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January 16, 2010

Gritted Teeth

Elizabeth Robison tells of prolonged stay-at-home days enforced by snow and ice.

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January 07, 2010

What's Orange And Sounds Like A Parrot?

...When I have an eye test, I always feel there must be a right answer to the question ‘Is this better or that?’ When I told him this, the optician replied that I had an 11+ mentality thinking there must always be a right answer....

Liz Robison has some new glasses to give her a better view from her snow-bound lair in the Yorkshire hills.

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November 18, 2009

“How’s The Queen?''

...The flora and fauna are so remarkably different. I was particularly struck by the beautiful purple jacaranda trees and by the extremely tall and ubiquitous gum trees. The expression ‘up a gum tree’ now has more resonance. Gum trees are nicknamed ‘widow-makers’ because they can suddenly drop huge dead limbs...

Liz Robison and her potter husband Jim have just returned from Australia with an indelible impression of a wonderful country.

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http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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September 19, 2009

Everyone Needs An Angel

...We had a few days in Northumberland recently and driving back we stopped at Gateshead to get up close to the Angel of the North. It is fantastic. The information board had a diagram showing how the footings go into the bedrock in the area where ‘miners toiled in the dark for two hundred years’, as Gormley said. When asked ‘Why an angel? he replied: ‘because no one has ever seen one, but everyone needs one.’ It is an awesome achievement: literally a Colossus...

Liz Robison tells of more busy and happy days in the life of a potter and his moll.

Do please visit the Web site of Liz's husband, internationally famous potter Jim Robison
http://www.boothhousegallery.co.uk/

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August 25, 2009

Making The Queen Sound Common

... One student, an older lady, had an accent that was so ‘posh’ it would have made the Queen sound common. You don’t often hear voices like that these days, which makes you realise how language, like all things, changes over time...

Liz Robison tells of a potters' course, a visit to beautiful Fountains Abbey, the paintings of L S Lowry.....and other happy days.

To read more of Liz’s wonderfully entertaining columns please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=Liz+Robison

And do please visit the Web site of Liz’s potter husband Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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August 01, 2009

Passion And Devotion

...I thought I’d heard it all when I read the following :- PASSION: it’s what the makers and their 2,000 employees have for hearing aids. That’s an awful lot of passion.

Later that day I was driving behind a van delivering groceries for Waitrose which declared ‘Delivered with devotion’. Passion and devotion both debased on the same day...

Liz Robison deplores the degradation of words by advertising folk.

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July 11, 2009

The Organ Recital

...There is a hilarious chapter called ‘The Organ Recital’, an expression she attributes to the late Lord Annan. When two or three older people get together she writes, you can be sure talk will soon get to the ‘Organ Recital’. “Heads, bodies and legs are dissected; noses throats and ears, skin and bones, arteries, liver and lights, and (Blair’s favourites), hearts and minds.”

“There is a strong sense of competition even as to the waiting times at hospital (length of); tales of woe are capped and re-capped as the Organ Recital progresses...

Liz Robison's enthusiasm for two books will make you rush out to your nearest Waterstone's, or tap into Amazon.

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June 23, 2009

Windy, Exposed And Far From Home

Potter's moll Liz Robison relishes the wild beauty of Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales.

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May 26, 2009

Pink And Sparkly

...One of my weaknesses is for shoes – cheap and cheerful mostly, which is my general guide to what I wear. Last weekend a friend’s granddaughter declared that she needed to show her new (pink, sparkly) trainers to Lizzie Robison. A girl after my own heart. As a child, whenever I got new shoes, which was not that often, I used to put them on the bedside table so that they would be the first things I saw next day...

Liz Robison writes of sparkly shoes, Tumbling Tom tomatoes and other pleasures.

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May 09, 2009

Conversation In The Great Dome

Liz Robison attends a pottery sale in the Great Dome at Buxton, “the largest unsupported structure in Europe, larger than the Parthenon in Rome.

“I know this because of another remarkable feature of the dome: the acoustics. I heard a man telling this detail to someone, but they were on the other side of the building to me. You kept hearing snippets of conversation as you moved around even though you were standing alone. At one point, a disembodied voice announced: ‘I do like them but I could not eat a whole one’.’’

