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.

Why to Consider Video Production for Teaching and Learning?

It doesn't matter what industry you are in, keeping up-to-date with technology is a must. Technology is now a part of our everyday living. It affects every area of our life including business and entertainment.

Technology has made doing many things easier. Implementing educational processes has also been affected by changes in technology.

New methods of communicating information have been introduced. Audiences have also developed different preferences for learning.

Why you should Consider Video Production for Teaching and Learning

Video has become a popular tool in training and development programs. Studies show that audiovisual content is now the preferred medium for learning, communication, and engagement, especially amongst millennial.

Video content can enhance the teaching and learning process by:

1. Providing visuals make it easier to explain concepts. The audience will be better able to understand a concept when a video is used to aid them in visualizing it.

2. Engaging the viewers. They are better able to grab and maintain the attention of the audience compared to many other visual aids used in teaching settings. The target audience's attention is likely to be held long enough for the message to be conveyed. Video Production Services in Toronto and Video Marketing Toronto has become known for creating custom videos to meet the needs of each of our clients, individually.

3. Encouraging conversations. There is increased interaction regarding audiovisual content.

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How you can use video production effectively for teaching and learning

Video can be used as an effective tool for teaching and training staff as well as engaging your target audience on social media platforms and on your website. They can be used to enhance training or simply help to grow your reach.

The following are some tips for making audiovisual content effective for instructional videos.

1. Define your goals and objectives – What is your goal? What do you want to teach your target audience? Answering these questions will help you decide on your topic and therefore help you narrow down on the type of content to include in the video.

2. Define your target audience – What is your target audience? What demographic do you want to reach? It is important to identify them based on their age, location, gender, ethnicity and various other characteristics. This will help you identify their preferences. This information is vital for effective video production. It ensures that the material is not only appropriate for the target audience but also engaging.

3. Choose your method of implementation – Are they going to be used in training corporate staff on your premises? Will they be posted online as instructional videos for your customers? Will you use them in presentations at trade shows?

It's important to determine how you will implement them. This will help to determine various factors in the production stages such as the length of the content. Videos to be posted online, for example, should be short (about 30 seconds). You should, therefore, ensure that the message is conveyed within this short period.

The Main Purpose Of Holsters For Concealed Carry Method

Having tools and equipment intended for self defense should need to be carried swiftly and appropriately. It could be useful and owned by any person regardless of the genders. Both females and males can have one. But in order to have one, it is extremely better to at least have the skills. At the same time also, a much needed kydex concealed carry holsters are necessary. It does matter at one point in time.

There is a practice of holding and carrying of a gun to which being applied as of now. This kind of approach was best defined as concealed carry. This was being the practice of having to carry one particular handgun. This is best described in the public. The public views it as this way and for only security purposes in any case.

Majority of the law enforcers or the police officers have been applying the same approach all over again. They too have wanted also to make the procedure way easier. However, there could be times just when people have to deal also with the holsters. These items are where the guns should be placed appropriately.

The sizes of such items have varied. It may depend as well with the preferences of people. Often times, they have chosen this and the other products available also. The holsters are somehow the ideal item to have. This is some sort of like a pouch but was specifically designed only for the guns. Holsters are the best to have.

However, the fact of finding the real deal kind of holsters can be a challenge. This is very much particular to the women. At times, the available holsters are somehow not fit for them and even the other way around. But they could at least do some adjustments although it can be impossible if ever.

The holster which is to be purchased must be fit for the body of the users or the women in particular. This was indeed a most real deal for these buyers or these women. But they have to find it unless if they never wanted to feel any comfort and convenience while having this. The buyers should remember different tips.

Remembering the tips will kind of helping these folks when choosing what is really intended for them. Selecting the kind of guns is the first task to do so. The gun or this equipment must be appropriate to the size of a user. The sizes have mattered once again. Both of the hands can be fit for it. That would be the time of knowing it.

Selecting the gun rather than the holster is perhaps one of the things which people are considering the most important stage. The next would be the procedures and right handle or placements. As of now, the main focus is for the holster. The importance of this item has increased.

Today, preparations for having and owning the guns should be necessary. Never forgot the holster and to but it also. After all, these items have mattered. Considering having the item or buying this would make the carrying process much more convenient and comfortable as well. Stores are available and open now.

Tips In Searching The Rightful Vocational Expert

Various expert witnesses become relevant towards legal courtroom sessions and also the labor industry. You might need someone who focuses as a vocational witness for having knowledge at job availability, requirements, specific job skills, and more. Without them, it may turn hard to testify certain claims and have those considered true. Disabled individuals may need their aid. Check out the tips in searching the rightful vocational expert in New York.

Focus on highly respected experts. Remember that reputation also matters because maybe authorities hardly trust their testimonies for having bad rep in the industry. You easily notice this among reviews about every expert. If majority of clients have said about them being quite horrible or unpleasant to work with, then those are already your red flags.

You ensure they are knowledgeable enough in this field especially when you are supposed to trust their opinions regarding vocational issues.Smart people likely get to help you effectively there than those who still need more training. You better know if they have been properly educated as awareness about their skills and capabilities on this matter.

