Thursday, 22 December 2011


                   Alien Foundling.        

What caring being would dump a offspring on the streets of  London ?

Photographed in Waltham Cross,  spilt paint pealing in the debris on a pavement at 
  the end of the High Street

Sunday, 11 December 2011

december 11th: Giles Babel - Poptarts and Battleships

Giles Babel - Poptarts and Battleships

i've just put the finishing touches on this, the first track from the new Giles Babel EP "programmed to prevent war", ahead of me even completing the first EP.

this is only a few basic samples slung together with a couple of clips ripped from youtube, taking it back to basics for this one, ahead of getting a little bit more experimental again.

created by Glen Byford, completed on December 11th


Stu's View,  Boris, Acrylic on recycled Hardboard 8x8

As Ian jests on his blog about his brother hiking up the M1.
Boris Johnson is planing some hiking of his own,
our bus and tube fares here in London are going up in the new year.
Ken will tell you all about it.  
Come on Boris talk to Ken we need some thing too
liven up the TV programs over Christmas. 

Monday, 21 November 2011

Hello Mum

                                          Stu's View 10 x 8 acrylic on hardboard

Mum is no longer with us in person, thankfully all
moms actions in life fill me with gratitude.

Painted two weeks ago, I think I'm going to call it finished.   

 The photo was taken at school where mum worked as a teachers assistant
possibly just before retirement   25  or  30 years ago.

            Must do some research.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Standing on a dusty corner ...... twenty years.

Stu's View.
Life and memories can be very fragile 
but give you a warm glow deep down.
Twenty years old and priceless 

Thank you boys, Happy Easter

Adverts for Easter start just after New Year so getting in 
a little early with this post.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

movember 1st: face watch,fastforward day 10,950

Lets get one thing straight first, that is not a wicker coffin.
Picture taken  one hour ago to prompt  Glen into a update.
 Glen this could be you 30 years on.
Bye 4 now. Dad

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

movember 1st: face watch, day 1

similar in them to the previous face watch, and resultant burgundy watch in april, i am again documenting the growth of my facial hair, and this time, doing it for charideeee

on the morning of november 1st, i shaved to the best of my abilities and shall be growing a moustache over the course of the month now dubbed Movember

the evening of day 1 shows a little bit of stubble already, and i hope donations will be forthcoming once i have a little more to show for it on my upper lip

unlike the previous face watch, i do intend to make the new batch of self portraits a little more interesting than their predecessors 

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, November 1st 11:27pm

Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Our Window

                                                 (C) Stuart Byford
                                                  Stu's View.

I buy the sweets every year but they don't come door to door
like they used-to  

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Titanic 1912, when that foghorn whistle blows

Stu's View of Titanic 8"x 8" Acrylic on Hardboard.

Painted last night in the comfort of my warm bed 
listening to Van Morrison's CD Moondance,
Favorite  track Into The mystic.
Don't often listen to music least of all when I 'm painting
this was in the player and seemed to fit the mood.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

october 27th: my favourite things 2

i decided to pour myself a little tipple to sip slowly whilst i read a graphic novel that i had borrowed from the library, the view as i took a drink inspired me to grab my camera and capture it for posterity

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, October 27th 23:14pm

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

october 26th: tumbling down

cutting through an alley on the way to work and i was taken aback by the rich reds against the lush green leaves, and was also reminded of my dad's photo from earlier this month

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, October 26th 08:54am

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

october 25th: Ash in Kentish Town

the final date of Ash's Free All Angels 2011 tour, featuring Charlotte Hatherly rejoining the band to play the album in full

as i've said before, my camera is seriously lacking when it comes to live shots, the photos i see being taken around me put mine to shame, but i do like this image

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, October 25th 21:40pm

Friday, 14 October 2011

october 14th: but is it art?

it's actually just a cropped screen grab of an address i was looking up on google maps, is it just me or do the people in shot seem to have had some sort of filter added?

