Saturday, February 28, 2009

Everything is Annoying!

I've not been posting anything recently because everything in the news and at work is annoying me.
There are times when it is best to just "shut up and put up".
This is one of them.

SO... not-annoying things are the lovely photographs taken of my work by Andrew at Neilson Photography:

Alice Watch, Professional Photograph 3

Alice Watch, Professional Photograph 2

Vicious Pendants, Professional Photograph

Portable Shrine To St. Hubertus, Professional Photograph

I've ordered up some business cards and postcards with these images on.

Friday, February 20, 2009

green slime in brighton

Well, it is a week since I arrived in Brighton (it took longer to get from Gatwick to Brighton by train than it took to get from my workplace to Gatwick by car, bus and plane!) and it is probably a bit late to be posting about that, but it was such good fun.
Dingo and I made a cake. Not just any cake, but a GREEN SLIME CAKE to eat while we watched the truly awful film, The Green Slime:

Dingo Vs. The Green Slime

The cake was very tasty, if a bit too sweet for my tastes, though the green tendrils had to be binned as they were disgusting!

Apart from that, it was the usual round of sleeping too late, eating too much and going for aimless walks. Perfect, really.

Finished the pendant I was making using the stuff I found in Brussels:

Hommage à Georges Rodenbach (WIP) 18

The Hommage à Georges Rodenbach. There are a couple of really odd stonesettings on this with which I am very pleased, notably the four CZs set into the key on the chain, which are channel-set directly into steel and the central colour-change sapphire which is partially gypsy-set for about 3/4 of its diameter.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Anti-liberal, anti-democratic Britain

The banning by the UK of the right-wing anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders is a disgusting selling-out of the democratic principles of which the current incumbents of "the mother of parliaments" should ashamed. He may well be a horrible person with views which do not appeal to the majority, but he has an absolute right to express those views and we should respect that right: this is plain and simple censorship.

Wilders described Gordon Brown as "the biggest coward in Europe". Probably the only comment he will ever make with which I agree.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Ever wanted to live in Stephen Sondheim's World?

No. Neither have I.
However, with the horribly upsetting Songsmith from microsoft, it seems that every day can be a bad Sondheim musical! Just watch the bewildering advert:

What makes this so completely miserable is that the irony-free advert is real and from microsoft themselves!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Workshop Video

Workshop Video
Originally uploaded by the justified sinner
If anyone is interested, here is a short video of my workshop.

Monday, February 02, 2009

glad to be wrong

Further to yesterday's post, I received this in an email:

The 'startling' DESTROY THE COMPUTER...IT'S A HOMO'S DEVIL MACHINE photo you posted is not what you seem to think it is. Surely the overstatement shouts out irony. In fact the snap was taken at a demo congratulating the Massachussetts Supreme Justice Court (see the SJC badge) on its support for same-sex marriages or whatever they're called in that part of the world.

You're normally such an acute observer and commentator that I'm surprised you jumped to the wrong conclusion here.

The demonstrator, who you accuse of being 'mentally enfeebled' has a somewhat unfeminine aspect and is clutching a multi-coloured flag (not quite a full rainbow). Far from being a hating homophobic, I suspect she's a daughter of Lesbos who perhaps plans to avail herself of the Massachussetts partnerships legislation.

I have to say that while I am pleased that I'm wrong, the photograph does not shout "irony" at me. This seems neither ironic nor a particularly wise move, nor does the protester/supporter seem particularly pleased by the legislation. Maybe I've just become a bit blasé that we don't have the need for this sort of demonstration in the UK any more. A dangerous complacency, perhaps?

I'll let the photograph stand and unreservedly withdraw the comment about mental enfeeblement whilst hoping that there are no more such ambiguous - and not very amusing - "protests" of this sort.

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Clive sent me this:

Who cares if the Nazis had won WWII?
How pleased would she be then with all the "Homos" in concentration camps?
I'm guessing that as one so plainly "mentally enfeebled" she might find herself in there with them.

Alan Turing killed himself because of ignorance like this.