Colin Hambrook’s art and poetry blog


I’ve been revising how to make the audio-artwork to go with the exhibition. I initially scripted descriptions in two parts – giving a straight description of the drawings followed by the context of the making of the image and the narrative it tells. Now, with input from Joseph Young I’ve opted for combining the three facets of the audio-description. I’ve had a go at incorporating the details of the illustration with descriptions of the making of the images, drawing on narratives in the poems being illustrated and the personal stories which were the starting point.

I enjoyed sharing the following script for a creative audio-descriptive piece in the Knitting Time workshop at Pallant House this week:

I had already started this A4 coloured drawing when I decided it would be an apt illustration for the poem Blue Black Feather. It conveys a love of nature in a dream-like landscape made up of birds, faces and human figures, which inhabit a series of hills and pastures. It pictures the encroachment of urban life on the landscape in a series of simply drawn tower blocks which run down the left-hand side of the drawing. It just needed two birds and so I drew a Jay dominating the right hand side of the foreground and a smaller crow further up and on the left, with which it is communicating.

The poem relates to a story from the mid-eighties of when I found  a perfect blue-black barred Jay’s feather. Living in North London during the early 1980s was a depressing time. All my efforts at getting somewhere to live were being thwarted at the same time as all social housing was being sold off. Ideals of community and social awareness were fragmenting. I squatted a housing association property. For a time our eviction notices were thrown out of court by the judge because the housing officers were so embroiled in corrupt deals. Everything, seemed bound up in corruption.

I got very excited by the jewel-like quality of the feather. In my fragile state of mind this piece of treasure seemed to be auspicious sign; an omen of better things to come. It glowed, like something from the garden of Eden. On an impulse I showed the feather to a fellow passenger on a tube train. I happened to be following one of the sillier fashions of the time, wearing striped pyjamas. It was a trend started by the Boomtown Rats who I’d seen play a couple of times.

So, when the woman who I’d shown the feather to announced that she was an off-duty police officer, it was not wholly unsurprising that she’d assume that I’d escaped from Friern Barnet, the nearest mental hospital. She took me aside on the platform, clearly debating with herself what she should do and whether or not she could be bothered to take me all the way back to the police station. She wavered – especially as I had nothing on me to identify who I was. On grilling me about where I was going she asked me if I was harmless or not. She realised I couldn’t cause much damage, armed with a tiny feather. And so she then asked if I’d go back to the hospital of my own accord; making me promise faithfully that I would do so. And so I agreed, escaping the psychiatric system by an edge once again.

At the centre bottom of the drawing is a prominent ball shape across which a skeletal figure is draped. And to the left of the figure is a large cross-hatched shadow which is draped from the bottom corner of the picture, across the bottom tower block and up into the fields above. There is sense of underlying fatalism within this drawing. The frightened expressions on the faces in the submerged figures are expressive of a search for meaning and purpose in a random brutal urban environment.

Bird Song: audio-description:


I’ve begun the task of writing descriptions of the illustrations for the book and adding some personal reflections which put the poems in context. I thought I’d share the first of these, which relates the drawing of a sparrow I’ve made to illustrate the poem Bird Song.

An  A4 portrait black and white line drawing depicting a side-on view of a sparrow, which takes up the whole of the central two thirds of the picture. The bird is very carefully and delicately drawn, with a great attention to the detail in the feathers and the markings on the feathers. It is a male bird as defined by the dark markings around its eye and beak and down the extent of its wing feathers. It sits on  a short branch, which comes towards the viewer into the foreground of the picture.

The sparrow looks upwards with a fragile, slightly quizzical expression on its face, which emphasises a sense of its innocence. Surrounding the bird is a mesh or web of delicate markings resembling a lattice of small interlacing branches. Many of the larger branches are shaded with small dots creating a grey cloud-like shadow around the bird, which seems to pulsate in the background.

The sparrow symbolises a lot of thoughts and feelings in relation to childhood memories. My mum conferred a love of nature and the bird-life in the garden was very important to us. The chirpy little sparrow was our favorite. We’d put bread out and would love to watch these shy, innocent birds hovering around our offerings.