the little girl in particular caught my attention as she just didn't look real, she looks almost painted on instead of being ran through the usual procedure of having the face blurred, with this in mind  i then decided to display it as a piece of modern art.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Still get that feeling

The memories of a plant of this kind on my way to school
it was growing on the side of a fence a the start of a
alleyway in mariner gardens Cheshunt,
That was only 50 odd years ago
but something I have never ever forgot
its no longer on the fence, but some times
even now I go past just to soak up that warm feeling again.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

October 12th: an occasional splash

an occasional splash of creativity
when the days aren't too wayward

the possible outpouring of passion
with every rising sun

or perhaps a dusk fuelled moment
that will now live on forever

written by Glen Byford, October 12th 11:49am

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

October 11th: Akira The Don - Babydoll (Hunchbakk's Ready? re-rub)

created for a remix competition, this is my attempt at remoulding Akira The Don's track Babydoll as i saw fit

it can be hard working with somebody elses ideas and trying to translate them in your own way, i'd had a couple of ideas for how i wanted this to sound but just couldn't get it to takle shape

with a little bit of patience and a bit more tinkering with it, things just seemed to fall together by accident

it may be a little bit rough around the edges, and far from my proudest piece, but i think you get the idea.

  Akira The Don - Babydoll (Hunchbakk's ready? re-rub)

completed by Glen Byford on October 11th, using Sony Acid

created using the original seperates from Babydoll and sampling a PSA on marriage preperation from the 1950's

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Some people I just can't talk to

        Stu's View,  5x4 inches, Acrylic on plywood
The Dentist 

Thursday, 29 September 2011

September 29th: Beast

there were a number of possible new additions to be had from the charity shops of Waltham Cross and Cheshunt for my geek room, but they didn't all seem to hold the right appeal.  And although it was only gonna be costing me about a quid for each of the toys i come across, i was unsure if it was really worth spending out on what i had found.

the exception was this guy in the last charity shop we dropped into in the Old Pond, it is a chunky Beast from the X-men, and although i am more of a DC fan than Marvel, i couldn't resist his cheeky smile and soon had him out over the marshes posing for photographs.

Photographs taken by Glen Byford, using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, September 29th 13:28pm

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Brave ambitious rescue of a tiny horse

Yes Brave

Glen did not swim swollen rivers, climb bard-wire fences,
no he just grabbed the little feller, from beside a dustbin
a fate that should not befall any soft toy.

So why so fraught with danger have you ever taken some thing home ?
when you girl friend has said  " I don't like it."

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

September 20th: 3-1 down and still singing

my first ever football match was quite fun!  a Carling Cup drawer for Shrewsbury away to Arsenal meant that a friend that i don't see often enough was travelling from Shrewsbury for the match so i bought myself a ticket.

Shrewsbury even managed to take the lead in the match, but as the second half was drawing to a close they were 3-1 down.  Yet the supporters still kept chanting, singing and applauding for their team.  i guess they were just happy to be here.

taken by Glen Byford using a Sony Ericson Cybershot K770i, September 20th 20:29pm

Sunday, 18 September 2011

September 18th: Happy Xmas

sadly, it is becoming more and more common to see Christmas products in shops earlier and earlier each year.  I didn't, however, expect to be wished merry christmas by an A-board outside a car park in enfield town

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Going to runaway join the circus

                        Stu's View.

Or we could start  our own band of traveling troubadours

Come on there roll-up  roll-up

Limited places


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Sisters mixed medium

Stu's View
The sisters always fight  you can see
her older sister on Sod It and read more about my postings.  

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Dragons glow in the dark

Well pleased with last nights pencil sketch
Toped up with some photoshop
looks even better.

See original over on  Sod it.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Sand Castles

                                                Stu's View
Just had to post this up after yesterdays little bit of humor
Family holiday possible 23 years or more ago

Remember when

                      Stu's View,

It was a long time ago, we buried your dad for a laugh
while he was sleeping, remember ?  the tide suddenly turned.