Do your research too on vocational professionals. Many alternatives become available while researching of certain candidates. Some might just be living nearby while other great options may have not been discovered yet. You adapt patience in searching too because not all great options are found on the first lists of search engines.

Those which have enough experience in the industry already will keep you advantageous. People who still find operations new might not be familiar with what commonly happens along the way. You stick on those that worked for numbers of years since they clearly are aware on things involved. You receive confidence there about what they could contribute.

Get to know their rate first. Of course, experts for hire also got rates for services. You can always inquire about that first during interviews while trying to know more about them. You stick with advantageous prices especially when you know savings will be involved. Recklessly choosing might have you to select a very expensive option.

You have high confidence regarding their success rate when you notice that most of their testimonies and operations done before were usually successful. Of course, it is normal for clients to depend with those that usually succeeded in applications compared to those that have usually failed. You might easily fail based on the background.

They should be good in communicating especially when they usually are concerned with individuals having disability in terms of hearing. Effective communication is a big deal to keep a thorough understanding for clients. Maybe they are bad at communicating with others that more issues will be made instead. Poor communication only invites trouble then.

The most common and highly effective attempt is to get professional help. There sure are a bunch of professionals out there that know a lot of these particular experts or vocational factors. Their advice may help you reach a wise decision compared to just processing it alone. Since this is within their expertise, you expect them to really help a lot.

Best Hotels To Stay In Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi hotels provide various types of features that are suitable for people according to their needs.

 Guests are allowed to use the Wi-Fi area where they can access the internet freely. However, trolleys are used to carry their luggage without the need for human effort.

If you want to get more information about accommodation in Kanchanaburi (which is also known as ‘ที่พักในจังหวัดกาญจนบุรี‘ in the Thai language) then you can visit online websites.

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Emergency services provide through Doctor services on call for each guest. Therefore, it is very useful for customers to take advantage of their extraordinary opportunities to accommodate with security options.

A large conference hall will allow them to have meetings and parties there. In addition, the restaurant has been designed as a multi-cuisine that allows guests to order any country food. However, the hotel is managed with 24-hour electricity supply, water supply, and also has emergency services forever.

The security zone will provide security to customers to remain without convenience. On the other hand, there are several room services available which make guests order something from their room. Each floor is designed with a lobby lift which makes it reach the top floor without difficulty.  The hotel has a 24-hour reception where you can call them and order for your needs.

Hip Hop Dance Classes – A Good Way To Learn A Social Dance Style

Many people will be surprised to learn that hip-hop dance was created in the 1970s. Many people have recently learned it because of its popularity. This type of dance is truly a social dance style that allows people the opportunity to express themselves through movement.

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Adult Hip Hop Dance Classes – Dance Schools Vaughan

Hip hop dancing involves a variety of styles, including locking, appearing and breaking. These three styles make this dance style a very flexible and expressive art form.

Hip hop dance classes usually last from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on you. Because these classes are more about expression and not about technique, people are often attracted to these types of dance classes because they have the opportunity to let their bodies express their feelings.

There are various skill levels with hip-hop dance as well as other types of dance. Depending on how many styles you know, you need to be able to know at what level you should start.

Hip hop dance courses provides an effective way to be fit. Whether you are doing it for fun or want to be a professional dancer, you can develop a very appreciated and satisfying experience by attending hip hop dance classes.

Roof Rack – Striking or Strong, You Have Everything

The roof rack offers a functional transportation solution and allows your vehicle to develop according to your changing needs. The car market has unlimited variations to be offered on the roof.

These Thule and roof bars are considered the most popular categories of roof racks so far. They represent exceptional value for money. Their quality is not to be questioned and they can be easily adapted to different vehicles. You may buy the Rhino Rack Awnings and Pioneer Tray through

There are roof racks for all types of vehicles and all necessities. Some people may need a heavy duty bar while others may need a light and eye-catching shelf that blends in with their striking car. Whatever you need, some or other shelves will meet that need.

Those looking for a heavy duty roof bar can go to Rhino van roof bars and modular welded roof racks. These are specifically designed for use in construction and building trade.

All roof trunks of zinc-coated rhinos and foot packs are polyester powder coated, for maximum corrosion resistance.

They have the capacity to maintain all the benefits of traditional welded shelves while adding more. You can also use sideload stops, stair clamps, front board stops, rear rollers, and three different sizes of roof racks that can be locked aluminum pipe carriers to praise the Rhino van bar.

The roof box is another option to expand the capacity of your car to carry some additional accessories. Various is in the roof box too.

What to Consider When Buying an Access Control System

The security problem is one of the emerging issues which everybody is getting worried about. As technology advances, human beings become innovative and crafty. The tools that were traditionally used to provide security can no longer be relied upon.

A number of the gear that guy has employed to safeguard his house as padlocks have become outdated. They no longer have the capability to safeguard our homes when we're off.

The cards/templates are defined in the access control system by their holders’ identity and specific access authorization can be set for certain areas.

What to Consider When Buying an Access Control System

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This has led to more innovative thinking that has caused the creation of access management systems which concentrates on fixing the present security challenges afflicting the entire world.

