Tim Bird

Well there are people with unusual names but it is odd how they seem to get work which suits them. I was reminded of this when this morning I had an email from my phone suppliers signed by someone in sales called Samantha Honey. What a great name for someone in sales. It could have been better, Beatrice would have suited her well.

There are times when ideas come a little thin and enthusiasm for an idea gets above its worth.I’ve generally no idea whether this is the case with any ideas. I go off them and then later find them unreasonably amusing and carry on with them again. This is the case with Names. I did a series of drawings on this subject some time ago and then an email reminds me that it might not have been as bad an idea as I originally thought when I abandoned them. Digging them out yesterday, the drawings need finishing but I’m re-envigorated to do so.

I have an exhibition coming next year in August and with a bit of luck I’ll get them into that, together with other random ideas that will hopefully seem worth it. Unless I go off the idea altogether again and do something else.

Here’s a sample of one of them. This is Pastor Al Dente, of course!pastor-aldente2

Tim Bird used to be the tree officer in our local town.


Just seen this in the Park and thought it well worth adding, what a wonderful name. I bet he was a lovely gent, and he probably deserved to live till 90.fullalove


” That’s the sound of the man working…


…on the Chain Gang.

I’ve been reviewing, it’s that time of year. I took this bit of video in Gloucester where they repair and refurbish boats and ships some time ago. This one is a fine tall ship. I was struck by the fact that these guys were chipping away at a chain! How much more interesting if they’d got a bit more of a rhythm to it. Perhaps they could have done it to the sound of the Chain Gang as sung by the great Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

. I think the ship is called the Kaskelot, and it’s worth looking at the site from the link below. Re-caulking is what the chap by the ship is doing, that is hammering in bits of rope that are in between the boards that make the hull, there’s much more information on the link that will give all the interesting details about how it was all done.

There’s more information right here: The Kaskelot

As you can see I’m trying my hand a little videos, I hope you enjoy them.


Here’s a change from other stuff, a short tour around a cabbage and some sheds. It’s not high on production values, but the light on the plot makes it worthwhile, perhaps. It’s  heaven for all you ‘sheddists’ out there. Happy plotting!

Do you get to try them all?

It was a question I forgot to ask of the gentleman in the photo, who runs this family off- licence in Sheffield  where I’ve been again. Dropped into this place in Walkley which is not far from the University area of the City and is well worth a visit. I’ve never seen so many varieties of beer and whisky ( and other alcoholic beverages with strange names ) in one place. Belgian beers and some fine malt whiskies. It’s a family run operation and the shop itself has not changed radically for many years.

They don’t seem to have a website but they certainly have a Facebook page, take a look or better still go and try some of their stuff: The Dram


We’ve had some of those bright sunny winter days where the light is better almost than at any other time, clear and sharp. I came across this building in Sheffield which has some fine brickwork. It’s the end of a church built entirely of brick and in perfect condition, I’d love to have seen the bricklayers putting that together. I’ve tried my hand at bricklaying and for those of you with a tense disposition I’d recommend it. I was only let loose on some garden walls but found the whole thing extremely relaxing. I was advised after completing my handywork that I’d better not be let loose on anything vital like a garage, or I’d need a rubber car. Lets say that the walls ‘swayed’ a little. Not a problem with this building.


Note the artistic juxtaposition of brick and winter sky. There it is again: that word: juxtaposition. It’s one of those words heard on radio four arts programmes and it’s usually when I reach for the off switch. Pretentious? Moi?

Speaking of art I came across this brilliant piece of work by an unknown artist. You could call it an installation or give it another name like “Untitled”. It’s not likely to exist for much longer as it’s on display on a poster site down the road near Carphone Warehouse and the “canvas” is likely to be re-used soon for a bog-off promotion for Tesco.


Thanks for popping in!