About ian

Freelance session hairdresser and stylist. Started at Ricci Burns in the early 70s, been working ever since! Married w/ Son. #Istanbulophile. Politics, religion & philosophy of fashion by #SessionHairdresser, stylist & *Garage Assemblage Artist* http://www.slashhair.net

Obertilliach by Curt Ziegra

Obertilliach by Curt Ziegra, 30th August 1915 (36)

Curt Ziegra 1878 – 1946

I collected this rough sketch of an Obertilliach house with a sundial, by the artist Curt Ziegra, in about 1980 – from an auction, I think? I’m beginning to love it.

Curt Ziegra was a German painter, draughtsman, and illustrator who was born in Düsseldorf on the 20th September 1878. He studied at The Berlin Academy of Arts, Dresden, and Weimar. He was part of the very early Weimar movement – In 1907 Ziegra exhibited at the former Grand Ducal Museum, now the Neues Museum Weimar (exhibition of young Weimar artists).

Ziegra contributed illustrations to the literary-artistic magazine, Light and Shadow (licht und schatten – published in Munich and Berlin, weekly then monthly).

The Sketch, Obertilliach, is dated: 30th August 1915 – obviously during the First World War, 1914-1918. Ziegra served (I believe, but not fully confirmed) in The Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment (Königlich Bayerisches Infanterie-Leib Regiment) as a regimental draughtsman – he would have been responsible for drawing maps and diagrams used by the regiment. In 1916 he exhibited at the Academy of the Arts, Berlin, ‘War Painting’, so he was clearly a war artist too.

Colonel Franz Epp – 16th October 1868 – 31st January 1947. By Curt Ziegra

Between 1916 and 1917 Ziegra’s war paintings were used in a series of ‘remembrance postcards’ (Military WW1 Postcards) for The Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment. Franz Epp, later Franz Ritter von Epp, received the Bavarian Military Order of Max Joseph on 23rd June 1916 – I think he is wearing the medal in Ziegra’s painting?

Between the wars Ziegra appears to have been painting around Garmisch-Partenkirchen southern Germany (Bavaria). In 1942 he lived in Hamburg, then Gauting, near Munich.

Curt Ziegra died on 14th November 1946, aged 68, in the beautiful lakeside town of Tegernsee, Bavaria.

Obertilliach 1st January 1916 – The White War

I’ve been wondering if one of these gentlemen in this Fantastic photograph is either Curt Ziegra or Franz Epp? Note the water fountain laying down, in the sketch it’s standing, also, you get a clearer image of the sundial in the photograph.

Obertilliach is a municipality in the district of Lienz in Tyrol, Austria. It is located between the Carnic Alps and the Lienz Dolomites. In 1915 Obertilliach, because of its geographic position (South Tirol), played its part in the German and Austro-Hungarian forces effort against the Italians. Called the Dolomite Front, but ultimately: The White War, 1915-1917, it was treacherous, and extremely cold. The Austrians took the high ground, and the front unchanged until Italian retreat after the Battle of Caporetto (19th November 1917)!

Photograph credit: Obertilliach. ÖNB/Wein, The Austrian National Library. Image Archive. Inv.No: WK1/ALB006/01708. I believe the image to be: Creative Commons – Public Domain Mark 1.0 CC0

My Thoughts on the US Election

Save America - Donald 'Rocky Balboa' Trump

Save America – Donald ‘Rocky Balboa’ Trump

A couple of friends have said to me, and I paraphrase, “I thought you said Trump was going to win.” The happiness in their voices unable to mask the Trump Derangement Syndrome warbling through.
“The result certainly wasn’t what I expected – Are you pleased Beijing Biden won?” I answered.
“Oh yes. Very.” That’s when I knew I needed to write this blog post – Here are my thoughts on the US election.

I’ve got to admit, I don’t know that much about American politics, but I’ve been following Tarl ‘Styx’ Warwick (Styxhexenhammer666), an American political analyst of some note, for about six years. He produces three or four, short videos daily, so I hope I’ve learnt something! Anyway, it’s Styx that I’ve been listening to.

