Everyone just joins in and it turns into a jolly nice discussion.
Philosophy for All Saturday seminars @Bishopsgateinst.
The topics are really great.
They do other things and the place does other things.
And it feels all wonderfully clever and londony and it makes you want to read and Google things.


Martin x


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A treasure hunt amongst the old treasures.

Grayson Perry, Who are you? At the National Portrait Gallery.

Some words:

The queen, posh and becks, chris huhne, cheddar, some bloke off the xfactor, a hijab, the archers, the class divide, transexuality, war, vases.


margaret thatcher, earls, arthur scargill, ladies, princess Diana, kings, prince Charles, queens.

Go. It’s free, all that.





Yesterday I managed to frighten one old lady and please another.


First we went for sushi.
Next we went on the the Fukutoshin Line from Shinjuku-sanchome to Meiji-jingumae.
Then we walked to the Meji shrine.
When we got there we washed our hands from cups on long sticks. After that we listened to a gong ceremony before making a votive to plaque to wish you all a happy life.
Alyssa gave me a poem.
The next place we went to was called Roppongi.
I don’t know if you know art but there is a big spider statue called
that was made by a lady called Louise Bourgeoise.
It is good.
Then you go up a big tower.
After a while you get to an art gallery on the 52nd floor.
In the art gallery is the best ever exhibition…


Lee Mingwei @Mori Art Museum. All about relationships.
We like art @thedogwhatblogs.
Apart from Alyssa and you lot it’s right up there on the list of best things.
And this was like the best art… Ever.

Yesterday I managed to frighten one old lady and please another.

…You see it was interactive.
But in a good way, not an annoying way.

1) Write a letter of forgiveness, apology or thanks to someone.
It could be you…

2) Open a parcel containing an item from the artists past.
This sounds rubbish but it wasn’t.

3) Have dinner with the artist.
No dogs.

4) Get your clothes mended by a nice lady.
I don’t wear clothes. I’m a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

5) Talk to other people there.
No thanks.

6) Be sung to.
Not you singing, Colin…. The pain.


(7 is the best).

7) Pick a flower and give it to a stranger.

Yesterday I managed to frighten one old lady and please another.


And this quote…

The artists first day at school…. A comforting sweater and some words that chimed for Colin.

“Just think of the fact that you are wearing something that Mom made for you, as if I were hugging you in my arms.”

Susan says to Colin when he goes to school, into the day, into the world in the mornings…

To imagine her arms are round him.

Touched a nerve.

So best art ever.

Now there’s a person who deserves a thousand thanks and apologies.


Martin xx


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Supermarket shrine
Where your walking is doing
Video game life.

Easy to lose you.
Twisting roads, no signs, no names
But here I found you.


Martin xx


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Like a million Canary Wharfs packed together.
A million Times Squares/Piccadilly Circuses
Like a billion rush hours
Roads like roller coasters
Crossings like swarming hives
Like the biggest and best sushi.
Like pretending you’re Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson in the Lost in Translation bar.
52 floors up.
(But better looking)
Like, so many, shrines
Like nothing else


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Hour 1: damp towel, bothering a tortoise, crossword, gin

Hour 2: nuts, the extraordinary cycle of wet and dry can begin again, twinges, beer

Hour 3: cheese, multiverses, wine, realising things don’t revolve around you, green tea

Hour 4: soreness, Audrey Hepburn, no Facebook, negotiating champagne, the mean reds

Hour 5: sleepish

Hour 6: sleepish

Hour 7: sweats, french,

Hour 8: french, turbulence

Hour 9: contemplation, birds eye view

Hour 10: Breakfast

Hour 11: Hooray


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The Turner Prize @tate

Some words: film, can’t remember, cuts, Berlin, AstroTurf, guards, regret, can’t remember, prints, ok, being rude, film, can’t remember

Opinion: Didn’t like that, that was ok, didn’t like that, didn’t like that


Then you can go on a boat.


Sigmar Polke @tate modern.

Some words: dots, naughtiness, a funnel, splodges, potatoes, dots, Victoriana, dots

Opinion: I like that, I like that, I like that, that’s less interesting


Martin x


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And now my daddy…

You can go to Glasgow. It’s good.

Some words…

@glasgowgoma museum of modern art.

Some words…

Ovals, cardboard churches, space sculptures and suckling from a spider…

One floor was shut.

Colin x



Guest blogger Alyssa Russo as I was running round fields and daddy was doing libdems…

Some words: Glasgow in decay, Glasgow not in decay, satyrs, fossils, Egyptian burial regimes, brown bears, Himalayan bears, wild boars, disembodied heads, OTs helping veterans, Scottish colourists v French colourists, Dutch ships, Dali and the dizzying heights of Christ




He was good wasn’t he?
Even when he was old.
Turner @tate.


I have to say I was taken, quite taken, with the white stormy ones… Like I was in a white storm.


16 pound though without membership.


Martin x