Monday, October 30, 2023
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
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.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Friday, October 20, 2023
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
🍾CESTA COMISIÓN DE FIESTAS 🍾
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‼️
Sunday, October 08, 2023
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
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.