On 2nd November 2020, the day before the election, Trump was running at about a 45% approval rating, which was one or two points short according to Styx. However, he predicted with a high degree of confidence that Trump would win. The main points in Trumps favour being: the enthusiasm gap, the various highly negative comments that Beijing Biden had made about fracking in Pennsylvania, and an indication from early voting in Florida, which was leaning towards Trump. Styx would have given Trump a 99% chance of winning, like he did in 2016, had it not been for the obvious occurrences of rigging, vote harvesting, and ballot fraud – e.g. Project Veritas’ video of voter fraud in Minnesota, cash-for-ballots scheme, 28 Sept 2020.

Styx wasn’t expecting Trump to do as well as he did in 2016, he did expect Big Tech to step in and do what ever they could to screw with the election – because Big Tech had been censoring and removing Trump supporters from social media platforms by the tens of thousands in the run up to the 2020 Election. What we were seeing was a forerunner of what was to come: Big Tech’s freedom of speech purge.

The ultimate prediction, based on: low Dem turn-out, the enthusiasm gap, and dodgy polls, was that Trump would win!

At one end of the scale, if you were a Beijing Biden supporter, you wouldn’t have been surprised by the result. Beijing Biden was strongly predicted to win by the mainstream media (MSM) and they called the election early, as if it had been cleanly won. Styx was incandescent. At the other end of the scale, if you were a Donald Trump supporter, it would have felt like the election was obviously stolen and the MSM were refusing to acknowledge and report the fraud. Election anomalies were surfacing by the hour. At the outset, early on the morning of the 4th, Donald Trump had clearly won the election, but the Establishment (the billionaire oligarchs, Big Tech, MSM, etc.) were Never going to acknowledge the result. And of course this is where it all gets messy!

As a sort of footnote, I was surprised that Boris Johnson congratulated Beijing Biden on his win so quickly, and was saddened he hadn’t waited for the ‘process’ to be completed – at the time it felt like a predetermined response. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, waited until after the Electoral College had confirmed Beijing Biden as the next president on 6th January 2021.

Initially, day one, the general consensus among the Trump supporters was that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) should get involved, and call the election for Trump. But, SCOTUS never got involved, it didn’t happen. Even at the eleventh hour, just before the Electoral College vote, when the Supreme Court dismissed a Texas ‘doomed from the start’ lawsuit to overturn the election results in four states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the writing was well and truly on the wall. The line had been drawn under the Beijing Biden win.

I am not going to do a deep dive into the various types of 2020 election fraud, simply because there’s too much, I haven’t got the time, I couldn’t be arsed, and a lot of it is bollocks. The claim that Dominion Voting Systems deleted and/or flipped votes from Trump to Beijing Biden is the most juicy, interesting, and conspiracy theory-esque! It’s a fun one for you to research. It involves:

  1. President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and the attorney Sidney Powell, both of whom are currently being sued by Dominion for $1.3bn in a defamation lawsuit. (Sidney Powell was General Michael Flynn’s attorney, BTW).
  2. A raid by a military unit (supposedly 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, nicknamed the Kraken) that was attached to United States European Command (USEUCOM), on a CIA computer facility in Frankfurt, Germany. The servers belonged to the CIA, and not Dominion or Scytl as originally reported. The raid was conducted without the knowledge of the CIA or the FBI, to recover ‘extremely compelling’ data detailing vote switching. Someone said on Twatter that CIA head, Gina Haspel, got shot in the arse during the raid – which made me smile!
  3. A prominent witness said in a sworn affidavit that they saw the voting machines connected to the internet. Dominion has denied that its machines were connected to the internet.
  4. Foreign interference in 2020 election: Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Italy, Russia, Serbia and Spain have all been mentioned! Sidney Powell filed a letter with the SCOTUS on 13th Dec 2020, informing them of new evidence on Dominion Voting Systems voting equipment. The letter detailed affidavits from forensic experts who alleged: foreign interference occurred in the 2020 election, and Dominion machines were connected to foreign systems around the world. Dominion has denied that its machines were connected to the internet.
  5. An Italian whistleblower at Leonardo SpA (a multinational co. in Pescara, Italy, specialising in aerospace, defence, and security), admitted hacking to alter votes in the 2020 U.S. election. An Italian Judge, professor and lawyer, Alfio D’Urso, gave testimony on the whistleblower’s involvement in the alleged switching of votes from Trump to Beijing Biden via military satellite.

That’s enough of that!

