Monday, October 30, 2023

Please, please go along to see our paintings and photographs.

Why is it important to me that we should raise money for AECC? 

Why am I encouraging you to buy one of our paintings or one of my photographs? 

Stories about children or young people with cancer tend to make newspaper headlines, as they are often the cases which are the most shocking. Fortunately, getting cancer at a young age is rare. 

However, 1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime. One of the main reasons for this being that people are living longer. Half of all cancers are in people over the age of 70. 

Getting older doesn’t mean you will definitely get cancer but the chances increase the longer you live. 

Both Pam and I have had cancer. Fortunately, we have survived, not everyone is so lucky. 
We are thankful to Associations like AECC for the work they have done to improve survival rates. 

The painting club here in Bigastro is not asking you to simply donate to AECC, we are offering you the chance to own an original piece of art in exchange for your money. 

In case you haven't seen them. the paintings and photographs are in the Sala Polivalente. To own one and make a donation to this worthwhile cause, please contact Jose Julian on +34 620 25 63 67.

What a wonderful day

 The town was out in force yesterday for the Marcha Contra Cancer. It was a lovely sunny day, perfect conditions for the event.

I'm pleased to say that there was a lot of interest shown for our paintings. However, people needed to know how much to offer if they wanted to buy one. 

For my part, I told Jose Julian (President of AECC in Bigastro) that he should expect a minimum of 50 Euros for my paintings, 20 Euros for my small photographs and 30 for the larger ones. 

I hope my fellow artists will follow suite so we can make some money for this worthwhile cause. 

Look in the sidebar for my photos from the day. 

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Homage Mk 3

 So tomorrow, in the Plaza de la Constitucion, my fellow artists and I will be exhibiting paintings from the homage to me that was first held in August. 

Since it will be impossible to display my photographs, I have contributed three of my paintings (as per my previous post). 

The day is going to be much more than that though as it marks the end of the celebrations in aid of AECC that started on the 19th of this month. 

At 10am the day will kick off with a walk around the town. Then there will be all sorts going on to interest you.

  • There will be commemorative T-shirts. 
  • A drum ensemble will beat out African rhythms.
  • A flock of pigeons is due to be released. 
  • A raffle with many great prizes.
  • There will be merchandise for you to buy. 
  • A photocall.
  • Helium balloons. 
  • A glitter table. 
  • Music (of course). 
  • To eat there will be meatballs and rice and no doubt plenty of beer and soft drinks to cool you down.  
  • And last but not least our exhibition of paintings all of which will be for sale with proceeds going to  AECC. 
After I have mounted my paintings, I'll be out and about with my camera. If you catch me, your photo may be on Facebook!

It is a great cause and as Bob Geldorf once said, "WE WANT YOUR MONEY!".

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Our contribution


These are the three paintings that I hope to display with others from my fellow artists in BIGARTE on Sunday in the Plaza de la Constitucion as part of the party in aid of AECC (Spanish Association Contra Cancer). 

All of the paintings will all be available for sale with the proceeds going to AECC in Bigastro. 

To buy one of the pictures, please contact Jose Julian at the local AECC office to arrange your donation. Tel.+34 620 25 63 67.

Remember too that there are 35 of my photographs for sale in the Sala Polivalente. Again, the proceeds go to AECC and the contact if you want to buy them is Jose Julian in the local office. 

Friday, October 20, 2023

Homage Mark Two

 The night in August when the homage to me was inaugurated was a very special one that  I will remember for a long time to come. On the walls of the Sala Polivalente were 35 of my photographs along with paintings made by members of BigArte from some of my other photographs. It was a great honour that the town and the club had bestowed upon me. 

After the exhibition was dismantled, the photographs were stored in my house. I had no idea what would become of them.

Yesterday, Bigastro celebrated the International Day Against Breast Cancer. In the morning, children made a declaration in the Town Square and in the evening there was a talk given by the President of AECC in the Sala Polivalente. 

For the talk, the Town Hall requested that we put up the display of photographs and paintings from the homage to me. It was homage mark 2. 

The works are all available for sale with the proceeds going to AECC. 

Following the opening last night, the exhibition will continue until the 29th October when it will be moved to the Town Square for Homage Mark 3. 

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Tonight 2nd time around

 Hoy, día internacional contra el cancer de mama volvemos a presentar esta exposición en homenaje a nuestro compañero Keith, ya que muchos se quedaron con ganas de verla.
Contamos con la participación de la junta local y la asociación contra el cáncer
con los cuales podéis contactar para la adquisición de las obras íntegramente para apoyar la causa.
Hoy a las 20:00 en el auditorio Francisco Grau de

You have to be in it to win it



Participa en nuestra jaula con un donativo de 2€ y llévate esta estupenda cesta‼️

¿Qué contiene la cesta?

Un queso 🧀 ,un salchichón ibérico, un chorizo ibérico, un jamón 🥓y una botella de vino 🍷

¿Cómo se puede participar?

Asiste el Ayuntamiento📍y escoge tu número ganador‼️

Mucha suerte!!!☘️🍀☘️🍀

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Deserves our support


Sunday, October 08, 2023

The sound of the Metro

 On the way out to Jacarilla is the Metro dance club. Although it is close to Bigastro, it is actually in Orihuela. 

When we say dance club, we're not talking ballroom or latin american dancing. This is full on hardcore dance music dominated by a heavy bass line. The kind my daughters used to love and listen to, the kind played all night in clubs in Ibiza. 

For some inexplicable reason, these dance clubs do not get into full swing until the time when many of us are thinking of going to bed and then continue until dawn when only milkmen and shift workers are about in the streets. 

If the wind is in the right (or more to the point wrong) direction, you can hear the music as far away as Villas Andrea where we live. No doubt you can hear it in the town whichever way the wind is blowing. 

Naturally, people complain that it is hard to sleep with that incessant beat going on. Actually, it is worse than that because at times the beat stops and you start to doze off only to be woken again a minute or so later by a return of the thump, thump, thump. 

You can call the police, but as I said, the club is officially in Orihuela so the local police here can do nothing. Probably, the police in Orihuela won't do anything either because the club has a license to play music and in any case it is too far from Orihuela for anyone there to be disturbed by the noise. 

No doubt the revelers go to bed afterwards and catch up on their sleep the next day but for some, they need to be up in the morning for work - bleary eyed and grumpy. 

Sunday, October 01, 2023

Is it overkill?

 It is impossible to fathom out why anyone would want to cut down the 300 year old sycamore tree that stood in Sycamore gap in Hadrian's Wall. The tree was an icon, much loved by locals and tourists alike. 

There are many photographs of the tree, in all seasons showing that it stood up to the worst weather that nature could throw at it. It was the scene of many marriage proposals and even weddings themselves. People scattered ashes under it and hikers sheltered from the rain beneath its branches. 

Whereas most newspapers in the UK have printed an article about the incident, the Daily Mail have gone over the top with no less than 11 articles today. 

That must be a record for a newspaper that normally obsesses and prints countless articles about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.