Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Itinerant itinery.

Back to Granada.

I have a painting I have to do. It has to be done in the right place. The right place is Ibiza.

Granada (1 week) awaiting new passport.
Ibiza (if I can get there with photocopy of passport).
Mallorca.
Granada.
*California.
Canada.
Alaska (for an icecream).


That is my vague plan from now until this time next year.

WORK WANTED EVERYWHERE!!!

*Especially here.




Sunday, 26 October 2014

Madrid, Autumn 2014.

Back to Madrid. So what has changed?

Not a lot. I still really enjoy this city. There is a new city electric bike scheme. Seems to be very popular. The secret Chinese secreted below the fountain at the top end of Plaza de España is as popular as ever. Healthy eating for just €5 to takeaway. The huge monolithic Telefonica building has gone. The entire plaza is much better off for it. Talking of buildings; Madrid knocks spots off Barcelona architecturally for me. It is a fabulous mix. Talking of buildings take 2; The British Embassy (now consulate) is located at the top of one of Spain's tallest (if not the tallest) buildings. Effectively the Fourth tower of Los Cuatro Torres it is a very prestigious spot. Fabulous views. Great space. Bit of a trek out of town (I have done it both ways Twice now out of necessity rather than joy, but it was worth it - much to see in Madrid away from the tourist centre). It must cost a fortune to maintain. So, what do they do there, and how many people are employed there? One person and a security guy! I reckon the space is costing somewhere in the region of €200,000 a year. All that for nothing really. Not much they can offer British Citizens in Spain these days. An emergency travel document for a 40% premium over the cost of a full 10 year passport is about it. They have a computer you can use. I'll moan about the British Embassy website another day - it is absolutely fucking shite. The ex-embassy remains as a glorious badge representing the very worst of Capitalism today. Just a BIG FAT LIE basically.

That is it today no? Everything is a lie. People are buying into lies. This is the end of the Capitalist road. How many times can you sell empty promises and lies?

On the plus side, it seems everybody is beautiful today. You can buy into the stereotype and photograph yourself so easily. Beauty has never been so accessible. I wish that wasn't just another lie!

Ugly git signing off. Madrid is being very kind again. Keep the work coming please. I am still a long way from replacing everything that was stolen in Barcelona. New Two year itinery will be posted within a week. In the meantime I am enjoying Madrid. All enquiries welcome...

Tlf: 689 744 929
johncolley@hotmail.com

Or, find me in the usual places. Plaza de Oriente. Palacio Real. Gran Via opposite Metropolis.


Sunday, 12 October 2014

The wars on your television will never be explained.

Here goes another one!



Brilliant. A long time ago now.

I am struggling to replace passport. Seems things have changed for some reason.

Work please! My skills are vast and varied. I am not just an artist, I can clean toilets and shit like that also.

johncolley@hotmail.com
Tlf: 689 744 929

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In the meantime: all the talk in Madrid is about Ebola. Apparently Real want to sign him for €80,000,000!

Bad joke. Bad times.




Thursday, 2 October 2014

Life's been good.

I am on a California anticipation vibe.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Took my chances on a big jet plane...

Thank you very much for the ticket. I am going to California.


Firstly I need to replace my passport.

Here is my plan...

Granada for another day, then head to Madrid and claim my new passport.
Flight to LA in a very few weeks. I am going to do the West Coast. San Francisco, San Diego all the way upto Seattle, then Vancouver before heading back to my home in Granada.

Work please people. Here, or in Madrid. I really, really need it now. I need a new passport - it isn't cheap!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Being banned from the internet.

It is a very interesting lesson. I have been banned from yet another web forum for slagging off thieves and pointing out their nationality. This is rascist apparently. So, hey, anyone travelling to Barcelona please don't blame me for telling you most of the street thieves you have to look out for are Moroccan. Perfectly OK for me to discuss this rationally with fellow people in my community who happen to be Moroccan, totally not allowed on an annonymous web forum like Urban75.net.

My problem here is not with Morrocans. My problem is with dirty, fucking, little thieves firstly. Secondly with the establishment who let them get away with it, and why they let them get away with it. The fact that they are Morrocan is not irrelevant. The majority of Morrocan people in Spain recognise this.

I see everything on the street (except my stolen bags). Every thief, Every secret police. Every methadone addict. Everything.

There are many different theories as to why the Morrocan teenagers are allowed to get away with their thieving. Mine is very simply that the authorities want someone to blame who isn't their 'home' problem.

Any fuckwit who wants to call me racist and ban me from their poxy web forum can do so. I know who I am.