Anyway, my two friends who were pleased when Beijing Biden won, haven’t yet grasped the magnitude of corruption coming down from the Establishment who *fixed the election – such was their joy. The asterisk inauguration of Beijing Biden was a farce, BTW. However, the hundreds of thousands of conservatives who have been deplatformed and lost their right to free speech in a public square, fully understand what’s happening and will not be silenced or dampened. They aren’t going anywhere.

Prove Me Wrong

training to be an architectural and industrial model maker at Paradigm Models
Me at Paradigm Models

It was Easter Monday, 13th April 2020, with ‘three weeks to flatten the curve’ still ringing in my ears, when I suspected something was wrong. I had a horrid feeling that Boris was going to kick the Covid-19 can down the road like Theresa May had kicked the Brexit can! I’d seen the UK Parliament (almost in its entirety, and others) procrastinate and work against the British people, in an attempt to overturn the result of the EU Referendum. I was fearful and I wanted to find out what was going on.

Obviously I turned to the Internet, friends and family for research and inspiration.

And by the time face masks were introduced in July 2020, I knew something was up. Why? Because in the very early 1970s, I trained as an architectural and industrial model maker at Paradigm Models – face masks were not worn, but they should have been, I learned about them, and about the health and safety at work act. I actually know a little about face masks! Face coverings for a virus are utter nonsense.

After many hours searching I have assembled a list of reliable and authoritative pandemic actors, and I would like to share my findings with you.

Here are a select series of videos, articles, and websites for you to peruse. Set out like a multi-course dinner party, each offering should slide down fairly smoothly and fit its place in the sequence.

I Will Be Updating This Post!

Hors D’oeuvre

Michael Yeadon [His Twitter Bio] BSc biochem tox, PhD respiratory pharmacol. 32y new meds research. Left Pfizer 2011 as VP Respiratory. 2012 founded biotech Ziarco, sold to Novartis 2017. Please note: Michael Yeadon has been targeted by the ‘establishment’ and is therefore off social media!
If you only watch one video, watch this one:
VIDEO LINK: Mike Yeadon, Expert on Viruses Disagrees with Liberal Politicians 32 mins. Published: 24 Nov 2020

BitChute VIDEO: Dr Simone Gold – The truth about the CV19 vaccine 56 mins. Published: 13th January 2021

This next titbit is a paper written in 2006 by a team of epidemiologists led by one of the most famous: Don Henderson (credited with smallpox eradication). They wrote it as a warning against precisely what’s happening right now. It’s very well worth the effort, quite a lot to chew on.
PAPER: Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza. Authors: Thomas V. Inglesby, Jennifer B. Nuzzo, Tara O’Toole, and D. A. Henderson. Published: 2006. Long Read.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Scottish Doctor, author, speaker, sceptic.
An excellent article, not short, but very well worth the read.
ARTICLE: What is left to say? Published: 30th December 2020

Dr Reiner Fuellmich is the German lawyer who successfully led lawsuits against the corporate giants VW and Deutsche Bank.
VIDEO LINK: Reiner Fuellmich – Full Length Interview in Berlin – Planet Lockdown 25 mins. Published: 25 Dec 2020
VIDEO LINK: Crimes against humanity 49 mins. Published: 9 Oct 2020
ARTICLE: Newsletter 355, 06.01.2020: Money Talks VI and the worldwide lawsuits [translation by Paul Charles Gregory BDÜ of the original German text by Dr Reiner Fuellmich] UPDATE: 14 Jan 2020.

Amuse-bouche

Lee Merritt MD Not exactly the bite-sized hors d’oeuvre that you would expect! But, A Very Important Video.
VIDEO LINK: SARS-CoV-2 and the Rise of Medical Technocracy – Lee Merritt MD 1 hour. Published: 17 Aug 2020

Soup

Dr V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai MIT PhD. Inventor of Email and Polymath. Scientist. Engineer. Inventor. #TruthFreedomHealth. Educating Leaders to Ignite a Systems Revolution. CytoSolve. Systems Health. EchoMail. CleanFoodCertified.
Haute cuisine alphabetti spaghetti soup! Dr Shiva’s YouTube channel is worth a gander, but I’d recommend visiting his website as a starter!
VIDEO LINK: Science of WHY Social Distancing is Destructive to Health and Well Being.

