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a little bit of civic duty.

Dear readers

The other day a friend and I were looking  through the contents of an ordinary rubbish bin and a skip, (as artists are wont to do). We had spotted some box files which were in good enough condition to be used.

We removed said box files and then to our surprise we came across a large bundle of payment forms, we looked at them and  each one had the name, address, credit card numbers and amounts paid written in handwriting on them, and were stamped with a date stamp.

All these seemed to have been just chucked in the bin.

We looked further down in the bin and found a cardboard box marked “for shredding”.

The box had probably been thrown in the bin, with the forms inside and the forms had fallen out.

We had a quick confab between us, and decided to remove them, and keep them out of harms way until we found a contact to whom we could we could report our find.

The area in which we made our find would often have a lot of  pedestrian traffic through it, some with a criminal element.

We discussed the fact that neither of  US would like if our personal information and bank details were  mishandled in such a way.

We also discussed the possibility of bringing it to the notice of the local newspapers.

My friend put the box and its contents into the boot of her car, and as it was the end of the day she left.

When she got home she rang the man in charge of the area in which the forms were found, he came to where I was sitting in my vehicle, he asked for my friend by name, and I told him she had gone home for the day but would return in the morning around 11am.

I also informed him that she had the forms in her car for safe-keeping and how shocked we had been to make such a find.

We really felt strongly that it was our civic duty to keep the stuff out of  the reach of  any person, who may have used the information contained on the forms, for their own gains.

The man returned promptly at 11am the next morning to retrieve the material.

I suppose some would say we took the easy way or the quiet way, but as far as I am concerned I did my civic duty by not allowing the information to fall into the wrong hands.

Thats all for now  dear Reader, all the best for now



It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

Friedrich Nietzsche

This would be a great one for a group crit !!!


You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Ill have to remember this one when my head and I,  really are all over the place !!



A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Mark Twain

However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society.

Henry David Thoreau

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

Henry David Thoreau

This one is for our lecturer !!!

Henry David Thoreau
I love this one !!!
A few quotes some I found interesting, funny, and thought provoking.

Fridays !!!

I really am glad its Friday today, getting tired at the end of the week a lot now!!!

I think its just because we have a lot of stuff to think about and a lot of things to do for the self directed project, which seems to me not to be self directed at all!

I DO think that doing the research and the note book is a good way to troll for ideas etc, but sometimes you just want to “get stuck in” and get doing, rather than trolling through books mags and t’internet, I suppose it depends on the person’s own way of working.

Mind you I am enjoying the bit of writing on this site, you (the reader) probably aren’t!! That’s if your even bothering to read my ramblings.

I am dying to do some painting either in or out of doors, I miss it , because I have been too busy with other stuff,  knitting ,college, family commitments, blah blah blah!! All those good old procrastinating excuses !!!

Plus the thrust of the course is NOT towards painting , not that that would bother me, and I must say I have really enjoyed the sculpture this year, all of it, video, performance,sound, making things, etc.

I got a great kick out of making my “SPIDER” piece as, for once, I felt it fulfilled my own expectation of the piece.  This, of course was after much sweat, threatening tears, and near futility, going away from it, coming back to it, I had pared it back to the absolute minimum!!! I felt it worked in the space !!! Success!!!

I was also delighted, and very surprised, with the reactions, which, some of the viewers and listeners had, to the piece

I have noticed dear reader that I always have too many things in my work at first, and then through taking bits in and out I try to find the “happy medium” not always, but this time I felt good about the work, and I was thrilled that the sound piece worked so well in the space.

Any way that’s enough blathering from me for today, I had better get on and stop procrastinating and do some work!!!

All the best dear reader.

some poetry I’ve written about mc Donagh Junction

Thinking about the “famine ” lately what with the talk of it last week in B. Hand’s class, so I wrote a couple of things down, I don’t know if this would be called reflective writing , but here goes anyway. :

Hollow cheeks,


in rain


and hunger,

No thunder

Was made,

By neighbours,



No thought,

Or care,


Or not,




Next door,

No roar,

Of protest,


Be Still

And Hushhhhhh


Mc Donagh Junction,

A function,

Of 19th century


From a race

Of people,

Whose faces,



With, rich, sweet, soil,

In hidden Place,

Beside an edifice,

Whose inmates,

4000 and more,





Biting Starvation,

Biting Poverty,

With NO



To Chew,

But Grass,

Green, Green,


Our past,

Bites Deeply.

more frills

new type of wool

We started the lads off doing these lovely scarves with a type of ribbon wool which splits and ends up looking all frilly like the picture. It took them a while to get it right but they are flying now , 

!st year ex

Dunno if I will make it up to the first year ex low on diesel and its a good hour and 20 mins  drive mite get up there tomorrow !!