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The Tipping Point: +1.5 deg Celsius average in Global Warming


The Tipping Point: +1.5 deg Celsius average in Global Warming

The Tipping Point is one of a series of Eco works but it is by far the most serious executed to date.

The writeupelow indicates what happens if  the temperature shown is in danger of being  reached and exceeded.

The work, therefore, is a warning, an effort on the part of this artist, to contribute to the media warnings which are attempting to draw attention to a peril we all face.

Should the temperature of around 2.0 deg Celsius be passed, the results will be a devastation which will wipe out all living species on this earth other than perhaps bacteria, and is akin to the several Ice Ages the planet has experienced in the past.

If human kind ignores this peril, they are willfully and deliberately assuring themselves of certain destruction.

At around 2.0 deg Celsius, Global Warming will have reached a point at with no effort will reduce the current rate of Global Temperature increase, and the rate of temperature will continue to rise.

At this point, the planet will become uninhabitable for human beings and other species. The environment generally will have been destroyed and toxic atmospheric gases will contribute to the destruction.

Therefore, +1.5 deg Celsius is regarded as the point at which Global Warming has to be arrested or, better, decreased. The effort to achieve this will take strenuous world-wide of coordination and cooperation to arrest the increase.

Should 2.0 deg Celsius be reached the rise in temperature becomes irreversible, regardless of any effort made to arrest the increasing temperature. The timescale for the temperature passing this point is problematic to predict since the rise is dependent on a number of factors. not least of which is the rate at which human actively continues to contributes to this warming.

Consequently, experts in Global Warming can only give predictive dates. At the current rate of warming, what I have called the Tipping Point, will occur in 10 – 20 -30 years time.

This is no reason for complacency since the sooner the effort to arrest the rise in Global Warming is made, the greater the chance of our success.and survival

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 16 November, 2-18

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Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Crazy Horse – All Along the Watchtower live at Farm Aid 1994


Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Crazy Horse – All Along the Watchtower live at Farm Aid 1994

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 14 November, 2018

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Neil Young and Bob Dylan – Helpless and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door 1975


Neil Young and Bob Dylan – Helpless and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door 1975

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 14 NOvember, 2018

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Bob Dylan – All Along the Watchtower live 1988


Bob Dylan – All Along the Watchtower live 1988

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 14 November, 2018

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Bob Dylan – All Along the Watchtower


Bob Dylan – All Along the Watchtower

Malcolm D B Muno
Wednesday 154 November, 2018

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The Aesthete’s Tenets


“Letting my freak flag fly high”

David Crosby, Almost cut my hair

Decades ago, actually when I was a younger man, I read Kenneth Clark’s book, Another Part of the Wood and adopted the tenets spoken within it.

Some of you may know Kenneth from his BBC Production, Civilization and the book which accompanied. The book is one of the finest of its kind, maybe even the finest, of its kind. Should the topic interest you, and you have not read Civilizations, you are urged to do so.

Here is Kenneth’s formulation for a life well led:

The pursuit of truth,

The maintenance of happiness,

And the creation of beauty

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 9 November, 2018

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Incognita Speres


Incognita Speres

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 15 November, 2018

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Little Miss May


Little Miss May is one of a series of political works.

The idea of this series came because I am highly political and have formulated in recent weeks a series of one liners. The challenge with such works is to create an work which has a greater universality than simply that of the moment to which the work may refer. In other words, to lifft what is topical to a work that has endurance. The goal is not necessarily to create a piece such as the picture of Lord Kitchner pointing a finger at the viewer and saying, “Your Country Needs You.!”

Besides, such works are graphic and serve some immediate purpose. My aim is to create a work which is lifted to a level more in line with Fine Art. This is achieved by treating the creation in a manner that does so through the use of care and attention to detail. The works proposed are not created in a hurry but carefully composed to create something that is complete and satisfying.

The work here is based on a long traction of political lampoon peculiar to the English. In this I draw upon the work of my predecessors. Prime examples are Gilray and Rowlandson. The results they achieved are crude and obvious in the manner of their execution. But are acclaimed, nonetheless. Modern cartoonists draw their inspiration from such works. Gerald Scarfe is the prime example in our time of these artists. Steve Bell, who creates for the Guardian newspaper,is another.

I seek to create a different tradition, though that may be overly ambitions. My work has its predecessors in line with what I have in mind. Many of the images from the last sixties, particularly 1968, have a wholly enduring quality. Those works will be with us for a very long time. They are what we refer to as classics.

And every generation creates them.

 Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 13 November, 2018

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Concept – Plan B: 21 Century Interpretation of a Greek Byzantine Chapel to be built in Houston, Texas


The Concept – Plan B: 21 Century Interpretation of a Greek Byzantine Chapel to be built in Houston, Texas

The concept cetres on the idea of taking, as a base for the concept, an existing chapel built somewhere between 800 and 1200 AD in Greece, likely based on one of the two located on the island of Chios, and to take the host chapel as a model and interpret it for the 21 Century.

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Ναός Παναγίας Κρήνας

An international competition would call for world leading architects to submit a design for such a building.

The artist learned, during the course of the week beginning 28 October, 2018, after conceiving of the concept back in August of this year, that such a building exists in New York. The original building in New York was destroyed along with Trade Towers. Calatrava designed the new chapel.

The purpose of creating such a building in Houston, Texas is to continue and perpetuate the glorious tradition of Byzantine Art as exemplified in Greek Otho doz churches at the time the art flourish. but created to match our times in a continuation of that tradition. The building need not be a church per se, but could, instead, celebrate the history  of the Greek pretense in Houston,( see Greeks in Houston and GreekHousto,com )_or do both. The building would also add to the artistic attractions based in Houston, Texas, and to add prestige to the Greek Orthodox community in that city.

The concept embraces a much more modest structure (see Greek Church Architecture) than that conceived for New York. In fact, given the costs of structures such as that being discussed, the structure need not be a complete building but a reinterpretation of a ruin in Greece,

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 8 November, 2018

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John Milton – On His Blindness, read by Sean Barrett


John Milton – On His Blindness, read by Sean Barrett

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 5 November. 2018

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