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.

Get Paid Taking Surveys – Get Paid Cash Instantly!

If you want to earn money and gift cards from online paid surveys, you have to register as many sites as possible. Online paid survey websites provide online surveys that pay cash instantly by visiting which will help you make some extra money from home.

If you have been searching the Internet for ways to make money at home, getting paid to complete surveys online should be a familiar sight. The companies conduct such surveys, online or offline, so they know where their products or services are and how they are accepted by some markets. 

Due to the feedback, they got survey forms, companies can try to improve their products or services to help consumers better service and hoping to increase revenue enhancements.

What kind of sites you should join

Many sites offer you to complete surveys to get paid for doing surveys. Some sites require you to pay a fee to join them while some do not. It is advisable to reach the sites that are free to join. These sites usually offer online paid surveys that target certain groups of people, such as age or gender. 

You should avoid sites

Just there are many sites that are free and can be legitimate; there are also many sites that are purely scams. These sites require you to pay a registration fee to join. 

How much can you get paid to do surveys

You can earn about $1 to $5 during the survey of 5-10 minutes. Do not expect to get a lot of money when you start. Fill the investigation diligently on time, and you can expect to receive more surveys to earn more money.

You Need An Office Space Fit Out

With an office workout, you can guarantee that your present and prospective requirements are satisfied.You have created an office with inappropriate furniture or space-wasting designs.

For more information about workspace fitout you can visit .

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Maybe you've moved into an older building, and wish to reestablish it to take advantage of the space. By having the right office fit-out, you will create a more effective and productive environment, your staff will get more done. They have everything they need and the office will be a much better place to be.

Maybe you wish to make more use of modern technology. You could promote working from home, video conferencing, or even desire your sales personnel to have the ability to connect to the office network where they are.

These are changing times, and maybe you want fewer filing cabinets and need a dedicated server space instead. You could be better off using less storage, but more desks and seats, or perhaps a reception area would be excellent for your visitors.

Your customers or clients will have expectations about your company, and your office layout and furniture will hopefully reflect this. A firm of accountants will choose different furniture and workspace design to a cutting edge design company.

Types Of Video Production Online

Digital technology is advancing today which is the reason why the media production experts have been available for many people. There are many uses of videos to many companies. 

Video is a channel for sharing information faster than written content. There is a video streaming site that allows people to get the information they need on so many subjects are now accessible via smartphone, a desk, and a personal computer. You can find film production firms online. 

Here are the types of video production which can be accessed at this time:

Web Video Marketing

If you are a small business trying to make it above the competition, you can ask the organization to build a video that is valid for use in marketing your business, product or brand. These videos can then be used to share on social media sites, on a website, or converted to DVD for delivery to customers. A firm that specializes in producing video can provide planning marketing information, including script writing and the various stages of production. These videos usually runs about 60 seconds to 3 minutes.

Corporate Video Ads

If you put content online, you do not have to omit a video because they can be the best and most affordable forms of broadcast material that can be compared with the impact brought by video advertising. Shooting video for marketing purposes is one way to reduce costs in the ad. 

Artificial Intelligence And Its Importance

Artificial intelligence, or simply known as AI, as the name suggests, is the intelligence displayed by the machines. By acquiring artificial intelligence the machines become able to work and react like humans. Today, artificial intelligence exists is called narrow or weak AI. 

The artificial intelligence reports and studies shows the future goal of researchers is to create general or powerful AI with the ability to perform almost all the perceptual tasks.

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Along with this, its future scope reinforces the curiosity of people in this area. People with an interest in artificial intelligence, learning, and deep learning can choose a career in technology. With the scope of this technology growing every day, the demand for machine learning technicians, machine learning and AI researchers developers will also increase and it results in career opportunities.

It started to become a necessary part of our daily lives and has the ability to change our lives by its day to day services. There are several major areas that have already started using AI as health, automotive, language processing, etc. Many large companies have recognized the value of this technology and plan to invest increasingly promote their learning technologies of the machine.

With proper supervision and administration, we can apply this technology in an accurate way and can practice it to develop the future of mankind.