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April 14, 2009

I Hate Tesco-isation

...I hate the Tesco-isation of this country – you see it clearly if you travel by train with clogged roundabouts and queues waiting to get into and out of the car parks. The other point I think it is important to point out is that all the profits of a Tesco go to its shareholders: the profits of small local stores are passed on in the community to other businesses, accountants, cleaners etc...

Columnist Liz Robison is incensed by retail giant Tesco's plans to open a store in a picturesque Yorkshire market town.

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March 30, 2009

A Place Of Inspiration And Hard Work

...We took the opportunity to visit St Ives, but I was underwhelmed by Tate West – as so often these days, it seemed more about the building than the contents, although it is in a stunning location. The Barbara Hepworth house, garden and workshops are much more to my taste, there being a true atmosphere that this was a place of both inspiration and very hard work...

Star columnist Liz Robison has been on holiday in Cornwall.

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And do visit Jim’s Web site http://www.boothhousegallery.co.uk/

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March 14, 2009

A Splendid Othello

... A huge treat recently was a matinee performance at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds of Othello, with Lenny Henry in the title role. It was superb – a true ensemble performance from the Northern Broadsides Company and Henry made a splendid Othello, his stage presence and projection being very commanding. Together with a sinuous and insidious Iago, it was a performance of tremendous power...

Ebullient Liz Robison brings us another episode in the life of a busy potter’s moll.

Do please visit the Web site of Liz’s husband, Jim http://www.boothhousegallery.co.uk/

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March 02, 2009

Sycamores, But No Trees

...Now housing developments have names like Spring Glade, (sounds like air freshener), The Mews, Sycamore Close and so on. Someone said that the suburbs are where they cut down trees and then name the streets after them....

Liz Robison expresses a fascination for names - a fascination which these days can often be associated with regret.

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February 15, 2009

Culling The Books

Housebound because of lingering snow, Potter’s Moll Liz Robison has been culling her book shelves and sorting the contents of files and drawers.

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And do please visit the Web site of Liz’s husband, potter Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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January 31, 2009

What Is That In The Cake Shop Window?

...That reminds me of my favourite Scottish joke. Two people are looking in the window of a cake shop in Glasgow. The first one says ‘Is that a cake or a meringue?’ The second one says ‘No, you’re not wrang, it is a cake.’...

No-one can match our irrepressible columnist Liz Robison when it comes to raising a chuckle.

To read more of Liz’s sparkling columns please visit http://www.openwriting.com/archives/a_potters_moll/

And do visit the Web site of Liz's husband Jim Robison, the internatiuonallyt-renowed potter http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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January 12, 2009

Snow And Ice

... Snow and ice were a problem early this week. Our steep driveway was pure ice for two days, and the last bit of the steep hill to reach it does not get gritted either. I found myself skidding and sliding backwards as I tried to get home, so I went back until I got on a gritted bit. When I went to go out again later, the lane was so icy I found myself clinging on to wheelie bins and car wing mirrors! Fortunately by the time I came back it had thawed enough to enable me to get all the way home. I am so glad to be retired from regular work and not have to travel every day...

Liz Robison struggles through the bleak winter weather to bring us another column.

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December 28, 2008

A Three-Foot Column Of Flame

...A couple of weeks ago I got up at 6 am to go to the loo and as I crossed the landing I heard an insistent noise which it eventually dawned on me was the smoke alarm in the kitchen. When I opened the living room door, I was confronted by a three-foot column of flame rising from the coffee table....

Liz Robison’s festive season was certainly not lacking in home-grown drama.

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December 06, 2008

Excuse Me There's A Tooth On Your Shoe

... We have had more than our share of dental experiences lately. I won’t go into detail because it’s gory, but Jim has a temporary front tooth that keeps coming out – most amusingly (though not to him, at our son’s wedding when it bounced off the shoe of the bride’s father)...

Liz Robison has an irrepressible sense of humour – but here also are serious thoughts on a court case which shocked the nation.

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November 22, 2008

Better Hair On Bacon

...A lady told me that our hairdresser, Gary, is the best for miles around, because she has tried them all. Then she said that she had very poor hair, adding, ‘I’ve seen better hair on bacon.’...

Potter’s Moll Liz Robison has had another busy and fascinating fortnight.

Do please visit the Web site of Liz’s husband, potter Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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November 10, 2008

Do The Pie Thing

...Part of my Potter’s Moll duty this week was to make dozens of mince pies. It is a long established tradition in our gallery that we open our Christmas exhibition by serving mulled wine and mince pies. People really appreciate home made ones these days as everyone seems to buy shop ones which I find taste like sawdust...

