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A children book with my illustrations is published online by http://www.majuscrit.fr/

In art, books, книги, мои рисунки, folk art, mixed media, my artworks, orange, painting, print, writing on September 15, 2013 at 08:28

Sali et Bamako – Des enfants traumatisés par la guerre, se mettent à chanter et danser… Texte d’Eric Lemoine, images d’Alexandra Cook.

It is in French and English, free to download.

screenprint

Thank you very much the people behind http://www.majuscrit.fr/ for giving me this opportunity!

A working class hero… What?

In books, ethics, moral issues, people, politics, science fiction, writing on April 17, 2013 at 15:25

I’ve been sent a book by an amateur author to read and review (thank you). I’ve given up after just a few pages because of intolerable amount of arising complains about the style and content (sorry). Don’t know yet if I write a real review (after all, I do a bit of writing which probably is not terribly good also) but I’ll put down some thoughts here.

I think it is a mistake to write fiction to serve a political/economical/worldview idea. The book should be about real living human beings, otherwise it looks just like bits of everyday blog and forum posts pretending to be a book. We all have ideas and they should shine through proper fiction writing. No need to force them on readers.

There is no human beings who are “your typical something”, that’s cardboard cutouts. Everybody really is unique.

The protagonist supposed to be your typical “working class hero” fighting dogmas. Class is a dogma, “working class” – double so. There only a tiny sad minority of people who don’t work, some of them spending their time drinking, in front of tv or playing computer games. If you call somebody “working or labouring class” what are you saying? That others don’t work or do not work well enough? That’s wrong. And is the protagonist (being a politician) in a lower tier job or being of low education? Nope. (See Wikipedia: working class – a term used in the social sciences and in ordinary conversation to describe those employed in lower tier jobs (as measured by skill, education and lower incomes)). Maybe his parents were of working class. But are we defined by our origins (unfair) or our own effort and goodness (fair)? Anyway there is no excuses now for low education, not with internet, tv documentaries and public libraries. Even in 1900s, working at a factory, my great-grandfather managed to self educate and loved to read serious literature.

New Great British Class Survey has some flaws in my opinion too.  Peoples’ lives are changing all the time in many ways. Somebody inherits the money. Somebody skilled and educated has to do a low paid simple job for a while. Somebody loses jobs or property. Somebody gradually educates him or herself and is learning new skills. Somebody lives in an expensive house but doesn’t want to sell it and struggles. Somebody moves to more rural area, can’t go to opera and theaters anymore, looses his connections – does he jumps classes? A “class” sounds almost as permanent as a “caste”.

The worst to come. Reading the book I’ve stumbled upon the notion that global warming is not a big deal, but (o, horror!) there is “rise of Russia and China“… Being both Russian and British citizen I find this offending. I could understand people being worrying if Russia or China are not getting any more democratic, peaceful and open. But, no, they have to stay poor and undeveloped for that “working class politician hero” being happy… This is so nationalist. Well, that’s it for me. Page four and I am completely fed up…

On changing attitudes

In art, ethics, good life, moral issues, people, philosophy, religion, time, traditions, writing on March 2, 2013 at 12:51

“I don’t believe in witches, but I don’t call myself an ahexist.”- this is Jonathan Miller saying “No” to negative self-definition. Fortunately it is normal now in the West not to believe in witches and other supernatural stuff. Calling somebody atheist is a bit strange really.

Recently a woman came to my shop and asked me if I want some leaflets for single parents. .. I was a bit surprised and said I am not a single parent and she may leave her leaflets at the designated area of the Market. She wouldn’t leave. “Look, there is more useful information in there”. Even more surprised, I looked. After first paragraph the word “Bible” started to creep in. This is what it was all about! I asked her few questions about why she believed (“Jesus told me” and “it’s the most printed book in the world”), asked her about horrible facts from her favourite book (she approved genocide with ease) and shamed her for trying to brainwash people. And with stealth too – wich was dishonest and disgusting – but this shows how ashamed they are themselves about their own teachings.

