art gallery: red queen

Corpse Exquisite; based on life model sketch using charcoal, chalk, acrylic, ink, and pastels

Corpse Exquisite; based on life model sketch using charcoal, chalk, acrylic, ink, and pastels

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art gallery: fumerio

Collage made from a variety of life modelling studies, a cigarette pack; added ink. ©Martin Hovezak 2014

Collage made from a variety of life modelling studies, a cigarette pack; added ink.

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those were the days at the british museum

Upcoming family blockbuster Night at the Museum 3 is going to be shot at the British Museum  – so I went to the brandnew Wellcome Trust’s online digital collection of images. to dig out a few old illustrations created around the time the museum opened to the public in its current form in 1857.

The original plan foresaw sculptures of a unicorn and lion on the roof's plinths.

The original plan foresaw sculptures of a unicorn and lion on the roof’s plinths.

Here's another view…

Here’s another view…

Once built, the sculptures were left out. The building’s Southern Façade hasn’t changed much since

Once built, the sculptures were left out. The building’s Southern Façade hasn’t changed much since

The fountains near the entrance can still be seen today – but they haven’t worked in quite a long while.

The fountains near the entrance can still be seen today – but they haven’t worked in quite a long while.

Apart from past civilisations’ artefacts one could also see…

Apart from past civilisations’ artefacts one could also see…

… stuffed alligators in the 'Coral Room’ and…

… stuffed alligators in the ‘Coral Room’ and…

… the apparently very popular Zoological Gallery, both of which have since been decanted into the Natural History Museum in Kensington.

… the apparently very popular Zoological Gallery, both of which have since been decanted into the Natural History Museum in Kensington in 1880.

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the neverending war

37 million died.

37 million died.

This year marks the centenary of the start of World War I. Some historians, like Eric Hobsbawm, denied that The Great War only lasted from 1914 to 1918, but that it actually went on for much longer, incorporating the conflicts such as World War II, and subsequentially, the Cold War. I would go even further and suggest that we still haven’t come out of it. The theatres of war might have changed, the methods might be different, but there are still millions of people dying every year as a result of Europe’s implosion in 1914.

Because that’s what it really was – old style colonial powers crumbling into dust. The end of cheap resources, including slavery. The rise of the US as new hegemon. The very real threat of communist takeovers. The inbred ineptitude of an ancient ruling class. They all conspired to create a Neverending War that is still being fought. The ruthless and increasingly desperate struggle of the white patriarchal powers, using every tool in the arsenal, not just war machinery but also corporations, banks, copyright law, and NLP amongst others, all aimed at staying where they feel they are entitled to stay – in command of this plane of existence; entitled, corrupt and godlike.

In the Western block the gloves have come off again. The class war is in full swing, and millions of people are being shafted into misery, despair and abject poverty. This particular theatre, the economic war (isn’t war always economic), has returned to Europe, and also to North America. Drawbridges are being pulled up, social safety nets shredded, housing has become unaffordable and there is a whole generation growing up with dim prospects of employment, growth and dignity. It is too early to say how exactly things are going to pan out, but the next chapter in this Neverending War appears close at hand. In the UK this is partly done by actively pushing people over the cliff and partly by good old propaganda.

The BBC for example, purged now of anyone with an alternative viewpoint other than rabid jingoist right-wing (the Today programme as guest edited by PJ Harvey is the exception that proves the rule) is already gearing up to serve bombast garnished with marching drums and the glorification of one of the bloodiest periods in recent history. The £2 coin (pictured above) will feature a propaganda poster. Blackadder is being vilified by the current ‘Education’ Secretary.

The official line this year, at least in the UK, will be that World War One was solely about heroism and glory. A 100 year old stale broth of make believe and arguments will be warmed up, and anyone who disputes this will be shouted down. Nonetheless the economy will remain under the patronage of the criminally inept. Drones are being sent into the skies, seeds are being copyrighted and modified, homes will continue to be scarce and millions more will be put into debt slavery. The serfs and courtiers will do anything to keep their ‘important’ positions on the sinking ship, willing to fight the good fight in the Neverending War. Eventually, like any empire, the current power structures will crumble into dust, to be replaced by something else. And there is nothing that will or can prevent that.

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back to zone six

RIP Doris Lessing.

RIP Doris Lessing.

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september morning in london

fox2

In the middle of Bloomsbury. This particular guy wasn't scared or ran away – he just sat there…

In the middle of Bloomsbury. This particular guy wasn’t scared or ran away – he just sat there…

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