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Welcome to my website

Please have a look around - the latest post from my blog is below and you can access older posts, links to my friends,  buy some of my artwork or contact me by clicking on the links to the left.

I have chosen stuff for the portfolio on the basis of raising a smile or some sort of Proustian style  nostalgia. I shall add to the collection  after a second trawl through the archive.  If there is anything that is unclear or puzzling , then please get in touch and I shall sort out the problem.

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I am not based in the Eternal City anymore  so the contact section no longer functions  therefore please use use the new email address here to get in touch from now on.

Jan

 

 

 

09/11/2011

Head in Hands Time again.

 Well it's starting  Merkel in SS uniform (though not half as sexy as Erika Steinbach  in Wprost magazine , a while back)  and  coal-scuttle helmeted germans bossing  coffee-drinking Greeks.  All very Fourth Reich. For those of us who read history the comparison is  not that far-fetched at least in one respect – that of the myth of German ordnung.  The Third Reich kept order in Europe without too much trouble ( notably by using methods  that we all know)  , but was hopelessly inefficient and corrupt. The  Germans and the French  both wanted Greece in  the  Euro-club  , ovelooked the realities of  Greek economics and are now using   the tried and tested means of the bulldozer to have their way. Plus ca change. Now there's me thinking that  the crisis started by  irresponsible lending to American who could  not afford to repay  and now it's going to be resolved by…irresponsible lending to Greeks  who cannot afford to repay. How thick am I ?   Mind you,  everyone will be rubbing their noses in it next holiday, in the tavernas  and pavement  bistros , if there are any left  in business that is.- hubris has its price, you know.  That's a Greek  concept- ancient rather than modern, but with a smidgeon  of relevenace to  to today.  At the moment of writing the  yield on  Italian debt is 7% and rising! Oh yes, war with Iran is just around the corner.

 

 

If you are ever in the  vicinity of Eastern Europe – pop in  during Autumn.  'Well worth it. We're having a relatively mild November, plenty of  glowing warm sunshine.

Here, the  best time is  an hour before sunset. Stroll along the Krakow Suburb and you will see the  last rays of the sun brushing   baroque sandstone facades , endowing them with  a top  coat of pink and gold .

 One of the main criticisms of the Polanders is that they  spend  too much time dwelling on  the past, defeat and death. All this is true , but at least for one day  they get it spot-on right. Come here and on Halloween and All Saints' youcan forget the crass commercialisation, the imported trick or treating, theBatman and Zombie costumes and for one day, just one day   contemplate  for a while   your time on this Earth and those who have gone before. Thousands come to pay their respects  to loved ones who have died, military heroes and units and place a small light on the grave of  their choice. The overall effect is breathtaking- achingly beautiful as  in the evening darkness entire necropolae are  underlit with a gigantic mass of candle power of   golds, reds , blues , greens and violets. Most people  probably come just to take it all in . It may be all to  horribly Christian  for  Western tastes, too  oldy worldy, morbid and solemn . Certainly Richard Dawkins would have a field –day with it all. Save for one irritating fact- it  makes you  think just what it is to be human and mortal.   How about that  for retro chic? Just a thought.

 

 

Magpies as big as eagles here in Autumnal Varsovia City.  These magpies - they're  as big as condors  and you  can watch them crack open chestnuts by flying  up a distance then dropping  them onto the pavement. They  do this  repeatedly until the nut cracks and they can  eat .  Great fun and very instructive. They're big, are solving-elementary problems and  can shit on us from a great height with utter impunity . Evolution is terrible and fascinating.  The EU can do two out of the above-mentioned three. I'll give you a clue ( it can't solve problems).

 

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