Monday, 23 August 2010

03 NPP Waveney Springs 23.08.2010

Continued from The story so far 21 - 09.05.2010

Monday 23 August 2010 - I received a call from the Diss Express while working at Heaven; I was about to assist Ben and Ray with a wooden crocodile into a van for delivery and had just smashed my little finger while moving a massively heavy anvil. Still, Luke Page wanted an interview about the forth coming Waveney Springs Art Trail and business is business. So, there I was bare chested beneath the August sunshine, bleeding aching finger and surrounded by wheel barrow, wooden off-cuts and shavings, rake, fork, spade, tools and so forth.

I visited Diss the Friday before the weekend, delivering up-date information to all 31 shops. At the Diss Express I found out about a controversy involving our WS member John Vesty - it's a lovely accident. Thank you Cromer Council. This is a good example of the media coverage:

We will be displaying the 'offensive' nudes among the shops of Diss, perhaps Ulric Computers or Ashton & Co Estate Agents opposite Merrick Hill Insurance from where my Tom Paine's 'eyes' can peer at the beauty of the human form!

It seems Waveney Springs artist John Vesty has not only become a national talking point of controversy in several leading papers, but international too as the story has apparently hit at least Denmark, Spain and India... while Diss plans to brave 'offensive' paintings in September - wonderful.

John vesty mailed me: "I have Just returned from a walking holiday with my kids in Cumbria; where I did my best to plug Waveney Springs from my mobile via Radio5 live drive-time, crouching 2000ft up on Great Borne in Ennerdale and on Anglia T.V. News which was shot in Carlisle. So much for my attempt at Diss appearing for last ten days! An 'international' talking point? WaveneySprings has now gone global!"

This is the quote he gave to a Danish magazine: "My reaction to the censorship of my paintings began with astonishment but it is now one of gratitude to the council for unwittingly bringing my work to a much wider audience. Nonetheless I still remain surprised at the paucity of mind in one's fellow human beings and sad that their vision is so pre-determined by an unquestioned past. What we 'see' is so often merely a reflection of our own prejudices; in the case of paintings all that is physically there are some small daubs of coloured earth stuck to a flat piece of stretched material, all the rest is an interpretation formed in the brain of the individual onlooker; regrettably most do not know this. This blinkered vision is endemic in all societies and I believe it has always been so historically and is likely to remain the case in the future. Breast-feeding for instance in the west is still frowned upon in public by many people and many institutions, yet what could be a more natural activity? Mankind always fears the unknown or the unfamiliar and although we all have bodies, many put even that into the 'alien' category."

BBC Radio Norfolk also called on Friday and plan to visit the streets of Diss Thursday 02 Sept.

Started reading The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, first published in 1975. I came across a fascinating quote, allegedly by General George Washington to Sir John Sinclair:
"I find that for all purpose, the Indian hemp is in every way superior to the New Zealand variety previously cultivated here."

Wednesday 25 August 2010 - A particularly amusing and bizarre take on the 'nudes' fiasco is a Polish article which the internet translation refers to as 'Polish Atheist site', though it does provide a clear link to Waveney Springs:

Saturday 28 August 2010 - Article from the Telegraph about sea level change theory:
Article in this week's Diss Express promotes the forth coming Waveney Springs Art Trail: Art Trail To Lift Town Traders.
Went to Thetford King's House with Ben and Ben to provide wooden sculpture for a Teddy Bear's Garden Party. Here's Ben sitting on his Mermaids...

Thursday 02 September 2010 - BBC Radio Norfolk's Stephen Bumfrey visited Diss....
John Vesty, Stephen Bumfrey, a nude in the window and WS PR representative:

Stephen Bumfrey, The Vision of Paine and WS PR representative outside Merrick Hill:

Stephen Bumfrey's BBC Radio Norfok show gave us excellent coverage the same afternoon 1-4pm. The Listen Now link was available for 7 days; our activity and the subject of John Vesty's 'nude' paintings frequently mentioned from the start; our specific segment started at about 1.30 mins into the show until 1.49 mins...

