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Once a Head waiter to a Duke, then a Window Cleaner, Dumper truck driver, Market Trader, Chef, Salesman, Company Director and finally retired for parts of the year to Greece from the age of 52.
The above tells the tale quite lucidly, a Jack of all trades by nature, but without a doubt the master of none. But hey, who is these days?
So now I write, paint, create music animations on youtube and sculpt faces from small local rocks, I tend a big garden, make wine from my own vines, grow vegetables and generally catch up on all of those little pleasantries of life that a lack of time denied me when I was younger.
I hold a regular article slot in a local newspaper, and write about whatever catches my interest at any particular time.
To date I have three published fiction novels and two non fiction histories, one on the island of Crete, the second studying the reign of King Henry VIII. More writing is in the pipeline at various stages of completion which would have sent my old English Literature teacher bald as she advocated working to a rigid format and plan, alas my mind and efforts go to whatever takes my fancy and at a time to fit in with the rest of my busy existence
I also enter writing competitions, one of which I spy on this very website and I will be duly putting my mind to creating something in due course.
Ebenezers Christmas.. Looking back on my files from a number of years ago I was reminded of a Christmas poem competition that I entered. As is my practice I came about the theme from an obtuse angle, the result being based upon a Christmas as enjoyed, or not so, by Ebenezer Scrooge. Needless to say I didn't win. However so many friends and colleagues that read the work enjoyed it so much that I decided to publish it on Youtube as an animated video. Given the impending festive times, feel free to give this a watch if you feel in need of an antidote to merriment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQSVfuqTUno
All of this Brexit malarkey brings back to mind a book I wrote in 2004 about the European Union going rogue, making the UK a vassal state then closing it down... Sound familiar? Tony Blair and Mandelson were our PM and 'Prince of Darkness' back then. My book 'Looking Forward to the Past' has just been republished, watch the video if you will to get a flavour.
King Henry VIII ruled over England from 1509 – 1547. His subject thought him wonderful and yet history tells a different tale. Watch this short one minute video to see how much you knew about him.
When my father sadly passed away some years ago he left me as the proud owner of a packet of pipe cleaners...among other things. As a none smoker the question came to mind of what exactly does one do with such amazingly versatile objects? So with a long history of painting and drawing for fun, I decided to have a go at creating a simple animation using pen, artist pad, plastercine, digital camera and computer. I chose the theme of a Kevin Ayres record that I have long enjoyed called ‘The Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes' and started my production. My resulting video can viewed on Youtube by searching ‘Hobson Tarrant' and if modesty permits I must admit to some pride in the appreciative comments based upon its naive charm. Spurred on by enjoyment of the task I invested in ever better systems and programs to develop a long progression of mainly tongue in cheek music cartoons. The process of developing my skills took me down numerous roads, one particularly opened the doors to the production of Digital Art, which I now use primarily for t-shirt or merchandise designs sold through an online retailer called Redbubble. As in all my creative works, I am freelance and will happily discuss any needs or projects for online development.
When I was young ‘creative writing' was a term of mysticism. “Writer's do that! Special people, with qualifications.” This seed was sewn by a teacher at school... “Creative Writers are born,” she'd say, names like Dickens, Wilde and Orwell, were woven into her words, yet her meaning was plain: ‘You lowly children won't aspire to such heights'. Well on that count she was probably right, but this begs the question of why us lesser mortals still settle to write creatively? Clearly if the aim is fame or fortune, then few will achieve their desired rewards. Yet if writing becomes the medium for the release of one's imagination, then the purpose can be cathartic, not to mention opening hidden doors to readers, inviting them to follow on your magical journey of fantasy. To me the act of writing is better than watching a movie, as I don't often have the faintest inkling of where the tale will lead. For some reason my mind refuses to stay confined to a pre-defined plan. My fingers play the keys unrestrained to a tune only heard by my imagination, whilst often my conscious self merely sits here like a lemon and watches. “What Tosh!” I hear you say, but it's true, with 5 published books to prove it.