Besides preparing tasty bites Liz Robison has also been savouring a particularly tasty literary treat - Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit.

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November 01, 2008

Wordy Henry

...The audience watching the local Thespians perform an adaptation of ‘Washington Square’ by Henry James, a play called ‘The Heiress’, included groups of people who were probably supporting family members or colleagues who were in the cast. A young lady was quietly asked to turn off her phone, which lit up every few minutes as she checked her text messages. A few minutes later she sighed heavily and whispered loudly: ‘I wish I’d brought my I-pod.’...

The inimitable Liz Robison sums up a shallow mind in two paragraphs.

Liz wrote this column in memory of and with respect to Joyce Hinchliffe who died on October 20th. “A great lady,’’ says Liz. Joyce contributed words and pictures to Open Writing.

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October 04, 2008

The Perfect Day For A Red MG

Today is an extra-special day for the Robisons. Younger son Lloyd is getting married.

His mother Liz Robison took time out during an extraordinarily busy week to write this sparkling column.

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September 20, 2008

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

... the traffic in Dublin when we got off the ferry was horrendous and there did not seem to be any directional signs. I mentioned this to a lady at the festival and she agreed with me and added: ‘And the ones who know their way will be hootin’ and tootin’ behind you.’ (which they were). ‘Ah well, you just have to say a prayer for them’ she added...

Liz Robison is back home again after a summer of gallivanting.

Do please visit the Web site of Liz's husband, potter Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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September 06, 2008

'Don't They Have Policemen?'

...Thomastown is that lovely Irish thing – a proper town with one main street with a variety of shops, pubs and services with no chain stores in sight. Last time we were there there was a minor traffic jam because a lorry driver had abandoned his vehicle to go and get a takeaway. An irate woman tourist a few cars back craned her neck over the cars in front and said: ‘Don’t they have policemen?’

Liz Robison and potter husband Jim are off to Ireland.

For more of Liz’s delicious columns please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/a_potters_moll/

And do visit Jim’s web site http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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August 23, 2008

Beautiful BC

... Our friends had found us a half price deal on a four star hotel overlooking the harbour in Victoria, capital of BC. The room even had a balcony. We toured by bus, by harbour ferry and on foot. We stayed on Sunday morning to watch the harbour ferry ‘ballet’. These little twelve-seater boats that tootle round the harbour gather together on Sunday morning and perform to the tune of The Blue Danube. Marvellous! They look like whirligigs on a pond....

Liz Robison and her potter husband Jim have been sampling the ample delights of British Columbia.

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Do please visit Jim’s Web site http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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July 26, 2008

Clinking Glasses

...Lunches are light, salad and fruit and the evening begins at six pm when we take out drinks and nibbles to the studio as a signal that the working day is over. Jim puts the glasses close together on the tray so they make a pleasant clinking sound...

Liz Robison has been serving up meals for a group of students in her husband Jim’s pottery studio. Good fun for all concerned, particularly when the time came for the glasses to clink.

Do visit Jim’s Web site http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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July 12, 2008

Cava And Cream Scones

...We have a featured potter called Nigel Edmondson who makes garden or patio pots, some with crevices in then which he plants with house leeks which look very attractive and are easy to look after, just needing misting once a week. Jim’s underpowered moment came when he told me the pots were planted with roof leaks!...

Potter's Moll Liz Robison has yet to learn how not be funny,

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June 28, 2008

No Lakes Without Watter

...The weather has been behaving bizarrely this month. Our visit to the Lake District last weekend was a complete washout – you knew in the morning that it would rain all day. The farmer who owned the campsite pointed out that: ‘There’d be no lakes if there was no watter.’...

Liz Robison has a damp and miserable time while more water was being added to England’s most watery corner,

Do visit the Web site of Liz’s potter husband Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

And do visit the Holmfrith Art Week exhibitions – and Booth House Gallery. Go on, treat yourself!

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June 14, 2008

Slowly To The Repair Shop

...The woman driving the Nissan Micra, which had very bad damage to its front end, shouted that I had been driving too slowly and when I said that it was the fourth such incident she said: ‘There you are, you see, you must drive too slowly!’...

Potter’s moll Liz Robison had an unwelcome “surprise’’ on her birthday this month.

