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.

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A Real World Application about Computer Forensics

Everyone was so stuck today in computer forensics and forensic science to solve a murder mystery as seen in the TV series CSI. But the computer forensics is not all murder and the police drama.

There is a much-needed excuse for those in specific industries, and a very interesting case has come up recently involving the company Nintendo. If you want to do forensic video training then you can navigate this link

After seeing a recent news article from Australia, I was surprised to find that a video game company based the US and Japan have brought the lawsuit back to an Australian man who violates international copyright laws and the United States and Australia. 

After the game store, Australia accidentally released the game Super Mario Brothers new for the Wii system they are six days before Nintendo had been scheduled for global release.

A 24-year old Australian named James Burt broke through the game code and illegally uploads games to the internet, allowing thousands to download games illegally to their computer without paying Nintendo money. This may cost millions of dollars on Nintendo.

So how Nintendo tracks Mr. Burt of hundreds of millions of computer users around the world, with millions in Australia, for people in the region, to know that he is the person who illegally uploads a game? They used a computer forensic specialist, trained to track the use of the internet to find the source of the game upload.

Customized Mats Are On High Demand

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Some are made of pure material, no mixing with other things. Some have microfiber, while some others have rubber below. The quality and material all depend upon the money you spend. If you can spend more money than you can opt for custom work mats.

These mats are order based mats where you choose the color, material and even the design of the mat. It adds an extra bit splash to your foyer. You can add logos on the mat, which will make the mat more unique. The more the money you give better will be the quality of the mat.

Your custom work mats should have the following quality:

  • It should be beautiful and good looking.
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Entrance Custom-Mats provides the last impression on guests and customers. Not only in office great entrance mats at home also show how your house looks like. It also reveals your taste.

When you are having the floor mats for the high traffic areas then it should have the beveled edges and curves. This will, in turn, help you in the safe move from carpet to floor. The combinations of colours, styles, and sizes are fantastic. You don’t have to face trouble with what you are looking for.

How A Pool Enclosure Can Enhance The Value Of Your Pool?

Having a pool at the comfort of your backyard is like stepping outside of your house and into a vacation. Many pool owners are not enjoying their pool due to the burden of pool maintenance. 

A pool enclosure prevents you to clean and maintain your pool every weekend. If you want to cover your pool you can find pool enclosures made in Canada and retractable pool covers. If your pool has been left without cover it'd always be coated with debris. 

You'd discover insects and leaves in addition to litter that's been blown into the pool, which can destroy your mood of swimming. This might indicate that before you got to use your swimming pool you may need to wash it out and you'd most likely be facing exactly the identical job after you got out of the swimming pool. 

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By encasing it within an enclosure you're stopping such undesirable debris from entering your pool. It shows that not only are you going to be free from the worry of the pool maintenance but in addition, it enables you to enjoy swimming all year round.

Provided that you make appropriate usage of the swimming pool enclosure you'll keep your swimming pool area looking clean. This is since it fits firmly around the region to prevent gaps forming in which debris could enter. 

If you're thinking about cutting the amount of time, energy and money you spend keeping your swimming pool then you need to start looking into the advantages which are associated with getting a swimming pool enclosure.

Why Should You Opt For SEO Outsourcing Services In India

SEO or search engine optimization is how you improve the visibility of a website or web page. It runs on the concept that if a natural or organic results of the search engine in web page increases, the increase of visitors to the site. SEO can be targeted to different types of search such as image search, local search, video or academic pursuits. 

In the current situation, most companies and website owners looking to increase the visibility of their website, utilizing the services of search engine optimization. 

Most of the time, it becomes difficult to concentrate on all aspects of your business and together with concentrates create a flow of visitors to the website, the SEO outsourcing company comes into the picture. You should hire # 1 SEO Outsourcing Company in India for SEO Reseller Program


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As a website user, you also have to understand that the more likely your website appear on the first page of any search engine, the better will be for your business visibility. Companies that you have set will only draw advantage for you if you are sure that your website is indexed and positioned by search engines. 

With so many online businesses vying for the attention of customers, it is important that you follow the basics of SEO and using the keywords are important and strategic to attract more customers. The keywords that you use and choose should reflect your client base. You will be happy to do the work to attract more customers with search engine optimization, but in reality, most businesses today are choosing to outsource SEO to India to get the job done.

Outsourcing your SEO services to a growing economy like India has its own pros. Cost is one of the motivating factors when considering SEO outsourcing India. If you are looking to use the services of an expert SEO in-house, the initial deterrent would be the amount of money you would have to spend.

Since India is becoming the centre of English speaking, technically efficient workforce, it should be easy for you to outsource your SEO work to India.

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The cardinal rule to ensure that your website is optimized is to put on a free unique content that is plagiarism. unique content will get more attention from search engines such as Google or Yahoo. canon other optimization SEO is choosing the keywords that unusual that will attract more visitors. constant updates can also be used to ensure that your website is up to speed with the latest trends.

Apart from these common practices, create a user-friendly and attractive page will also attract more visitors to your website. Overwhelm your visitors with too much information is also sometimes prevent them. Now if you feel that this is too much to handle the Indian subcontinent are always happy to help.

The Benefits of Outsourcing Print Mail Services

Some companies manage the constant flow of mail by sending direct marketing mailers or provide invoices to clients. Printing, folding, and post these types of letters and statements can be costly and time-consuming.

