Thursday, 29 August 2013

Angel Olsen - Bush Hall

From the Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush, London, Angel Olsen performs a captivating selection of songs from her Half Way Home album and Strange Cacti EP.

She championed tequila and had some great banter, including a few interesting chats with audience members.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Odin's Lost Eye

A giant is seated at the roots of a massive ash tree. The giant is Mimir and the ash is the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Two ravens look down from its branches on the giant who is drinking water from a well at its base. The water from the well gives the giant great wisdom. The ravens fly to the throne of Odin in the great hall of Valhalla and tell him what they have seen. He listens and nods.

A mysterious figure in a hat and cloak with a long beard approaches Mimir who is still seated next to his magical well. He asks the giant for a drink of water, “Let me drink from your well friend for I am thirsty from travelling.” 

The giant rightly guesses that the stranger is Odin. He replies, “The water from this well is precious and bears the gift of great knowledge, what will you give me in return All-father?” Odin is impatient to drink from the well and replies, “I will give you any gift that you ask.” The giant laughs loudly and gives his answer, “The price that I ask of you is that you leave one of your far-seeing eyes in the bottom of my well. When I drink from the well I shall know all that takes place in the realms of men and gods.”

Eager for knowledge Odin agrees to the price saying, “I pledge my eye for a drink from the horn.”
Mimir hands him the horn saying, “Drink then and become wise.” Odin drinks deeply and instantly gains ultimate wisdom. Wiping his mouth on his sleeve he turns to the well and plucks out one of his eyes and cast it inside. It sinks to the bottom but shines with an unearthly fire from its dim depths.

Story adapted from legend by Giles Morgan
Art by Andrew Cieciala

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Frank Fairfield - Cafe Oto

Frank Fairfield plays Banjo, Guitar and Fiddle at Cafe Oto, Dalston on Sunday 30th June 2013. An intriguing mixture of rags and waltzes, stomping'and the like.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Same old story on BBC Question Time, then?

It's the same old story, I tell myself not to watch Question Time, but occasionally I dip in, only to find I may have well just watched the Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse skit again.

In the Red Corner, it's Liz Kendall MP ......

...and slugging it out for the Blues, it's David Willetts MP.....

Early night then.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Bob from Michigan - At the Andy Warhol exhibit

Who's this? Well, if it isn't our favourite Worldwide Everyman, Bob from Michigan. On this occasion perusing the Andy Warhol show and not too taken by the print of Chairman Mao.

Bob from Michigan idea: Giles Morgan
Art: Andrew Cieciala

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Tales of Terror - 1962

Part of the portmanteau Horror film strand, this 1962 take on classic Edgar Allan Poe stories are stitched together by some gloriously camp performances from Vincent Price, appearing in all three of the tales, 'Morella', 'The Black Cat' and 'The Case of M. Valdemar'.

With heavyweight support from Basil Rathbone as Carmichael (in Valdemar) and Peter Lorre at his bug eyed best (The Black Cat) it's an enjoyably brief film, not particularly scary and also not for purists of Poe (Yes, I'm talking to you Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy).

I've chosen The Black Cat and The Case of M.Valdemar for my sketches.

Peter Lorre as Montresor, deep in his cups and about to lose his wife to the charming, attentive stranger...

Vincent Price as Ernest Valdemar in the midst of a mesmeric state, brought on by the cunning Carmichael (Sherlock himself, Basil Rathbone)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Bob from Michigan - At the Magritte show

Bob from Michigan - Magritte Show

Worldwide Everyman, Bob from Michigan takes in the art, here observing Rene Magritte's famous pipe.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Four Rooms - Four Drawings

Back on our TV screens, running for a few weeks in a daytime slot before returning to prime time last Friday is Channel 4 curio Four Rooms.

With the premise being that a number of misguided individuals make their way to mysterious converted warehouse in the attempt to extract cash from some obscenely rich dealers for their goods. With the oddities on offer ranging from possible art masterworks, historical artifacts, new art, antiques and random cultural iconography and paraphernalia as well as a fair amount of old tat.

As you can imagine, it's one of my favourite shows and has inspired these Four Drawings for Four Rooms.