To read more of Liz’s ebullient columns please dclick on A Potter’s Moll in the menu on this page. And do visit the Web site of her internationally-famous potter husband Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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May 31, 2008

Ugh! Very Disturbing

...We had a weekend recently at ClayArt in Denbigh, North Wales. A well organised event of two hundred potters and their wares, plus demonstrations and kiln firings. It always amuses me to eavesdrop on what visitors say – you become used to: ‘What’s this in aid of?’ But I was a bit nonplussed by a posh lady who stood in front of one of Jim’s big garden pots and said: ‘Are those holes eyes or mouths? Ugh! Very disturbing.’...

Columnist Liz Robison sees the good, the bad and the very funny in another crowded fortnight.

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May 10, 2008

The World's Largest Cruise Ship

… Our visit to Cobh, near Cork was interesting for the wrong reasons. We were trying to get to the museum of emigration housed in an old railway station there, but the town was clogged with traffic because the largest cruise ship in the world, the Spirit of Independence, had docked there in its deep harbour as part of its maiden voyage from Southampton. It is huge – people buy apartments on it and live there, I believe. It is also very ugly…

The exuberant Liz Robison enjoys what she sees on a visit to Ireland – excepting that which floats.

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April 28, 2008

An Evening With A Poet

Liz Robison enjoys an evening with Yorkshire-born Simon Armitage, one of the leading poets of our day.

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April 12, 2008

The Hand, Nose And Chin Of The Weatherman

...I can hardly believe that the Robisons have entered the twenty first century to the extent that we have bought a slim-line, digital TV. We don’t watch a lot of television, mainly news and documentaries, but we did eventually come to realise that it was not normal for us to see only the hand, nose and chin of the weatherman as he stood alongside his chart. On the Luddite side of things, though, we did buy it from a small local retailer and not a giant chain, and it was probably the smallest screen on offer...

Liz Robison's diary of a busy life is always a delight.

Do please visit the Web site of Liz's potter husbgand Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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March 29, 2008

Two Ethans

… My friend’s grandson came home from playgroup and announced that there were two Ethans in the group, ‘But they’ve got different faces so you know which is which.’…

Liz Robison brings further news of events in a well-filled life.

Do please visit the Web site of Liz's husband, internationally known potter Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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March 16, 2008

In Praise Of Municipal Art Galleries

…In the 1980’s Jim had one of his first public commissions to make a mural piece for Oldham Art Gallery to commemorate the men from the town who had died as volunteers in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. I enjoyed doing the research for the piece, which recorded the names and the battles in which the men died – many, many along strategic rivers.

The piece features figures in relief with rifles, weaponry and airplanes. (The Spanish Civil war was the first conflict in which civilians were bombed.) At the bottom of the panel there is a quotation from a poem by C Day Lewis:
We came because our open eyes
Could see no other way…

Liz Robison visits the new Gallery Oldham and art galleries in Sheffield.

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March 01, 2008

Men Of Harlech

… Our local Welsh society held a Noson Lawen recently. Literally it translates as Happy Night, where anyone can get up and do anything. We had singing, poems, jokes and an exposition of the history of the song Men of Harlech , including it being featured in the film Zulu. It was a very entertaining evening and the youngest performer was in his late fifties. Here’s to Grey Power….

Here's another ebullient column from Liz Robison. To read more of them please click on A Potter’s Moll in the menu on this page.

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February 16, 2008

Winter Sunshine And Cream Of Onion Soup

...My wise friend knew from past experience that the café in the Stable block sells mainly crisps and Kit-Kats, so had had the foresight to prepare a flask of delicious cream of onion soup which we enjoyed with fresh granary rolls as we watched the sunlight play about the, nevertheless, cold landscape from the warmth and comfort of her car...

Liz Robison tells of memorable winter picnics.

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February 08, 2008

Spreading The Word

...Work with teachers and with schools is important – I’ve lost count of how many teachers’ retirement presents have been bought here, generally paid for with a huge bag of coins from the whip-round. Mainly work with schools goes smoothly but Jim was non-plussed to be bombarded with e-mails from every member of a Year 10 class from a local high school asking for help with an Art project. Some promised ‘luv and hugs’ at the end; one began: ‘Yo, dude.’...

