Welcome to this weeks Musings!
I got less time to think about my future modelling and blog plans on holiday than I thought I would. Some how eating and drinking and being obliged to spend more time with SWMBO and my daughter rather got in the way. I did, however, gain some inspiration from walking around Bruges and Amsterdam. Although not specifically related, the beautiful medieval city of Bruges has prompted me to look at such periods as the English Civil War, the Napoleonic wars, the Normans and the Roman Empire. In due course I will conduct a figure search for each off these periods and see what, if anything, takes my fancy.
By contrast, Amsterdam provided less inspiration, although a diorama featuring Rastafarian’s out of their minds on drugs and a vignette of an old artist indulging in self harm by chopping of his ear did spring to mind! In fairness a visit to the Anne Frank museum really did prove extremely interesting and although I’m not inclined to depict her story the idea of delving a little more into WW2 does appeal.
One thing is for sure, I haven’t run out of ideas just yet.
There are many aspects to a holiday, one of which is meeting people. On the one hand there are a great many odd and very, very weird people in the world, far more than I think is probably healthy. On the other hand, every now and then you can get to meet some very interesting people. On this occasion I got to meet several, two of whom particularly stood out.
The first was a retired civil servant who worked in the Houses of Parliament and who had met and worked in various capacities for every Prime Minister between about 1974 and 2000. She provided a fascinating insight on how things worked behind the scenes. As interesting as it was to listen to her I couldn’t help but feel following the Brexit debacle that maybe Guy Fawkes had the right idea all those years ago!
The second was a chap employed by Eric Clapton as Estate Manager on his Surrey mansion, a job he has held for a great many years. With Eric apparently out in Japan he and his wife were able to take a break of their own. Understandably, given the nature of his role he was very discreet and “dishing the dirt” on Eric was never on the cards. He was, however, happy to mention that he had met Ringo Starr a few times and that he was someone he hadn’t warmed to. A case of someone who had lost track of his roots was how he saw him. By contrast, Freddie Mercury who he had also met was in his opinion a really decent bloke. He thought so much of him that as yet he hasn’t been able to bring himself to watch the film Bohemian Rhapsody for fear it will tarnish the image he has.
My favorite story, however, was when he told us that in the lead up to a land mark birthday a few years ago, Eric had said he would host a party for him to celebrate and, if it was OK, invite a few of his friends over. By all accounts it was an amazing bash with a whole host of ageing rock legends in attendance! It’s not what you know but who you know.
Both of these people were extremely interesting and made for great company. Alas, the subject of my figure painting and modelling never came up but had it done I suspect they would have both been blown away by the finer points of the hobby!
This week TIM has been listening to …
… Genesis and “I Can’t Dance”
Definitely one of my favorite bands and Phil Collins on his own too scores highly with me. As with a lot of groups I could have selected any number of songs and I’m sure others will feature in future posts. As it is this track is high up on my list and I love the video too. Even with the two left feet that I have I reckon this is one dance I could handle
This week TIM has been watching …
… Peter Cook & Dudley Moore and the “Tarzan” sketch.
My brother reminded me of this classic a few weeks ago. Filmed back in 1964 but as funny to me now as it would have been back then. If you haven’t ever seen it then I hope you enjoy it!
Until next time.