Mischeviously they would peck the aluminium tops of the milk bottles left on our doorstep by the milkman. “Look mum”, I’d say “They’ve been at it again”, and we’d share a smile at their daring do. I think we shared an intuitive connection to their fragile natures. We would delight in counting the numbers of male and female birds we could spot at impromptu moments when a ‘quarrel’ of them would come to visit.

The decline in numbers of sparrows in our London garden in the late seventies seemed to parallel the worsening of my mothers health and wellbeing. The disappearance of the birds was inextricably linked, in my mind, with the irrevocable changes in society wrought by the rise of Thatcher. It seemed that the world fast became a harder and more corrupt place with the influence of American Economist Milton Friedman’s free market ideology, that was so important to the Thatcher government. From the late-seventies their policies spelt an end to the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that had been a marked feature within society since the Clement Atlee government of 1945. After 35 years of common ownership of all essential utilities and industries, we were subject to policies that established a framework of private enterprise and competition. The idea was that we learn to rely on market forces to ensure the ‘survival of the fittest’, rather than attempt to work together to achieve a fair society. However the political appropriation of the phrase, first coined by Herbert Spencer and then used by Charles Darwin as a synonym for the idea ofnatural selection in the fifth edition of On the Origin of Species, published in 1869, was incompatible with the meaning both scientists intended in their search for an understanding of evolutionary theory. Darwin had intended the phrase to be a metaphor for how life adapts to its immediate, local environment, often working collectively to achieve common aims. The political interpretation that Darwin was vindicating the actions of the rich and powerful over and above the needs of the weak and those less well-placed was in fact a fallacy.

As the 1980s dawned, in my mind at least, there was a direct association between the increase in Corvids in London parks and gardens with the harsher pragmatism of the dismantling of the welfare state. The crows, magpies and jays replaced a lot of the smaller more benign birds. The families of finches, tits and sparrows decreased dramatically within a short space of time, never to return in the same numbers. The decline of the sparrow, especially, who my mum and I identified with so readily, was especially symbolic as indicative of our own predicament.


It’s been a while since I updated my blog and as I’ve been fairly busy painting I thought I’d add a photo of this work-in-progress. It’s great to be working on a fairly large scale (4 foot x 4 foot) and am enjoying it greatly. Without planning it I ended up going back to poetry from my first collection 100 Houses as inspiration for this image, which depicts how it feels to have an involuntary out of body experience – something which I was prone to until about ten years ago.

In the woods, Crow will blast your courage to tell you, you are not a tree

black and white drawing of an Oak tree on the left side of the landscape and a male and female figure on the right side, merging into a landscape of oak leaves

Knitting Time is finally on the horizon


A starting point for the work on show in the Knitting Time exhibition is a collection of poems which explore personal narratives from infancy to the present time. The stories stem from my induction as an infant into the delusionary belief system of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. My mum became lost to strange beliefs after the JWs kicked us all out as representatives of Satan come to disturb the flock. One of her beliefs involved the ascribing of animal spirits to individuals and groups of people. As a child I was ‘Mole’ and I still sign much of my artwork accordingly in her affectionate memory.

There are many State-sanctified psychotic belief systems. It just depends how many agree to subscribe to any particular ‘belief’ as to whether it gets labeled ‘psychotic’. If you’re in a club with only one member, the chances are you’ll be in trouble, unless you learn to shut up.

All religious or spiritual belief has an element of ‘psychosis’ about it – not that ‘psychosis’ is necessarily a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. In its original meaning the term is derived from the Greek psyche, meaning ‘soul,’ ‘mind,’ or ‘breath.’ It was regarded as the animating principle in life. From that Greek ideology came the modern hierarchy which places the spirit and the mind above matter. The poor old material world is not giving much credo, which is possibly why we care so little collectively about plundering and destroying the earth and for that matter for torturing the ‘mad’ who as a general rule tend to not like what the human race is doing to itself.

Knitting Time illustrates ‘loss’ as a guiding principle for existence and for creativity. I’ve never fitted into the world, which is no bad thing. I was taught from an early age by JWs that the world would end when I was 17 in 1975. And so I’ve spent 38 years living with a sense of mourning the ‘end’ that never came and in grief for the injustices perpetrated against my mum in the name of psychiatry. Psychiatry – like much of humanity and especially organised religion – continues to be as deluded as ever in the way it treats people.

