Elliott Smith in Aldgate

Ive been keeping my eye out for a suitable dramatic back drop for some more Elliott Smith picture. I was looking for somewhere a bit run down with graffiti.

These picture are in Aldgate near Petticoat Lane food market. It was a lovely sunny day.
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Sorry about he Danger of Death sign! I didn’t realise that was there. Dramatic stuff indeed!

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Main Road with the market stalls.

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Broken windows in the multi story car park, currently being demolished.

Well sometimes there beauty everywhere. I like the broken windows.

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Elliott Smith is also available to buy here.
Thank you,


Singer/Songwriter – Elliott Smith

I’m having a bit of an Elliott Smith phase right now.. particularly the Either/Or album. I remember when it first came out, the songs had a really uncanny familiar quality. Like I’d heard them before when I hadn’t, then on a second listening feeling like I was already really familiar with them. It was a little bit uncanny.

I saw the ‘Heaven Adores You’ film a a few weeks ago and that really stayed with me.

So I wanted to make Elliott Smith…obviously!
I took him to the record store!
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The Singer/Songwriter & Sixties section, because he would have liked that, I think.


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My favorite Elliott Smith album. I do keep playing Alameda on the guitar too!  Still learning that one.

Comrade…..Karl Marx!

Welcome Comerades,

Please meet the esteemed Mr. Karl Marx.

I thought he’d be good for some fun with quotes! This building is  church in London  near Tottenham Court road.. although it look like some sort of municipal council town hall type building!
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So religion &  money… the things you are not supposed to discuss. Karl talks about everything!

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Next stop for Mr Marx… Highgate cemetery of course!

Hopefully next week. That’s the plan….with our buddy Mr. Dave C.

The Big Woolly Lebowski

So, It was Saturday night. Bowling Night for the Big Lebowski guys. Well, every night is bowling night unless you are chasing down Nihilists or hanging out with Maud.

At the Bowling lanes…….With Jesus, Donny, Walter & The Dude! Drinks first…….

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Then admiring some memorabilia….
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OK….Now the sound of The Eagles Hotel California, Mexican Style because the Jesus just bowled a killer Strike!!!

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Walter looks worried!!

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He takes it out on Donny!
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In the meantime The Dude has on of his acid flashbacks….an enormous rack of huge bowling shoes!!

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They take a break and sit down…….

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But not for too long……
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Simone De Beauvior & Jean -Paul Satre revisit Paris

Last week I went to Paris! It is a beautiful city and I had great friends to visit, so Thank you Isabelle & Thierry!

It was the perfect opportunity to take the Existentialists, Jean-Paul Satre & Simone De Beauvoir to revisit some of their old haunts. So with Isabelle we did the alternative tour of Existentialist Paris

Coffee at the Cafe De Flore
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A word about the lobsters…I read that Jean-Paul Satre took mescaline and had hallucinations that lobsters were following him everywhere. So… I knitted him some ‘hallucinations’!

Cafe Deux Magots, which doesn’t mean maggots. It means two small monkeys!
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The Boulevard sign…
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Brasserie Lipp
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Montparnasse Cemetery where the real Simone & Jean-Paul are buried.

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Finally, the Sorbonne, where they met and studied.
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It was much better that the usual sightseeing touristy tour of Paris!

More Albert Camus on the Absurdity of Life

More Existentialist meanderings…Albert Camus on the absurdity of life. He is inspired… while wandering the streets.
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Taking the photos is fun but I love adding the quotes!
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He’s right at home with Jean-Paul Satre and Simone De Beauvoir at the Cafe De Flore….
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I always really enjoy these school of Life Films..this Camus one is especially good.

Albert Camus joins the Existentialists

Today it was great to finish a new French Existentialist philosopher & writer Albert Camus.
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He looks a little like Humphrey Bogart. The biggest challenge was to make him smoke a cigarette!

He like hanging around stations and smoking.

I did the cigarette with beads….
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I had a lot of fun adding quotes to these pictures.. taken at  a station.

I know a song about Albert Camus with reference to some of his  ideas and biographical details. It’s by our friend Mr. Jay Fynn. 😉

More soon……

Townes Van Zandt

Ah!…. Townes Van Zandt! Where to start?
I’ve only recently discovered him. What an incredible songwriter…..

I found some Dead Flowers in the park….

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Townes & the peacock!
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One of his most amazing songs.. If I Needed You….
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A wood pile seemed reminiscent of Texas!
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….and this song is literally a A Killer!! ” Waiting Around to Die”.. metaphor here… in the absence of actual gravestones.. maybe next trip out?
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and the beautiful “For The Sake Of The Song”
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Meeting Mick Fleetwood

So,  after 3 months of working of the four sets of Fleetwood Mac dolls the day came yesterday to hand them over in person to the lovely Mr. Fleetwood himself! I couldn’t quite imagine exactly how it was going to work out but it worked brilliantly! Mick’s personal assistant met us and took us to the auditorium where we sat in in a pre-show meet & greet where Mick was talking and taking questions. I wasn’t expecting to be in of that but it was really fascinating. Mick explained how he appreciated craftsmanship in things like shoes and clothes which are hand made. We both like shoe shopping it turns out……  photo 12.jpg Mick’s balls have a mind of their own and they are a lot of fun to play with. I’m glad I got the colours right. They are made of wax thread with beads on the end.  photo 5balls.jpg He was very dapper and very kind. He really seemed to like to dolls. He kissed the Stevie Nick one!  photo 1lg.jpg It was so god of him to pose for pictures with me and he even suggested getting all four boxes out and lining then up to get a propper sense of how much work was in them and the scale of the task.  photo 11.jpg  photo dolls.jpg

Mick said his plan was to give them to other members of the band at some point.. so I hope they like them too! Mick’s assistant tried to grab a Lindsay/’LB’ obviously for some mischief, but Mick said No. They have to be given at the right time. I hope they were & Happy Birthday Mick!

For me it was a pleasure to have made these for Mick.  Thank you Mick, Robert & Jenny for helping to make this happen and Steve for coming with me and taking the pictures with my infuriating camera!