The Royal Cambrian Academy open exhibition: private view

Some arty thoughts and pictures from my partner, Denise

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Selection of work from the Royal Cambrian Academy open exhibition…images taken from the RCA website and artists websites

On Saturday the 6th January the private view and opening of the annual open exhibition at the RCA Conwy took place.  It was a particularly poignant moment for me as last year when I visited my partner and I had just moved in together. This was a big and pretty momentous step for a pair who had been happily living on their own for three years, were confident about their independence and never intended to live with anyone again. We attended the exhibition together and collectively purchased a piece of work entitled ‘hopes and dreams’ by Susie Liddle which pretty much summed up how we were feeling at the time (and just happened to be the judges choice at the exhibition). It perfectly expressed our own aspirations both independently and collectively, as…

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What the hell is #Vejanuary?

Some thoughts on #veganuary

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I’m sorry, but is it just me and a symptom of my slightly grubby warped mind, that I can’t stop thinking of vajazzle when someone says Vejanuary? If you are not familiar with the term, it is a trend encouraging people to try a vegan diet for the month of January. Vejanuary should not be confused with Vajanuary which was a whole different trend (where women were encouraged to let their lady garden grow; in the same way men were encouraged to love and nurture their facial hair in “Movember”).

These trends have left me scarred, with a head full of slightly disturbing images firmly stuck, like a dysfunctional ‘earworm’, but in this case its an ‘imageworm’. It haunts me, and because of that this post will be the last time I use the word. This post is my therapy, a way to purge the thoughts and dismiss the term…

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Spot The Fake Trump Tweets

Let’s play a game. Hidden in this post are some tweets not made by the current president of the USA over the past year. Without the aid of a search engine or peeking at Twitter, can you spot the fakes?

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”

“People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!”

“CNN’S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!”

“@theresa_may don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”

“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!”

“The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily”

“Will be speaking to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey this morning about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East”

“After Turkey call I will be heading over to Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, to play golf”

“Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”

“To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You’re welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!”

“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

“While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!”

“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”

“When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea”

“How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue? I would’ve done same!”

“NoKo has interpreted America’s past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. Do not underestimate us. AND DO NOT TRY US.”

“I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing. Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!”

“My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”

“Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil.”

“What he know about Crooked Dems is earth shattering. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled. Fake News weak!”

“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”

“Facebook was on her side, not mine!”

“Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” Not good, we must keep America safe!”

“Highly respected author, Christopher Bedford, just came out with book, “The Art of the Donald, Lessons from America’s….” Really good book!”

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”

“THIS will drive the easily baited haters crazy! Get some fresh air, folks. Buy some mistletoe. #merrychristmas”

“I am a fucking liability and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near sharp objects, social networks, or buttons”