BATTLE OF BRITAIN DAY

However politically incorrect it may be to some, I like many others have felt super proud and thankful today of Britain and her allies triumph during the infamous Battle of Britain. I’m also feeling very proud of Elva and her artistic legacy. 80 years is a long time and I have seen many comments on social media saying, “enough already” “stop celebrating war” “the Germans don’t boast about their kills so why do the allied nations?” It’s simple in my view and it isn’t about celebrating kills, or war, or anything of the sort.  It’s about celebrating the underdog, and Britain’s stoic refusal...

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Vegetarian Movers and Shakers

For the food trendy among us, Veganuary is in full swing and again my fathers’ fond assertions of Elva being ‘before her time’ have loomed large in my mind.

It might be fashionable now, but the vegans and vegetarians of yesteryear were relentlessly ridiculed, and to tweak a favourite phrase of mine, largely considered to be ‘off their rockers’.

Time has marched on though, and the ideas pioneered by the weirdos of the past have gathered so much momentum, that today, it almost feels as though it is the meat eaters among us who are the oddities as we stubbornly resist the growing trend to go veggie or full vegan.

Naturally, with Elva having been a staunch vegetarian I have been experimenting at home with varying degrees of success and disaster, but as fun and absorbing as these

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Rosemary & Time (tick – tock)

One of the many privileges I have experienced through chasing my great aunts story was meeting 88 year old, Dr Rosemary Hill. It was a few weeks ago now but with "time" being the elusive creature it is, it has taken me until now to write about her. As a friend and mews of Elva, Rosemary delighted me with some of her stories and Elva anecdotes and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with her. What intrigued me most however is that with my father having been resting peacefully for some years now, Rosemary has unwittingly provided me with a much needed bridge...

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My New Favourite

Until recently, my favourite Elva painting was 'Japanese Monument' which has hung in my home for many years now. Happily however, having learned of my chase, I was contacted by a gentleman called Nicholas, who for thirty-four years has been the custodian of a painting previously unknown to me of Sitges, in Spain.   In his younger days, Nicholas ran a Fine Art & Antiques Transport business and secured himself a contract to deliver items for auction into and out of Lots Road Galleries in London.  So it was that in 1984, he arrived at 107 Brighton Road to meet my father to...

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Oct 04 2018

NATIONAL SCARF DAY

Well I certainly never expected to be printing a scarf in my Elva chase but it is mini projects like this that make the overall chase such fun; I never know quite what I’ll be doing or investigating next.  All it takes is a flick through Elva’s paperwork and something I might have previously dismissed as irrelevant suddenly leaps out as an opportunity. This week it happened the other way around.  Knowing that Elva’s birthday is at the end of the month, I began researching the date for a birthday inspired post.  Nothing grabbed my attention, but I did happen to...

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