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Putting down roots. Pondering idioms


‘Drippin’ on my boots…………….tryin’ to paint me some roots’


Five weeks since the delivery of the boards and ask me to suggest a completion date, I’d still struggle to commit to one. Another week? Maybe. Perhaps two. Difficult to say. I’m not near the painting I have in my head yet but nonetheless today saw a significant move closer to it, with a large area of washed in colour being embellished with root texture.


Small changes make big differences, and steps up in appearance can be sudden. Little by little it’s taking shape. It’s all a matter of perseverance…………and playing games modifying lyrics from songs of the eighties.


‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs……………….then probably you’ve underestimated the seriousness of the situation!’

There are many areas of the painting still to resolve so another 9 hour studio session, but a welcome means of blotting out the perilous and serious plight of my beloved football team after another bad result on Tuesday evening. Spirits are low. The painting may have its problems, but together with many other long suffering supporters of WWFC I’m experiencing that feeling of déjà vu again.

It’s said that dogs often display characteristics of their owners, but perhaps a comparison can be made between supporters and their football clubs too. Although I missed their heady days of the ’50’s when WWFC were the strongest team in Europe, it’s an interesting coincidence that during my lifetime their fortunes have also been reflected in my circumstances. They’ve had their moderate successes, nothing particularly outstanding, but promising starts have more often fallen short rather than triumphed and there was a time when failure followed failure in such magnitude that the club almost disappeared completely. However when they’ve been knocked down, they’ve got up again. From adversity gradually they clawed their way back. To paraphrase the club maxim, out of darkness came light. Yet whenever the future has suggested signs of promise and possibilities, inevitably disappointment always seems to reappear.

Looks like it’s back to the drawing board for my boys and starting again, again. Another rebuild is required. It’s a funny old game – football. And life.

R2B22b   R2B22a


Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be, we’re going to Barns-sa-lee, Que Sera Sera’

A song from the Molineux terraces last season, and which becomes a reality tonight. It feels like a Cup Final too, which is a reflection of our dreadful position. A crunch match if ever there was one which could shape the rest of the season. Some might consider the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich as the biggest match of the evening but I beg to differ. Although Oakwell may not be the venue for Champions League action just as much is at stake, maybe more. Arsene is looking for something special to save his season, but so are we. A win would give us some breathing space above the Championship tear-off strip dotted line and a spring in our step, a loss would drop us right in it. Being one place below but with only a one point margin Barnsley have the opportunity to overtake us and go two points ahead, with a game in hand. It’s a perfect example of the much talked about ‘6 pointer’.

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Needless to say, my mind has wandered and concentration has been distracted but it’s been another day spent with birds, both inside the studio and listening to them singing happily outside it. Perhaps they’re trying to tell me something…………

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There were some obvious candidates for the tunes rolling around in my head today, I had such a rich source of material to choose from. It could have been Respighi’s ‘Birds’, ‘On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring’ by Delius, Vaughan Williams’ ‘A Lark Ascending’, Rossini’s ‘Thieving Magpie’, Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird Suite’ or anything from the ‘Catalogue d’oiseaux’ by Messiaen. However I had none of the above. I needed something much, much louder. Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ just didn’t do it. Instead it’s been ‘Freebird’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Learn to Fly’ by the Foo Fighters and ‘Fly Away’ by Lennie Kravitz. I needed loud. Very loud. So that I could drown out Una Paloma Blanca!!!

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……Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school…….’ (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII)

Whining? Creeping like snail? Unwillingly? To Fulbridge? Not likely!

R2B19a   R2B19b

Shining morning faces emerging……………………and to steal the words of Lennon and McCartney, the painting is starting to come together……………………right now……………………over me



I’m not a calligrapher or a signwriter, so I’m not finding the painting of letters the quickest of tasks but there’s a good reason for this. As far as this part of the composition is concerned, the line of typography will either work well or very badly, there is no in-between. Spacing, structure and consistency of the font therefore is critical for it to be a successful ingredient.


The same could be said however of the infant figures placed on each side. The easy option would have been not to include them. Both lettering and portraits are make or break elements. No pressure then.

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Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that’ – Bill Shankly


It’s said that when a football team wins at the weekend, their supporters trot off to work the next week with a spring in their step and productivity is increased. The Bruce Springsteen era at Molineux however has still to get into full swing, and a final minute equaliser to keep above the dotted line only on goal difference does little to lift the spirits. Nevertheless, following a 9 hour painting day on Friday, followed by another today, I’m refusing to let these dire circumstances distract me. After all, it’s not as if we haven’t been in this perilous position before and compared with the dark days of the ’80’s – this is small fry. I’ve just completed reading a book about WWFC – ‘The Boys from the Black Country’ by Mark Gold – and one chapter was headed ‘Wolverhampton Wanderers Can Seriously Damage Your Health’. I couldn’t agree more!

I may not have caught up with my backlog of correspondence today – but I’ve definitely been writing letters

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