Michael, this excellent! The washes are interesting and so is you pen work....a really good piece. You will have to go back next week and see if he's in one piece.

Thanks Fiona. I put the watercolour washes over the ink drawing and they merged and then I dabbed with kitchen role. This was a little book on seamen (sailors) and there were some lovely little pencil sketches in it which I thought I could draw. It was his attitude as well which angered me. You just instinctively know some people are awful people. I did really like the book but on principle I just couldn't give him £3. As usual, I cut my nose off to spite my face and regretted it. I've searched for the book on the internet but haven't found it yet. If I find it I'll buy it. People have always been a problem for me. It's my problem.

Your painting is good, Michael, but your curses are dangerous. I would have bought the book.

Thanks Cesare. I've always been my own worst enemy. Counselling hasn't helped. I'm a hopeless case. I think I've found the book on the internet tonight but I'm not certain it's the same one. Nevertheless, I've bought it, together with volume 2, for about £8 plus postage. I'm sure psychiatry has it's limits and I'm it.

Thanks Dennis. Was wondering where you were at. Hope you're having a good weekend.

Well Michael, I think this chap looks like a gangster - you watch he doesn't come and find you!!! Seriously, this is a marvellous piece of work, I certainly wish I could do a portrait.

Thanks Margaret. Sometimes they turn out okay other times not. It's a good feeling when they do. It's almost as if I have no control over good or bad. What a miserable bloke this was.

Superb work. Full of interest in addition to your wonderful tale.

Hang on Studio Wall

Drawing ink and watercolour. A man who was selling tat at Tynemouth Market this morning. He had a little book on the stall which I fancied and I asked him how much it was. He said it was £3 so I offered him a pound, which he refused. So I offered him £2 and he still refused. It was only worth 50p. I was fuming. I suddenly remembered the 'hole' curse my grandma had taught me all those years ago. I looked him straight in the eye and recited the curse quietly in Gaelic. This evening the Tynemouth Gazette is reporting a man fell down an open manhole as he left Tynemouth Market this afternoon. I hope it's just a coincidence.......

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Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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