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WHO I AM

A life-long love of dogs, bikes and
planes. A newly-evolving digital
artist. An academic who loves teaching but resists the neoliberal university and will soon retire, to ride across the US on a motorcycle for three months and fly vintage jet fighters

I'm an academic hobby-artist. I like to make images in Photoshop that use metaphors or abstraction to get the brain engaged and active. The images are sometimes derivative; I'm not as creative in that way. But they are accessible and used daily in my teaching and I share all my work for free with other academics

GALLERY

MAGPAS charity event 2021/22
MAGPAS charity event 2021/22
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Arriving Land's End, 21.12.21 at sun-down
Arriving Land's End, 21.12.21 at sun-down
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Cockpit of MAGPAS chopper, lit up
Cockpit of MAGPAS chopper, lit up
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Handing over the cheque
Handing over the cheque
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Biblical Sky
Biblical Sky

Just passed overhead. I'm damn glad I'm atheist, 'coz it looks like some poor sinner is about to get his ass handed to him all the way to Dante's worst circle 😉

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Georgie's Xmas Cake.
Georgie's Xmas Cake.

Best cake ever. Period.

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Universal misogyny
Universal misogyny
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At Land's End: mission accomplished
At Land's End: mission accomplished
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Jaguar Cat on bonnet
Jaguar Cat on bonnet
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ASBO Land's End run
ASBO Land's End run
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ME109 Eiffel Tower 2022 copy
ME109 Eiffel Tower 2022 copy
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Land's End. Poor buggers so cold...
Land's End. Poor buggers so cold...
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My belov'd and me
My belov'd and me
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Terry Bike Penzance 1 copy
Terry Bike Penzance 1 copy
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Official picket 1 copy
Official picket 1 copy
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doubt and trust
doubt and trust
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Triumph nose Penzance copy
Triumph nose Penzance copy
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By the bus 1 copy
By the bus 1 copy
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smoking skull head copy a
smoking skull head copy a
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sara and snowie in Wales
sara and snowie in Wales
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University of the Year 1 copy
University of the Year 1 copy
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Dolly dog eared small
Dolly dog eared small
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Students and cakes 2
Students and cakes 2
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Cake 2 cinematic 2
Cake 2 cinematic 2
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Trump
Trump

Trump, misogyny and the American constitution

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Racism iceberg blog
Racism iceberg blog
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Dolly 1 copy
Dolly 1 copy
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Industrial farming, Texas 2015
Industrial farming, Texas 2015
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Introspection
Introspection
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Road swimmer
Road swimmer

Just fun whilst I was learning

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Non-communication
Non-communication
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Aerobatic flight 28.7.21
Aerobatic flight 28.7.21

Aerobatic flight 28.7.21.

Go to link
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Beautiful belov'd
Beautiful belov'd
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XK8 low poly art copy
XK8 low poly art copy
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Bader statue at Goodwood
Bader statue at Goodwood
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McLachlan Hurricane pilot
McLachlan Hurricane pilot
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bridge Pugent
bridge Pugent
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Cambodian boy snake
Cambodian boy snake

Taken in the 'Minefield Bar', Siem Reap, 1993. Motto: 'It'll only cost you and arm and a leg'

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side portrait black and white amplifed eye colour
side portrait black and white amplifed eye colour
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DB11 Aston martin
DB11 Aston martin
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Hilltribe boy smoking
Hilltribe boy smoking
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Human evolution microscope
Human evolution microscope
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flower 1
flower 1
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Georgie best shot
Georgie best shot
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Giraffe ironing
Giraffe ironing

Technical exercise rather than social statement.

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Misrepresentation
Misrepresentation

This one started because I wanted to visualize 'misrepresentation'. I don't know how well it does that but I'm really chuffed with the artwork

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Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence

Metaphor for domestic violence and how it is sometimes the case that the most damaging harms are not physical, but structural: psychological, emotional, controlling behaviours designed to cripple autonomy and self-respect

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Metaphor 'Death By PowerPoint'
Metaphor 'Death By PowerPoint'
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Georgie bokeh portrait
Georgie bokeh portrait
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Dolly 2 copy
Dolly 2 copy
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TRIBUTES

NORMAN ROSE

Squadron Leader Norman Rose was the Boss of my local Air Experience Flight at RAF Woodvale in the mid-to-late 1970's. He led a a crew of World War Two RAF pilots, some of whom had flown Spitfires, Hurricanes and Typhoons, others  Mosquitos, Lancasters and Stirlings, all of whom we revered as living Gods. In my world of domestic child violence, there was no place safer than a vintage airplane over a freezing sea with a geriatric RAF pilot. Those pilots volunteered their time to fly air cadets in Chipmunks at weekends, and this needed Staff Cadets (me and a dozen or so others trained to rotate kids through aircraft flights at lovely RAF Woodvale). It was the only place my stepfather couldn't reach me and I revelled in every second of it. I still have my logbook, almost half a century on. Noman Rose, The Boss, took me under his wing, knew about my criminal record, got me on special flights, paid me to take care of his garden when I was unemployed and did pretty much everything a real father would do. He also gave me the reference that got me into University and which changed my life after years of stagnation and drinking. I rewarded his faith in me by getting a PhD 8 years later

STEPHEN RILEY

Stephen Riley was the second father figure provided by the universe, presumably to say sorry for its first effort. Norman got me to Stephen, as if they'd somehow known how I could best be helped and
developed. Stephen became my tutor of choice as an undergraduate. He was much loved by all of us, with wonderful idiosyncrasies I treasure today. He fuelled my focus on structural injustice -injustice caused by rules we unthinkingly follow - and then agreed to supervise a PhD. I was his greatest challenge - still a late blossomer. Had he not died in 1998, I think he would have been rightly pleased with what I have become intellectually. He laid all the groundwork by asking all the right questions and being such a well-travelled scholar. I am forever indebted to his wisdom and patience. His legacy echoes loudly in my teaching and research.

RITA ROBERTS

Mum and me.jpg

Mum was killed age 41 by cervical cancer. I barely knew her before she seared herself in my psyche by dying and leaving everything unanswered. I was too young to have asked her about her life before me and she wouldn't have engaged with me in such loving dialogues anyway. She never told me who my real father was. She protected the man who abused me in the house. She knew no better or, if she did, she could be no better. There was no love in the house I was razed in, and I've learned that this is one of the greatest inhibitors of adult emotional development. If she tried, it wasn't hard enough. I understand why she was the way she was. There's nothing to forgive.  I hope she's at peace.

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