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3,289: Minipops Nos. 1,244-1,249

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There’s a reason for this new spurt of Minipops. I’ll get around to writing about that at some point in the next week or so, I imagine.

But for now: it’s actually a lot of fun doing them again. So here’s six new ones: Bernie Ecclestone, Klaus Nomi, Gareth Bale, David Lynch, Conan O’Brien, and Jim Jarmusch.

Minipops archvie here

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Nobody’s Diary by Yazoo

On this day
Dorothy’s backing band, 14 April 2015

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Stadion

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April 14th, 2017 at 1:59 am

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3,288: Minipops Nos. 1,238-1,243

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Some more of the wee fellas. Three bad humans, a musician, a footballer, and a football manager: Bashar al-Assad, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Skrillex, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Arsène Wenger.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins

On this day
Just something I saw, 13 April 2008

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Skepsis

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April 13th, 2017 at 4:05 am

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3,287: Minipops Nos. 1,235-1,237

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I’ve been thinking about doing some more Minipops for a few days. So, yeh, here’s some new ones: the wonderful Yazoo, the awful prime minster of the United Kingdom, and lovely Jürgen Klopp.

More soon.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Only You by Yazoo.

On this day
Glaciar Martial, 12 April 2008

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Lyceum (Classical)

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April 12th, 2017 at 3:03 am

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3,283: Self portrait

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Always in My Head by Coldplay

On this day
Busy day, 7 April 2007

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Spectrum

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April 7th, 2017 at 2:03 am

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3,282: Fußball in Berlin, part 9

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I’d been looking forward to this one. Partly because it’s the first time since the first game of The Project that I’ve had a ticket in advance. And even then, The Eleven Berlin Teams Project didn’t exist in my head when I went to that Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt game. I looked for tickets on the day of the last 1. FC Union Berlin home game, and it was sold out. So I went down to the team store the next day to get a ticket for the next game. When I got there at around lunchtime, there were just 13 standing tickets left. Twelve left after I’d bought mine (€13).

1. FC Union Berlin are in the 2. Bundesliga. (Quick note about German: “1.” means first, “2.” means second, etc., and while I’m quick noting: “Union” is pronounced “un-yon”) Before the game, Union were fourth, two points behind the leaders, with the top two teams being promoted to the 1. Bundesliga. Union have never been in the top division of reunified German football. People are excited. I was excited. For more than one reason. I have no allegiance or fandom of Union, but it was the first time I would be visiting the renovated stadium. And it’s the first time since going to Lincoln City back in the late 80s that I’ve been in an actual proper standing section. I’ve stood up at several of The Project games, but this is different: to be in a standing section at a busy game in a proper stadium.

About the stadium. The last time I went to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei was maybe 2003 or 2004. Back then, it looked like this:


(Photo by Seppalot13 via Wikipedia)

The club had to renovate it, didn’t have the money to do it, so fans literally bled for their team. You get money for donating blood in Germany, so fans did that to raise money. And when it came to rebuilding the station, they did that too. They gave their time and skills to totally renovate the stadium. More about that here on this Copa90 video.

I like it when you go to a game, and your public transport route from home sees more and more people also going to the game. On my local S-Bahn platform, I saw two people which Union scarves and shirts. A few more joined the train before we got to Ostkreuz station, and changed to a different line. The platform there had regular people going home, but mostly Union fans, and when we all got out at Köpenick, the platform was packed, a solid block of people leaving the station. There were a handful of people stood around at the station entrance holding up print outs with the words SUCHE KARTE. I felt a moment of guilt that a real fan was searching for a ticket, yet I was going to the game just cos of some dumb little personal project.

The first real joy you get when you go to see Union is the walk there. After about ten minutes, you’re near the ground, and suddenly you’re walking through a forest towards a stadium that you see glimpses of through the trees.

Inside the stadium grounds, it still feels like a lower league team. There are no big plazas. It kinda feels like a temporary football-themed market has been set up. The toilets are like those building site cabins. There’s an old van, and a monument to the people who helped build the stadium with a hard hat on top and the names of those who helped around the sides.

I got a beer. €5 for half a litre, but that included a one euro deposit for the cup which had a photo design thingy on it, so, y’know: a cheap souvenir if you want to take it home. Inside the stadium, things get really interesting. On the face of it, there’s nothing particularly impressive about the stadium. It’s not La Bombonera, Olympiastadion, or Estadio Azteca, but three sides of the ground are terraces. You can stand up and watch a game of football. And you look around at the other people knowing that a decent amount of those people actually build the bloody thing.

This was like travelling back in time. The last time I stood on the terraces was nearly thirty years ago. It was genuinely a little overwhelming. I stood there, looking around, up and down, muttering to myself. Mostly “wow!” Then a good song would come on over the PA, and I’d be nodded out of my own little world and singing Gravel Pit by Wu-Tang Clan to myself.

