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Macarenses printed zine

Ship Of Fools


Street of


The dream of Charles and The dream of Elizabeth.

Coming soon in Britain's Favourite Fetish the rest of the royal family.........

FLIES IN AMBER presents a grotesque world turned upside down................................


Welcome to Love Should Simplify And Tidy. We are newly created having just split from the graphic art wing Macarenses. Before we say what we stand for we will first give reasons as to why we split from Macarenses.

We have worked with Macarenses from the beginning and it was all good. Yet, in time Macarenses has (as he freely admits himself) become ground down. There is no doubt though that as a result the images have attained a new level and production has become more prolific. Yet, he has become so negative that he has become impossible to work with. We had to leave him for our own sanity. He works best on his own and we leave him to be the saddest man in Europe. We feel when the revolution comes his concentration on the negative aspects will just leave a bitter taste in the mouth of future man.

We still believe in the original Manifesto of change, yet we differ in the way in which this change will be achieved. Unlike Macarenses, we think we need to concentrate on all that is good in the world, not the worst. We will not feature distorted images of men and landscapes, there will be no skeletons or dark shadows and no words of agitation. The spreading of love and beauty by aesthetic images will simplify and tidy. This will be cathartic and man will rise out of this current world and make the change in a positive manner. Man will see the beauty of this world and will fight to save it, rather than wanting it all just to end. With us future man is more likely to flourish. It is time man stepped out of the shadows and bathed in the light of the sun. We hope you will join us as we step out of the gutter with renewed sensibilities on the visual beauty that surrounds us.

Long Live 'love-prop'! Long Live 'Love Should Simplify And Tidy'!


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Issue 1 - Don't you enjoy being alive? Don't you like feeling: this is me, this is my hand, this is my leg. I'm real, I'm solid, I'm alive!

Issue 2 - Their embrace has been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.


Strange. See more in the Journals (in PDF format) below.

Issue 1

Issue 2



(Brought up as it's own child by Macarenses).

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Issue 1

Issue 2

WE     ARE     THE     DEAD

(Taken from the care of Macarenses by the authorities)

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Issue 1


(Child star of Macarenses)

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Issue 1


(Demon Seed of Macarenses)

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Issue 1


(Aborted child of Macarenses)

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Issue 1

(Features number one in a series of 'Monuments to the Unworthy'. No.1 - Nixon).

Issue 2

(Features more 'Monuments to the Unworthy'. No.2 - Pinochet, No.3 - Hess, Streicher & Ribbentrop and No.4 - Pope Pius.)






















(Street Urchin belonging to Macarenses)

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Issue 1


I finally decided to start producing a printed zine and it is available in places around Aberdeen. I hope it will find a new audience and make people think. I intend to do an issue, each with 4 images, once a month. This is an image of Issue 1 of 'Graphic Agitation for the Acquiescent Majority'.




2 images in Issue 33, 4 images in Issue 34, 2 images in Issue 35.


Selected images appear on this blog site dedicated to creative nonsense.

1820 BLOG

Images have been used to illustrate 'Big Brother' and 'Imagining Life After Capitalism'.


Quick-fire collage on the events flyers. Only did a couple and they are shown below.


Photomontage/Collage artists - Winston Smith, Michael Dickinson, Peter Lewis

Art Collectives - Gaseous Brain

Other sites - 1820 Blog



Wood sculpture and assemblage.

Wood sculpture.

Found Objects

Metamorphosis is behind the collection and presentation of these natural objects.

A stone which looks like Edvard Munch's 'The Kiss' from 1902 and a driftwood which reminds me of one of Degas dancers.

Driftwood resembling Auguste Rodin's 'Monument to Balzac' 1897.

Driftwood front and reverse

All last 6 are same piece of driftwood in different positions.



A cycle of drawings prepared for the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2007

By Macarenses: January 2007

We are faced with the real possibility that the Scottish National Party will win the elections and form a coalition government. They will then try their hardest to turn this advantage into a run for independence. This cycle of drawings shows my feelings towards this turn of events as the country's fortunes are threatened by a wretched rabble of xenophobic, ignorant fools determined to subject the rest of us to their nationalist misinterpretation of our history.

Picture titles (left-right);

The Leader of Jokers, The Party Rabble, Dark Day Of The Vote, Power At Last, False Idols, Agenda Of Hate, Repression Begins, Global Isolation, Wasteland and Regret.



Sigmund Freud

"Religion...its technique consists in depressing the value of life and distorting the picture of the real world in a delusional manner which presupposes an intimidation of intelligence"

3 sources in which men suffer - the superior power of nature, the feebleness of our own bodies and the inadequacy of the regulations which adjust the mutual relationships of human beings in the family, state and society

Alasdair Gray

"My imagination had awakened. The imagination is, like the appendix, inherited from a primitive epoch when it aided the survival of the species, but in modern, scientific, industrial nations it is mainly a source of disease" - 'Poor Things'

"Art is the only work open to people who can't get along with others and still want to be special" - 'Lanark'

"Love should simplify and tidy" - The Fall of Kelvin Walker

George Grosz

"Anyone who plans to get ahead and make money would do well to have no character at all" "....the human masses are a pitiful mob, an easily influenced herd of cattle that like nothing better than to choose their own butchers"

"My hatred of men has assumed monstrous seems to me that I shall slowly walk towards melancholia"

"I identify with criminals - evidence of my inner rebellion against the law. The ability to break out and feed their latent drives"

"I considered it as futile any art which did not offer itself as a weapon in the political struggle"

"Shut up and keep serving the cause"

Karl Marx

"The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere"- Karl Marx, 'The Communist Manifesto'

"The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win" - Karl Marx, 'The Communist Manifesto'

Frederick Nietzsche

"Who wishes to be creative...must first destroy and smash accepted values"

"The thought of suicide is a powerful solace. It helps us through many a bad night"

"Madness in individuals is rare - but in groups, political parties, nations, epochs, it is the rule"

"A philosopher - that is a person who is constantly experiencing, seeing, hearing, suspecting, hoping, dreaming extraordinary things: who is struck by his own thoughts as if they come from outside.....A philosopher: alas, a being who often runs away from himself, is often afraid of himself - but too curious not to 'come to himself' eventually...."