Yesterdays doodling in photoshop lots of experimenting with this and that.    

Friday, 26 August 2011

august 26th: learning how to deal with disapointment

yeah, sometimes they're small things,
and sometimes they'll be bigger things,
or maybe even big things,
but they usually are
just things

written by Glen Byford, August 26th 23:40pm

No sign of things changing

The hoarding may possibly  of changed by now, the pub sign I doubt it
and the litter will have just blown away.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Fifty years waiting all hope gone

Art work by Stuart Byford.

In the twilight

Started out as a acrylic painting on plywood then finished off in photoshop.
I really like how the shapes in the tree trunk turned out, lots of gremlins     

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Where do super-heroes play

On Glen's mantelpiece of course

Pictures of climbing frame taken in Hertford on Thursday
and the collection of super heroes at Glen's yesterday
printed from a internet site and then madeup
they where all round the living room.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

august 14th: Hunchbakk - Riot music EP: track 1 (unfinished)

Riot Music EP: Track 1 (unfinished) by Hunchbakk

i still can't believe that a week ago Enfield was the heart of trouble kicking off as riots took over the capital for a second night, it felt bizarre and terrifying that this could be happening in my home town and that the few clips that were circulating on the news were of places that i walk past virtually on a daily basis, so familiar, yet so different, transformed by the presence of riot police and organised chaos

thankfully things seemed to have calmed down now, but last week, amidst all that was going on, i tore myself away from the computer screen and wrote a short poem on the feelings that had been stirred inside me, this week, as situations were looking worse, i began expanding on this idea, and on others, to produce a few pieces of music to reflect the times and the tension

this piece is still slightly unfinished, it needs a little more tweaking and polishing to get it up to scratch, but i wanted to put it out before the memories fade

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Fishing nightmares

As I picked a pink snappy thing up over the park the
last thing I expected it to be was a hair grip
then the imagination took over.  

august 13th: keep smiling

in spite of everything our town has faced over the past week, we seem to have pulled through the worst of it with our spirits still high

shops throughout Enfield Town are now emblazoned with these signs, as we all settle back into the usual routine and hope to have put it all behind us

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, August 13th 13:07pm

Friday, 12 August 2011

august 12th: Sun Street

It is a shame to see so many shops and pubs shut down throughout Waltham Abbey, the result of a downturn in our economy, leaving mostly empty shop windows and making what was a quaint and quiet little town even quieter

above is one of a number of mosaics that line Sun Street, the main street in Waltham Abbey, showing signs of ageing and wear and tear and desperately in need of renovation, much like the town itself

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, August 12th 12:58pm

august 12th: tomatoes in my garden 2

it has been so rewarding watching these tomatoes ripen, and i can't wait to tuck into these soon

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, August 12th 11:03am

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

august 9th: in preparation for apple pie

got home from work to find these four apples balanced upon the kitchen scales and couldn't resist a quick shot of them

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, August 9th 18:19pm 

august 9th: where there's smoke

waking up to the news on tuesday morning that the Sony warehouse and distribution centre in Enfield Lock had gone up in flames the night before

the industrial estate is probably no more than 10 minutes walk from my home and thick black smoke was clearly visible from our house, and for miles around

taken by Glen Byford using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, August 9th 09:11am

Sunday, 7 August 2011

august 7th: Enfield and I

I am fiercely proud of my home town,
Enfield is part of who I am,
I am a part of Enfield,
And an attack on Enfield,
Is an attack on me.

As the tension mounts,
And ill feeling hangs heavy in the air,
I can't shake the involuntary feeling of excitement,
Mixing with sickness.

Tonight we make history together,
As I pray that everything historic,
Everything beautiful,
Everything and everyone I love,
Doesn't burn down to the ground.