Why Should You Avoid Paying Your Own Taxes?


Are you thinking of paying your taxes on your own? Avoid it especially if you don’t understand tax. The majority of the time, tax laws keep changing making it more confusing for those who have no idea. It is best considered to take help from a tax accountant. Let’s focus on some of the disadvantages of paying your own tax.

  1. It is a Hassle – Paying your own tax may end-up in a hassle especially if you don’t have proper records of the tax you’ve been paying. Moreover, it becomes a hassle for professionals who simply are on the go from one place to another when it comes to work which becomes hard to keep a track of the tax records.
  2. You will miss Deductibles – Beginners or in fact, the majority of the population do not know about tax deductibles. This is the amount that saves you from paying additional money on your taxes.
  3. You will make Mistakes – Since, you have no clue on how to pay your taxes, you are bound to make a ton of mistakes. For instance; you may end up submitting the wrong form during the time of payment.
  4. You will Waste Precious Time – Tax is not a simple process. It takes a lot of time filing, submitting the correct form etc. Instead, get help by hiring a professional tax accountant to save time. 

These are some of the disadvantages of paying taxes on your own. Ensure you hire the best mobile tax accountants in gold coast.  

What Are Hernia Surgery Options?

Hernia surgery is affordable and hassle-free. There are several types of hernias that an individual may suffer. The following shows the types of complications that one may suffer when they experience a variety of the most common types of hernias:

Inguinal Hernia: Inguinal hernias typically occur in men. An inguinal hernia, part of the intestine slips down the canal and got inside the scrotum. If you are suffering from hernia surgery side effects like infection, organ damage, hernia reoccurrence, etc then you can immediately contact hernia mesh lawyer via

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Umbilical Hernia: An umbilical hernia occurs due to the weakening of the abdominal wall in a place where the cord joins. Bulging usually occurs in children.

Hiatus Hernia: Hiatal hernia occurs when part of the upper abdomen going up to the diaphragm. Hernia surgery becomes necessary when the hernia causes pain or hinders you in your everyday activities.

Open Mesh Surgery: A small incision is made at the site of the hernia and displaced tissue is then put back into the abdominal cavity. Then, a ruptured hernia closed with a plug made of mesh sterile. This in turn nets made secured by sewing a piece of sterile mesh material on it.

Laparoscopic or Keyhole Surgery: You will be given general anesthesia. The surgeon will be put into a small tube through the abdominal wall, one of which is a laparoscope and operating while looking at the image on the TV screen. Then, the hernia site closed up in the same way as in open surgery.

Limo Cars – How to Get a Good Deal

Just some people have the luxury of getting a limousine, but there is nothing to be sad about as there is always a means to get one. The actual question is the way to do this stuff? You can find many luxury van services by searching over the internet.

Certainly, you have to look after certain things before making any type of decision along with a comprehensive study. Like always, you'd want the very best and not anything else. Why don't you give it a shot?

Limo Cars - How to Get a Good Deal

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An Internet search will fix every query since you can check the background of limousine cars together with the rest of the capabilities. The very first limo was created in 1902 and stretch limo was created in 1928. This demonstrates that it has a very long history.

These days, the entire concept was revolutionized. There are various service providers available in the marketplace. The cost list varies from 1 degree to another for example from fundamental cab fare to premium level.

Everything has a price label and you only have to be mindful whilst choosing the option that's tailor-made for him. Big organizations utilize this service rather often simply to impress their customers and to provide them a summary of what they are aiming for.

There are only a few suggestions to make it simpler. Always try to book the sequence once you come to understand. It provides you with an advantage to save a little cash and to receive a great thing.

The center to hire limousine cars is cheaper today. Some limousine car agencies also supply unique packages to their customers simply to create a longer connection. The company is about building connections.

When you create your thoughts, then you have to concentrate on the contract component. You have to understand what exactly does this arrangement contains and what not.

Why You Need To Have A Handyman Install Shelves In Your Basement

What’s in your basement? Are you using this bonus space in your home to make things easier or more difficult?  Are there enough shelves so everyone in the family knows where to store things and find them when needed?

