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As a teenager my bedroom walls became covered in Roger Dean posters. It is the mid–1970s. Pocet money was spent in the ‘Kard Bar’ in an arcade that wadsubsequently consumed by the Eldon Square complex, Newcastle on Tyne.

Forty years later at the other end of the country I am driving around East Sussex looking for furniture. I stumpledupon Trading Boundaries at Sheffield Park courtesy of a road close between Haywards Heath and Newick. I find several pieces and also learn that Roger Dean, the rock artist and sci–fantasy illustrator is putting on an informal show of his work: originals and sketches from drawing pads and signed posters.

One image takes me into my childhood bedroom where I first put up a Roger Dean poster. Another image takes me into my teens, into the larger guest bedroom in the house and a growing collection. I must have recognised a dozen. I’d need to check my diary entries for that time to get an idea of price. £4 or so in the 1970s?

I was reading the likes of ‘Time Enough for Love’ Robert Heinlein. The teenage boy fantasizing about ‘the world beyond … ‘ I even have my efforts age 13 at writing science-fiction that became Blue Lagoon in space I called ‘Adam & Evie’.

My son joined me. He is interested in urban art and graphic design. He’s always loved designing fonts so perhaps this would inspire him. He puzzled over untangling the e from ‘Yes’ – the many logos, album sleeves and posters Roger Dean created for the band. We saw a 2010 cover for Cliffe Bonfire Society which explains his presence in this part of the world – Lewes attracts artists.

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David Pelzer on life lessons

 

 

 

 

David Pelzer.

David Pelzer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Life Lessons

 

Dave Pelzer

 

This post first appeared in Diaryland on 18/02/2003

 

I like this book for its simplicity; it is also very short. Five or six ideas are enough to keep in your head at any one time; I’m going to pick through the following, chant them, put them in a prayer, remind myself each day what I want to achieve.

 

1. Be resilient

 

2. Learn to fly

 

3. No one is perfect

 

4. Let go of your past

 

a. ‘You cannot move forward until you free yourself from the shackles of your past.’

 

5. Deal with everyday problems

 

a. ‘Settle your problems as promptly and as thoroughly as you are able.’

 

6. Rest your mind.

 

a. Get a good night’s sleep.

 

i. I go to bed early.

 

7. Let go, let rip daily.

 

a. I go down to the sea.

 

8. Purge your soul

 

a. I do so in a diary, often in Diaryland.

 

9. If you have been subjected to negative surroundings, use them to make you strive for something better.

 

a. I don’t want to be an absent father, not away all week or for weeks at a time, nor a divorcee.

 

10. Limit your response to negative settings and, if necessary, make a clean break.

 

a. I got out of TVL, I got out of Worth Media (or did they push).

 

11. Overcome your guilt. Make amends and move on.

 

12. Don’t give yourself away in the vain hope of appeasing others.

 

13. To help yourself, be yourself.

 

14. Never go to bed upset.

 

15. Resolve mattes before they envelop you. Compromise.

 

16. Hate no one. It is like a cancer.

 

17. Forgiveness cleanses.

 

18. When life’s not fair.

 

a. ‘Before you quit on yourself when life isn’t fair, exhaust all your options for making things happen.’

 

19. How badly do I want it?

 

a. Resolve to make things happen to you.

 

20. What have I accomplished?

 

a. Ask yourself what can you not accomplish when you truly commit to that one thing?

 

21. Know what you want and determine to make it happen.

 

22. What is truly important to me? (us)

 

23. Attempt the so-called ‘impossible’ until it becomes an everyday part of your life.

 

24. Don’t give your best away.

 

a. ‘We allow self-doubt, time, situations or whatever else to erode our dreams. We quit on ourselves. We carry regret, regret turns into frustration, frustration into anger, anger into sorrow. We’ve lost one of life’s most precious gifts: the excitement, the fear, the heart-pounding sensation of taking a step outside our protective womb.’

 

25. Go the distance.

 

a. ‘Part of the thrill of success is the journey of the struggle. If it were easy everyone would be doing it.’

 

26. Be happy.

 

a. The older we get, the more complacent, hopeless and despondent we become.

 

27. A consistent, positive attitude makes a world of difference.

 

28. There may not be a tomorrow to count on, so live the best life that you can today.

 

29. Start saying positive, rather than negative things about myself (and everyone around me).

 

30. Focus. If you have no goal or the self-belief that you can accomplish them, you will end up going nowhere.

 

a. A little bit of adversity can help to realign you, make you humble and make you want it more.

 

b. Being asked why I turn to write whenever I’m up against it is highlighting my hearts desire I’m not entering a cave.

 

31. Deflect negativity.

 

a. Flush it away and replace it with something positive (from a positive environment).

 

32. I wallow in my own abyss of doom and gloom.

 

33. Every day see the brighter side of things.

 

With a six and four year old sick at home I do little else but supervise their activities, ensure that they are warm, safe, fed and entertained. I snatch at J G Ballard’s novel, ‘Super Cannes’ from which I exhumed the following quotes. I’ll chew over them another time, when I feel better and I don’t have a four year old having a tantrum. 

‘Relaxing on the coast highway, I changed down to third gear. For the next thirty minutes I drove like Frenchman, overtaking on the inside lanes, straddling the central market lines on the most dangerous bends, tailgating any woman driver doing less than seventy, my headlamps flashing, slipping the clutch at traffic lights as the exhaust roared through the muffler and the engines wound itself to a screaming 7000 rev, swerving across the double yellows and forcing any oncoming drivers to skid their wheels in the refuse-filled verges.’ J G Ballard. It sounds like my brother driving on the A1 up to Beadnell from Gosforth.

 

Familiar territory.

 

‘Senior policemen are either philosophers or madmen …’

 

So I have heard; it gives me a way ahead in my novel.

 

‘A perverse sexual act can liberate the visionary self in even the dullest soul” writes Ballard.

 

 

Super-Cannes J G Ballard

J. G. Ballard, painted portrait DDC_2018

J. G. Ballard, painted portrait DDC_2018 (Photo credit: Abode of Chaos)

 

With a six and four year old sick at home I do little else but supervise their activities, ensure that they are warm, safe, fed and entertained. I snatch at J G Ballard’s novel, ‘Super Cannes’ from which I exhumed the following quotes. I’ll chew over them another time, when I feel better and I don’t have a four year old having a tantrum.

‘Relaxing on the coast highway, I changed down to third gear. For the next thirty minutes I drove like Frenchman, overtaking on the inside lanes, straddling the central market lines on the most dangerous bends, tailgating any woman driver doing less than seventy, my headlamps flashing, slipping the clutch at traffic lights as the exhaust roared through the muffler and the engines wound itself to a screaming 7000 rev, swerving across the double yellows and forcing any oncoming drivers to skid their wheels in the refuse-filled verges.’ J G Ballard.

It sounds like my brother driving on the A1 up to Beadnell from Gosforth.

Familiar territory.

‘Senior policemen are either philosophers or madmen …’

So I have heard; it gives me a way ahead in my novel.

‘A perverse sexual act can liberate the visionary self in even the dullest soul’‘ writes Ballard.

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