Tilley Lamp

14 Dec 18
Expedition from the Backdoor

4.30am and I’ve finally, after an hour awake, decided that I might as well start the day. The sensation of the page I’m writing on against my hand is disconcertingly cold, but the candle light has instantly brought comfort to a house beset by a gale. The persistence of the winds is incredible. It’s hard […]

06 Dec 18
STEVE MAKER

It has been a little while since we last chatted so I thought, while I’m sat here relaxing after work, I’d better put pen to paper or rather finger to keyboard and get all of you good people up to speed. So, what’s new? As you know I wanted to try a bit of metal […]

28 Nov 18
Expedition from the Backdoor

We have secret weather here in the Isles. I listen to the early morning news bulletin when I can, catching the tail-end of the shipping forecast, which sets me nicely in the mood. And then the inland forecast begins, which over the past few weeks has been describing unseasonable warmth and frequent sunshine (now over, […]

27 Nov 18
On Thin Ice

On November 21, a Dash-7 airplane from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) was awaiting us on the tarmac of the Punta Arenas International Airport, shiny and electric orange in color, the color of high visibility in Antarctica. We boarded around 10 am for the four-hour flight to Rothera Station. The Dash-7 is a remarkably versatile […]

19 Nov 18
World Site News

On a remote peninsula in the north-west Highlands of Scotland is the small off-grid community of Scoraig.Accessible only by boat or a five-mile walk, the residents of Scoraig live in relative isolation, partly powering their homes and school with wind power. Among the inhabitants are crofters with cattle and sheep, a violin maker, a Russian…

19 Nov 18
More UK News

On a remote peninsula in the north-west Highlands of Scotland is the small off-grid community of Scoraig. Accessible only by boat or a five-mile walk, the residents of Scoraig live in relative isolation, partly powering their homes and school with wind power. Among the inhabitants are crofters with cattle and sheep, a violin maker, a […]

18 Nov 18
BA Hons Creative Arts: Writing Skills

Project 5: Imagery The afternoon heat had its hands around my throat like a wrestler’s grip. It felt like I was tottering around a Turkish bath with lead boots. The phone rang and I pulled it from the pocket of my clammy shirt. The granite voice said he’d like me to check out his electrics. […]

13 Nov 18
Expedition from the Backdoor

My mood is dark, and my coordination is ‘off’. On Thursday evening I lost my footing and ended up on the edge of the ferry at Ulva, my belly on the boat and my legs dangling in the water. It was dark by then and the tide was exceptionally high. The water was being driven […]

09 Nov 18
The Potwell Inn

Megilp is not the hero of a western, but one of those words that get lodged in your mind and can’t be shifted. It first entered my head from the pages of a Windsor and Newton catalogue C1964 and it’s lived a kind of shadowy existence there ever since, emerging from time to time especially […]

05 Nov 18
BA Hons Creative Arts: Writing Skills

Project 3: Simplicity Mundane job For the second time today, I get to do the washing up. I begin by turning on the hot water tap. I grab the washing up liquid and squeeze out a few squirts into the bowl. I bung in the plates followed by the cutlery. All the delicate stuff like […]

03 Nov 18
A- Level Media Studies Blog

Maroon 5 Maps- Throughout the music video of Maroon 5 maps there is a distinctive narrative and a range of other aspects hidden within, that would only be noticeable when looking for, directly.  Firstly the narrative. Adam Levine, the main artist is represented as ‘Cool’ throughout; rolls up his sleeves, rebels, has tattoos and unbuttons […]

15 Oct 18
Grateful Narn

Old school country life living by the sea, on the sea and in the sea, that was my upbringing. School holidays were spent at my nanny’s house with my siblings and lots of cousins, apart from some chores that we all had to do life was simple. We had longdrops tilley lamps and candles, a […]

14 Oct 18
Family Ancestors' Scrapbook

This week’s challenge is “On the Farm”.  I was a “city slicker”, but whilst growing up, I was able to spend a lot of my school holidays staying at various relatives’ farming properties in Western Australia.  In 2007 I was able to visit “Statton Cottage” in Albaston, Calstock, Cornwall, the oldest ancestral family farm occupied […]

04 Oct 18
Paol Soren

I was only a child when I started doing things that were worth remembering and now I am old I remember more. I suppose because it is important to me now but back then it was just growing up. From Naracoorte the road heads due west about 10 km across black flat soil and then […]

02 Oct 18
Poetry Images Music

In the middle of August we went to a family celebration in Bristol.  It finished about five so we drove to have a look round the center of the city but could not find anywhere to park!  Driving back to the hotel we spotted a sign to Sea Mills.  Intrigued we parked by what looked […]