Potter's moll Liz Robison tells of publicising the work of her husband, Jim. Do please visit Jim's Web site http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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January 19, 2008

Pyrenees Orientales

…Our friends met us there and they were a mine of information about everything we saw on our fifty- minute journey to their village, including the border town of La Joncquera which is virtually a huge lorry park, complete with the Lady Dallas lap-dancing club and the La Madam brothel.

We were unfamiliar with this area of France called Pyrenees Orientales and quite unprepared for the mountainous beauty. From our bedroom window we had a spectacular view of a snow-covered range called Les Alberes…

Liz Robison and her potter husband Jim enjoy a winter break in the France-Spain border region.

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January 06, 2008

Mustard Tins And Hot Water Bottles

...One favourite is a large tin with a hinged lid which contained Colman’s mustard which came from my grandmother’s grocery shop, where mustard was weighed out from the tin and then wrapped in a screw of paper. The tin is beautiful, colourfully embossed with a woodland scene of nymphs lounging around – mustard on their ham sandwiches?...

Books, teapots, ceramic hot water bottles... Liz Robison recognises that sentiment rather than acquisitiveness has led to accumulations of amusing, nostalgic and beautiful objects.

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December 22, 2007

This Way Up

...The funeral I attended produced a lovely story from one of the other mourners. The previous time she had attended the Crematorium, the deceased was a second hand dealer and a bit of a joker and when the coffin arrived it had big stickers on it saying ‘THIS WAY UP’ and ‘Lot 59: BOX & CONTENTS’. Apparently everybody burst out laughing and clapping...

The inimitable Liz Robison tells of humour where you would least expect to find it.

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November 17, 2007

Collecting Delight

...We have teapots by David Lloyd Jones, David Leech, Jane Hamlyn, Charles Bound, Derek Emms etc, and they all sit on the shelf above the Aga like gentle presences. ( The teapots, I mean.)

Jugs. We’ve somehow acquired ones by Wally Keeler, Alan Caiger Smith, Richard Dewar, Ruthanne Tudball to name but a few. One little jug that I treasure is a German salt-glazed one with a vine-leaf motif and the reason I love it so much is because our daughter brought it back from her German exchange all those years ago.

I am beginning to see that sentiment has as much to do with my collections as acquisitiveness...

Liz Robison considers the collecting habit.

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November 03, 2007

The American Way Of Death

...The American Way of Death seems like another world with its open caskets, visitations, oleaginous funeral home attendants, hugely opulent flowers, cortege, etc. I found it very strange that all the mourners accompanied the coffin/casket to the cemetery only to leave it there on a hydraulic lift device and not bury it at all. What happened to Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust?...

Liz Robison flies to the United States to attend a family funeral.

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October 20, 2007

Still Seething

"I am still seething about having been caught out when I parked in B&Q car park in Dewsbury so I could go and sing in a choir concert in the nearby Minster.'' writes Liz Robison.

Liz had a more than ample reason to be annoyed. Anyone parking there after hours can be charged as much as £125!

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October 04, 2007

Physio-terrorists And Penguins

Gargoyles and penguins, misprints and massage, praise for parks and Paxton...

What a treat to travel with lively Liz Robison through her varied week.

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September 15, 2007

Walking Out Of The Gym

...Potter Jim and I are not what you would call fitness fanatics so when we saw pictures on TV of a gym full of toiling sweaty people, I said that I could not imagine us ever going into such a place. Jim surprised me by saying he had been in such places in hotels in the USA when he goes to his annual ceramics conference.

‘Well, what did you do there? I asked.

‘Walk out again,’ he said...

Count on columnist Liz Robison to make you chuckle.

For more of Liz's columns please click on A Potter's Moll in the menu on this page. And do visit he Web site of her potter husband, Jim http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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September 01, 2007

A Soft-Top In The Rain

…I asked if I would have to make another visit the next day even though it only necessitated taking a box of tablets down off the shelf – I could see them. The answer was yes.

It’s hardly as if the pharmacist is grinding away with a mortar and pestle for twenty four hours! Next day when I went I was told to take a seat for ten minutes while they got it ready – slow motion to move a box into a paper bag.

While I waited I allowed myself to be further annoyed by a badly-worded notice which read: ‘Please would patients queue to the left for your prescription.’…

A trip to the local health centre pharmacy can be an irritating experience, as Liz Robison reveals.

