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Archive for June, 2010

Finally (after much tinkering, talking and tea-drinking) I have just about finished my Steampunk Tent Flag – complete with anemometer, additional turbine, copper flames,, fully telescopic poles and a variable colour LED night-light to name but a few features:

Steampunk Flag unveiled

Steampunk Flag unveiled

The purpose of this device is to act as a ‘marker’ for the tent which I am taking to a couple of large folk festivals this year, and I am hoping the flag will be dead handy as both a meeting point marker for friends, and also a simple way for me of finding my little tent in th vast sea of other tents, normally much larger tents, that always populate the usually over-crowded campsites!

I hope to post full construction details and a range of photos in the next few weeks – in the meantime I hae put a little ‘taster video’ of it on YouTube at the following link >>

(The video was quickly taken in my local park where I first set it up for a test run, and the soundtrack is a little snippet of my relatively new Droolin’ Lulu tune!)

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Album cover?

Here’s a photo my friend WH  surreptitiously took of me at the weekend!

Done on his snazzy iPhone (with some sort of ‘app’ that simulates a range of old style camera film/lenses) he though it would make a good album cover!?:

Album cover!?

Album cover!?

I am just worried that my tiny (borrowed!) mandolin makes my bum look big!

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I popped back to see the Walled Garden project on the old Luton Hoo estate the other day (I used to work in a converted barn on the estate a couple of years ago and often pop in to see what has changed).

Not only is work progressing really well on the walled garden restoration project, but someone has installed the following piece of art at the entrance to the carpark:

totem sculpture

totem sculpture

No idea who it’s by, but it has that ‘chainsaw art’  kind of appearance that I really like – if anyone knows who did this piece, please let me know. . .

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My friend Gerald Roberts has just sent me a note saying he has added some new video to his excellent website for nylon string guitar players – some vids of him playing the chord progressions/melodies of some well-known jazz standards.

All have his usual unique style, flair and sound – check out the introduction and resulting pages here >>

Nylon string jazz guitar website

Nylon string jazz guitar website

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This latest installment of Shed Night saw a bit of a departure from normal activity. . .

shed-night-4

shed-night-4

I’ve been having a bit of a problem with my shed recently – it is so full of accumulated stuff that I was finding it impossible to even get in it, let alone accomplish anything useful/creative in there. Added to this was the ongoing deterioration and  breakage of lots of the interior drawers and fittings (through old age, over-use and over-stuffing with things far too heavy to really be in them)  to the point that lots of them has spilt their contents all over the floor, could not be used etc.

I was finding it impossible to rectify these situations, mainly through inertial and the age-old factor of being ‘too close to the wood to see the trees’ in terms of what I could throw away, how to reconcile the contents etc.

Enter good old GG, who agreed to come over and help me sort it all out – I also gave him total carte blanche to order me around, demand that certain things were throw away, etc.

So, armed with our trusty electic drills, hammers, a cooler of beer and lots of crisps, we set to. . .

Here are some before, during and after shots. . .

Before! Inpenetrable!

Before! impenetrable!

Moving everything outside

Moving everything outside

GG starting to fix things

GG starting to fix things

One can see the floor!

One can see the floor!

Things repaired and put away!

Things repaired and put away!

One happy owner

One happy owner

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Someone I know (not me I hasten to point out!) has just obtained the following guitar, a Sadowsky LS17:

Sadowsky-LS17

Sadowsky-LS17

What an amazing looking instrument – I have yet to try it but apparently the build quality and set up is fantastic! It has a slightly longer scale than a normal guitar (25.5 as compared to 24.3 on some), so is a bit longer in the neck – here’s a great shot of it side by side to a ES165 and the different is obvious:

Comparison

Comparison

Jealous, me!!??

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