Waveney Valley Blog: Eyes On Nudigate In Diss:

Friday 03 September 2010 - Waveney Valley Blog

Something different - Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling...
... and The Power of Biological Light in Healing

Monday 06 September 2010 - Extraordinary letter to Tony Blair from his sister-in-law:

Tuesday 07 September 2010 - Delivered paintings to The Nicholson Gallery, see:
Greshams 02 - 06.05.2010
September develops into a busy time.

Friday 10 September 2010 - Met Richard Bacon MP along with other representatives of the community for a photo-op to promote the Waveney Springs Art Trail...

I then drove up to Holt to label my Gresham's exhibition, before a return trip to Norwich for an interview with Matthew Gudgin at BBC Radio Norfolk with History teacher Simon Kinder; available for 7 days 0.43 - 0.54 mins:
Exhibition opened 6pm.

This week's Diss Express, out today, mentions the planned visit by Richard Bacon MP, an article of support for Waveney Springs by the Mayor and an editorial column also singing our praises.

Saturday 25 September 2010 - BBC Radio 4 today presented Punt PI: Nazi UFO's. Among the interviewees was Igor Witkowski whom I first came across through Project Camelot:
As usual, the BBC tended to associate the UFO subject with a 'silly' factor; after all, they have a comedian investigating one of the most profound issues currently known to man.
Yesterday, The Diss Express published Phil Jupitas on their front cover. He had mentioned Diss during an interview on The One Show, Merrick Hill informed me and I suggested to Claire at The One Show she propose to Mr. Jupitas' camp that he arrange a book signing session in Diss. Also, inside the week's Diss Express, Richard Bacon praises The Waveney Springs Art Trail in his column.

Sunday 26 September 2010 - I've e-mailed BBC Today editor Dominic Groves and his team again. They will not take much if any notice, but one tries.

Dear Mr. Groves & the Today team,

a press conference is planned for the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, to offer testimony about the UFO/ET issue. It is relevant to the climate change issue; energy issues; religious issues; indeed, just about everything to do with life on earth. As a member of the British public, I would welcome the BBC reporting on this matter:|ie8t|dl1|sec1_lnk1|173207

Also, worth your attention, Webster Tarpley, an INVESTIGATIVE journalist, one you might invite to your programme:

Finally, an article on the recent Ahmadinejad address to the UN:
I have pasted the English translation below for your convenience. I may not wholly agree with the President's viewpoint, but he does make some interesting points and I would like to think thought-crime has not yet been brought into our common law.

Best wishes,

I took the translation from here:
It's a wee bit too long to paste as a blog text.

In 1984 I read the book 1984 on a beach in Portugal. It was probably my first introduction to the concept of 'thought-crime'. Here's a chap who has been apparently imprisoned for thought-crime. David Irving brands his critics as "little Nazis who Hitler would be proud of" as he continues to campaign for his version of historical truth:
I would probably attract the ire of the ADL just for including this link. I recommend you read Webster Tarpley's 'George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography' to have another viewpoint of war and who finances it:

Interesting video, American Drug War:

So, a new phase begins...
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Sunday, 22 August 2010

Quotes of support, artist & shops

The Waveney Springs Art Trail 2010
The Closer You Get Diss Appears

Quotes of Support

“Tell those who doubt the value of the Waveney Springs Art Collective, that I don’t know why art is necessary – only that it is.
All who in the 1940’s braved bombs to see one painting in the National Gallery knew it too.”
Brian Sewell Art Critic, Sunday 04 April 2010

"I whole heartedly support the Waveney Springs art trail and the local shops collaborating with local artists. It's a fact that as I get closer, Diss appears. Art - purely life. No art, no life!"
Rick Wakeman, musician, local resident, Friday 30 July 2010

“The Waveney Springs Art Trail 2010 is an excellent collaboration between local shops and artists which will help increase awareness of art in everyday life. I congratulate the members of the Waveney Springs Art Collective for bringing this exciting event to Diss and the Waveney Valley.”
Richard Bacon MP South Norfolk, Saturday 31 July 2010

"Art and culture are certainly on a high in Norfolk - and the Waveney Valley is no exception. I will certainly be on the trail through September and I hope Diss appears as I get closer!"
Daniel Cox, Leader of Norfolk County Council Wednesday 04 August 2010