The ideal access control system, on the other hand, ought to have the ability to provide you with the control that you're searching for. They ought to be well designed and need to have the ability to supply a remedy to present and potential issues.

A fantastic access control system ought to be capable of being efficiently utilized on almost any doorway whose access you wish to track.

This suggests that the machine ought to be simple to install and utilize in both interior and exterior doors. The readers have to have the ability to oversee and track what's happening with a great deal of ease. The systems must be simple to install and operate without causing you much trouble.

The assumptions might have one doorway, multi-door hence it's crucial that you buy an entry control system which serves your requirements. The most recent entry control panels come in three formats that make it rather simple to configure them so they serve the intended function.

Essential Water Remediation Benefits To Recognize

Remedying processes are how remediation is observed. That is also applicable on groundwater service wherein polluted waters start to get cleaned up. Adapting remediation is advantageous idea then especially for those who manage projects affecting water. You might still be unaware at its advantages that you got curious at the possible effects. Familiarizing it is a good step to take. You stay aware on essential water remediation benefits to recognize.

Advanced products are involved to ensure the remedy is highly effective. Various tools can make this work anyway and the best part among such services is how high quality products are involved. Those will definitely give great performance and would not fail you easily. Knowing every tool is helpful too until you can plan on getting those someday.

Expect a great change afterward when pollutants finally get cleaned. Waters would not be safe for various applications due to being more sanitary than before. This form of treatment has already been popular on projects anyway. Improvements do not only go for being clean but also on its appearance. You appreciate that clean appearance since you find it safe for sure.

There is also a conversion process for some substances or pollutants involved wherein those turn into harmless substances. Thus, you never have to fully remove those due to being converted. Making those harmless is good for applications so you cannot be bothered by its unpleasant effects anymore. You can get impressed at its result after conversion.

A team of qualified specialists also handle remediation. You have high expectations among specialists doing the operation because of their qualification. They likely are very experienced that they trained at these services for years. It is bad if they just perform as amateurs since they should have mastered this field before operating in real applications.

The process is known for being environment friendly too due to how it tries to prevent water pollution. There have been numerous polluted areas already so it helps not to contribute more on worsening it. Adapting projects that help save the environment will become appreciated to save the future. You should welcome green operations to your job always.

Success rate is high because there are many operations that established this already and succeeded. You better get help from professionals that really implemented this successfully to ensure that it is accomplished well. Knowing that it worked for many is good anyway to expect great details. It helps in witnessing projects first that worked as your basis.

Expect specialists to teach you on the whole process too since they can explain it from start to finish. Remember that hiring the pros also means you could ask questions from them. Take this as your chance to fully understand all operations so you become capable at establishing it someday too. It does not have to become very difficult when you familiarize and practice it.

Those are some common benefits to look forward then. There will still be many to expect once you finally experience. Experts could even give alternative solution to plans that failed so you cannot be left with failure only. Your project also receives high value in adapting this application anyway compared to just settling with contaminated groundwater.

Benefits Of Eating Japanese Food

Japanese cuisine consists of many dishes but the most popular dishes are sushi. This is the perfect combination of taste and health.

The main ingredients used are raw fish and rice. What is unusual about rice used in making sushi is sticky rice, which is considered relevant for cooking sushi. People have to look for Japanese sushi restaurants as a whole for maximum satisfaction.

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There is another name given to “sticky rice” glutinous rice because it is seasoned with vinegar and sugar. Another unusual feature about sushi is that people use various types of ingredients for toppings such as vegetables, meat, fish, dipped in wasabi, sauce or pickled ginger. Besides the elements, people use chopsticks to eat.

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It will discuss health benefits and why people can think of them as their main dish. The two main ingredients used to cook sushi are raw fish and rice, which are sources of carbohydrates, high protein, minerals, vitamins and have a low-fat content in them. The fat found in these foods is not saturated so it is very good for the heart. The fat content is very low because of the preparation method.

Need to Use a Cover For Your Pool

During the summer, you will use yourpools to swim. There are many pool accessories that are usedfor a pool. One that you should consider using is the pool cover. This offers some great benefits that you might not even realize.

First, the cover will make the water warmer. This can help you to save energy because you don’t need to warm the water too much. You can also extend the life of your pool a few weeks a year because the water will be slightly warmer. You can buy retractable patio enclosures through

The pool cover holds water in the pond. When you don’t use it if you use a cover, the sun won’t evaporate the water in your pool. This means you can save money on water costs and hassles because you have to fill the pool as often as possible.

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Cleaning leaves and dirt from the pool can be a big problem. The pool cover will block this from entering the water. This is an even greater advantage if you are around a lot of trees that make swimming difficult to clean.

This cover will work with all types of pools. It doesn’t matter if you have a ground pool above or in a ground pond.

One very unfortunate fact about swimming pools is that small child falls into them every year and die from drowning. There is a swimming pool cover that includes safety. These are designed so that if small children fall into the pool they will not be in the water.

This is a big advantage knowing that there is an additional layer of security there. Even though it’s designed to prevent accidents, you still need to keep an eye on your little ones while in the yard near the pool.