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Porthole update

Here’s a quick shot of my new ‘porthole’, but following some judicious cleaning and polishing. . .  I’ve still no idea what it is / what to do with it, but it now looks so lovely and shiny that it may well just remain on show as a bizarre talking-point / ornament.

Cleaned up porthole

Cleaned up porthole

(I also remembered to include something to indicate its scale in this shot!)

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I name this ship. . .

My good friend RT sent me the following photo this weekend, taken on her travels. . .

Miboy Clive!

Miboy Clive!

No idea where it was shot, but I really like it! It goes well with the other signs I’ve found with my name on, such as the one on this post, and the following photo, which was sent to me ages ago by another friend of mine (Benny) during his travels in Spain (this one is the name /sign of a bar I think – how appropriate!):

Clive bar sign

Clive bar sign

The search for other name plates goes on. . .

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So last weekend, Navaro played at the Cromer Folk Festival, supporting Fairport Convention.

The whole weekend was fabulous, with lovely seaside weather, a wonderful period venue, helpful staff, great sound – an overall great gig. Here’s a photo taken by the resident photographer of the event, the excellent Chris Gill:

Navaro at Cromer Folk Festival

Navaro at Cromer Folk Festival

The gig was filmed, and a live feed projected onto the back wall of the theatre – hence the massive images behind us!

Playing with the mighty Fairport was a real experience, and the whole band were very friendly and complimentary to us – I even got to use Dave Pegg’s bass rig! What’s more, here’s a picture of me doing so!:

Clivey at Cromer

Clivey at Cromer

Chris has a couple of websites as follows – check out his work here:

http://www.myspace.com/maesecouogne

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maeasecouogn/

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My friend/playing partner Gerald Roberts has just told me that his new CD of tunes ‘Musician for a Friend’ is now available on the iTunes store.

Visit it, put his name into the search field and up they pop – I really recommend having a listen, more importantly, buying them to make him rich and famous!

Gerald Roberts on iTunes

Gerald Roberts on iTunes

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Look what I’ve just bought in my local charity shop for three whole English pounds! (It seemed too good an opportunity to pass up!).

I’ve no idea what it is, but suspect some sort of old scientific/medical/engineering apparatus? The brass screws allow the metal legs to slide up and down, and the glass is slightly magnifying. Here are three different views:

Clivey's Magnifying Porthole!

Clivey's Magnifying Porthole!

I’ve no immediate idea what to do with it but it’s definitely going to find its way into some sort of steampunk construction very soon, I hope! If anyone has any ideas what it is, please write in and let me know. . .

I realise I forgot to include anything in the photo that gives its scale – the item is about 16cm in diameter, and roughly 4 cm deep, with the ‘legs’ being about 11cm high. It’s also very heavy, which I am guessing is down to the considerable thickness of the glass/lens.

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I was walking home the other day when I came across the following lorry wheel hub, lying in the verge. I find car wheel hubs (normally sorry-looking, broken, plastic affairs) all the time, but had never seen anything like this! Not only is it really large, but it’s made of solid stainless steel and weighs a considerable amount ! I’ve no idea what to do with it as yet – maybe just an interesting wall ornament!? – but it is really something to behold! One man’s rubbish is another’s thing of beauty?

Here’s a photo with a normal car hub cap along side (on the right) for size comparison.

Lorry wheel hub

Lorry wheel hub

PS: When I found the hub cap I was actually walking along in my best suit, shirt and shoes, having just come back from a friend’s birthday celebrations at The Races – I got a few strange looks dragging it home that night I can tell you. . .

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I was mooching around IKEA the other day (like one does!]) when I came across the following candlestick, reduced from £8 odd to only £2.40! It’s not the sort of thing I’d usually buy, but I instantly thought it looked spookily akin to my newest candlestick creation (albeit in miniature) and that it would work really well placed alongside it as a sort of ‘set’.

Here it is in its original form:

Small candlestick, original form

Small candlestick, original form

To make it fit a bit better with the prototype, I sprayed the silver bezel on the top black, added  a larger black disk (made from an old tin can lid) to catch the drips, and added a spike made from a large screw. Here it is in the finished form:

Small candlestick, new form

Small candlestick, new form

And here ‘s the large and small versions together – voila, a perfect companion! How they do these things for the price, I’ll never know (although my original cost absolutely nothing, of course!)

large and small versions together

large and small versions together

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