“It is great to see the Waveney Springs art trail collaboration of local artists and shops. It’s an imaginative and fun way of benefiting artists, shops and most importantly local people. Communities are about bringing people together and this project does that. People need services but they also need to be inspired and that’s a role art can play.”
Jon Clemo, Chief Executive, Norfolk Rural Community Council 06 August 2010

“As a business in Diss, any initiative that brings people into the town centre is to be welcomed. When that initiative involves art from local artists it becomes really easy to support and we give it our full backing. Throughout September, we look forward to seeing the perfect partnership of a great town centre showcasing great local art.”
Edward Nottingham, Director, Merrick Hill Insurance
Diss Business Forum committee member 09 August 2010

“I think this is an absolutely marvellous idea, putting art in the shop windows of Diss - I love it! And I love the idea that the closer you get Diss appears. Wonderful.”
Maggie Secker BBC Radio Norfolk Sunday 15 August 2010

Diss shops and WS artists:
Parsons Estate Agents - Will Adams
Ulric Computers - John Vesty
Sue Ryder - Ann Roy
Myhill’s - Ned Pamphilon
The Camera Company - Phil Cunningham
Musker McIntyre Estate Agents - David Mitchell
A. Stodel Optometrist - Fran Pemberton
Larter & Ford Ltd - Ann Roy
Adkins Opticians - Jane Durant
Albright of Diss - Sally Tyley
Anne Taylor - Fran Pemberton
Temple Property Management - Peter Swaffer
The Flower Shop - Neslihan Nebioglu
Lily and Rose - Silke Shelenz
Diss Wool and Craft shop - Becky Whatley
Natural Foodstore - Parr / Lyne
Sweetie Shop and Claires Sugarcrafts - Becky Whatley
Christine Hinchcliffe - Jacqui Petrie
Rooms with a View - Dee Evans
Merrick Hill Insurance - Ned Pamphilon
Candies - Dave Eddington
Church Street Books - Peter Knights
Country Pine Interiors - Ben Platts-Mills
Orchard Frames - Dave Gregson
Diss Furnishing Fabrics - Jean Page
Stylers - Jacqui Petrie
Tourist Information Centre - Jane Kelly
Diss Park Pavilion - Ned Pamphilon
Durrants Estate Agents - Dee Evans
Diss Ironworks - Peter Knights
Mere Moments Cafe - Jane Kelly
Fredrick's Fine Foods - Ned Pamphilon
Ashton & Co. Estate Agents - John Vesty
Eastern Daily Press - Ned Pamphilon
Diss Express - John Vesty & Ned Pamphilon

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Sunday, 13 September 2009

02 NPP Waveney Springs 13.09.2009

Continued from 01 NPP Waveney Springs 29.08.2009

Sunday 13 September 2009 - Frogstock opened Friday and Waveney Springs Art Trail open studios began at Heaven Saturday for Ben and myself. Friday's Bury Free Press put an article about the 4th Plinth on p.2:
During the day tents and stages were being moved an assembled behind The Swan Inn:

I painted a trailer which would be the acoustic stage:

Saturday morning the sky was blue with fluffy white clouds and a criss-cross plane trail while plastic police cones lined the village street:

The weather was gorgeous as sunshine drenched us all. At Heaven paintings were displayed under cover and sculpture lay as usual about the field:

Saturday evening I performed at Frogstock on the acoustic stage with Romney on hand drum, shaker and vocals. A comedian dressed as Jesus-cum-John the Baptist-cum-Osama Bin Laden was a notable turn late in the evening. Maybe it was the Norfolk Cider, but Aaron Barschak made me laugh. He later told me he had a previous record:
Saturday's glorious sunshine and blue skies were only clouded by Arsenal's defeat at Man City.

I left Frogstock about 1.30am to get some rest before Sunday's second open day at Heaven during which at least 3 mothers visiting my artworks on display commented upon my acoustic stage performance the evening before - were you the guy playing last night? They each enthused about how much fun they had at Frogstock; how their kids thought Coney Weston was the most exciting and coolest place over the weekend; indeed, one mother quoted her daughter: "It was the best day of my life except when I was born!"