Appetiser

Klaus Schwab German engineer and economist, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, mein host of the Davos Forum.
Here it is in black and white – The Great Reset. Fill ya boots.
BOOK LINK: COVID-19: The Great Reset by Klaus Schwab [in PDF + EPUB format, complete, free]

Salad

Maria Van Kerkhove head of the World Health Organization’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, says, ‘transmission of the coronavirus by people who aren’t showing symptoms is very rare.’
VIDEO LINK: WHO Says Covid-19 Asymptomatic Transmission Is ‘Very Rare.’ 3 mins. Published: 8 Jun 2020
They wheeled her out the next day expecting her to recant, she didn’t! Also, a study of nearly 10 million residents of Wuhan were sampled:
ARTICLE: Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China – Nature Communications Published: 20 November 2020. Cao, S., Gan, Y., Wang, C. et al.

Fish

Event 201 is a pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on 18th October 2019, in New York, NY.
VIDEO LINK: Event 201 Pandemic Exercise: Highlights Reel 11.45 mins. Published: 4 Nov 2019. Series: 1/6.

First Main Course – White Meat

Transformation Maps are the World Economic Forum’s dynamic knowledge tool.
README: What is a Transformation Map? Published: 08 Nov 2017. By James Landale Director, Head of Content and Partnerships, Strategic Intelligence at World Economic Forum.
This white meat ain’t chicken, there’s a lot to get your teeth into!
WEB PAGE: Strategic Intelligence Maps

Palate Cleanser

Ivor Cummins AKA The Fat Emperor, BE(Chem) CEng MIEI PMP Biochemical engineer. Ivor analyses SARS-CoV-2 pandemic data – especially for Ireland, but UK too.
Fabulous collection of PAPERS: Published Papers and Data on Lockdown Weak Efficacy – and Lockdown Huge Harms. UPDATE: 18 Jan 2021.
Lots of Videos: Ivor Cummins’ YouTube Channel

Second Main Course – Red Meat

Catherine Austin Fitts is an American investment banker and former public official who served as managing director of Dillon, Read and Co. and as United States Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Housing during the Presidency of George H.W. Bush. She says: ‘economic totalitarianism’, That’s what’s coming!
VIDEO LINK: Catherine Austin Fitts – Full Interview – Planet Lockdown 48 mins. Published: 22 Dec 2020.
Because the Catherine Fitts video is being removed, here it is on other platforms: LIBRY  Rumble  BitChute  Brighteon  Archive

Ring-burner Course

Wikipedia LINK: Agenda 21 is a non-binding action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. From: Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.
DOWNLOAD PDF: Agenda 21 text (pdf) 351-page document. Publisher: UN. Published: 23 April 1992. ISBN: 978-92-1-100509-7.

Wikipedia LINK: Agenda 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals. Founder: United Nations. Established: 2015
Website: sdgs.un.org

Cheese Course

WHO – The World Health Organization Not as healthy as Mozzarella!

ARTICLE: Anthropogenic Climate Change And Coronavirus (COVID‑19) How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked Published: 02 Apr 2020. By Arthur Wyns, Climate change researcher, World Health Organization.

United Nations Look under the Tab: Resources: Issues/Campaigns and find: Take Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

International Monetary Fund Go to News: IMFblog Limburger-esqu.

A very whiffy cheese: Bill Gates personal blog see: COVID-19 A ripe Soumaintrain, but not orgasmic.

European Commission: Coronavirus Global Response: 27 June

Dessert

VIDEO LINK: Stella Immanuel MD – My thoughts on vaccines 8 mins. Published: 13 Dec 2020.

Mignardise

BitChute Channel LINK: Dr Carrie Madej Talks about vax – a bite-sized dessert! There are three videos at the bottom of Dr Carrie Madej’s BitChute page – date posted: 24 Aug 2020.

VIDEO LINK: Dr Mohammad Iqbal Adil NHS consultant exposes the covid19 hoax BitChute. Published: 8 May 2020.

Dr Thomas Binder MD,Humanist, Cardiologist

Tony Heller Setting the record straight about junk science and propaganda.
Tony Heller on NewTube

Deaths – Office for National Statistics It’s easy to die – Prove Me Wrong!

SARS-CoV-2 and Climate Change are being used by the United Nations and connected bodies as a means to introduce Global Governance.

