Etsy is a great site, but I suspect for many people it is a place to buy crafts, not fine art or photography. In an attempt to remedy that misconception, along comes the Etsy Art Gallery, designed to showcase art sellers. I'm pleased to say I have been showcased on it - find me here.
From time to time I immerse myself in soc.history.what-if, a fascinating discussion group now archived at Google Groups, but originally on what I still think of as Usenet.
One of the all-time great threads was based on the unlikely Point of Departure (the point at which this alternative time line deviates from our own) that Gordon Banks played in the 1970 World Cup Quarter Final against Germany.
The Conservative victory in the 1970 election was far from inevitable.
The Tories entered the campaign trailing Labour in the opinion polls. Prime Minister Harold Wilson didn't need to call an election until April 1971, but he feared that the tide was turning away from the Labour Party and, with decimalisation happening in January 1971, delay would have left him without room for maneouvre. Despite warnings against going to the country in June 1970, not least because the election would fall in the middle of the football World Cup, in the end he insisted on the date of 17th June.
England entered the 1970 World Cup as defending champions and, if anything, with a stronger squad than in 1966. After meeting Brazil in the first round Pele famously said to Bobby Moore that he would see him again in the final. It was not to be. In the event England's goalkeeper Gordon Banks<"> was taken ill on the coach journey to their quarter-final <"> match against West Germany. Bankswas replaced by Peter Bonetti - but > to no avail. Bonetti dived over a lacklustre shot from Franz Beckenbauer and Seeler headed in a second goal while Bonetti was off his line.
Germany scored a third goal in extra time and England were out of the World Cup. Three days later Labour lost the general election. There have been various explanations for Labour's defeat. Wilson blamed the BBC, others blamed unexpectedly low balance of trade figures, others the knock-on effect of England's defeat - in the words of one cabinet minster "the bug in Banks tummy".
It could have been so different...
This was so entertaining that It really deserved to be published, so I am pleased to find that it has been archived here by the original author. Read it!
If you enjoy Gordon Banks, then you might also enjoy Thaxted, another 'what-if' based this time on the premise of a certain British female Prime Minister moving some 100 miles from Grantham to Thaxted as a young child and what the consequences might be. I won't spoil it, but Denis is displaced by a very unlikely challenger for the hand of the young Miss Roberts...
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These obvious tributes to Matisse's cutouts had a complex genesis.
I began making collagraph prints in the style of Matisse's cutouts. The plates were made using scraps and offcuts from various rejected monoprints. I liked the appearance of the plates, so decided to do some actual collage on a larger scale.
In these pieces the central yellow panel is an acrylic wash on watercolour paper prepared as the background for a linocut.
Image approx 9" by 8" on Fabriano watercolour paper 15" by 11".
Please note: the brown line on the bottom is an artefact of scanning caused by the paper flexing in the scanner. It isn't on the original.