The audio-descriptive sound installation in the  exhibition describe a selection of ten of the works including work made during our workshop programme expounding on personal stories that underpin the making of those pieces. I’ve a history since infancy of getting lost in dreams and hallucinations; of entering a world which is outside of time. Much of the art and poetry here is based on those experiences, which have often been very profound and beautiful.

At the same time as expressing a ‘spiritual’ world, seeing angels and so forth… I’m no believer in the hierarchy we’ve adopted from the early Greeks. As Antonin Artaud put it so eloquently in his essay Shit to the Spirit: “The spirit was never anything but the parasite of man, the ringworm of his worthy body when the body was no more than an animalcule swimming around and having no desire to be worthy of existing.”

And therein lies the dilemma of who we are and why we’re here? Knitting Time is a piece of my dealing with that conundrum.

I hope you find the exhibition thought-provoking and would love to hear your thoughts on these concerns.

Few Quick and Easy Steps for Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can add pleasure and security to a home with minimal investment. For under $200 you may add an extremely straightforward and easy to put in a lighting system which could really accent your house in a way which will enhance you and your visitors' experience.

Should you follow only a few straightforward steps, you may add a very straightforward but gorgeous part to your landscape lighting which will add years of enjoyment for you and your loved ones.

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Deciding on the Power Resource

The very first step is picking the kind and of power voltage and source to your landscape lighting strategy. One choice is to go with solar landscape light. It's cheap to buy and contains very little if any going expenses concerning monthly power.

Plan it out

Then spend a day with a flashlight walking around the lawn finding the regions you will want to highlight your landscape light. Some areas to think about adding landscape light to would consist of paths, flower gardens, decks, and patios, as well as about focal points like water characteristics or specimen trees.

Purchase and Install

After determining your places and flagging them, they depend on the entire number of lights which you have to have so as to receive a fantastic estimation of your costs. If you're going with a 12-volt system you are going to want to choose where you're going to plug in your transformers to in regard to outlets.

Things You Must do Before Hiring Dumpster Rental Services

Dumpsters can help you eliminate every kind of trash. It is possible to use these to get residential or industrial garbage. There are a variety of businesses on the internet which provides dumpster rental providers in various regions of the planet. You may readily locate a nearby organization to employ appropriate roll-off containers.

There are numerous companies that provide dumpster rentals in Cape Coral. However, it's essential that you be a wise consumer. You have to select the best firm. Below are a few points that can help you to find a suitable firm.

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You have to ascertain how big the dumpster prior to contacting any dumpster leasing firm. Every business provides you an estimate on the grounds of how big dumpster you need to take on rent.

It is simple to determine the size of this dumpster in line with the amount of trash. You may take a look at various kinds of roll-off containers on the internet.

They come to win unique sizes. You may discover the specific amount of garbage a particular container may hold. Deciding on the proper sized dumpster is vital because firms charge extra if the skip overflows.

It's possible to select a dumpster truck in the event the sum of trash is enormous. These trucks are acceptable for construction and renovation websites. You are able to opt for little roll-off containers in case you've moved from one house to another or when you've renovated your residence.

Each Preparation Tip For First Drivers Ed

 People eventually have their first time to drive and that is when driving lessons become relevant. You are not always expected to handle it like a pro right away without certain practices anyway. Others normally get in trouble for the several practices and that turns alright since you can familiarize things afterward. Even the excellent drivers out there have struggled before too. Take notice on each preparation tip for first drivers ed in Frisco TX.

Upon taking education or lesson to grab a license, you benefit a lot in arriving whilst highly prepped up. One might possibly give poor performance because of failing to plan it carefully. Try to lessen your nervousness too since they are afraid to fail and not get it. Following instructions and staying determined to succeed shall benefit you anyway.

Observe the right time wherein you could perform your best the natural way. People usually got various body clocks wherein they could learn well during nighttime, afternoon, and maybe on mornings. In observing schedules, you put your success rate high especially in using the time where you get to remain fresh or ready to be challenged. The thing is getting drowsy in lessons cannot be good for your performance.