PROVE ME WRONG!

Emil’s Relevant Algorithm

Emil's Relevant Algorithm

A Relevant Algorithm?

I would have liked to have left a comment on Emil McMahon’s article: Algorithm – what the? But I couldn’t, so I am leaving a reciprocal blog post here by way of reply – that’s the beauty of having a blog.

By-the-way, this is NOT a criticism of Emil’s article, I am not trying to find fault!

A Little Search Engine History

I signed on to the Internet in 1993; I made a Website, and in mid ’94 I started to promote it. Immediately I was hooked on Website Promotion. Consequently, I have been reading articles related to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for about twenty-three years, and I can assure you that there is a lot of shyte out there. Yeah, okay, I’ve added to it!

In the early days there seemed to be quite a lot of search engines, the front runners being: Yahoo, MSN, AOL, AltaVista and of course the youngster, Google! I don’t want to go into too much detail, this is being written off the top of my head, but, Websites needed to be targeted towards a particular search engine and added manually to their list to be indexed – ‘Add URL’ was a thing in those days (still is for Directories like DMOZ). Sometime in the late ’90s (97/98) we called this Search Engine Optimization. And the idea was to get your Website to #1 for a specific set of Keywords, e.g. ‘Cheap Flights Paris’.

From about 1996 to 2005 there was a LOT of jiggery-pokery from the webmasters, who were trying to get their Websites to #1 in the search engine results by using sneaky little tricks! The search engines had to keep one step ahead of the game by tweeking their Algorithms (Algorithm: the way a search engine determines which website is relevant for any given search term). Relevancy (and speed of delivery) made Google and its Algorithm top of the heap.

Relevancy – The missing word

Relevance or relevancy is the key word. There is a subtle, but important difference between a search engine serving up a relevant website on its results page, and a Website being relevant to both the search engine and the Website Visitor.

  • A Search Engine aims to serve up a relevant and honest website that reflects the users’ search term.
  • A Website aims to be found in the search engines for a specific set of Keywords, and be relevant to the website visitor.

Remember (at this point I’m cutting it short!)

SEO is a small, but important part of Website Promotion. Your visitors will also find your website through links and ‘real world’ stuff like business cards.

The Fundamental Necessity

Being found in the search engines by your Business Name is a fundamental necessity. Actually, most new clients will find your website through a recommendation (like: a social media link. a magazine article. verbally from a friend). Only someone who already knows your Business Name will search for it, and they Must find you!

And Finally…

The simple answer is: Know your target audience. Get the structure of the website correct. Build a (social) network of links. Promote your website address (URL) with conventional advertising, i.e: flyers, posters, imprinted merch, magazine reviews, etc. Have a website promotion strategy.

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Crazy Color

Crazy Color for the wonderful @spencerscissors and @misterhaircare

In 1973 when I was a junior at Ricci Burns, King’s Road, Chelsea, my model was a stripper from the Trafalgar, a pub across the road, her hair was long and jet black, but with a Crazy Color full fringe, in red, maybe vermilion – such was the fashion in those days!

Saturday 20th July 1974 Not busy, only two clients! Got a new young Canadian client with long, thin, dishwater blonde hair. She asked for a David Bowie-esque, Diamond Dogs-like hairdo! Actually, at the time, I think she meant more like Angie Bowie’s, who was one of Ricci’s clients.

“What’s your favourite colour?” I asked.
“I doon’t have one.”
“Okay then, what’s your favourite football team?”
“Chelsea of course!”
“Blue then! Because we’re going to have to bleach the bejesus out of your hair and turn it to straw, if we’re going to get it to stand on end. So, you can have any colour you like. Blue?”
“Blue’d be great.”

And off she went to the tinter. Bearing in mind that we worked five and a half days a week, half day Saturday, and her appointment was 10am, I knew that I was in for a longy!

I was cutting my second client, when the tinter tapped me on the shoulder, “we’ve run out of blue Crazy Color, there’s just a smidgen left, not enough!”
“It’s got to be blue,” I said.
“I could make a little Koleston pure Blue into a semi-permanent and mix it with the Crazy Color? It’s risky!”
“Yeah, do it.”

The end result was deep cobalt blue roots that faded to beautiful bluish silver tips. It looked: iridescent. metallic. divine.