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August 18, 2007

Wonderful Wales

...One place which I will always treasure the memory of, is Ty Mawr in the remote Wybrnant Valley above Betws y Coed. The setting is so quiet and beautiful that one can imagine life there when it was built 600 years ago with a brook running nearby and a drover’s road passing the door.

The house was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan who translated the Bible into Welsh and presented it to Queen Elizabeth 1, who was his patron...

Liz Robison revists her beloved Wales and is again entranced by the magical beauty of a very special land.

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August 04, 2007

Upside Down Dishes

Potters have unusual mealtime habits, as Liz Robison reveals. They can hardly wait for a dish to be empty so that they can turn it upside down to see whose maker’s mark is on he bottom.

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July 21, 2007

Listen Twice, Talk Once

...The choir I sing with recently acquired new uniforms which the ladies think are very smart – black trousers, black top with a gold and black brocade short-sleeved jacket over the top. We gave a concert last Sunday afternoon and when I came out there was a young boy riding his bike on the pavement. He asked me: ‘Why is there a load of people wearing them funny shirts?’ Beauty, as ever, is in the eye of the beholder!...

Despite a sombre start to Liz Robison's week she found plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

Liz's fortnightly column is a joy to read. Please click on A Potter's Moll in the menu on this page for more of her words.

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July 07, 2007

Slack Bottom

Liz Robison this week writes of art festivals, Latin Mottos , Fryup and Slack Bottom.

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June 23, 2007

Proverbs, Fletchers And A Sitooterie

…I visited a friend recently and when I was leaving she insisted I go out by the back door, even though the front door was nearer. ‘Always go out the way you came in,’ she said. This made me think about superstitions and proverbs. Youngsters these days look blank if you quote a proverb, especially as we often only say part of it:

‘A stitch in time……’
‘Too many cooks…..’
‘A rolling stone…….’

I guess proverbs are from an older pre-industrial, certainly pre-computer/digital age…

The effervescent Liz Robison considers proverbs, fledglings, fletchers, retirement cards – and more!

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June 09, 2007

The Bard And The Slug

Now I like oxymoron (coupling opposites together) as much as anyone and the language would be poorer without ‘bittersweet’ and even ‘sweet and sour’. If ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’ was good enough for the Bard, it’s good enough for me. (Cliché?) But I have noticed a trend that has spread from Art criticism to book reviews. On the blurb of the novel I am currently reading, I read:

‘savagely funny and authentically tragic’


‘both familiar and extraordinary’

‘very funny as well as heart-rendingly sad’

To coin another cliché, could this be called ‘sitting on the fence’?

Liz Robison turns her thoughts to Bardic matters – and slugs.

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May 26, 2007

Pommes de Terre

…As we travelled back through the Vale of York farmland, my companion told me of a sign he had seen by the roadside – a broom handle with a piece of hardboard nailed to it bearing the legend ‘POTATOES’. Some wag had added underneath – ‘Twinned with Pommes de Terres’…

Liz Robison shares more of her enthusiasm for life as a potter’s moll.

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May 12, 2007

An Old Caravan And An MG

...Our little old caravan comes into its own on these occasions – hearing rain on the roof when you are warm and dry inside is one of the nicest sounds I know...

A potter has to go out into the world to sell his wares, as Liz Robison reveals. Mind you, there's also time for holidays. A luxury villa with a view of the Alpes Maritimes. Touring Ireland in an MG...

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April 28, 2007

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

…I popped into the studio one day recently to find Jim looking a bit agitato and Ian Marsh standing nearby with a brush and dustpan in his hand…

There’s many a shattering experience in a potter’s life, as Elizabeth Robison reveals.

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April 14, 2007

Grippy Lippy

...As I used my ‘Screwy Lewy’ recently, (a rubber disc that enables you to unscrew difficult jar lids) I thought about my late friend, Bessie, who gave it to me. She was a great Mrs Malaprop. When I saw her next time after receiving said item, she said: ‘Do you still use your Grippy Lippy?’ She once described an unruly disco in the village hall in Northern Ireland where she lived as being like ‘Sodom and Gloccamoragh’...

There's more laughter in store in the latest column from the ebullient Liz Robison.

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March 31, 2007

Do You Know The Meaning Of The Word "Testiculation''?

