(Buslingthorpe Lane LS7 & Headingley April 2015)

(i thought you might also like to see where some of the source images came from)


Another page from the dummy copy of my masterwork 'How to explain pictures to an angry bird', which deals with animal archetypes in popular entertainment as well as their parallels in so-named high art. Support for its publication was unfortunately withdrawn with the termination of my brief tenure as senior lecturer in Cultural Studies at Brentwood College of Social Science. However, the need to spread the word as to the performance art genius of Rod Hull in particular continues, and I have submitted the chapter from which this excerpt is taken for consideration in the Stafford Rangers matchday programme for their forthcoming fixture with Spalding United.


After a very positive conversation today with my agent, I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of my latest work 'Pumping Aluminium: the semiotics of gym and leisure centre architecture in contemporary Britain', a collection of critical essays on the subject. I have chosen a somewhat novel medium for the distribution of the book - it will be tattooed in its entirety onto the skin of a bodybuilder who will then embark upon a lecture tour of sorts of the country, allowing audiences to read the text sequentially as he strikes a series of poses more commonly associated with the display of muscle development in bodybuilding contests. One thing to be sure of is that by the time he's finished his routine there won't be much you don't know about the aluminium curtain walling of Hengrove Park Leisure Centre in Bristol, the focus of much of the writing. Dates and venues to be announced as bookings are made:

April 14 - Brentwood College of Social Science

April 17 - Thornton Working Men's Club, Bradford

June 6 - Mercure Hotel Wetherby, Conference Room 5 (full buffet available)

June 20 - Stafford Rangers FC hospitality suite (with guest speaker Martin Roberts, from TVs 'Homes Under The Hammer')