You benefit in doing research ahead at various techniques. You take this process similar to having an examination then. It always helps to study a bit of background until you can relate after. Therefore, you better start researching towards the correct parts, functionality, or driving principles. Your instructor can appreciate your great knowledge perhaps.

Despite being able to research a lot of stuff, it never means you stay overconfident too that you no longer listen to suggestions during the education process. Such applicants only receive embarrassment whenever instructors get to outsmart them. You should remain eager for learning more until you become more than ready to face advanced lessons soon.

Certain mistakes cannot be something to feel low of. Others end up discouraged after noticing that their skills were not enough yet. However, it is okay to just accept mistakes and learn afterward. Having some mistakes especially on trials would be normal. You appreciate the teachers anyway for helping you correct it until you perfect the task already.

Never forget in keeping track of requirements involved. You eventually get concerned towards complying with everything before such sessions start. Failing to comply on that means your session could be delayed onto another schedule. You better inquire properly to ensure that everything is received later on.

Grab this chance in finally receiving answers to questions. One has to grab enough experience as well by learning from responses. After confusion or curiosity ends up being answered, that means you retain peaceful mind already. It only stays significant that you learn the correct ways no matter what.

Other issues relate to panicking often. Remaining composed in sessions is extremely important because you may end up doing unnecessary things and wrongdoings for panicking. Driving shall turn easy when you experience that often anyway. Get rid of wild imaginations because those might take over your head and your concentration ends up being affected badly.

What You Can Do For Harmful Ovarian Cysts

Cancer ovarian cysts are basically a combination of inside the ovary or outside. Each ovarian follicle, which is more than two centimeters large, is an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts cause sudden sharp pain, weight, pressure, breast pain, irregular menstruation, fatigue, infertility, headaches, and many other problems.

There can be many reasons for ovarian cancer like usage of chemical products or defective products such as baby talcum powder. Many women said that talcum powder originates cancer. They claim that they become cancerous after using talcum powder. They can take legal help for their problem. They can hire lawyers and file a talcum powder lawsuit against the firm.

In general, some cysts disappear after a small amount of the menstrual cycle. Removal of ovarian cysts is sometimes taken as an option but in many cases it becomes necessary. In most of these cases, the cyst becomes large, dense, badly shaped and causes pain, which is extreme.

In this case, removal of cysts proved to be a good choice. Surgical cysts become necessary when cysts appear to cause cancer. For older women, it must be removed immediately because the cyst grows with age. So surgery is needed in this case.

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If the patient will not undergo surgery, it will be difficult on the part of the patient because pain and bleeding will be present and sometimes will cause death. Before removing your cyst, you will be taken through a physical examination and examination of the pelvic area.

After reviewing medication and laboratory tests you may be asked to do a scan and abdominal X-ray so that the diagnosis can be confirmed. During the procedure, if there are no signs of ovarian cancer, the patient can return to normal after one or two weeks from the day of surgery. If there is ovarian cancer, it is recommended to undergo surgery to remove it.

Open surgery can be selected to be removed. It depends on the condition of the cyst and the patient's approval. However, for larger cysts, open surgery is preferred. For laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts a laparoscope tube. From this tube, the surgeon knows about the cyst and then the transfer process begins.

General anesthesia is used for surgical procedures for removing larger cysts. This can cause discomfort, bleeding, and infection after surgery. And in many rare cases, patients can also become infertile. If you experience side effects or symptoms of poor health after appointment, tell your doctor.

Hire a Good Mold Remediation Service for Your Property

Mold or mould is a type of fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. They are grown on a number of surfaces and products including food items, and even home or office buildings.

Mold grown in the building or at your home can harm the integrity of the building structure, and at the same time can lead to serious health issues. If you are looking for the mold inspectors in houston tx then, you can browse the web.

On the other hand, mold remediation is a process of removing this mold from a house or building. However, the process is not as easy as it seems and one should hire a professional and trained mold remediation service provider to deal with such issues.

Mold generally grows in and around the areas containing moisture. If you happen to come across the mold grown in your home in places such as between walls or in the areas that are inaccessible, it is important for you to contact a professional for the assessment.

