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Cause I'm the taxman 
27th-Oct-2009 09:06 am
knitting sketch
The Post Orifice held a parcel ransom yesterday as the tax man was demanding customs' duty of almost 10% of the value. Bloody tax man taxes everything. He's a vampire I tell you, and not a sexy, attractive redeemed one. I very nearly said Sod it, I didn't order anything from abroad, let it go back. But MWNN went to have a look for me as I'm still too poorly, and it was from jennylyle. I'm so glad MWNN insisted on collecting the parcel and paying the duty, as inside was a fabulous painting, done especially for my birthday by a fellow boater from Oz. I love Lyle's paintings. His early style reminded me very much of Lowry (of whom he'd never heard until I introduced him to the Salford Quays Collection).

The painting is now hanging in the guest room, with the Lowry prints I collected specifically for the room when it was transformed from a study to a guest bedroom.

birthday painting

Lyle usually includes members of his family and friends in his paintings. I wonder which chook is me?

Quote for the Day
There is just one life for each of us: our own. Euripides

27th-Oct-2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Hm. You're not supposed to have to pay duty on gifts. I'd talk to the Post Office about it, but it may be too late now that it's already been paid.
27th-Oct-2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Not the PO's fault. There was no indication it was a gift.
27th-Oct-2009 10:54 am (UTC)
I love the painting. Bloody cheek of the Customs and Excise though.

Great icon, BTW!
27th-Oct-2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Reminds me of George Harrison's 'Taxman' "declare the pennies on your eyes" indeed.

Icon courtesy of the new laptop's built-in webcam. I keep expecting the laptop to vacuum the floor and make the tea but, alas, no.

Edited at 2009-10-27 11:27 (UTC)
27th-Oct-2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous!
27th-Oct-2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
It is wonderful, all the more so because it was painted for me. I think the house may be a reminder of those in the area around where we used to keep the boat (and where the Oz friend still keeps his) in Burgundy.

Can you see the similarity of style with LS Lowry?

27th-Oct-2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I almost missed your birthday in all the excitement of receiving my present. All the best people are October births. Happy Birthday. I hope you have an enjoyable remainder of your natal day.

27th-Oct-2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder which chook is me?

Hard to tell - they are all wearing red hats...
27th-Oct-2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oooh you are awful ...... but I like you.
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