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Yeah, maybe at first glance an odd one for me to pick given that it’s flowers and I’m a big scary heavy metal dude who drinks testosterone for breakfast. It’s a piece of art by a friend of mine, Fiona Calder, who I met probably more than a decade ago now when we were both backpacking. She’s a “jobbing” artist so creating things like this is her way of earning a living and I actually do like art. Specifically I like detailed artwork with tons of intricacy (my favourite comic artists are the likes of Massimo Belardinelli, Geof Darrow, and whoever makes Where’s Wally), and Fiona’s work has that in spades. This piece took her, and I quote “forever to do”.

I also have a massive appreciation for people who have a talent I just can’t master. I’m no artist, and it would take me a phenomenal amount of patience to get even close to this standard. People who can speak multiple languages, also, and instrumentalists (I do not have a musical ear!).

Fiona’s work is for sale as prints, cushion covers, on mugs… you name it, she’ll help pay her rent if you buy it! Her website is at https://www.fionacalderdesigns.co.uk/ and she’s also recently impressed Whistlefish enough for them to sell her prints.

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I went with Ellissa to see The Piano Guys tonight and it was utterly brilliant. A fantastic show that I’d recommend to anyone! Full review is up on Moshville Times, and it was great to spend an evening with the eldest – something I really don’t do enough of. Hopefully I’m making up for lost time with her, certainly we both enjoyed the trip to the Armadillo.

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Took the kids to see the Wallace & Gromit Musical Marvels show today and it was brilliant. Not too long (90 minutes with an intermission), funny, well-performed, genuinely family-friendly (fun for kids and grown-ups)… just great. A fantastic afternoon’s entertainment, though the show we caught was the last-but-one so you’ll have to wait to see if it comes out again if you missed it.

The first half was a mixture of original animation on a big screen with the orchestra and presenter interacting with it. A couple of covers of well-known songs (including some headbanging alpine horn players) and some comedy made for an enjoyable 50 minutes or so. After the break we were treated to The Wrong Trousers with all the music performed by the orchestra. The acoustics in the venue really worked and it was simply superb.