She and I walked down towards Sloane Square together, it was about 5-ish. We stopped opposite the Markham Arms to say our goodbyes, she was going to cross the road, and a guy driving a red Corvette Stingray shouted out, “Love your hair doll!” That made my day.

Can You Do My Hair Like This?

Michael Fabricant Conservative MP for Lichfield

Michael Fabricant Conservative MP for Lichfield wrote on Huffington Post: A Message To The Luvvies – If You Can’t Say Anything Constructive, Don’t Say Anything At All@Mike_Fabricant

“Can you do my hair like this,” really is the classic client request! It’s one of those heartfelt, emotional pleas that goes something like this, “I want my hair to look totally natural, like Jennifer Aniston’s,” and there it is, that name, ‘Jennifer Aniston’, probably my most requested hairstyle! Over the years there have been many others, Jane Fonda, Joanna ‘Purdy’ Lumly and Farrah Fawcett have got to be up there with the most requested, as have Mary Quant’s French Bob and Mia Farrow’s urchin style cut.

My first ‘can you do my hair like this’ request, was in 1974 when I worked for Ricci Burns, for a Mia Farrow, who played Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. My saddest was in 1978, when a gaunt, mousy looking woman brandished a cut-out of Farrah Fawcett-Majors and said, “My husband wants me to look like this.”

Most hairdressers love pictures of celebrity hairstyles, they’re great conversation starters. I love them. However, all photographs need interpreting and putting into context: who’s the person. why was the photograph taken. what are they selling. is it their normal, everyday hair. has the image been altered, enhanced? And when I’m presented with a celebrity’s picture, my aim is to translate it into a style for my client.

Over the last ten years, or so, we’ve seen the rise of social media, which has had a profound impact on television, mainstream journalism, the celebrities themselves, and of course the general public. The image of the self (the selfie) – user-generated photos – take on a new meaning and importance – everyone and anyone can suddenly become a celebrity!

I find myself questioning celebrity culture; I wonder why so many celebrities feel they have the qualifications to tell us how to live our lives and what to think? Is it because they have transcended their own selfishness and become ‘global’ brands? (They’ve disappeared up their own arses and come out the other side, like a gurner in a horse collar.) Or is it because we all love a liberal nonconformist, an anti-establishment provocateur, a court jester on a short leash?

I feel that there’s a dichotomy between how celebrities like: Lily Allen, Russell Brand, Charlotte Church, Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard (to name the bloody obvious, but there are many more), live their lives and how they expect us to (and how we are able to) live ours.

BTW, I’ve never been asked for a Michael Fabricant ;)

What does SS18 and AW18 stand for?

Session Hairstylist: Ian (me). Photographer: Chris Roberts. Hard at work light-testing 01:10:1981.
Me taken by photographer Chris Roberts. Light-testing 01:10:1981 – SS82 season!

What does the SS and AW in SS18 and AW18 stand for within the world of fashion?

Answer: SS18 stands for the Spring Summer fashion season in the year 2018. The AW18 stands for the Autumn Winter season in 2018! The SS18 shows are held in the Autumn of 2017, and the AW18 shows are in the Feb/March of 2018

There are also two popular hashtags to be found on Twitter (and other social networks): #ss18 and #aw18 – they will be busy at the time of the shows, UK busy time is London Fashion Week (AW17) – Thursday 16th – Tuesday 21st February 2017. London Fashion Week (SS18) 15th – 19th September 2017.

And of course you can follow #ss18 on Instagram and Facebook!

The British Fashion Council and the London Fashion Week Site are always a good places to keep up with events and for the links to the latest and live London Fashion Week news – Also see/follow: #LFW.

My fashion and hairstyle predictions are more general and not really seasonal! See my SS18 and AW18 fashion predictions: Fashion Trends & Hair Styles – Predictions – New and Old and my most recent at time of writing. I usually post my latest trends and fashion predictions in December, however, yeah, I’m usually late!

So, there you are SS18 and AW18 equals the fashion seasons: Spring Summer 2018, and Autumn Winter 2018!

Tuppenny Blue Butterfly

Tuppenny Blue Butterfly

Tuppenny Blue Butterfly, A Portrait of Şükran Moral – Ian Robson 2015

In June 2015 I posted the blog: Turkish Contemporary Artist Sukran Moral, in it I said. “My next sculpture will be a portrait of the artist Şükran Moral.”