The stadium filled up around me (attendance: 20,877). The fans held up their scarves, sang songs. The away fans, too, in the other half of the end where I was stood made a ton of noise. When the home team was announced, every player’s name was greeted with the home fans shouting “Fußball Gott!” (football god).

The game felt a bit nervy. The visitors, Erzgebirge Aue, are close to the relegation zone, so they needed a win just as much as Union. And indeed, the visitors scored a cracker in the 79th minute. And that’s how it ended. The top team in the division had already played the day before, and the teams in second and third place both drew. Union missed a chance to go top. But, y’know, they’re still only two points off the top and one point off second place with seven games to play. Here’s some video highlights.

My ninth game, and the fifth home defeat (W1 D3 L5). If my Project were a team, I’d be getting the sack soon.

Only two more teams to see in The Project. I’ve gotta wait over a week for the next one and I’ve not gone more than three days without a game in the last three weeks. I might have to see if I can nip to a game by someone else this weekend, a non-canonical, supplementary reading kinda thing.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)

Remaining teams to see:
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project (supplementary game):
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)

A wee bit of artwork
Here’s a cat, y’all.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Valerie by the Zutons

On this day
Me on ESPN.com, 6 April 2010

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Variable star

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April 6th, 2017 at 2:59 am

3,281: Pink skies

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Got nothing else in my head to blog about today, so I’ll show you these.

Top to bottom they are Rettungswagen (study), acrylic on paper, 40 x 30 cm; Feliz Viaje (study), acrylic on paper, 40 x 30 cm; River (study), acrylic on paper, 40 x 30 cm.

These were done about a month ago. I’ve not done much painting since then. I kinda feel like this is where I was heading with all of the paintings of Mauerpark.

The Mauerpark work was just a process of getting to the point where I was happy with what I was doing and wanted to do, and when I got there and did the three above paintings, I felt the need for a break. A break so I could think some more. I have about 20 ideas for other paintings that would be a part of a series that these are studies for. And the best work on that at the moment is away from the paintbrushes. But I’m pretty excited about what’s happening. Mostly because the unifying idea seems quite strong in my head, and that after all that Mauerpark stuff, I finally feel like it’s me who is painting the ideas, and that I am more in control of things. But, it’s early days. More at some point in the future.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
True Love by Coldplay

On this day
America speaks out on gulls, 5 April 2006

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Tau Boötis

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April 5th, 2017 at 2:20 am

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3,276: Some photos of Billy

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A little corner of calmness in my head is looking at old photos of Billy. I need that this week.

A wee bit of artwork
Some people, some ghosts, and the Vaped Crusader.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Amazing Day by Coldplay

On this day
Falling, 31 March 2014

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Little Ice Age

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March 31st, 2017 at 12:26 am

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3,273: Not much doing

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Just a couple of drawings today.

Other business

Check this out. Awful, right?

And while I am talking about that human being, right now, more specifically, I’m talking about that lettering. That bloody space around the I.

WASH I NGTON

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Gimme Gimme Gimme by Narada Michael Walden. Love this song.

On this day
Wu-Tang Clan vs. E Street Band, 28 March 2009

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Regency

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March 28th, 2017 at 12:14 am

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3,266: Tower city

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Another drawing done with both hands. The main bulbs of each tower were drawn right (wrong) handed, the rest with my dominant hand.

In Brexit news…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

On this day
More finger painting, 21 March 2009

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Marquetry

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March 21st, 2017 at 1:27 am

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3,262: n i n e d i g i t a l t h i n g z

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One of the things I love about drawing digitally is how quick I can bash ideas out. On paper, I can bash the idea out with a pencil or a pen, but it’ll just be a sketch. Digitally, I go through a similar process but also define colours, change things, and still feel something of the spontaneity. So here’s a bunch of stuff drawn in Photoshop and on the Paper app for iPad. I really like the Paper app. I just wish it could export the drawings at larger than screen size. I would use it so much more if that were possible.

This was an early morning warm-up sketch:

For this, I had this thought of doing the US states as squircles sized according to total area of each state. I figured that doing something like Canada first would be a better idea. Less provinces and territories to deal with:

I like the idea of doing a whole family of records. Like, the 7″ single is a kid who just wants to have some quick fun; the 12″ single is a bit older, going to clubs; a 10″ single is the kid who wears mis-matched socks whilst reading French novels; and the album is the sensible one who is thinking about his pension:

Start of a quick dirty project that may or may not be finished:

I look back with much fondness at the time when I was a kid, drawing rockets with three numbered parts:

Still really fucking angry about brexit:

Every now and then, I try drawing with my wrong hand (the right hand). It’s a useful exercise. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years, and it still feels weird, but less weird with every passing drawing. And I really like how my right hand drew clouds here, something my left hand would never have done:

Not really sure what I was doing here. It was quite late last night, just drawing with my brain turned off:

But the stickman vibe felt like it could be worked on, so I did a Kraftwerk concert. Might work on this style some more.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Love by Lana del Rey

On this day
Santo Daime, 17 March 2008

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Gender equality

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March 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am

3,261: Oooh I like that 2

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Last March, I made a Spotify playlist of things I liked at the time. In my head, I’d do it once a month or every couple of months. Those of you who appreciate the unforgiving nature of the human calendar will notice that last March is pretty much a year ago. But, that was pre my new blogging vibez. Let’s see, huh? A monthly mix would be good for me, too. Anyway, yep, like last year’s playlist, it’s mostly what would be called pop music. Barely a guitar in sight. Most of it is new-ish stuff, and it wasn’t a concious choice, but nearly every song has a female singer. That’s been something I’ve noticed in my listening habits over the past couple of years: more and more female voices. Less men whining about girls not liking them and stuff blah de blah guitar solo. Anyway, here you go. There’s some really good stuff here, I think.