One of the first indications that your home has a mold problem is smell. If you smell some mildewy or musty scents in your home, you might have a problem with mold infestation. You can walk around your house and literally sniff the problem out.

One thing you can look for is if you are having more trouble breathing. Maybe you are having an increased reaction to allergies. If either of these are issues for you, then maybe you have a mold problem in your home.

Few Secrets to Overcome Your Flying Fear

Important factors that add to the fear of flying including the media add to emotional madness by making the sensation of a plane crash. The media reports the same incident several times during new news and then repeatedly on news programs repeatedly throughout the day. Fearless flyers are the person who is able to overcome their fear of flying while flight takes off.

There are hundreds of flights departing from and returning to airports throughout the country every day without incident. Another misconception that people can cause fear of flying is not having an understanding of aviation. People have a misconception that the engines on the plane are those that support the aircraft while in the air.

They are under the assumption that if the engine stops, the plane will fall to the ground. The main purpose of the engine is to give the aircraft more power over the air faster and remain at the right height for long distances. Actually, all aircraft can glide without a machine. Not understanding how flights work can create a person's fear of flying.

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Educating about the fact of flying can greatly eliminate one's fears. Learn how airplanes, how they are operated, and other aspects of flight can help people overcome their fear of flying.

Be prepared to find the top secrets to help you overcome your flying fears. This will greatly help reduce and eliminate your fear of flying.

The easiest way to get rid of the fear of flying is to do what most people do every day. Divert your attention. Yes, you have to find any way to distract yourself during the flight so that your mind has no time or ability to focus on anything related to fear.

You can use music, books, movies, or chat with friends near you. The mind is only able to focus on one thing at a time, so if you focus it on good comedy, it won't cause you anxiety.

Hire an iPhone Application Development Service Provider

IPhone application advancement is progressively expanding sought after in light of the fact that the quantity of iPhone clients is expanding at an exponential rate. The iPhone clients should get to the web through the iPhone gadget that they have.

In the event that the site isn't good with the working framework and stage of the iPhone, it won't be shown on the screen of the iPhone.

Rather than losing clients/customers to the contenders, it is smarter to get an iPhone app development services and this is the place you have to employ the administrations of an iPhone application engineer.

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There are numerous iPhone application engineers in the market and choosing the most suitable one is exceptionally vital particularly when your thought is one of a kind and you definitely realize that if appropriately created it could be a major achievement.

Experience is the thing that issues the most in about every one of the fields. Presently there are two sorts of use designers; those with real experience and those without. It is dependent upon you to twofold check the cases of experience made by the application engineer.

  • The site of the application engineer may show tributes; however are there any immediate contact numbers given out there to contact that customer and check the credibility of the tribute? Try not to be defenseless against escape by sham tributes.
  • The specialized ability of the application engineer ought to be shown in the work that he/she has done prior.
  • The engineer ought to be enrolled with the iTunes store of Apple Inc., the makers of iPhone.
  • There ought to be a Non-Disclosure Agreement between the application designer and you so your thought isn't imparted to any other individual.
  • The designer ought to have sufficient opportunity and labor to satisfy the responsibility inside the set time limits without re-appropriating the work to an outsider. The engineer ought to depend on the obligation of building up the application to a committed group of designers.
  • The application designer should appear through straightforwardness and clearness on the terms and states of installment.

Recommendations Of Finding Doctors After Hours Clinic

The detail about having someone to take care of your aspect would lead to creating the wise way of ensuring it. You may find other professional physicians after hours clinic in Birch Run. Just tinker the book which is the telephone directory. This provides you of the list of inputs that may come into the area of expertise you wanted.

The pages of such published material is not that enough to cater questions on your head, so, you have to call them. The contact details are presented already. So, the usage of these information is needed to be provided with utmost importance. You apply them so you will gain the awareness of the transaction.

At first, you become hesitant to let them know about the condition you have in your head. That is why you shall consider the output which is essential to this portion. You must obtain a considerable conversation time for the benefit of getting the positive result in that matter. Always take precautions in divulging inputs.

