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The fence – part two.


My last post was about sitting on the fence. I came off the fence to vote but now I’ve got back on it again. I’m waiting pessimistically for the outcome. If anyone asks my opinion in the context of small talk I am more likely than not to say that I’d rather not discuss controversial subjects ie. religion & politics in confined spaces – it’s so embarrassing if someone takes offence. Generally speaking, I find people only want to hear the answer that suits their cloistered mentality.

One last thing, at the bottom of the posts you might like to click on ‘What is outsider art?’ I see myself in the contents of this documentary, but maybe in the less extreme. I certainly understand now what Roger Cardinal said to me when, by chance, he saw my garden & called on me. Among other things he said ‘I’m glad, Richard, you didn’t go to an art school.’ I guess the fact is all of us just have to be who we are, social custom excepted, as a rule, & leave the pretence of being what we’re not to the acting profession. Now, there’s another subject matter – the science & techniques of acting. The thing that bothers me in my vulnerable moments is that there are those out there in the world who, by nature or training, come over as deceivers. I have my own theories as to who is the director of these monsters who are all around.

Current comment of an outsider.

The E.U. is not an island,
We are.
You can take Britain out of the E.U.
But you can’t take the E.U. out of Britain.
(Yes, I know, not original.)
Where do I stand?
I don’t.
I sit on the fence.
And there I’ll remain,
Until it collapses under the weight of others,
And then?
I shall crawl away and build another fence,
And then paint it.
(Search the archive for the painted fence.)

And one more thing,
As the detective ‘Columbo’ would say,
 What of Scotland’s proposed independence?
My take on it is that
The Scottish psyche is pragmatic,
And the decision they take, I’m sure
Will not be influenced by a career politician’s ego
Or vanity.
And I wonder what did happen to Columbo’s car
And raincoat.

And once again, I’ve lost my focus. 


Any explanation is not entirely correct.

To have a round robin mind is a curse to any absolutist. When objections come from one’s own head to any positive thought or sincerely held belief it is no wonder that I want to avoid company.

R. de L. 

Old man, young man  Click here to listen to the song.








The term “outsider art” was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for “art brut” (French: raw art or rough art),a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outsides of the established art scene such as insane asylum inmates and children.

While Dubuffet’s term is quite specific, the English term “outsider art” is often applied more broadly to include certain self taught or “Naive art” makers who were never institutionalised.Typically, those labelled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions.In many cases their work is only discovered after their deaths. Often outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.