It’s so quick and easy to pile the clutter you’ve accumulated in the basement or garage when you’re cleaning up for visitors.  You close the door, and like magic, the clutter disappears.

Unfortunately, magic tricks don’t work in real life.  How often do you go back and sort out all that stuff that conveniently disappeared?  The piles get bigger and bigger. 

There’s a solution to minimizing the clutter is find a handyman to install simple shelving to help you organize what you store in your basement.

Basic Shelving You or Your Handyman Can Build

Here’s the story of a local handyman customer who bought a condo. After the closing, he made a list of handyman projects he wanted done – new wood flooring, tile and bathroom fixtures, etc. Before starting all that, it made sense to start by building shelving in the basement.

As flooring and other materials arrived, the new basement shelving would provide convenient and organized storage. When the projects were done, the shelving would provide organized storage for the new condo and stop clutter before it started piling up.

The condo owner wanted 2-foot deep shelves but shelving that you buy and assemble is usually only 18″ deep. So custom shelving was needed. Since there could be water issues in the future, pressure treated wood was used to build the bottom. The shelves were left open for easy access and for oversized items. Building custom shelving allowed sizing for maximize storage while leaving enough space for hot water heater access.

Filling Empty Space with Storage Shelves

Here are the steps for building these shelves. Of course, you will need the appropriate tools and basic materials like nails (what a handyman keeps in the truck).

Decide where to build the shelves, writing down the width and  height of space available for shelving.

Shop for materials at your local lumber yard or a box store.

Have the 4 x 8 plywood sheets cut to size for the shelving where you buy it, to save time and reduce the amount of sawdust you will have to cleanup.

Make sure you get pressure treated wood for the bottom framing to avoid possible water damage in the future.

Assemble materials and tools in the basement.

Measure, cut and assemble shelving in place, and leave the top shelves open for easier access by homeowner.

From an empty basement, to a stack of lumber and then before you know it, shelves for storage Basement shelving has to consider things like the electrical panel and hot water heater

For other ideas on getting organized, read Inspiration to Get Organized.

Plumbing Fittings: PVC Ball Valves And PVC Reducers

Plumbing is the need of every house, office and a place where people live.Plumbing fittings include a wide assortment of plumbing hardware including pipes, faucets and the joints that connect these fixtures. 

PVC ball valves play an important role in installing plumbing fittings in order to have an uninterrupted water supply and properly functioning drainage system.

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These fittings are available in various sizes and can be purchased with different makes. The materials used to make them can be both metallic and non-metallic. 

Although the metal fittings are known for their durability and long-lasting performance, they are expensive and not easy to replace. Ideally, every plumber would suggest using PVC ball valve and reduction in your plumbing system for ease of use nature solely PVC products.

PVC ball valves are not only cheaper than metal valves, but they are very easy to handle. If the blockage is small or sedimentation occurs in the interior of the valve, the plumber found it easy to replace or repair these parts with ease. 

PVC products give the best results in durability and performance. All you need to do is contact a provider of PVC fittings such as PVC ball valves, reducers, elbows, and other components, and the purchase and change to suit your needs.

Choosing The Right Tax Preparation Service

If you do not choose the right way to get your taxes done, it could end up costing 100 or even 1,000 dollars. Some places may charge more and some may cost less, but you have to decide which is right for you, regardless of price. Here are some ways you can filter out different methods and make decisions about which one is right for you.

Hire an Individual

Hiring an individual to prepare your taxes for you can be beneficial because you know they will take their time and find any deductions you may qualify for and maybe even ones where the area is gray. Some people actually qualify for tax relief more than they think.

Tax preparation experienced individuals will question you to find out if you may qualify for certain deductions that they know about the company or software that is not.  However, to get professional individual tax preparation, you may check out this source:

Hire a Company

If you are going to hire a company, make sure that they are upfront with you about any costs and that there are no hidden fees that you will receive after service is done. Hiring a company can be a good thing because they have the experience and will ensure that you get any tax cuts or breaks that you qualify for.