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.

How to Choose the Best Dental Clinic

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It is always better to have information on the level of services provided at a dental clinic to verify that it is actually high. A hospital can also visit for a full environmental glance, how patients are treated and the availability of necessary equipment. Another important aspect when looking for a highly recognized dental hospital is the amount that is willing to pay for treatment. If the hospital has an insurance provider, we can be assured that the hospital is a first-rate.

Asking friends and family for their recommendation also plays a vital role in choosing a well-known dental hospital. Anyone could have had a different experience and it helps one to determine the level of services provided at the hospital.

What Exactly Is Internet Marketing?

This article is aimed primarily at people thinking of starting a business in internet marketing. Each new effort in every aspect of human life will have excitement and challenge.

Internet Marketing is no different. It is very important to know the key principles before becoming involved or your internet marketing business could be shot down in flames before you even begin. 

What Exactly Is Internet Marketing?

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Many people new to internet marketing waste a lot of time and effort because they simply do not take the time to research what is involved. 

This process must be fully understood before launching into the unknown. You should look before you leap and learn how to start an online marketing business before you make a commitment either time or money.

The response is quite obvious and literal to the title question is that it is marketing a product or service using the Internet rather than traditional business methods. As with other marketing, online sales involve advertising, promotions, and sales.

 The nature of the business would mean that most of the newcomers will have to learn new techniques. This technique may be just the fundamentals of marketing or they may be specifically related to the use of the internet.

Both words in the title, internet marketing, must be understood and applied correctly to achieve success. It is probably true to say that 'marketing' is more important because it is what is generating revenue.

Internet marketing will involve marketers to do a lot of research in a way that traditional marketing is not. We must know our market; know our customers and know how to communicate with them. Because we rarely meet our customers face to face we need to market with a slightly different way.

Everything about Car Servicing

Commercial car servicing will have a major role to play in their lives, who hired a car for one or another kind of commercial purpose such as making deliveries, trips, etc.

Commercial car servicing company holds the responsibility of covering the cost of damage and replacement of the vehicle and moreover, they also take the responsibility to take care of the financial coverage of people who have been injured or lost their lives in the accident. If you are looking for a car servicing company then you can browse various online resources.

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Some common types of coverage you can expect from a commercial car servicing business is sporadic and private coverage. In this type of coverage, the company will be free to cover the cost of accidents even when the car is being used for some commercial purpose. Therefore, the type of car servicing will certainly play a major role in any commercial business involving cars.

One of the easiest ways to get a car servicing is to visit the official website of the company offering this kind of service. However, you should be prepared to fill out all the information they requested. You need to fill in some basic details such as name, history and driver's vehicle identification number, etc.

When you are looking for a quote, always make sure that you get a quote from the maximum number of companies and servicing companies you choose should be prepared to cover the cost of each car in your commercial business.

Modern Uses Of Magnets

Magnetism has long been known as one of the most mysterious behaviors on the planet, and as we begin to study them more and more of their influence and use is discovered.

At first, we saw them as simply metals that behave in interesting ways, but we have come to realize that they may have healing properties, can be used in our modern technology, and have a stellar industrial use.

There are various types of magnets available in the market for example magnetic strip, magnetic sheet roll. Magnetic Sheet roll is used in a wide variety of applications and products.

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It is quite possible that they can cure a particular disease, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia through "magnet therapy." This is known as alternative medicine. It implements the theory that subjecting certain parts of the body to a weak magnetic field can improve blood flow in the underlying tissues and induce more rapid healing in the area.

Another theory about magnetic therapy is that it can realign the central magnetic field someone, but this is widely regarded as a plausible theory and no magnetic balance as recognized by the medical journal. Magnetic therapists also believe that they can be removed to reduce pain in patients.

In the placebo-response study of non-specific though, this has not been sufficiently proven. In 2008 and 2009 two studies conducted in patients with osteoarthritis, both double-blind.

This use for health goes beyond alternative practices, as they are also used in technology that helps in health.

The Benefits Of Using Construction Estimating Software

Many people in the construction industry use high technology and they don't know why they chose to use estimation software.

There are so many great tools out there now that will enable those of you in the construction industry to run a business more efficiently and effectively. You can also get the best construction takeoff facilities for constructing the house.

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So much construction involves estimation. In the past, these estimates will take time and are often inaccurate and this causes many problems. These problems can be left in the past when you start using estimating software and other tools available to you.

Want to know what tools are available for you and why you should use them? Takeoff software is what most construction companies use now. The reason is this makes plan management simple and easy.

Why is this take-off tool important? Instead of taking days to bid on a job you can sit on the site and make your offer in relatively little time and present it to buyers. This will allow you to secure more work and ensure your success.

In addition, when you use this type of software, your offer will be more accurate than before when you find the area and take measurements in your head.

It doesn't matter whether your company is big or small, this type of software is a big investment that, once you start using it, you will wonder how you ever made and submitted an offer without it.

One Pearl Bank Condominium Close To Outram MRT Station

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One Pearl Bank Outram Park is intended in area 3 of Singapore near the well established Outram Park location. The story area is about 82,376 square feet and also the gross flooring area is anticipated to be about 613,701 square feet. The plot is leased for a duration of 99 years. One of the one-of-a-kind areas of the story is that it has a very high plot ratio of 7.45. Though the number of floors is not completed, around 800 units are being planned. The top of the condominium is anticipated to be completed by the year 2023. The condo lies near the eco-friendly Pearl Hills and also will have a variety of shared social services like club, function space.

