Hello again all you Jammy Toasters. That seems to be a new generic name for people who read our blog and I have to admit I quite like it. I don’t mind being referred to as a Toaster, I even think it is quite funny. It may have been Lestly who started it off, I can’t quite remember. Anyway, I would just like to offer my apologies for the gap between my posts. When I checked, I noticed it has been over twelve months since I last posted something art related, so maybe I am not a Toaster anymore after all. In reality I have been doing other things but I just don’t seem to get the chance. Other people are more loud and vociferous than I am and so they get there first. I am only writing this now because Davidd came and asked me. However, I will try my best to post things more often.
A bit of a daft one, today. We were all sitting around Jammy Toast last night watching the news when an item came on which caught our attention. It featured the story of one of Pablo Picasso’s best-known portraits being sold at auction in New York for £35m. Seated Woman in Blue Dress features a portrait of one of Picasso’s many lovers, Dora Maar. The picture has a long history including, during World War Two, the Nazis seized the painting but were intercepted on their way from Paris to Moravia by French Resistance fighters.
Jammy Toast’s friend Banksy has finely shown everyone his thoughts on Brexit. His latest work shows a workman removing a star from the EU flag and is situated near Dover’s ferry terminal. The mysterious artist is known for his political pieces. His latest comes as the UK heads towards a general election and prepares to leave the EU. While some discredit the work as being “too obvious” others focussed on the subtle cracks, not the chiselling. Here at Jammy Toast we just love it!
Hello everyone, my name is Egginanoo Bear and I have not posted anything here on Jammy Toast for ages. I love art and usually do drawings and even have a gallery of my work here on Jammy Toast put just lately I seem to have been side-lined. I have said before that I think that the only reason I have my gallery is so they can post something on the days they can’t think of anything to write about. This has kind of backfired on me because they have been very busy posting things and there is no place for ‘writer’s block’ here at Jammy Toast – they are a very creative bunch.
If you check the Bear Music page you will notice a song from John Cooper Clarke entitled “Beasley Street” based on life in Salford. When we originally featured the song on the old Jammy Toast site we featured a picture by the late, great Shirley Baker to accompany it. At the time we were asked if the photograph was of Beasley Street and we had to admit it was not. We are not sure where the photograph was taken other than it was taken by Shirley Baker who, like John Cooper Clarke, comes from Salford and took photographs of Salford and Manchester during the slum clearance programme of the 1960s. I always think her photographs go so well with John’s poems because they are more or less telling the same story.
Here at Jammy Toast we are great fans of Graffiti Artist Banksy while we also love Hip Hop group Massive Attack – now it appears they may be one and the same person. Or, more accurately, it is being proclaimed that Banksy may in fact be Massive Attack founding member Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja or at least he is leading a group of people producing Banksy artworks. Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, the founding member of the Bristol based band, has been accused of being the guerrilla graffiti star because art keeps appearing near their gigs. Investigative journalist Craig Williams has started the claims that the artist could be Mr Del Naja.
Jammy Toast’s favourite street artist, Banksy, has left a half-term surprise “present” on the walls of a Bristol primary school. The elusive artist composed the mural at Bridge Farm Primary after it recently named a school house after him. It was discovered as teachers returned from the half-term break along with a letter saying “it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission”. A spokesman for Banksy has confirmed that the artwork is genuine.
If you venture around the back of James Street Railway Station you will come across the craziest sculpture you could ever wish to meet. I can roughly remember it being built in the 1960s and I have to confess to being a big fan of the “Tipping Buckets”. However, others were not so keen and likened the noise they made to that of a lavatory flushing. Years later they have become one of the marvels of Liverpool. It often amuses me how Liverpool people hate new things being thrust on them, for example the Superlambanana; it was despised when it was purchased by Liverpool City Council and then there were nearly riots in the streets when the same council decided to return it to the Japanese artist who created it.
Hello everyone, my name is Egginanoo Bear and I have been selected to contribute to Jammy Toast. Edward has said I can have my own regular posts to feature my artwork. Personally, I think he just couldn’t be bothered finding anything to write about every day and so decided he needed a scape goat, but I am still pleased about it. I love drawing and it really was great when I used to draw for the old Jammy Toast when many people would say such nice things about my work. It does get difficult though, because once everyone compliments my drawings then I have to try even harder next time to produce even better drawings.
That many people tried to buy tickets for the first day of the Banksy show in Weston-Super-Mare that the website crashed. In fact, thousands struggled to buy tickets online for the first day which was supposed to be a “locals only” day. “Dismaland”, a dark theme park, will run for five weeks at the seaside resort as we told you yesterday. A thousand people received free tickets, but as the remaining tickets went on general sale, the website crashed trying to cope with demand. Banksy’s spokeswoman said the site had received more than six million hits by Friday.