The Ministry of Common Sense, and Coffee

I rarely see a £20 note.. I'm married!

The worst times to drink coffee are between 08:00-09:00, 12:00-13:00 and 17:30-18:30. The best is about an hour after waking up, regardless of the time. Seriously, this simply cannot be right? I can't even function without a huge caffeine intake the moment my eyes are open. This apparently is a new piece of research.


When I ran this research through the Ministry of Common Sense, even the most senior common sense officer agreed that however much this research cost, it would have been better to invest the money in a coffee plantation. I'm trying hard not to get on the subject of silly research again so we will move on.


Today we also take a look at a story that has been online for a few weeks now, The Bank of England has announced plans to feature a visual artist on the next version of the £20 banknote. The note will go into circulation in the next three to five years. The current £20 note features Scottish economist Adam Smith.


The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, announced that the bank was keen to emphasize the contribution that visual artists have made to British culture. Carney also added that the bank was allocating a two-month period during which members of the public can nominate individuals to grace the new currency.


Public nominations were introduced following criticism over gender inequality after the bank replaced Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill on the £5 note, leaving the UK's money without a single female representative. A new £10 note depicting Jane Austen will come into circulation in 2017.


Nominees may be selected from the entire breadth of the visual arts including painters, sculptors, designers, architects, fashion designers, photographers, and filmmakers. However, nominees can't be among the living, as tradition dictates that the monarch may be the only living person represented on the national currency.


My money is on L. S. Lowry being the favourite. Laurence Stephen "L.S." Lowry was an English artist born in Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years and also Salford and its surrounding areas. A committee appointed by the Bank of England will be appointed which will include art experts to draw up a short list for the governor in 2016.


Also talking of hot tips, I have been trying to figure out art trends that will become popular over the next twelve months. Let's see by the end of this time next year if they are way off the mark, or right on the money!


Cuban Art. I've been seeing a few Cuban art pieces recently and it seems that Cuban art is becoming deservedly popular. It has a unique style, vibrant colours, I think it is going to do well. I also think it will be a copied style over the coming year.


Digital Surrealism. I have seen an increase in sales of a couple of my more surrealist pieces. Artists such as Anny Wang skilfully mastered the intersection of the digital and the analogue by employing a combination of crafts and 3D technology to create mouthwatering, dreamlike, digital still life. I think this is a genre we really need to look out for.


Retro will evolve. Except this time we won't be looking at images that represent the 50's and 60's, it will be art that represents the 90's. Pixel art will also gain some followers following the Pixel Movie, and dare I say that those of a certain age (I.e. Me) will be salivating over images of days gone by when all we had to entertain us were Hoola Hoops, the Rubiks Cube, and the A Team on TV.


I have seen a huge surge in popularity over on Pinterest where I also have a Retro board. You can check it out over at Some of my most re-pinned pins can be found on this board.


So that's it. We are nearly done with this week. The weekend is officially loading. I just wish that Thursday and Friday had a faster processor!


What do you think will be the growing trends over the next twelve months? As always, leave a comment below!


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