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By the very marvellous Little Feat

If any proof were needed of their incandescent genius, then this show would stomp all over your doubts…




A pigs’ bladder, a cabbage, a market.

HT @val_littlewood for introducing me to this piece, “The Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam“, by Bartholomeus van der Helst

It’s now my current favourite after we saw it in its full glory at The Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam recently.

Cold streets, hot metal in Amsterdam

Eurostar-ed to Amsterdam with @val_littlewood to meet up with Thomas Gravemaker at LetterPress Amsterdam; to spend 5 working days turning the lino-cuts — that Val had painstakingly designed, cut and checked (oh, and my words of course) — into ink on paper.

Here’s the intrepid artist, hard at work and being filmed (unbeknownst to her and I) by Thomas. Excuse the off-camera comments from yours truly; I’m asking questions, not guiding.

The press is a Vandercook and the paper is Zerkall.

The main printing complete, the book is now waiting for the end papers to be designed and printed and then Val moves onto the work of binding it all together. So, not much to do now (joking).

There’s more shots here of the work involved.

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“Dance! Tsukiji Wonderland! Ha, ha, dance!”

Looks like we may have managed to blag — for later this year — one of the last, early morning, visits to the fish auctions…

…as the old Tsukiji market moves to a new location in early October and we’re there in the last 2 weeks of its life on the old site — one where it’s been located since 1935 — I couldn’t be happier.

Although, I’m not sure that the sellers, who fought for a long time against this enforced move, are so impressed; the new site seems to be a bit of a toxic hell-hole.

Breakfast looks great…

Can’t wait.

And the post title?

This DVD — that I could only find via eBay Japan — is a great 2 hours on the history and commerce of this huge, exciting place, still the largest fish market in the world.

Vegetarian doesn’t mean no blood…

Eating only plants? Or reducing the amount of meat you consume? That’s good. I’m all for it. Seriously. The very fine Richard H Turner is all in favour as well.

But it’s not without a cost to other animals… Read more on that here.