FUCK OFF Mike Slocombe and all your controlled cronies. You want to side with dirty, little fucking thieves. Carry on. You want to side with racist systems? Carry on as you are under your pseudo liberal banner.

Appreciate the internet for what it used to be and work to protect it.

*no excuses for my spelling here*



Monday, 22 September 2014

California bound.

Well, Obviously, I am just planning a 90 day art holiday.

Beds, work, stuff... all welcome.

All help greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Granada. Back to base on recovery mode!

Work needed desperately. I need about €3,000 to recover all that has been stolen and replace my passport. Any work is greatly appreciated.

Tlf: 689 744 929 (mobile number remains the same)
johncolley@hotmail.com

Mostly I need a laptop. I had several projects in progress relying on a laptop. Almost everything can be replaced in time - theives have become a hazzard of the job I have learned to accept. But, I am gutted that they got my Seiko pilots watch after 20 years plus of ownership and reliable, stylish time keeping. Other than that f*** them. Sad fuck losers.

Onwards and upwards! Have paper. Have pens. Have a can of beer :)


Sunday, 7 September 2014

101 ways to get robbed in Barcelona volume 58.

·sigh·

Can't be bothered to moan again. Third time being robbed in Barcelona. Second laptop gone this year. The streets are getting meaner.

Thankfully, I made it back to Granada to start all over again. But, no passport, no bank cards, no cash, no laptop, nothing more than the clothes I wear really. I am unfortunately well practiced in these situations, but what if you're not? Without passport you cannot receive money transfers and the British embassy seem to want you to book flights and pay them €124 for emergency travel documents!

What would you do?

Friday, 29 August 2014

Progression.


Not great photographs, but...









Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dalt Vila, Ibiza.

The view from a boat in the port somewhere.



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

*Flower Power*


*Flower Power*

Every Tuesday at Pacha is Flower Power night. Placa des Parc is decorated to promote the event. CND symbols, flowers and a life size Jimi Hendrix adorn the bars. The trees are wrapped in multi-coloured chiffon dressings. It creates a very nice atmosphere in the plaza even if it doesn’t inspire me to visit the club and fork out extortionate prices for a bottle of water.

At around midnight the beautiful young hippy promotion people gather to parade their way around town singing and dancing to Sister Sledge. Erm… yep – Sister Sledge! I will willingly admit to being quick to pounce on any credit card toting hippy if a bit of micky taking seems appropriate. On the other hand I do enjoy the fashion. It seems the new young hippies are referring to a retro period of fashion rather than a cultural and social movement born from the original beatniks.

Many of us grew up listening to pop music with a political message. It was healthy. Now, the politics in youth culture is hidden. It is hardly main stream. Perhaps I’m listening in the wrong places, and perhaps I really shouldn’t expect to find it on a party island like hedonistic Ibiza? The island mentality on top of holiday mode does leave you feeling a bit distanced from the reality of the rest of the World.

On top of that, Flower Power night is just a bit of fun. I shouldn’t feel my heart sink when I see a poster advertising Paris Hilton playing at Amnesia either. Nor, that poster of the twat with the name that reminds me of Robbie’s dog out of Eastenders – that annoys me every time I see one. But, along with ‘up your crack’ shortest short denims and the San Antonio scene, it all makes Ibiza seem a bit naff. I was expecting more chic, but the place is actually a bit of a style vacuum. That may well come down to this years fashion for what appears to be cheap and tacky cool. Not the fault of Ibiza, but the fault of homogenised nations and a powerful US cultural influence on the hoards of tourists who takeover for summer.

Anyway, I shall return in winter. It was nicer then. And, I very much look forwards to next summers tasteful, romantic fashion of long flowing hippy skirts with sparkly bits. I especially like the sparkly bits. Time to bin the short shorts and put your arse cheeks away. We’ve all seen enough.

I can’t say all that about Ibiza without mentioning that there is some fabulous style here. I’ve previously written about Cotton Beach Club (not a single minute I was there did it feel like work), and Hotel Es Vive. There are others. And, there is some very stunning ‘modelling’ of beach wear going on at Figurettes ;)






Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Two weeks remaining in Ibiza.

Before Two weeks in Barcelona and Sitges. Work required (here and there).

Tlf: 689 744 929
johncolley@hotmail.com


Sunday, 22 June 2014

How to Fund Your Own Travel Adventure.

The book (part 1) is comming soon in electronic format. Very soon hopefully.