A wee bit of artwork
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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Upper East Siders by Actrese. It’s on the Spotters playlist linked above.

On this day
A zoo for you but no kangaroo, 16 March 2006

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United Nations

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March 16th, 2017 at 2:22 am

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3,259: YMCA and a burger

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This is digital week for me. I’ve been painting pretty solidly for quite a while, so spare time drawing this week is gonna be iPad-y stuff.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde. This is one of those weird things, like when you have an opinion that means nothing really but you feel out of step by expressing: I find her voice really quite grating. She has ace songs but the way she sings them rubs me up the wrong way. It sounds like an affectation.

On this day
A poem, 14 March 2009

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Chernobyl disaster

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March 14th, 2017 at 12:59 am

3,258: d i g i t a l d r a w i n g s

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A drawing made in SketchUp, a quick little story about a senior citizen, a drawing of a pop group, but first: a snowman is for life, not just for Christmas:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
It was technically Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic, but really there was a bit of a soup that also included Fun by Coldplay, Crucified by Army of Lovers, and two Neneh Cherry songs, Buffalo Stance and Manchild.

On this day
Harmony, 13 March 2010

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Helicopter

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March 13th, 2017 at 2:17 am

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3,254: Couple of things

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Just a couple of drawings done with Procreate on the iPad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lil’ Love by Petite Meller

On this day
() \/\/ I_, 9 March 2016

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Psychedelic drug

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March 9th, 2017 at 1:18 am

3,250: Embedding the week

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Notebook pretending to be an East German passport

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Beer and candle

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Sportpark

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Two heads would be useful for working and watching YouTube at the same time

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton

On this day
Scribbling, 5 March 2010

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Garden city movement

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March 5th, 2017 at 1:27 am

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3,248: Buildings the same age as me

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Obviously, one of the joys of Wikipedia is finding yourself trucking on through a load of info you didn’t know you were interested in and- oh look, it’s 2.30 a.m. I was looking at communication towers in Germany, ended up on the page for the Florianturm in Dortmund, which was part of a category of towers completed in 1959, which lead me to towers completed in 1970, which got me to Buildings and structures completed in 1970. That was the year of my birth, and I fancied having a look at me-aged buildings. Here are some nice ones. (All photos from the applicable Wikipedia page.)

No.1 Croydon, Croydon, UK

World Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan

Welbeck Street car park, London, UK

Tigran Petrosian Chess House, Yerevan, Armenia

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid, Spain

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi, Pakistan

Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, USA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, USA

Hotel Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Edificio Colón, Barcelona, Spain

Dai Heiwa Kinen Tō, Tondabayashi, Japan

A wee bit of artwork
Welsh football person Gareth Bale done in pixels.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cups by Underworld

On this day
Brasilia skies inverted and upside down, 3 March 2008

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Hyperboloid structure

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March 3rd, 2017 at 3:21 am

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3,247: Mauerpark 18, 19, 20, 21 and Am Falkplatz

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Five more local paintings. All acrylic on paper.

And here’s an updated map of all the paintings of Mauerpark and Falkplatz.

Previous local paintings here, here, and here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes

On this day
Dunny, 2 March 2007

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Oscar Niemeyer

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March 2nd, 2017 at 1:20 am

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3,246: Hopkins and Skegness

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Three paintings, all acrylic on paper. Two of a road near Hopkins in Belize that leads towards the sea, one of a wind farm in the sea near Skegness.

Other business

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes. I’d not heard of them until a couple of days ago, but I’ve been really enjoying their album on Spotify. Also, that’s a great name for a band.

On this day
Stuff and nonsense, 1 March 2010

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Brasília

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March 1st, 2017 at 1:22 am

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3,245: Tree and woman

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Two drawings. First one is a rough representation of a woman on the U-Bahn who had a really nice colour combo of clothes. Second one is a tree I drew with my weak hand whilst lying in bed last night.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley (not the awful remix)

On this day
A spot of rain, 28 February 2008

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UNESCO

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February 28th, 2017 at 2:37 am

3,244: Scribbling

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Backpack by Petite Meller

On this day
Adios, amigo, 27 February 2015. A short tale about (an unsuccessful attempt at) giving up smoking.

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Music of Mexico

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February 27th, 2017 at 1:42 am