Sunday, 20 November 2016

I make no apologies ...

... for including this quote by Justine Ashbee:

"We are defined by a life of inquiry. If you allow your curiosity to stop then you risk stagnation. I think it's important to allow ourselves to fall passionately in love with something and have a rampant love affair with a medium, material, or style, and then later come to understand why, what happened, what you've learned and when it's time to let go of it."

Justin Ashbee draws lines!  But that's just one of her artistic and very creative pursuits. The lines are not just lines! Go here for more information, or do a search with her name. I came across her words this morning, but have known her drawings for some time and been inspired by them.

Yesterday I took another dozen or so of my paintings down to the cellar to join about 200 others. I don't paint any more. I think that part of my life is now over. I have a legacy of works - some are so good that I ask myself how I could possibly have painted them. But I know it's time to move on. For the last five years line drawing abstracts has been a constant companion, made more compatible because paper takes far less room than canvas.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Someone ...Anonymous

... sent me a comment on my article about identification, only there was no content to the comment, just an empty form with a mail address that starts 'Veronica' making me think that Veronica is the name of the person who thought better of actually writing a comment - or is the empty comment a comment, too?

I could speculate about that, but instead I will appeal here to Veronica, or the person behind Veronica, to send the comment. It won't be published until I've looked at it, if at all. I'm open to criticism, as we all are, but I don't have to make a public announcement about it!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Can you define yourself?

I was trying to explain to myself how my son would explain me to his son. No one explained anyone to me, but is that a good idea? As a writer I think not. As a human I'm rather glad I stayed in the dark about so many things. I was and am naive, but you can't explain that to a grandson, after all, and who knows that apart from me? I could prove it, but maybe I was just careless or stupid from an outsider perspective.

Friday, 8 July 2016

It's happened

52% of Brits have voted the UK out of the EU following a populist "Schwätzer" (= someone who talks nonsense). How stupid. Britain cannot remain "Great"

One writer in The Guardian suggested that the wrong question was asked : Do you want to leave the EU?
It should have read "Do you want the end of the United Kingdom (the correct term. for GB does not include Ulster)?

That's what it means folks. Some people think GB is an Island with a bit of Ireland tagged on. The day after the referendum people phoned in to various chatlines and asked what the EU is.

The vote was democratic? Never. 48% are about to be ignored. Is that democratic? No There should never have been a referendzum. Wise leaders steer away from them, since a yes/no means there can be no grey areas - as if there were none!

The "52% leavers" think the UK is better off without paying subs to the EU. But up to now it has gor more out of the EU than it has invested.

The referendum was held because inner political party differences threatened Tory power. Cameron was conned into it because of his own thirst for power. He has the face of a know-all and the heart of a......... mouse. He tried to bargain with the EU and failed to get his freebies. He bettled and the EU lords said know. I personally think they wanted Cameron out! Now they are all out - to all intents and purposes - if no miracle happens.

Those mainly responsible for the referendum have not stayed to take the brunt or consequences. I mention Cameron, Johnson and Farage. All resigned in its wake. They are cowards, too.

False  information or omission of correct information cost the UK membership. The two ladies now in contest for leadership of the Tory party and by default Prime Minister are sure that that is the end of the EU. Neiuther has the courage to pull the stops out and NOT go for §50 of the Mastricht treaty . Whether they want it or not, the UK is out and that will be the end of the UK because Scotland will leave the UK and join the EU. It is also possible that Ulster (the British bit of Ireland) will overcome its aversion to Eira and join the EU that way. That remains to be seen.

But do people really understand that the referendum does not become legal until a majority of MPs have said they want to abide by it? A majority of MPS actually wants to remain, but certain politicians are assuring the EU that the UK will leave and the EU us already making contingency plans excluding the UK. There are "innofficial" meetings to which Cameron is not invited.

I really only have one problem. No, two. 1) will I live long enough to see it happen and 2) if I survive, will I have to become a German citizen in order to remain a European? I am grappling with these conundrums.

I am to all intents and purposes an illeganl immigrant in spé! How about that?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


After 6 weeks here in the UK I am no wiser! In or out?

If Scotland votes out it will be so that Scotland can subsequently break with the UK and become European. That almost happened a couple of years ago. OK. So isn't the UK already European? A good question. Seemingly, many Brits do not think so or at least do not want it to be. And don't forget. All Brits except those like me who lived abroad because getting a job caused me to move to Europe in the first place will have a vote. My voice will not be heard. Should I then be loyal to a country that has clearly forgotten me?

But it's clear that the Brexit press is getting cold feet. After all, people believe what they see in writing and the UK press will not want to be blamed for the chaos that will ensue if the UK decides to float off into the Atlantic!

Leading the 'out' campaign is the ex Lord Mayor of London, a wily and not seldom absurd figure who is making ridiculous, unsubstantiated and clearly inaccurate statements about what the EU forces  the UK to do and has committed many gaffs that are unlikely to do his career any good, though his idea is to use so-called Brexit to further his own political career.

For me as an expatriate of many years the question of Nationality is important. Brexit probably means that I will apply for German citizenship. This situation applies to many others who live abroad. Any loyalty to my country of birth will be made subservient to the desire to move freely in Europe.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

In or out?

It's difficult to avoid the controversy that is going on in the UK (and the EU of course) about the so-called Brexit vote on June 23rd.
No one knows what is going to happen and I don't bet, but I would not be at all surprised if the UK votes OUT.
I heard a programme about what would happen to Scotland, most of whose population and all the political parties want to stay in Europe on the grounds that "we are European" and I would not be at all surprised if Scotland voted for the EU rather than remaining in the UK.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Like painting tower bridge!

Reviewing and indeed almost re-writing past novels in my Upper Grumpsfield series is exhausting and I'm really quite glad to be working on the 9th in the series. I didn't really intend to write beyond the original novel, but started as a call came from the community site NANOWRIMO to enter a novel written in November. 'Thirty days hath November' becomes hard reality when you want to write a novel in that short space of time, but I did manage to write one, partly because I also had a set of strong characters from the original saga to help me along. I had caught the bug. I love writing, and especially novels, where I had enjoyed poetry and short story writing before.