not sure I know 6 people either but will see what I can do.

    Memory is great isn't it? Everyone has their own truth.

    Wonderful day.)

  9. allways when i look at your moon pic, i get into a beautifull dreamland. thank you for that.
    kiss viv

  10. Love your site. Merry Christmas Wishes to you and your Family!

  11. Just wanted to wish you a tremendous holiday!

  12. You have lead a very interesting (and strange at times!) life. But this is a wonderful work of art - 26 years old or not.

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