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As a fund raising event for the 2013 St Ives Literature Festival,
I will doing an evening of storytelling at Cafe Art in St Ives.

Food, drink and a bar, along with music from the
"Bootlegger Sound System"

 
 
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I have been performing my new Victorian Paper Toy
Theatre Show "Robin Hood" since December last year, after
it's premier at the St Ives Library.

If you get the chance, do check it out.

"Surperb! We loved it and our kids haven't stopped talking
about it. So inspirational."

 
 
To celebrate this years International Talk Like A Pirate Day on 19th September I will be doing a sound installation as part of the St Ives September Festival called "You have the word of Long John Silver", celebrating the actor Robert Newton's role as Long John Silver. It will be performed around the town at different locations during the day.
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Listen to a small sample below. It is what be called ambient pirate music.
 
 
_There has been talk for quite a while, but the workmen are on site and Wetherspoons are coming to town on the premises where Isobar used to be.
Whether it is to be a JD Wetherspoons or their more upmarket brand Lloyds No1 remains to be seen.

And how will its arrival affect other pubs and restaurants in the town...the jury is out and we will not know the verdict for a few years.

All that besides, I definitely approve of the new name "The Hain Line."

Sir Edward Hain was the local boy who "done good" and set up and ran one of the major shipping companies of the late 19th century. It's worldwide operation was run from the building that Wetherspoons have taken over, until they were takenover by P&O in 1917.

There was an expression here in the town in days gone by "get a H on your funnel", meaning that working for the Hain Line would improve your station in life (all the Hain ships had an H on their funnels.)

Check out the St Ives Museum for more of the fascinating histroy of the Hain Line...they have a room

 
 
_My lastest Sunday evening project is an animation of a 3D mock-up of one of the installations called "Welcome to the Hotel Munber", at the Tate St Ives Spring 2012 show called "Simon Fujiwara Since 1982".
This is what I thought the installation was about when I went to the preview night. Someone (a man waering a fedora hat) was seating at a table behind the roped barrier, and so I assumed that they were part of the piece of art, an actor/artist doing performance art within  the installation.

However, modern art is often not what it appears to be. On my next visit a few days later, the man in the fedora hat was gone, and there was a member of staff sitting there instead. What a let down.

So I have tried to recreate my take on the whole thing. If you get a chance do go and check out the excellent exhibition.
 
 
An animation I did for the Tate St Ives show called "The Indiscipline of Painted", which ran from Oct 2011 to Jan 2012.

This is an Andy Warhol painting called "Eggs" that has been animated to a poem by Toby Lurie.

It is what I call a "Sunday Evening Project", trying to produce something in couple of hours from start to finish.
 
 
I told a photo of this Robin in our garden the other day. By the size of it, it had an egg-nogging good time at Christmas and well and truly over indulged.
 
 
Yesterday was the last day of another "proper shop" closing it's doors for the last time in St Ives. It's a subject I go on about on my St Ives Comedy Walk as the town moves further away from reality towards a total tourist industry theme park. Who is moving in? I haven't heard the rumours yet, but I will report back when I do.
 
 
Here's a video I made back in 2005 to celebrate Albert Einstein's groundbreaking discovery about the true nature of time in 1905.
 
 
A photo of me entertaining a few of the 8734 pirates gathered on the Prom at Penzance on 25/6/2011 to smash the previous record for the largest gathering of Pirates ever on our planet.

As official "entertainer" I had a great time keeping the crowds happy while the counting was going on.