Thursday 16th February 2017


I called to see Alex starting work on The Clearing..I was shocked to see stacks and piles of new wood…I thought it was a vision of after the apocalypse? Stacks of new wood I guess would be available? But I thought it was an Eco vision also? Alex said that reclaimed wood was more expensive than new wood due to the Shabby Chic Explosion…

The Clearing is a vision of the future in the grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park. We’re building a living, breathing encampment, in the shadow of the former stately home, where people can come together to learn how to live in the world that’s coming our way. From March to December 2017, The Clearing will become part school, part shelter and part folly. In the middle of The Clearing is a geodesic dome. Inside the dome, a series of workshops will teach you the skills you’ll need once the sea levels rise and the global economy collapses. Outside of these workshops, a series of caretakers will occupy the dome, to chop wood, feed the chickens, and keep the vision alive. The Clearing is a collaborative artwork by Alex Hartley and Tom James. Is it serious? Do we mean it? Is it sad? Is it happy? We’ll find out as the year goes on.

Alex Hartley (born 1963) is a British artist whose work addresses complicated and sometimes contradictory attitudes toward built environments and landscapes.

Hartley’s artwork was exhibited in Charles Saatchi’s groundbreaking Sensation (exhibition). He has exhibited and is collected widely throughout Europe, Japan and America. He is represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery in London.



Sunday 5 November

Are human rights an aberration? A historical blip? Does the end of fossil fuels mean the return of slavery? How can we maintain equality of women and minorities if society returns to something nastier, shorter and more brutish?

This workshop will explore how to set up small-scale democracies. We’ll talk about where they’ve existed (from Occupy to the Paris Commune), practical tips for defending them, how to set them up, and where they normally fall down. We’ll end with a bonfire, to celebrate the continued survival of British democracy, and burn some home-made guys.

Spoiler: we don’t know if this workshop will work.

DATE: Sunday 5th November 2017.
BRING: Stout footwear, some food to share.
TICKETS: Workshops cost £10 per adult, and £5 per child/concessions. This includes admission to the grounds. Tickets will be available from the 18th February 2017.
NOTE: Workshops are subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Some new found pictures of MM ..sweet. On the internet they were saying MM could be pregnant in these pictures..Not sure I believe this I just think that the slight tummy on these pictures is really sexy..o gosh now I am being a typical sexist male..


Gent 1 Spurs 0

We’re still yet to win a game in Belgium after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at KAA Gent in the first leg of our Europa League round of 32 tie on Thursday. Jeremy Perbet’s second-half strike against the run of play gave his manager, Hein Vanhaezebrouck, the perfect birthday present and left us with work to do in the second leg at Wembley next week.


Harry Kane had struck the outside of the post shortly before Gent’s opener as we pushed forward in numbers at the start of the second period following a first half devoid of chances at either end. But Perbet’s goal gave Gent, mid-table in the Belgian league, the momentum and they looked most likely to add to the scoreline in the latter stages.

Indeed, it needed a flying save from Hugo Lloris to tip Danijel Milicevic’s shot onto the post with just under a quarter-of-an-hour left. With no way through for us and no away goal, we’ve a tough challenge ahead of us back in London next week to reach the last 16.



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