NORMAN It's too late for me. And besides... who'd look after her? She'd be alone up here, the fire would go out... damp and cold, like a grave. When you love someone, you don't do that to them, even if you hate them. Oh, I don't hate her.  I hate... what she's become. I hate... the illness.
Norman Bates from 'Psycho' dir. Alfred Hitchcock.



watercolour on watercolour pad, a4, 2013
watercolour on watercolour pad, a4, 2013


role ii

         NORMAN: But it's no good dwelling on our 
         losses, is it.  We go right ahead 
         lighting signs and following the 
         formalities...  Would you sign, 

Norman Bates, in 'Psycho', Alfred Hitchcock.
watercolour in sketchbook, a3, 2013
watercolour in sketchbook, a3, 2013

fascinating that it is possible to imagine a person who has learnt the facility of emoting – – of bridging their ‘inner’ with ‘the’ outer – – through the tidier dialogue tropes of literature / television / film. and deliberately forged their social identity, maybe private identity – maybe conscious identity. so norman bates has developed himself a character, and then two characters, and more, each able to deal with the world according to the tropes offered by the previous ‘character’ but since identity in his case is nothing more than a series of syllogisms / syllogistic fallacies built from the slight foundations of the assumptions applied in fiction to drive storylines >or< produce a particular form of realism (or both…)


pencil in sketchbook, a5, 2013
pencil in sketchbook, a5, 2013


i did a day daytrip across the river, to the kossov exhibition here and to the wellcome trust (here).

kossov was interesting, i still find indifference in bits n pieces of his work but the occasional one is great. so frenetic they can be hard to look at – not helped by the way they are hung in this exhibition. such determination. to see?


the wellcome trust is full of some great things on display, interesting organisation


pastel on card, 105 x 185 mm, 2013
pastel on card, 105 x 185 mm, 2013

of course the reformation happened in the spirit of high millenniarlism… the last judgement was expected. very different to the various forms of apocalypse on offer in this day & age. virtually nothing to be said for any similarities with the obvious exceptions that both involve the obliteration of the material world and both have broad (& frequently tedious) ethical standpoints attached.

could one compare murdoch to luther? he’d like that perhaps



i only started this book to clear the book shelf but it’s fat. and draining


Prisons are built
with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion./ As the caterpillar
chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on
the fairest joys

William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

reading on the reformation is lowering my opinion of [… …] everything. makes me contemplate the why’s and wherefore’s of burning heretics, and why – current – english society does not burn heretics

something to do with progress and reason (must be frustrating)

being reasonable

oil on reclaimed wood, 260 x 590 x 20 mm, 2013
oil on reclaimed wood, 260 x 590 x 20 mm, 2013


watercolour on paper, 230 x 420 mm, 2013
watercolour on paper, 230 x 420 mm, 2013



Twelve design principles of permaculture (as taken from the wikipedia page).

Generally regarded as the following:

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.


applicable as design principles – long term, nourishing; timeless design principle – across human activity.

any complaints or changes need making – let me know.