… I derive great pleasure from language. I love the way new words develop and how meanings change over time. I was taken by a column in The Guardian recently, that attempted to explain the language of the MySpace generation. So now ‘caj’, ‘dizzy’, ‘dope’ and ‘nang’ all mean ‘cool’, which is a slang word in itself. My kids used ‘ace’, ‘macca’, ‘brill’ and ‘skill’ fifteen years ago. Our eldest son returned from a family holiday to the USA with ‘totally awesome’ as his favourite phrase only to be told by his North London cousin: ‘We tend to say ‘wicked’ rahnd ‘ere…

Liz Robison delights in the English language's penchant to continually re-invent itself. For more of Liz’s ebullient words please click on A Potter’s Moll in the menu on ths page.

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March 17, 2007

The Train Takes The Strain

…There was a lively, noisy party of Poles with two yappy dogs in pet-carriers, there was a magnificent kilted Scot, a very jolly old lady in a wheel chair. You do see life, I thought as I sat next to a young man who was reading about the Punic Wars and opposite a young woman who was studying The Complete Handbook of Clinical Medicine…

Liz Robison observes, and for the most part enjoys, both scenery and passengers on a series of train journeys, though she concludes “I do hate to be forced to listen to one half of mobile phone calls. As Old Amos, the cartoon character in The Dalesman magazine says: ‘Some folk don’t have much to say but tha’s to listen to them a long time to find out!’’’

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March 03, 2007

Sage Plus Gaga Equals...?

…Saga magazine plopped through the letter- box this week and I always look forward to the mixture of entertainment, nostalgia and tips that the magazine contains. It occurred to me though – is the name Saga an amalgam of Sage (wise) and Gaga?…

Liz Robison – Open Writing’s laughter-maker in residence - presents another chuckle-filled
chapter recounting her busy life.

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February 15, 2007

Relaxed Armpits

Liz Robison brings us another rich slice of a potter’s wife’s life. (And try saying that sentence after a glass or two of malt whisky!) This column is brought to you by a lady with very relaxed armpits. Do read on…..

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February 01, 2007

Another Day In The Life Of...

So you think a potter and his moll lead quiet, contemplative, creative lives. Read Liz Robison's account of a recent day in the life of her internationally famous husband, potter Jim Robison - then ask yourself whether you could ever muster the energy to be a creative artist.

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January 25, 2007

Happy To Be On Tenterhooks

…It’s coughs and sneezes season again. Picking up a prescription at our local Health Centre recently, I bumped into an ex-colleague who regaled me with more or less his whole medical history. When I said: ‘I’ve just got a bit of raised blood pressure.,’ he said: ‘Oh, I’ve got that as well.’ It reminded me of a Dawn French/ Jennifer Saunders sketch where the two women were in the waiting room trying to outdo each other in describing their ailments. Dawn French eventually clinched it by saying: ‘Actually, I’m dead.’…

Potter’s wife Liz Robison presents another bright, breezy and guaranteed germ-free page from the diary of a busy life.

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January 04, 2007

Be Always At War With Your Vices And At Peace With Your Neighbours

…This year my friend Lesley sent a card that was in the shape of a triangular Christmas tree with phrases and mottoes that got longer as the triangle got wider. So it began with JOY at the top, and the last line was: ‘Be always at war with your vices and at peace with your neighbours.’ – a good rule for the new year …

Liz Robison
looks back with pleasure on Christmas, 2006.

Liz’s husband Jim is an internationally-renowned potter. Please do visit his Web site http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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December 21, 2006

Do You Know What King Wenceslas's Favourite Pizza Is?

…Children often misinterpret the words of Christmas carols – Gervaise Phinn has made a book out of it: A Wayne in a Manger. I remember my niece singing: Away in a manger, no crisps or a bed. And a friend’s son warbling about ‘Jesus Christ the son of Bod’…

If you are not already in a festive mood, read Liz Robison’s joyful column – and begin smiling. If you are already filled with Christmas cheer, then read it and laugh out loud.

Liz is the wife of Jim Robison, an internationally renowed potter, hence the title of her column. Please visit http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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December 07, 2006

An Encounter With Mr Melvyn Bragg

Liz Robison is the wife of Jim Robison, a potter of international renown who is based in Holmfirth, Yorkshire.

Liz, who will be writing regularly for Open Writing, calls herself a Potter's Moll - and the first to hear that soubriquet was Melvyn Bragg, the novelist and TV personality.

Here is Liz's sparkling self-introductory column. And do please visit Jim Robison's Web site http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

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