Unusual Art: A Video

Two years ago, I published a post about my friend, Malcolm Poynter. He is an accomplished artist and former lecturer in sculpture, and at one time he specialised in ‘life-casting’, using casts of humans and animals (including me) to create often bizarre but compelling works of art.

He now resides in Austria, where he has created a huge studio and gallery to display his work. http://www.malcolmpoynter.com/english/Ateliereng.htm

Last month another good friend, Roland, went to visit him there, and took this rather surreal video showcasing much of Malcolm’s recent and available work.

It doesn’t have too long a running time, and I hope that you enjoy it.

Something Everyone Needs To See

I saw this on Twitter yesterday.

It is nothing at all like the sort of thing I usually post on this blog.
But I wanted it to reach the biggest possible audience.

The harsh reality of abandoning the Kurds to their fate in Syria.
Once brave allies against ISIS, now discarded like so much rubbish.

***Content warning. This short clip includes a dead child***

But I make no apologies for showing it.


Here is a passionate post from a young female blogger who has suffered from the hateful trend in ‘body shaming’. This may well have been around for centuries, but Social Media online has turned it into a modern epidemic.
Pleased read, and share the message.

Magical BookLush

Have you heard of this word “body shaming“?Have you seen people go through it?? Do you know what it is? Or how it feels?? If you saw it happening, did you rescue them?? Do you know what it does to them?? Body shaming is such a great thing. It’s awesome, do you know why?

Because it ruins people’s lives. It tears them from the inside. It makes them hate their own body and in the end, breaks them down. If you are an awesome person that I probably think you are because you are giving my post so much time and are reading this right now, let me take you to a journey of body-shaming.

Love you all body-shamers out there. This blog is especially for you.

No welcomes as I said in my last post because welcoming the bitter truth into your life is difficult. So let’s…

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Trick, No Treat: An Urgent Warning for Cat-Lovers, Writers, and…Everyone Else

A warning to all cat lovers! Plastic can cause thyroid problems!
Please read this post, and the linked post too.

Lara Trace Hentz

We have caused this one. I am talking about plastics in our environment. And I am talking about their insidious effect on the thyroid – HUMAN and animal.

This post is about an emerging health crisis facing cats in particular and everything and everyone else in addition, and we have caused it

…This is not going to go away. And if you have ever loved a cat, you know how emotionally charged this issue is about to become.” –

MUST READ: Trick, No Treat: An Urgent Warning for Cat-Lovers, Writers, and…Everyone Else

This post must be widely shared since it is now a matter of life and death. Thank you my friend KC.

** Buffalo dreams ebook coverMy friend Jaga’de has just died of a rare cancer. [Salivary gland tumors are rare types of tumors that begin in the salivary glands; these cancerous tumors can begin in any of the…

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Silin Liu

Now this is how to use Photoshop to wonderful effect!

Chinese media artist Celine Liu (also known as Silin) has inserted herself into old photos of many famous people. It is done very skillfully, and in many cases you would be happy to believe that the photos are genuine. In the shot above, she is standing next to the famous artist Frida Kahlo. In other constructions, we can see her sitting next to Marylin Monroe, standing close to Mao Tse-tung, and riding in the car with JFK and Jackie Kennedy before his assassination.

Here’s a link to many more of her wonderful images.

What Dogs Do Care About

Not long ago, I published a post titled ‘What Dogs Don’t Care About’.

I thought it was now time to write about the things they do care about.

Dogs do care…

If you don’t give them their dinner

If you don’t leave them fresh water to drink

If they don’t have any toys to play with

If you make too much fuss of another dog

If you make too much fuss of a cat

If you make too much fuss of a baby

If you read a book or magazine and ignore them

If you don’t take them out for a good walk

If you leave them alone in the house for too long

If you shout at them for being in the way when they don’t know they are in the way

If you leave them with someone else and go on holiday

If you break their routine

If you forget to give them a treat or biscuit at the usual time

If you bring a new dog into the house to live

If you forget they are outside and leave them there for too long

If you tell them off for barking at the postman or delivery courier

If you forget to stroke them and cuddle them

If you shut them in another room when you have company

If one of your visitors doesn’t like dogs

If you have stroked another dog and they can smell it on you

If you eat something nice in front of them and don’t give them even a tiny bit

In many ways, dogs are just like us, especially us as children.
If you ever intend getting a dog, please remember what they care about.

Famous Graves

I always like to look at gravestones in old churchyards and cemeteries.
But I have rarely seen any of famous people.

Thanks to the Internet, I can at least see photos of them instead.

William Shakespeare is buried in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
If you want to visit the site, here is the address.
Holy Trinity Church.
1, Old Town.
CV37 6GB

The famous navy commander, Admiral Horatio Nelson, has an impressive tomb, and I have seen this one.
This marks the high regard in which he was held by Britain at the time of his death in action at the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1805.
The tomb is located inside St Paul’s Cathedral, in The City of London.

William Blake, poet and artist, was famous for writing the hymn ‘Jerusalem’.
Many people in Britain think it should be our national anthem.

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire.

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.

His grave can be found at Bunhill Fields, 38 City Road, London EC1Y 2BG

Rupert Brooke was a WW1 war soldier and poet.
He died from wounds on the island of Skyros, Greece.
His famous poem ‘The Soldier’ is incredibly affecting, given that he is buried abroad.

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

His small tomb on that island is well-maintained.

Charles Dickens is one of the most famous and best-loved British writers.
Popular in his lifetime, and just as popular today, his fame guaranteed him a place in Westminster Abbey

Grave of Charles Dickens

The famous escapologist Harry Houdini never managed to escape from his own grave.
He is buried at Machpelah Cemetery, Queens, New York City, United States.

King Richard III of England was killed fighting at the battle of Bosworth, in 1485. For centuries, he had no known grave.
Then in 2012, remains were found in Leicester, during the renovation of a car park.
After much publicity, they were confirmed as being those of the famous king.
He was re-buried in an impressive tomb, in Leicester Cathedral.
If you ever want to see it, it is easy to find.

Another grave I have seen is that of the famous Communist, Karl Marx.
His tomb is in Highgate Cemetery, Swans lane, London N6 6PJ
It is one of the most-visited graves in Europe.