1. The punter gets, greedy and pushes his price (and his luck) into the stratosphere. These ones are great and regularly go home with nothing other than a bruised ego.

 2. Business woman, dealer, interior designer, property developer Celia Sawyer raises her hands to her face, aghast at the brazen cheek of one sellers unrealistic expections.

3. New dealer this season (along with Harry Hill and Nick Cotton) is the Soprano suited Maurice Amdur, a succesful dealer and 'Maverick Businessman' (Channel 4's words, not mine).

4. Returning again is gallery owner and dealer Gordon Watson, who loves to rub it in about his A-list clientelle, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger....oh, and Tom Cruise.

Monday, 27 May 2013

It's In The Trees - It's Coming

From the 1957 film Night of the Demon, the Medium, Mr Meek has a funny turn and starts quoting Kate Bush lyrics.

Famous source for the sample used on Kate's Hounds of Love track from the 80's.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Nashville Noir - Patsy Cline - Walking After Midnight

Another from the Nashville songbook, originally penned by Alan Block and Don Hecht and a major hit for Patsy Cline amongst others.....we present:

Walking After Midnight

Narrative idea: Giles Morgan
Art: Andrew Cieciala

Lyrics copyright their respected owners and publishers.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Batman : Red Roses

Words: Giles Morgan
Art: Andrew Cieciala

all characters copyright respective owners - Batman created by Bob Kane

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Frankenstein meets Dracula - Or Fracula

A sketch which looks like a cross between Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula, big square head but pointy fangs. Has there ever been........a Fracula?

Jeremy Irons on the news talking about plastic

Jeremy Irons talking about plastic bags

Acclaimed actor Jeremy Irons cropped up on the news (Channel 4 News for this viewer) talking about the vast amounts of plastic going to landfill sites and championing schemes in Ireland which have raised revenue for recycling projects, seen an increase in bags being reused and a decrease in bags bought.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Monday, 25 February 2013

Theseus and the Minotaur

Ancient Greece, the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete. The hero Theseus has travelled from Athens to the Palace of King Minos to kill the terrible monster called the Minotaur that lives on human flesh. When Androgeos, son of King Minos, was sent to kill the bull of Marathon by Aegeas, King of Athens and father of Theseus, he was slain by it. As revenge for the death of his son Minos waged war on the Athenians and defeated them. Minos then ordered that the Athenians pay a blood tribute to him by sending seven youths and seven maidens to Crete every year where they would be devoured by the Minotaur. With the body of a man and the head of a bull the Minotaur is a ferocious creature that Minos keeps contained in a labyrinth beneath his palace.

Now, as Theseus is about to enter the labyrinth, Ariadne daughter of Minos hands him a ball of thread. She has fallen in love with Theseus under the influence of the Goddess Aphrodite. 
She instructs him to tie the thread to the doorpost at the start of the labyrinth and to use it to find his way back out. She then tells him to go forwards, always down and never left or right in order that he will reach the centre of the labyrinth where the beast is held. Theseus promises that if he escapes he will take Ariadne with him to Athens. They embrace and then Theseus travels onwards alone in the flickering light of torches placed on the walls. 

With one hand he unwinds the ball of thread, in his other he holds a sword he had hidden in his tunic. The walls have pictures of youths leaping over the horns of bulls and paintings of double-headed axes. 

From the darkness ahead he hears the snorting sounds of a bull. Theseus emerges into a large chamber and faces the Minotaur who is tearing at the flesh of one of his victims. 

On seeing Theseus the enraged monster rushes towards him. Moving like a bull-fighter Theseus side steps the Minotaur. However, Theseus is forced to drop his sword and grapples hand to hand with the beast. Finally, driving it to its knees and holding its head by one of its horns, Theseus seizes his sword from the floor and stabs the Minotaur in the throat. Blood showers them both. 
The Minotaur bellows and gasps and then grows weaker. Standing over the monster Theseus draws back his right arm and strikes a terrible blow across its neck completely severing its head. 
The body of the Minotaur slumps to the floor and Theseus raises the head high in victory.


Story adapted from Legend by Giles Morgan - Art by Andrew Cieciala