It is all eyes on us tonight,
As we bunker down in our homes,
And make it a night to remember,
With our updates and our outrage,
Trending, reporting and cowering,
As the same four clips of footage,
Repeat over and over on Sky News.

written by Glen Byford, August 7th

Look at the filling

Yesterdays breakfast in the garden
Marmalade, saved the top ones till last.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

august 6th: tomatoes in my garden

the first signs of ripening on the tomatoes that i have been growing in my garden, since my dad gave me three small plants that he in turn had been given, and have been grown in a grow bag purchased from the pound shop

taken by Glen Byford, using a Casio Exilim EX-Z60, August 6th 08:28am

Friday, 22 July 2011

july 22nd: Hunchbakk / Ian Byford Art - SoundArt9

SoundArt9 by Hunchbakk / Ian Byford Art

this has taken far too long to get finished, according to the data connected to it, it was last updated two years ago.  has it really been two years since i made a start on this? that can't be right can it?

anyway, computer fails and crashes kept me from completing it, and after getting finished on my latest track under the Giles Babel guise, i thought i should go back and try and get this one sorted so that the SoundArt project can inch closer to being closed.

giving it another listen after all this time, i decided that it really didn't need to much work done to it, i did originally want to make the track longer, but hearing it with fresh ears, and when collected with the last two tracks that were considerably lengthier, i decided that would leave it as it was around the minute mark, and just tweaked a couple of samples that i had prepared to use for it.

Artwork by Ian Byford
music created by Glen Byford, completed on July 22nd


  Legless    Back story 19 June .  29 June

Are you getting taller or am I getting shorter?

july 22nd: Giles Babel - Twilight of the horrible gorilla

Giles Babel - Twilight of the horrible gorilla

I've just finished this track after making a start on it on sunday, mostly created using sounds found among sample packs and also including quotes and recordings from a dvd and from youtube

created by Glen Byford, completed on July 22nd

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Peace and tranquillity

Some times you just need to find your own space
and it was here in the church garden today
sitting on the grass just clicking. 

Sunday, 17 July 2011

They always said she's was a witch

july 17th: What happened to your machine, Tim?

as of writing this blog post, i have been absent from regular duty, still taking photos most days but struggling to find the time to update the blog regularly.

when i do find the time i shall go back and fill in the glaringly obvious gaps that i have left and these comments shall be rendered somewhat redundant.

sat at work without my camera, i wondered what else i could do to enrich this creative little blog of ours, i started writing a poem that got no further than two rather pathetic lines before being distracted by a post on a blog i subscribe to, i then scrolled down the blog, and was suddenly struck with inspiration

so now i present a poem, based upon the title of a blog posting, yet bearing no other relation to it at all

What happened to your machine, Tim?

Almost every spare moment of every day,
you were planning and scheming,
tasking and toiling,
(and occasionally swearing), 
shrouded in secrecy,
only the whirrs and hums,
banging and clattering,
(and occasionally swearing),
gave you away,
for months you were pre-occupied,
with this hidden creation,
and then nothing.

no unveiling,
no talk of it at all,
as if the hours of hardwork,
had dissolved and left you,
and left us all,
with nothing.

and we've all been wondering,
What happened to your machine, Tim?

written by Glen Byford, July 17th

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wednesday, 13 July 2011



A easy to grow fragrant flower that self seeds for 
next year,
also attracts moths and other insects to the garden.

Link... Nicotiana

Monday, 11 July 2011

If you must smoke please use the ashtray below

When my neighbours  slam their front door
It always empties out on the floor.


Picture taken at Hertford East Railway Station.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Best View

          Lea valley Park / Waltham cross

Its unbelievable not too many can or plastic bottle in sight
no cropping no editing out,
Just luck. 

Monday, 4 July 2011

To be found tucked away

at the back of Hertford in my
favorite  churchyard
a ideal place for shade and tranquility   

What lovely deep red Hollyhocks  

Hidden in the twisted creeper a
small statuette   

 snails looking for some where cool
to hide.