7. Interesting Facts About Churchill (Painter)

7. Painting

Churchill_1365468cChurchill earned his living as a writer, but what is less well-known is that he was also a prolific painter, creating almost 600 pieces of art during his lifetime. He found it a great de-stresser, took lessons, befriended some famous painters, and took his painting very seriously. Sarah Thomas, of Sotheby’s told the BBC that he took up painting very late as he “found relief from all the pressures of his work in his painting.”

In December 2006, his painting View of Tinherir, 1951, sold at auction for £612,800. Yet according to Thomas, his paintings varied in quality and some are “pretty poor and amateur and full of splodges.” That is of little consequence, as they are significant in terms of his historicity and fame. Who wouldn’t pay highly for a genuine “Churchill.”

He eventually became quite accomplished after extensive practice with his characteristic dogged perseverance, and will to grow and excel.

Hi son Randolph, reading.

His son Randolph, reading.

These two earlier posts on the respective art of Hitler vs Churchill is interesting.

6. Interesting Facts About Churchill (Boer-ing)
5. Interesting Facts About Churchill (Speech Impediment)
4. Interesting Facts About Churchill (American)
3. Interesting Facts About Churchill (Writer)
2. Interesting Facts About Churchill (TIME)
  1. 1. Interesting Facts About Churchill (Cigar)
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Cartoon of the Day (Where Race ain’t Black or White)

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And…ALIENS!

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Vomit on a Plane (Exclusive Video)

A NZ media headline this week intimating something like an Ebola scare on an Air New Zealand plane, later changed online to “Novorius fears on AirNZ plane.

So, a kid has the flu and vomits.  How is this news?

“AirNZ is ‘extremely disappointed’ with a vomiting passenger who grounded a plane for an hour at Christchurch Airport after telling flight attendants they had a suspected case of norovirus…The airline’s medical boss said the passenger and their group showed “a complete lack of concern” for their fellow travellers by flying while ill.

“A 40-strong tour party from the United States was aboard Air New Zealand flight NZ5374 en route to Rotorua from Queenstown this morning.

Ah, so it was AMERICA!  Lots of Ebola there, oh, no, that’s Liberia.

“The flight stopped over in Christchurch about 9.20am…The journey had been bumpy and one person in the tour group had vomited, passenger Charles Finny said…In a conversation with a flight attendant who was cleaning up the vomit, the passenger mentioned a virus had been going around the tour group and a Dunedin doctor had suggested the passenger had norovirus, Finny said.”

I have obtained this exclusive video of the incident, which includes what the passengers got up to while waiting during the delay.

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7Best (Churchill & Bulldogs. 4/7)

i.chzbgrOnce the bulldog association became fixed to Churchill, then bulldogs appeared, visited, and were rolled in to the campaign trail, to reinforce the simile. Churchill actually preferred the Lion simile, also representative of the British Empire.  In private life, the Churchill’s were repleat with animal nicknames.  He was “Pug” and later “Pig” and his wife Clemetine “Cat.”  Their daughter actually owned a little pug, and when it got sick, Churchill penned this little ditty, “doggerel.”

Oh, what is the matter with poor Puggy-Wug?
Pet him and kiss him and give him a hug.
Run and fetch him a suitable drug. 
Wrap him up tenderly all in a rug.
That is the way to cure Puggy-Wug.

7Best (Churchill & Bulldogs. 3/7),

7Best (Churchill & Bulldogs. 2/7)

7Best (Churchill & Bulldogs. 1/7)

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Signs of Our Times (2014 Election by Hoarding. 30/30).

Final.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this series of how the public have responded and interacted with hopeful politicians on the 2014 campaign trail through their hoardings.  A snap-shot of NZ history and the inter-change between public officials and the public.

terminator-billboard-national-nz-election-2014There is an art form to witty and poignant defacing of public electioneering signs (hoardings).  It’s part of the dance twirled by the public and their hopeful political candidates. 2014 was hall-marked by wanton destruction and idiotic factional trashing of opponents’ hoardings (actually a crime) perpetrated principally by the “principled” (yeah right) Green party.  Several of their supporters were prosecuted in court. However, there was some more creative work. Here then for October, a series of witty and poignant hoarding graffitti and defacings by punters during the September 2014 New Zealand election campaign.
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Meanwhile at TradeMe (#6). 1 Dead Pheasant.

It’s not dead, it’s just stunned! Screen shot 2014-10-29 at 9.11.20 PM
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7Best (Churchill & Bulldogs. 3/7)

$_57The image of a bulldog became cemented with Churchill through: cartoonists’ allusions of the time with politicians as dogs; with John Bull the personification of Britain with his butcher’s bulldog; and a book.

This 1942 London cartoon of August 26 portrays Churchill as a flying bulldog.  Having stood firm (and won the Battle of Britain two years earlier) the bulldog has now spring wings and dominates the sky.  The war is being carried back across the Channel to heartland Germany, with the Thousand Bomber Raid for example (of August).  He seems to be flying in to North Africa, so perhaps it refers to the resupply of Malta or Operation Torch, the British-American invasion of Vichy French North Africa (a prelude to D-Day).

Politically I suspect it refers more directly to Churchill’s floating interference in the Middle East command. He flew there, frustrated, and sacked several generals; Auchinleck with Alexander for example.  Monty was also appointed in August, so this pictures Churchill’s determination to get Africa sorted to defeat Rommel and hold the Suez Canal, vital to the failing British Empire.

7Best (Churchill & Bulldogs. 2/7)

7Best (Churchill & Bulldogs. 1/7)

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Signs of Our Times (2014 Election by Hoarding. 29/30).

Ex-ter-mi-nate high taxes?

Ex-ter-mi-nate high taxes?

The last few hoardings to round out this series of 30 in October, are all National examples, seeing as they won the lion’s share of the party vote to form the government of the 51st parliament on 20 Sept.
There is an art form to witty and poignant defacing of public electioneering signs (hoardings).  It’s part of the dance twirled by the public and their hopeful political candidates. 2014 was hall-marked by wanton destruction and idiotic factional trashing of opponents’ hoardings (actually a crime) perpetrated principally by the “principled” (yeah right) Green party.  Several of their supporters were prosecuted in court. However, there was some more creative work. Here then for October, a series of witty and poignant hoarding graffitti and defacings by punters during the September 2014 New Zealand election campaign.
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Quote of the Day (Fascism)

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