Among the main benefits of One Pearl Bank Capitaland is that it lies very near the Outram MRT Station, which is an interchange station for three various MRT lines. These lines are the North East, East West as well as Thomson East Coastline line. This permits homeowners to reach different parts of Singapore swiftly. The primary highways of Singapore, the Central Expressway and Ayer Rajah Expressway are located close to the condo, so lorry proprietors of the former pearl bank apartments can use them to take a trip to their location. There are additionally a variety of buses which are halting at Eu Tong Seng road and also New Bridge road in the vicinity, which is convenient for homeowners who utilize public transport.

Given that the apartment is centrally located, Outram Park and the location around it, is well developed. There are a number of shopping complexes in the location like the People's park complex, Central Shopping mall, Clarke Quay, Tiong Bahru Plaza. These shopping centers have a number of dining establishments with a wide range of food as well as beverages, in addition to a large number of shops, stocking hundreds of products. For the ease of family members with children, the Gan Eng Seng as well as Cantonment primary school as well as the Outram high school lie near recommended condominium. China community is also in the vicinity for those who like Chinese food as well as various other items.

Tips To Hire the Right Personal Trainer

Not all personal trainers are good. Some coaches are good while others are not so good. If you have made up your mind to hire a good personal trainer, know that this decision can change your life.

So, it's not a good idea to hire one without thinking. The tips given below can help you hire the best personal trainers. Read on. You can also hire personal coach in Cicero NY via online sources.

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1. Get references

Making decisions based on reviews posted on the blog a personal trainer is not a good idea. Instead, what you need to do is ask the coach to provide contact details of at least two clients they served in the past.

2. Do not take your credit card with you

You may not want to store a credit card in your pocket when making a final decision. This will help you avoid making a rash or emotional decision and you will not regret later.

3. Convenience

While it is worth traveling a long distance for a good coach, you might want to consider your comfort as well. If you are a beginner, we recommend that you spend at least 30 days’ notice of your coach for two to three times per week.

4. be skeptical

If the coach wants to sell something on behalf of a company, you should be skeptical. In gyms, a multi-tiered marketing scheme is all the rage. Most supplements are overpriced and low quality.

How To Hire A Rental Car

The fundamental purpose of hiring a rental car from a car rental company is to eliminate the hassles of transportation and take a trip of your choice.

There are important things to consider before hiring a rental car. Some of these points are discussed below:

Before hire a rental car (which is also known as ‘จ้างรถเช่า‘ in the Thai language) use online medium and the first discover all the information relating to car rental companies available around the place.

This is a very important thing to do when it comes to search for the best car rental company.

Amount of information collected out of the online search help for comparative review of their car, their prices, their marks and the number of cars and drivers.

Both online and offline searches for the car rental companies have their pros and cons. online searches are less time-consuming processes, while the offline search takes time to find good car hire companies.

However, offline research, you can physically check the car before renting it. You will be prompted to choose a car that is compatible with the needs of their family budget and finished the journey.

If you have any prior information about your traveling schedule and you are definite that you will need a car then just go ahead and book it.

Choose the right company is not so hard; all you have to do is to collect all the information you can about the company. You can do this via the Internet.

There are even online reviews on different automobile companies that have information from real customers. So you can hire a car for your vacations.

Significance of CBD Tea for Cancer Patients

Several scientific studies based on populations have revealed that Hemp and green tea may help in the protection against cancer. For example, cancer rates tend to be lower in countries like Japan where people used to drink CBD tea.

Increased clinical studies recommend that the polyphenols found in tea, preferably CBD tea, can play an important role in cancer prevention. The researchers also considered that polyphenols help to combat cancer cells and put an end to their development. You can buy CBD tea from various online sources.

Here are some types of cancer are preventable:

Bladder Cancer: There are a number of clinical studies that have examined the relationship between bladder tumors and tea consumption. In a study comparing people who had bladder cancer and someone who does not have cancer, the researchers found that people who consume CBD tea and green tea powder has been found to be less susceptible to bladder cancer.

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Breast Cancer – In a study conducted in women with different stages of breast tumors, the researchers found that women who drank more CBD tea have undergone little scatter cancer, should the premenopausal women who have early-stage breast tumors.

It was found that women experiencing early stages of cancer, which consume at least a cup of CBD tea every day before diagnosis, less likely to experience cancer recurrence after treatment is completed. But for women who are in the terminal stage of the disease experienced little or no growth, in fact, they drink tea.

Ovarian Cancer: Researchers conducting clinical studies in patients with ovarian cancer in China found that patients who consumed at least a cup of tea every day lived longer than patients who are not able to consume CBD tea at all.

Hernia Patch Side Effects Lawsuit Information Revealed to Consumers

The hernia mesh patch Recall recently announced because of the serious side effects they cause. These side effects lead to extreme stomach damage, additional surgeries, and in some cases death.

They suffer from side effects Hernia mesh patches are experiencing extreme discomfort, may lose time from work, and may end up with thousands of dollars of medical bills debts. In the worst cases, families lost lives of loved ones as a result of using faulty patch. You can hire hernia mesh lawyer for appropriate loss compensation.

Because the life-changing affect the hernia mesh patch, this time there is a class action lawsuit against the makers of the patch. For the victims of hernia mesh hernia patch that is taking part in a class action could mean compensation for their pain, damage and economic losses.

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The Hernia mesh hernia patch has been recalled because of the serious side effects that have been linked directly to the patch. A nationwide Hernia Mesh hernia patch recall recently announced. Hernia mesh patch is usually used after hernia surgery in the abdominal area.

These conditions resulted in severe abdominal pain, additional surgeries, and in some cases death. Hernia meshes side effects caused by the hernia patch ring afraid of this. Rings are designed to open after implantation break under pressure, causing the side effects above.

Side effects of the patch hernia usually begin as severe abdominal pain and progress to more severe conditions over time. Those who have been given the hernia mesh patch and experience severe pain should seek immediate medical assistance.