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Rest days in Bilbao – Guest Blogger – Mrs. Monkey !

With the freedom to be entirely reckless, for now, at least, before the next adventure in our lives kicks in, Mrs. Monkey decided at 4 days notice to join me in Bilbao. So, I thought, I shall hand over the reins of the blog to my wife... for one day only. 😅 Ladies and gentlemen,… Continue reading Rest days in Bilbao – Guest Blogger – Mrs. Monkey !

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Day 10 Zaragoza rest day

Sunday morning lie in. I had selected two treats for the day and intended to keep it to that. Too much walking around Alicante had made recovery and then riding a bit of a challenge so I’m trying to be sensible with what I can see in a day. First stop was the Aljafería, a… Continue reading Day 10 Zaragoza rest day

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We need to talk about Gaye.

Now here's an album that serves up an adventure. At times dark and complex and at others trippy and spaced. A feast of dark chocolate coated turkish delight. A box of surprises. The first track begins at a frenetic pace, rattling in challenging your attention, and then comes in the vocal. A voice of purity… Continue reading We need to talk about Gaye.

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Reflections from London

Last weekend was special in so many ways. I passed another anniversary and was royally treated by Mrs. Monkey. We joke how I have become accustomed to the life into which I have become accustomed. But it is a joke – our joke – we never take any of it for granted. A three day,… Continue reading Reflections from London

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Developing old ideas – new artwork

We recently turned our dining room into a temporary art studio so that we could flex our muscles before embarking on another Spanish arty trip with our friends. Pushing all the furniture back and spreading paint tubes like heavy confetti is rather liberating. It gives our house a "working" feel. One with a few rough… Continue reading Developing old ideas – new artwork

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British Design at the V&A

Yesterday was spent in London doing arty things. I love it. Whenever I’ve a London trip planned I can’t stop myself singing this Joe Jackson classic in the shower. I planned to visit the V&A British Design 1948 – 2012 exhibition and then after a relaxing lunch shoot off to the Queen’s Gallery for Leonardo… Continue reading British Design at the V&A

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…the circle is unbroken…

In 1969 I was 15. I was unexceptional. I liked the new music and hung with some hip friends. Well, we tried to be “hip”. I read Hermann Hesse, Tom Wolfe and Aldous Huxley – ordered my copy of “Rolling Stone” from the newsagents – tucked the “International Times” under my arm, strummed an acoustic… Continue reading …the circle is unbroken…

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Swords and skulduggery – Caravaggio as James Dean.

For there to be a biography there has to be a story. It is no surprise then that there have been several biographies of Caravaggio, because the story is full of adventure and intrigue. It is a story of rogues, thieves, prostitutes, power and the underworld. Andrew Graham-Dixon says in his excellent biography of the… Continue reading Swords and skulduggery – Caravaggio as James Dean.