Archive for July, 2010


Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On?


Friday, July 30th, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On?

This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

120 years ago, on 29 July 1890, Vincent van Gogh died in Auver-sur-Oise, with his brother Theo at his side.


Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On?

Spray Tan

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On?

Oh My God

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On?


Monday, July 26th, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On?

Keep Calm and Carry On?

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Keep Calm and Carry On This has become a very popular poster. Designed for use during the Second World War it has found a resonance for our modern age. I am struck by the quiet resolve that it urges upon its viewers. It’s terribly British or perhaps more correctly, was terribly British. For much social change has affected our conduct as a People and even though many of us might aspire to that wartime simplicity and steadfastness; the reality is very different indeed. Inspired by this idea I thought it would be fun to produce some modern equivalents and will post them over the next few days. See what you think and if you’ve any ideas of your own for posters, let me know and I’ll make them up if I can.

All the people that come and go

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Penny Lane

Did you know that the street named in the famous Beatles song, Penny Lane, was named after one James Penny? Did you know that James Penny, who died in 1799, was active in the slave trade until the American War of Independence and later took up the trade again when the war ended?  Furthermore, Penny spoke in defence of the slave trade to Parliament in 1788; he argued that abolition of the trade would destroy the economy of Liverpool;

“it would not only greatly affect the commercial interest, but also the landed property of the County of Lancaster and more particularly, the Town of Liverpool; whose fall, in that case, would be as rapid as its rise has been astonishing.”

Thankfully Penny was proved wrong, Liverpool survives still. A policy of changing the name of Liverpool streets associated with the slave trade deliberately excluded Penny Lane from the process. Like Penny, the city knows where its bread is buttered.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010


1. Cancellation of North Tees and Hartlepool new hospital building – not cutting the NHS?
2.  VAT to rise to 20% Рfair taxes, the poor not disproportionately targeted?
3. Calling your parliamentary colleague a ‘dwarf’ – nice use of offensive language.
4 .
Insulting the victims of a disaster – great move by the ‘Culture’ minister.
5. Thinly veiled rascist legislation proposal – because muslim women make great scapegoats Mr Hollobone when your party is busy being nasty?