You can call them if they have been the right expert to your mission. The use of telephone may be maximized too. You inquire about the necessities or first aid kits when necessary. This would provide you the buying of safety to the treatment of A person or family member who might be affected in that instance.

Pricing of their work towards your task can be different. You should become reminded that there are tons of things that shall be tried in here. You can start with having what can be a great option in that occasion. Always take part in the detail of such situation. The preparation you shall commit is needed to be early. So, when there is a need to withdraw money, then you shall do it.

The equipment they shall consider must be a certified one. If not, then you ought to transfer to another care of an expert similar to them. This is to avoid complications on the condition you are experiencing as of this moment. This can lead to harnessing the right attitude towards that area. You must consider that factor for the benefit of learning what is needed.

He who becomes the expert shall have background check. You either talk to them or you go to the place where the online community will provide their feedback. It is an integral part of having a conversation with them. It is a great aspect that you have to view in that instance. Of course, you shall create a way to encourage that input to be seen.

When the process starts, you have to time them. You do not have the entire time of the world just to wait for some changes to the health of the person in need of medical attention. You give them the credit for possibly saving the life of another person. When that happens, then you could confidently say that they are doing their job.

Otherwise, you can always give them the trust that when worse comes to worst, the fact of death shall be accepted. This is to avoid blaming who is the real culprit. There can be investigations that may come if you are not satisfied with their work. That can be stressful too.

The Advantages of Project Management for Your Firm

When one refers to project management, we must mention that it is a process of planning, organizing, safeguarding and managing resources that help you achieve certain project goals and objectives. The project itself is a temporary effort and has a predetermined beginning and end to meet unique goals and objectives and its specific role is to facilitate a particular business or operation.

Project management depends on several factors, such as scope, time, and budget, factors that are important in achieving predetermined goals. You can select the ‘project management web study’ (which is also known as ‘prosjektledelse nettstudie’ in the Norwegian language) to make a better carrier in the project management field.

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Web-based project management is a good way to facilitate your work and can be used for various tasks. You can access this application via intranet or WAN / LAN using a web browser. Some projects may refer to audits, risk assessments, external risk management, post-project reviews, management training, or rescue services.

If you want to grow your business, you can rely on these projects, which will increase your company's success and reduce its risks and costs. Bringing together business and technical resources will produce extraordinary results.

A well-done business project is one of the most effective ways to achieve the expected results. In general, a key component of a winning study refers to the core problem, the solution, the results, and the appropriate tone.

The first step of this project is to refer to problems that are relevant to the target industry, segments, and readers. These solutions are a good way to ensure transparency and to increase the company's credibility and final steps, or the results refer to certain factors, such as cost and time savings, increased productivity, loss prevention, reduction in risk of non-compliance and income growth indicators.

If you decide to start a project, you must first think of the benefits that you might have in the future. After the project ends, project management will continue to do its job until all benefits are clearly achieved and you can finally enjoy the results. The benefits of project management are mainly due to the relationship between managers, clients, and workers.               


Tips for Keeping Pests Away From Your Home

Some of the tips to keep the pests away from the home are:

1) Always wipe your feet on a doormat outside of your home. Better, yet, stomp them to remove grime, dirt, and insects from your shoes. Ask your guests to do the same. You can look for professional pest control services in NC online.

2) Put screens on your windows. Make sure the screens have very thin holes (as thin as you can possibly make them). Use these so you can still open your windows without the threat of allowing bugs into your home.

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3) Use mosquito nets outside your home to protect open areas on your porch and inside your garage from mosquitos. This includes your pool deck (if it's not caged in), Jacuzzi, outdoor patios, dining areas, etc.

4) Use routine professional pest control to thoroughly inspect your home and spray using strong extermination equipment.

5) Routinely bathe pets, whether indoors or outdoors. If your dog or cat plays outdoors or in the garage, brush and/or bathe them before they re-enter your home.

6) Wash dishes always. Do not let them sit in your dish drain for significant periods of time. If anything, rise dishes off with water and then place in the dishwasher so they'll be ready to wash in a few hours.

7) Do not let food sit out inside your home for periods of time. Throw away uneaten food and soda cans (bugs love sugar). Don't leave plates around in your bedroom or living room, or on the kitchen counter.