Interesting synergy of tweets there.

@Artsthink “How can we support artists even better and sustain the extraordinary arts we have?” #achievinggreatartforeveryone

@hannahnicklin  “Would you really believe that in an era of tick boxes & statistics previous governments had just thrown money at the arts without justification?”

The arts in the UK is a bit like the sciences – there are some extremely erudite, educated and interesting thinkers out there who create work for the ‘illumined’. There are also passionate and committed eccentrics who can only speak through that which they create.There are those who are a bit of both.

We artists are constantly experimenting and exploring. We are interested in process, and what results from that process may or may not have ‘value’ to the wider public, and those who experience those results may become more interested in the process, and get more ‘value’, or they may choose not to. They may even participate in the process or emulate it. That is a result.

However, to support the arts, you must support the process and not expect a result or a product. This is to me a very important distinction. Find the process that excites you and support it. If you have money, support it financially, if not, with enthusiasm. Don’t measure the results. It’s not about that. In the end, after 50-100 years, there may be something to measure, but not when the process is happening. The most fundamental question is, am I interested in this? Does this speak to my passions and my aesthetics? If it does, pay attention and hand over the cash.


Walk against Warming

Thurtinkle with some Cockatoos

I'm hanging out with the cockatoos in Freo

I went down to Fremantle the other day to listen to all the speakers at the ‘Walk against Warming’ 2010 event. There was an election looming in Australia, and as an endangered species, one of the last gnomes left, I wanted to hear all the different policies of the ALP, LNC and Green parties.

It was a lovely day and loads of people had turned up on the Esplanade. Once again the lovely Rebecca carried me on her shoulders and I had a chat with some people. I do hope that the humans stop using so much energy from non-renewables and get their act together in time.

Seniors Week at Scitech

After my visit to Scitech in Perth, Australia, I was invited back as one of the three special guests at the launch of seniors week this week at Scitech.


I had a grand time drinking the FREE TEA and munching on the FREE BISCUITS and meeting all the other visitors, including 104 year-old Peg


Later I handed my flip video to a passing senior and got him to film me talking to Garry about the amazing Segway. You can watch it below.

Scitech – what a wonderful day out in Perth, Australia

I took a look around Scitech the other day and it was fab! All the poeple there are very friendly and keen to tell you all about science and technology, which is something I frankly don’t know nearly enough myself having studied magic and spellcasting most of my life. Many thanks to Renae who agreed to hold the camera for me while I waxed lyrical about what an amazing place it was. If you’re in Perth, go visit.  They’re having a seniors week soon, so I’ll have to go again and hang out with the older people, see if any of them have heard of my cousin Owen Opaldigger.

Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra, Western Australia

I’ve been to the fabulous Fairbridge Festival, near Pinjarra in Western Australia. I had a great time enjoying the atmosphere, performances, stalls, music and food. Here I find a troupe of Morris Dancers and encourage an adult to ride on the shoulders of children. Just like I did.

Fremantle Busker’s Festival

Hello all. I’ve just come back from having a great day taking in the sun and wind, the atmosphere and the excitement of the Fremantle Street Performance festival. Here’s a video of me having a chat with Jasper of The Chipolatas


Northbridge Piazza, Perth, Western Australia

I’ve managed to get out and visit Northbridge to visit the piazza where a new free wifi network has been launched. It’s luvvly here!

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