What is the Tuppenny Blue Butterfly?

When I was twelve I collected stamps and butterflies, as did my friends. But there was one stamp that eluded me and one butterfly that fascinated me. Strangely and what was so mindbogglingly stupid, I muddled them up. It didn’t matter which one I was thinking about, the other was there in my mind too. The Tuppenny Blue stamp and the Blue Butterfly had morphed into one very rare object.

Tuppenny BlueThe Two Penny Blue or Tuppenny Blue. The world’s second official postage stamp 1840.

Blue ButterflyThe rare Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly. It’s small, the wingspan is about 30mm.

Oddly, as soon as I had thought that I’d make a portrait of Şükran Moral, an image of the Tuppenny Blue Butterfly mounted on the cross came to mind.

Symbolically, I’ve no idea what the Tuppenny Blue Butterfly mounted on the cross means? Maybe: transition, elegance, vulnerability, preciousness, sensuality and soulfulness?

This mini sculpture was made with love; created from a Turkish stamp, sent to me by my wife in 1997, the year we married. I have given the Tuppenny Blue Butterfly artwork to her.

Has the Turkish rebellion, that never was, produced a Silent Generation?

After reading the Turkish author Elif Shafak’s The Silencing of Writers in Turkey (The New Yorker 10 December 2016), I was hit by a tidal wave of indifference – Not because of Shafak’s article, but because of my growing frustration with Journalists! Who gives a flying fuck about the bloody journalists, especially the tabloid scumbags, lock’em all up; I’m sick of hearing about kim kardashian’s oily arse and celebs’ nip slips, underboobs and toned beach bodies!

I was surprised however that Shafak opened her article by quoting the writer Arthur Koestler, “If power corrupts, the reverse is also true: persecution corrupts the victim, though perhaps in subtler and more tragic ways,” mainly because Koestler was a corrupt, misogynistic, predatorial git who, allegedly, sexually assaulted Jill Craigie and many other women. Craigie was partly responsible for the removal of Koestler’s bust from Edinburgh University in 1998.

Having got that off of my chest, I’ve got to say that Elif Shafak writes a very good article.

Aslı Erdoğan

Aslı Erdoğan (no relation to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) is a prize-winning Turkish writer and human rights activist. Imprisoned August 2016, released on probation 29 December 2016 – image courtesy Muhsin Akgun [awaiting reply]

Turkey is now the World Leader for imprisoned journalists. Aslı Erdoğan was just one of approximately 140 Turkish journalists who are said to be in prison as of 1st December 2016. However, following on from Shafak’s Koestler quote, that number (140) pales into insignificance compared to the ticking time bomb that is strapped to the back of the elephant in the room, which is: the Islamification and dumbing down of Turkey’s education system, which in the future, WILL subjugate and imprison millions of Turkish people in ignorance and fear.

Freedom of speech isn’t just for the Turkish Journos and MSM

The Iconic Lady in Red Taksim Square Gezi Park 2013 Protests

The Iconic “Lady in Red” Taksim Square, Gezi Park Protests 2013

We could all see this coming though, couldn’t we? It is now about three years since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey and head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), got away with calling the Gezi Park protesters[1] ayyaş (alcoholics) and çapulcu[2]. What has happened to those protesters today (February 2017)? Did they run out of steam, get disillusioned or were they suppressed? Ordinary people must have the right to express their feelings, without being called alcoholics and looters and worse, water cannoned and tear gassed – freedom of speech isn’t just for the Journos and mainstream media. Freedom of speech is for The People.

I believe the people of Turkey are being suppressed and brainwashed and it’s producing a silent and ignorant generation. And BTW Journalists are not Terrorists!

Notes

  1. The Gezi Park protests (27 May 2013 – 20 August 2013) were about: freedom of the press, of expression, right to assembly, the government’s encroachment on Turkey’s secularism, environmental issues, and government corruption. The protests spread throughout Turkey.
  2. Çapulcu [Eng pron. chapulju] is a looter, a pillager and a plunderer! The then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used the term to describe the 2013 Gezi Park protesters. The Turkish protesters adopted the term, verbified it (Chapulling) and changed it’s meaning to “fight for your rights.” A chapulcu is a protester!