I also heard how members of the St. John's Ambulance crew and the police were over heard commenting positively on the lasagna and other food available. Surly a good sign. Generally, I have already received much positive feedback and have encouraged people to write to the Parish Magazine, local newspapers and The Swan to tell them. There was much talk and gossip beforehand and no doubt numerous difficulties staging Frogstock. The police traffic cones up and down the road running through Coney Weston looked horrific, but really a very minor irritation. Well done to those who were brave enough organise this community event. I believe it enthused and inspired many, especially the younger generations and left a few wondering if their fuss and fear prior to the event was misplaced.

Also, on the Saturday I received a package from Trafalgar 4th Plinth organisers One & Other: the plinth was originally designed in 1841 by Charles Barry to display an 'equestrian' statue. Funds were lacking to complete the plan. The connection with Newmarket and East Anglia is therefore, remarkably apt for me just now. I'm investigating painting a life-size model horse on the plinth.

Friday 18 September 2009 - I visited London to check out the Trafalgar Square 4th Plinth.

I also had a call from the One & Other organisation to confirm my participation. An amusing highlight was a naked painted women standing on the plinth.

Monday 21 September 2009 - We had another weekend of lovely weather and especially on Sunday enough visitors to keep us busy. Now I will focus upon Trafalgar Square.
Meanwhile, Sibel Edmonds' story has been published by The American Conservative magazine:

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Saturday, 29 August 2009

01 NPP Waveney Springs 29.08.2009

Continued from Thetford Arts Centre 04.08.2009

Saturday 29 August 2009 - This coming week sees the start of my involvement in the Waveney Springs Exhibition and Art Trail. This involves artists from both Norfolk and Suffolk within a 10 mile radius of Diss.

Terribly disappointing and frustrating loss for Arsenal 2-1 at Man Utd. Fabulous stance by Wenger in the Utd stand.

James Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation in Europe, which owns the Times and Sun, yesterday addressed the Edinburgh Television Festival. He said:
"The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision..."
"It is essential for the future of independent digital journalism that a fair price can be charged for news to people who value it."
It is reassuring to know mainstream media corporates such as Sky concern themselves with independent news provision, but why do we have to pay for news?

I watched a presentation by Michael Tsarian....
It's 3.24 mins long, so unlikely too many will bother. It is a radical viewpoint compared to mainstream thinking thinking. His Carl Gustav Jung quote seems poignant:
"The gigantic catastrophes that threaten us today are not elemental happenings of a physical or biological order, but psychic events. To a quite terrifying degree we are threatened by wars and revolutions which are nothing other than psychic epidemics. At any moment several millions of human beings may be smitten with a new madness, and then we shall have another world war or devastating revolution. Instead of being at the mercy of wild beasts, earthquakes, landslides, and inundations, modern man is battered by the elemental forces of his own psyche."

Tuesday 01 September 2009 - Here comes the Autumn! Went to the Old Stables Gallery in Diss to hang my painting of 'Frank at 92' as part of the Waveney Springs exhibition. All went smoothly and there was generally a friendly and constructive vibe.
This afternoon I went to Newmarket to meet Edmond Mahony, Chairman of Tattersalls. He was welcoming and plans my return to visit. Hopefully, I will take my painting station there.
Photo of monument in the Tattersalls paddock area.

A recent article in the Washington Post discussed the fascinating Gary McKinnon extradition affair....
It states 'At the time, Paul J. McNulty, then U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, called it the "the biggest hack of military computers ever detected."
This is interesting because it suggests a private individual on a dial up modem in his bedroom had more success hacking US 'secret' IT system than the entire Russian intelligence services during the cold war or any other agency before that? I just do not believe it and can only conclude there is a wider issue at stake.

Wednesday 02 September 2009 - Collected a couple of paintings from Thetford's King House for photographing tomorrow. Took some snaps of the paintings on display....

Collected the Robert Clarke portrait from Coney Weston Swan....

Thursday 03 September 2009 - Ben and I took a turn sitting at The Old Stables Gallery in Diss.

Sunday 06 September 2009 - Yesterday I woke to find an e-mail stating I had been selected to be part of the One & Other Trafalgar Square 'Fourth Plinth' project:
I've confirmed my acceptance and here's my profile:

Thursday 10 September 2009 - Loonyone sent me this: warning, some might consider it a tad rude:

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