George Orwell (1984)

"The aim of these groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the high is to remain where they are. The aim of the middle is to change places with the high. The aim of the low, when they have an aim - for it is an abiding characteristic of the low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives - is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal. Thus throughout history a struggle which is the same in its main outlines recurs over and over again. But no advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer. From the point of the low, no historic change has ever meant much more than a change in the name of their masters. If there is hope it lies in the proles. But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies".

"To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when me are different from one another and do not live alone - to a time when truth exists ands what is done cannot be undone. From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink - Greetings".

"Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you, and you sold me"

"I understand how, I do not understand why"

"Because of all we have seen. Because of all we have said - we are the dead"

"2 + 2 = 5"

"Big Brother is watching you"

France 1968 revolution

another world is possible

run comrades the old world is behind you

we are re-assured that 2 + 2 no longer makes 4

motions kill emotion

all that is sacred here is the enemy

to question a society in which you live you first have to be able to question yourself

forget all you have learned, start again with dreaming

we want structures to serve man, we do not want man to serve structures

neither robot nor slave

one does not compromise with a society in decay

action must not be a reaction but a creation


"Commerce has set the mark of selfishness" - Percy Shelley

"If you tolerate this your children will be next" - Spanish Ministry of Propaganda poster, Spanish Civil War

"The contract between the surging masses in the city and its gigantic buildings, the sense of exhilaration in their very dominance, and the beginning of panic with the realisation that the city and its buildings and machines can no longer be experienced as an extension of man, but is moving swiftly out of control and into a life of its won" - Dawn Ades, 'Photomontage'

"We are a migratory people...with the brains, the legs, the senses of creatures who were designed never to stay still. The lives of those we associate with perpetual movement [gypsies] often appear.....more desirable than our own....our hatred of gypsies may arise from a still deeper grievance, the envy of a people whose instinct for continual movement is frustrated by the constraints of the humdrum settled life" - George Monbiot, from the Guardian

"I love ritual and routine. I suspect its an attempt to counter balance the chaos in my head" - Unknown, Sunday Times cutting

"Dreams are horrendous. Mine are all about anxiety and loss. I've never had one I'm not glad to wake from. I much prefer the day - at least you know you're in charge" - Unknown, Sunday Times cutting

"This mania to create is found in intensely driven types of personality. Manic depressives tend to be creative because they have faster brains and a wider range of emotions" - Unknown, Sunday Times cutting.

"many men have revolution within them, but don't have the necessary tools to pursue it"....Unknown

"when you open it, you have before you the quintessence of what is currently all about you: the type of persons who affect to govern you: the stupidity of the underlings who make this rule possible and the infinite crumminess of your middle class background: to which you own your own existence"...Unknown

"Is it not the case that all we discover is to the limit of what is firmly established in our mind about our own world. They are just footprints on our path to self-knowledge, sign-posts even to the problem of who and what we are"...Unknown

"He knows it is he and not the world which has changed"....Unknown

"If only he knew what lay ahead he would cry even more"....Unknown

'Arbeit Macht Frei' - on gates upon entry to Auschwitz concentration camp

"Man has always from the most primitive times formed semi-permanent groups larger than that of the single family. In this state membership in most societies is voluntary, and the only ultimate sanction is expulsion. But the peculiarity of political society, which in the modern world takes the form of the state, is that membership is compulsory. ......Unknown

"That great mechanical man called a state. Foremost of the beasts of the earth for pride. The Body Politic" - Thomas Hobbes 'Leviathan'

"The artist as an artist must be an anarchist" - Kurt Eisner in an appeal for socialism

"An unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

"I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organised by the churches, has been and still is, the principal enemy of moral progress in this world" - Bertrand Russell

"He was bored and romantic and when he left college he was asked where he would like to work. He said as far away as possible___" "The level of acceptable thought was set so low anyone with an active mind was in danger of being bored and humiliated every day"  "Like many creative people he took menial jobs that gave him time to create" He was known as an 'internal emigrant' who had left the Soviet Union psychologically but not physically" - about Eduard Bersudsky by Julian Spalding

"The last time I saw him that night, he was still slumped in his chair with his head against the table, the posture of a man engaged in a silent protest against the world" - Unknown, cutting from the Sunday Times I think...

"as un-necessary, burdensome and dangerous to the liberty, safety and public interest of the people" - the Monarchy upon the regicide of 1649 - Unknown

"It is easy to shield the outer body from poisoned arrows, but it is impossible to shield the mind from the poisoned darts that originate within itself" - Unknown

"Your obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd, you live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn and know lack all foundation, it is a permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretences of your civilisation which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced" - Octave Mirbeau in 'The Torture Garden'

"We take full responsibility for your sense of isolation and uncertainty at the present time" - Unknown

"The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling - their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember  - we be many and they be few. They need us more than we needs them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing" - Arundhati Roy

"DESTRUAM ET AEDIFICICABO": 'I destroy and I build up' - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon







GRAFFITI SEEN RECENTLY (showing there are thinkers out there

in dumbing down Britain)