How to Fund Your Own Travel Adventure by The Lost Photographer is an entertaining travelogue and comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to pay their way around Europe. Part 1 covers just Spain and will only be available in electronic formats. Anyone buying Part 1 will be issued with a password to access an accompanying website with ongoing, continuously updated information. The full version of the book will cover the majority of Europe and will also be available as a printed version (at a later date). The accompanying website for the full version of the book will also be supported by a members only website with discussion forums.

How to Fund Your Own Travel Adventure will hopefully stand up well enough simply as a travelogue. The book isn't just a guide for those wishing to give it a go themselves - it is a fun read regardless.

Whether you are, or would like to be a traveling artist, musician, street performer, massues, street pedlar, or offering any sort of service as an itinerant, or just looking for seasonal jobs enroute, you will find the book full of extremely useful information. The website with updated information will also be very valuable. The guide includes the following sections (many locally specific to each city):

Selling.
What sells.
Pricing.
How to sell and building your sales confidence.
Where to sell - the best pitches in each city, and how to spot a good pitch.

The Law.
Your rights.
Applicable European and local laws.
Where and how to get professional legal help if needed.
Obtaining permission (if needed and available).

Traveling.
Tips for budget travelers.
Bus and train routes.
How to travel for free.
Hiking route information.

Living.
Where to stay - cheap and free options.
Where to eat - cheap and free options.
Socialising with fellow traveling workers.

Emergency
Help! - I have fallen ill.
Help! - I have lost my passport, or been robbed.
Help! - I have had an accident.
Help! - I have run out of money.

Plus much more!

Ibiza was the last corner of Spain I had to research. How to Fund Your Own Travel adventure has been born out of more than Six years real experience - there is no theoretical rubbish. Hopefully, income from Part 1 will enable me to complete research for the remaining places in Europe I want to research to complete the full version. I have barely touched Italy, and never stepped foot in Portugal, or Greece. All Three countries are obviously going to be popular destinations, so it is essential I test these waters before publishing the complete version. Strange how Portugal is probably the easiest destination outside of Spain for me to reach from Granada, yet I have left it until last. I am really looking forwards to visiting and working in Porto and Lisbon - I have heard nothing but good stories about both cities.

Date of publish for Part 1 will be announced here within the comming weeks.

This blog has been a fantastic adventure that is almost over (unless it has only just begun). The World is a very big place even if it seems too small at times!

Please continue to read and follow.

Thanks.







Saturday, 7 June 2014

Tunes in my head Nº60summat.


This came from a thread on the Urban75 web forums. A reminder for anyone wishing to read the 'warts and all' alternative Ibiza experience...

Alternative Ibiza?

I like toi keep my blog 'clean'. The link above isn't clean :D


Thursday, 5 June 2014

A painting.

Experimental with inspirational thanks to a thread on a web forum somewhere.

It is Ibiza colours!!!



OK. It is a wrong way round painting. Haven't a clue???

Is this right time to ask for work?

johncolley@hotmail.com
689 744929




Friday, 30 May 2014

Plaza de Parque.






I gave this away to a lovely person from Belfast last night. Cotton Beach Club opening party - I sketched and gave people sketches :) It was a very nice evening. Cotton Beach Club is something a little bit extra special.


Saturday, 17 May 2014

All OK again.

I am actually enjoying Ibiza despite the slight intervention.

Looking for a room with a view to a more permanent perspective.

Work wanted (as ever). 689 744 929
johncolley@hotmail.com


Sunday, 11 May 2014

I am f***ing livid.

I am not going to let this go this time.

Spain. People of Spain; what the fuck is going on? Your banks get bailed out to the tune of €40 Billion whilst your La Liga is in debt to the banks to the tune of €20 Billion and we are told public services need to be cut. In the meantime, anyone trying to help themselves during the 'crisis' is hit with a €300 fine and has everything confiscated. Perhaps it is time you looked againd at your footballing heroes. They aren't quite the men you think they are.

Any advice on taking court action will be greatly appreciated. I am fucking well livid and ready to fight.



Occupation of a public space without permission.

€300 fine and everything confiscated for trying to do my job.

I was just sketching a scene for a client by their request. I had spoken with police previously. I went to the townhall did all the paper work. But, this morning I was charged, taken to the police station. Everything confiscated (I am down to the clothes I wear) and told to leave Ibiza, and that if I don't pay taxes in Spain I have no right to be here. All this despite the fact I have raised almost €200,000 for charities in Spain.

I am going straight back to work and to court. I will try contacting local papers tomorrow. Not sure how to go about this, but I am sick to death of being criminalised for being an artist. Fuck you Policia Local - I am up for a fight!