Two Mormon girls who surrounded me on the street few days later have been slightly more open. “We do not trying to change your mind, just come to us and be happy! ” Really? What if I am already happy? No reply. Why do you believe the stuff you teach? “Because we feel that it is so”… Well, I don’t. The funniest thing was that they turned out to be from Russia too – in the middle of the conversation. Probably they were from the Ural or Siberia. New Russian export – the Mormons…

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A bit of TOK

In интернет, ethics, moral issues, philosophy, relationship, religion, traditions, writing on February 18, 2013 at 12:54

Church of England nixes female bishops. Do religions treat women as inferior?

Its a sort of traditional “social darwinism” backed up by old religions: all because unlike men women can only have one child (or one set of multiples) from one father per year and human males traditionally fight over females. THIS is what traditional religions protect while our civilization already has outgrown attitudes like that. Zeitgeist is to treat women as humans and care for week & disabled.

Is Atheism a Religion?

1. You don’t define people as non-astrologist or non-fortune-tellers. 2. Religion equals beliefs in something supernatural (spiritual) plus priests, prayers, books, temples, legends. A-theist obviosely don’t have that. Religious peple must be so desperate trying to prove that what they call “atheism” is just the same thing. So they don’t feel left behind.

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From the sketchbook

In art, искусство, поэзия, sketch, writing on January 27, 2013 at 21:43

I guess the picture is ready to be framed, the bookmarks are ready to be laminated. ..

As I have been given some pencils, pens and a nice sketchbook I am trying to go back into keeping a visual journal and see what will happen. ..

Закат над холмом Где черная башня Небо пронзает…

Experimenting with rock / pebble painting. Bug George

Sketches, textile hearts and a pebble bunny. ..

A tribal dancer

New “thank you” card

A love card experiment

Alexandra Cook

#pebble #bunny #rabbit

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Alexandra Cook

Pebble heart with flowers

Some new cards #love #heart #handmade

Trying to draw on local river #pebbles – they feel perfect

I could captain you if you’d crew for me. Ian Anderson / acrylic and ink on canvas

Another side of that pebble

ndra Cook

Few more #cards

Another #heart #pebble

Спугнули мы темную птицу. В тревожном молчании леса Скользили бесшумные крылья. ..

Good Things About Life Original Pen and Ink Artwork

In good life, socionics, writing on November 30, 2011 at 09:27

Mysterious Sea Poster

In blue, digital, my artworks, photography, photomanipulation, sea, seaside, still life, writing on April 7, 2010 at 11:45

A blue seashell (similar to ENGLISH SCALLOP) and some mysterious writings (a distorted page from my Russian sci-fi novell).

Gypsy Mermaid

In about me, music, my artworks, writing on February 11, 2010 at 11:21


Sorry I haven’t been writing too much here as I’ve got very involved with my Russian blog.

Apart from few new drawings I was experimenting with a bit of shell, textile & sea glass jewellery which I’m starting putting in my Artfire and Etsy shops.

The name Gypsy Mermaid is partly related to how this looks like, and partly to a song by M. Scherbakov.

Web

In computers, writing on June 20, 2009 at 07:18

If you have a page at Yahoo Geocities (my first ever one was there) it will be useful to know that they are closing down after the summer. Also Auctiva stops free image hosting for Ebay…

I’ve started with Live Journal – there are many interesting communities and blogs all under the same roof – which is a very good idea. For the moment I just duplicate there everything from Blogger and read lots of posts about natural living and philosophy.

Replying to e-mails: tip of the day :)

In about me, ethics, writing on May 5, 2009 at 16:12

When I reply to a non-urgent (and usually a non-business) email I always wait some time, a day or two. Because if I reply strait away the person on the other end might fell obliged to reply quickly too, even if he or she likes to think a bit before writing. Just to give people some breathing space.

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