The best news story of the day is the report of a space ant firing a laser at earth.
I kid you not.
And we thought we’d destroy ourselves. Turns out those pesky ants will do it before we do.
The official report goes that astronomers have detected a laser emission from the Ant Nebula. A rare one, mind you.
Anyway, this laser emission suggests there is a double star system hidden at its core.
We can thank The European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory for detecting the laser blast and its subsequent link to the death of a star.
Scientists say, when stars the middleweight size of our sun get to the end of their lives they shrink into dense white dwarfs, ejecting off their outer layers of gas and dust and creating a nebula.
The bad news is that last week, research revealed that our sun would create a planetary nebula when it dies, leaving behind a ghostly ring like that of Abell 39. Thankfully, this will happen in 10 billion years when planet earth will probably no longer resemble its current status.
As insults go, when Donald Trump called Kim Jong Un a “Little rocket man”, it almost had an endearing ring to it.
Not one to be outdone in the insult humdinger stakes, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has muscled in on this international game of mud-slinging, and what better way to ‘trump’ (see what I did there) Trump, than to use that well-known dictionary of cliché gangland terminology.
Trump will be worm food
Anyway, I had to smile. And from that smile came an artwork I have simply titled, Worm Food
The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers, is painting about how, on a daily basis we are bombarded with sensational news stories that would appear to want to send us into uncontrollable frenzies. It has even encroached into my practice with this simple and to the point acrylic artwork on corrugated cardboard.
Painted from a photograph, with a bespoke alteration to the calendar at the right of the work, Supper at Emma’s (after Caravaggio) depicts a black cat (Guinness) munching on the carcass of a leftover Christmas turkey. The painting pays homage to the title of a Caravaggio painting, Supper at Emmaus, the image of which can bee seen on the discarded Caravaggio calendar stashed behind the waste bin.
Fake Mask depicts a couple arriving at a family function, one of which is wearing a rubber Donald Trump mask, a fake Donald Trump mask to boot. The woman’s embarrassment is plain to see. The world feels her pain.
Pandamonium is the painting of a vintage panda bear, a family heirloom perhaps, and one that has clearly been through the wars. Despite this, Pandamonium is a survivor and will live to fight another day.
For the second time in nearly as many months, a Conservative cabinet minister busts out the Reservoir Dogs phrase book as David Davis follows on from Theresa May’s “Let’s Get To Work” call to action after the snap election, with the no-nonsense, ball-busting war cry,
Let’s Get Down To Business