Friday, 26 February 2016


Mini Hokum Tour this weekend: Saturday we're at the Ukranian Club, Halifax Road, Huddersfield from 8, then on Saturday we're at the Grove in Springwood from about 5

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Windybank's Saxon Cross

Found it! 30 odd mile cycle to locate the Walton Cross, a 10th century Anglo-Saxon stone standing in an uncelebrated spot overlooking the M62 and a wind turbine near Walton Cross Farm.
We missed it on the Kirklees Way last year.......

Friday, 19 February 2016

Luke Perry's Cauliflower, Barbara Hepworth's Left Hand & Rude Cross Stitch

 Hepworth Gallery Visit. Anthea Hamilton's  1990s idol, Des Hughe's irreverent embroidery inflicted on schoolchildren in Castleford and Barbara Hepworth's bits and pieces....

Luke Perry's Cauliflower

Amusing exhibit of Luke Perry poster (90s Teen idol) sporting a cast bronze cauliflower on his head (probably ironic) artist: Anthea Hamilton

Barbara Hepworth's Left Hand

Hepworth Gallery v Wakefield Kirkgate 142 Trip

Alternative Embroidered Cross Stitch Sampler

Des Hughe's irreverent embroidery inflicted on innocent schoolchildren in Castleford
 in memory of Henry Moore's sculpture (probably ironic)

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Lawrence of Arabia's Headscarf

More things from the Gertrude Bell exhibition...the film of men in pith helmets clambering around Babylon was a bit thought- provoking. I don't expect any of  Babylon remains, although I'm sure there's plenty of other ruins to clamber on.....

Mesopotamian Hieroglyphics


Pith Helmet v Fez

When the Ottoman disintegrated, the British and the French carved up the Middle East, replacing official headgear 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


Queen of the Desert

Thought-provoking visit to Newcastle to see this exhibition on The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell, who assisted in the creation of the new state of Iraq in 1921.....

Saturday, 13 February 2016

No Bull

Missing: 4 giant fibreglass bulls. Last seen on the side of the old Birmingham Bull Ring before demolition. English Heritage are out looking for them, along with other treasures of public artwork nicked from city centres......

Thursday, 11 February 2016


Great D of E training weekend at Gearstones Lodge, near Ribblehead viaduct