July 5, 2015

A a child raised during a time of war, and seeing the effects of war during my travels, I am a keen supporter of the United Europe Concept. This is notwithstanding the many serious political and monetary problems that affect the E.U.

The potential breakaway of the Greek...

March 23, 2014

It was Easter 1960. I was a student of architecture in Birmingham and like most students, was "broke". My "Banister Fletcher" - the encyclopaedic standard textbook on the History of Architecture, received as a student prize - contained a wealth of interesting informati...

November 3, 2011

Sometimes in a moment of reflection, I look at one of my wall mounted paintings and ask myself “why did I paint that?” Usually, the only good reason I can come up with is “because I wanted to paint it at the time”.

This begs the question “why do I paint?” The sheer enjo...

March 11, 2011

It's 1962 since I last rode a scooter, but my fond memories of that different world were rekindled as I read the November 2011 issue of Scootering Magazine.


The year was 1955. I became the owner of a shiny Lambretta LD 150, which was almost new and one of the first Lam...

March 2, 2011

The current political awakening of the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East is an important historic milestone. This powerful movement is sweeping away long established and entrenched dictators and their corrupt henchmen. Unfortunately, it is being achieved at a...

January 5, 2011

With the recent deep snow falls and low temperatures over Christmas, my normal activities were temporarily suspended. One day, while enjoying a cup of tea and dreamily looking out the window, the wonder of the snow covered natural world suddenly jolted my imagination.

A...

June 14, 2010

Exhibiting at the Portico Library and Gallery in Manchester got me thinking about the relationship between the painter and the writer.

Painting is a universal "language" understood by all humans. Serious painters think of the visual effect that the finished work will ha...