All of these resources can easily go to many efforts more profitable. Print efficient mail services can help businesses work more effectively while reducing the cost and they can make contact with all customers and potential clients. With direct mail marketing strategy capture online intent data.

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In today's business world, organizations must do everything they can to lower infrastructure costs but still have access to effective mailing tools. This is the reason print and mail service has been widespread lately.

Companies that provide these services have made it feasible for outsourcing both print jobs and sending so businesses can refocus their efforts on different areas.

This kind of service allows a business to deliver a letter or notice of them to the people who really no need to provide excessive hours to the task.

All letters and reports to be sent out at least monthly, and sometimes they have to be submitted every week.

A business can easily invest too much effort trying to keep up with all the requests if they do not work with reliable service. By outsourcing to print and mail services, the company can transfer the tasks of every day for an organization that specializes in sending mailers every day.

How Important Is A Reputable Personal Injury Lawyer?

Accidents can happen anywhere and anytime, accidents can occur as a result of the disruption of your own, or sometimes it may be due to the negligence of others.

It has been found that a large number of personal injury cases such as slip and fall incidents, dog bites, non-injury car accident are not known. You can also consult with experienced attorneys in Durham to get best solutions.

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Thus, the lawyers are trying to spread awareness about the need to realize one's legal rights and protect them with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Accidents are not just limited to physical injury, as individuals must suffer mental illness and emotional and financial pain. Most accidents, such as the incidence of slips and falls, it can because injury complicated and if the injury occurs in the head, can also cause death of individuals.

Therefore, the victim ends up exhausting all his life savings while paying for the medical bills, electric bills, mortgage loans, and other expenses. If he has to support his loved ones, he may go to the credit crisis that led to financial problems.

Personal injury lawyer will negotiate with the employer, in order to provide you with all the benefits during the recovery process. If an accident occurs in the workplace due to the negligence of the employer then the employer will be held liable for any personal claims.

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Information About Wedding Photo Booths

A fantastic idea that is becoming increasingly popular is the wedding photo booth – a special area for guests to have a photo taken as a memento of the day and to add the bride and groom's album. You also can make your own, working together with the photographer or even rent the entire photo booth for the day.

To make your own, all you need is a remote area – creative – we even saw one in a camper van. Use a plain background if possible, and make sure it is well lit and there is no danger of the camera being dropped. You can get photo booth rental services via

You can have a designated photographer, or set up a tripod and camera with remote or cable release so that your subjects can take a picture of yourself without having to set the timer.

Provide props like an empty picture frame, cap, wedding supplies or board or giant speech bubble so guests can write notes to add their photos.

Photo booth seemed to capture real moments in the wedding party – away from formal pose and usually after a few drinks. Many couples treasure these photos as much as their profession because they really show their guests the excitement and personality.

Photo booths can be rented throughout the UK and range at price, depending on their facilities. Some allow the delivery of video and live streaming to an external monitor can be placed in the living room. If you hire an automatic machine you will have the option to have the photos printed there and then, or inserted into the disk for you to take home and distribute as you want.

Things To Consider Before You Buy A Greenhouse

Greenhouse kits are the building blocks for the construction of greenhouses. You do not need to start from the raw materials to build the park. There are 3 elements before you choose a solution: cost, supplies and new accessories. You can also visit some websites such as and many more to get more information regarding greenhouse kits.

After reading this article, you will be familiar with the kit that is right for you.

Your budget

It is a priority for many people, and many associated with long-term goals of your gardening. Do you want to build a small greenhouse or a commercial project? Kits come in various sizes and materials. If you are looking for automation, the cost will be higher. However, if you plan to start small, you can find a cheap solution for under $ 100.

The materials used

If your garden is built in a terrible storm, you need to consider more durable materials are very important. Ventilation and strong support from your greenhouse are very important for the optimal growth of your plants. In particular, when you are going to build a large park, effective insulation and climate control systems will be essential. You can also use the salvage elements as construction blocks. This can save on maintenance costs.

Additional accessories

You also may want to install lighting control, water automation and isolation systems to provide an optimal environment. While they may be expensive, it can save you time on old-fashioned labor, particularly for working people.

What Tax Relief Is And How To Obtain It?

Tax relief is a new term that is used mostly on the Internet. In recent years, the industry has developed a tax settlement and fierce competition for clients obtains online.

When the industry through changes or requests for products and/or services increased, a new phrase often accompanies a change or growth in the industry. Tax relief, as a term, is one of the most highly used phrases online that taxpayers use to find a tax professional to solve their problems.

The phrase "tax assistance" truly defines the purpose, no particular problems. The goal in mind is to put the taxpayers of their tax problems behind them. You can also get services of tax for healthcare professionals easily.

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When taxpayer uses the phrase "tax relief" online, a problem they usually require the issue of payroll tax, tax Unfiled and/or years of tax returns accumulation, the request for offer in compromise or a way to set up a payment plan with the IRS that is manageable and realistic for the taxpayer to pay.

In some cases, the taxpayer will use the phrase because they have committed fraud or other potentially criminal acts relating to taxation. In this scenario, it is important to know who to turn to a particular result.

In the case of fraud or other serious criminal offenses, taxpayers are encouraged to contact an attorney who specializes in tax law in good standing with their state bar association. Many of these individuals have specialized education beyond the attainment of Juris Doctorate (JD) and also has achieved the Master of Taxation (LLM).