Thursday, 22 October 2020

Daft bat in one's loft

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From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 at 11:33
Subject: Re: PR
To: ginetterainbow


'Morning Ginette

Lovely to hear from you ~ with such kind comments too.

I expect you and Melvin are well over your respective ailments by now. Keeping up with the ever-tip-top felines in your household!๐Ÿˆ

Anyway, as regards your mention of Jackie and brownie points last night's v protracted phone call from Jackie (as they always are with her) revealed an awful hankering for her to convert our loft and for her to live up there in a self-contained flat! OMG! Aaargh!

Fortunately we spent six weeks in her company during the cross-over from E Sussex to N Dorset so we know first-hand what a nightmare she is. Hazel immediately told her "No way!"

She still hasn't opened that link I sent you re the radio interview. That's how weird she is.

Thought I'd just keep you in the loop re Jackie. I'm sure there'll be further developments to tell you about soon.

Here btw is a poem they've seen and heard me recite recently on Twitter. The radio controller said I need a better mic to air it on their radio station: " Thanks Grenville. Could you try re-recording it using a voicememo app on your phone. You need to be a bit closer for radio! Voicerecord Pro is a good app if you don't have one!"

Gold Hill is a bold hill

As steep as steep can be

At the top it's a fair old drop

But so much there to see
Wow and whoosh! The sheer drama of the panorama
 
Is wondrous to behold

You could be flying on a magic carpet

But you're not you've just been told

All our fondest
 

  
Grenville 
Allen
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On Thu, 8 Oct 2020 at 14:53, <ginetterainbow@aol.com> wrote:
Hi Grenville and Hazel,

Thank you so much for this link.  It's really lovely to see you both looking so well, you haven't aged at all, and good to hear your voices again.

Wow, what an amazing story, How many brownie points did Jackie earn when she found your house?!  And all the background to where you are now was so interesting.  I loved hearing about your eyebrows too, Grenville, how lucky are you to have Hazel to keep you looking well groomed?!

It sounds like you are very happy there and that things are going well for you.  I'm so pleased for you both.

Melvin and I are alright, he's had a bad cough and cold for about a month now, and I've suddenly got a bad back, the cats are doing well though!  He's still working hard, and I'm still happily retired, the last five years have just flown by.

It's always great to hear from you, thank you for keeping in touch.

Take care and stay safe.

Wishing you both all the very best,

Ginette x


-----Original Message-----
From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
To: latham.b@sky.com
CC: ginetterainbow@aol.com; Glyn Wakefield <glyn.wakefield@sky.com>
Sent: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:09
Subject: PR

Tee-hee!

 
  
Grenville 
Allen
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"Like having a daft bat in your loft!" said Hazel


Funniest thing I've heard today!๐Ÿ˜‚
 

  
Grenville 
Allen
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Friday, 9 October 2020

EYE-CATCHING ADVERTISING

Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 at 07:53
Subject: EYE-CATCHING ADVERTISING



A few words of warning from an old ad pro:
It is a complete waste of money and time running invisible/wallpaper advertising.

Imagine my frustration when none of my body copy I spent time crafting nor my headline has been actioned. 

I've written for Ferrerro Raffaello "The light white bite", "Whoop it up with Vimto", "Have You Been Grabbed By The Grunhalles?" for a Greenall Whitley lager (the accompanying beer mats I wrote for the tv commercial I also wrote are still selling on Ebay), 78-sheet poster for Air France on the Hammersmith flyover: "A FLOCK OF FLIGHTS. A PRIDE OF STAFF. NO HERDS." Eurocamp: "Fun in the sun for under a ton!". And so on ~ over a 25 year period. Below is just one of my award-winning ads I came up with for the NSPCC....



I was paid enough to wear coats like the above and drive a black company BMW. 

All because I came up with eye-catching advertising. You see, it pays to advertise!
 
  
Grenville 
Allen
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Saturday, 3 October 2020

"Grenville, you're becoming quite a local celebrity, I hear!"

Grenville Allen (@grenvilleallen) tweeted:
Super-duper interview with Keri from @ListenToAlfred. And it's equally super-duper that he took shots of what was happening. Just click on ๐Ÿ‘‰https://t.co/Oo3LJ5Rzwu
 

  
Grenville 
Allen
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Monday, 21 September 2020

10%/15% offer


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From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 at 08:01
Subject: Re: Advertising leaflet
To: CLAIRE 

Just email everyone. The kitchen's not well-frequented ~ especially by those not doing a shift. We've been told to lessen our carbon footprint so the less printed off the better.

As an addendum, I think setting sales targets in the shop would also be a good incentive for people to sell more of everyone's wares in the Cygnet. See if anyone can top a certain figure like Hazel & I have at 500. It's fun. I even get dressed up to do it!


  
On Sat, 19 Sep 2020 at 22:29, CLAIRE WATERS <claire.waters@live.co.uk> wrote:

Hi All
Would you like me to put a list in the kitchen when I am in on Monday morning  for people to tick/ sign if they would like to take  part in offering 10%-15% off their work during Nov/Dec just to see who is interested in promoting this idea ? And yes maybe if they spend a certain amount, although if certain people don't opt in this could create  a problem if a customer buys multiple pieces of work and one of those artists doesn't wish  to take part in the discount offer.
Claire


Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Clenched fist time!


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From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 16:00
Subject: Re: Cygnet Finances survey - closing date 4.30pm on Monday 14th September 2020
To: Lindsay Keir 

Phew! ๐Ÿ‘
 

  
Grenville 
Allen
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On Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 15:57, Lindsay Keir <lindsaykeir@hotmail.com> wrote:
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I feel preached at now. 
Let's leave it as it is. 
Lindsay

Sent from my iPhone

Lindsay finally, petulantly gives up!

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From: Lindsay Keir
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 15:57
Subject: Re: Cygnet Finances survey - closing date 4.30pm on Monday 14th September 2020
To: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>


Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I feel preached at now. 
Let's leave it as it is. 
Lindsay

Sent from my iPhone  

My exasperated response to that!

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 15:48
Subject: Re: Cygnet Finances survey - closing date 4.30pm on Monday 14th September 2020
To: Lindsay Keir 

Don't be daft, Lindsay. There are all sorts of souls. We're the 'quirky' sort, which if you look it up in the dictionary is also a good apposite word.

Anyway, let's not worry about the little things, Lindsay. The amount of people we've approached who say that nothing ever gets done at the Cygnet ~ and have heard about all the politicking there. It really has got a bad reputation.

Let's try and do and do something about that!
 

  
Grenville 
Allen
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Lindsay's still not happy ~ something's niggllng her...

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From: Lindsay Keir
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 14:40
Subject: Re: Cygnet Finances survey - closing date 4.30pm on Monday 14th September 2020
To: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>


To me a 'soul' is someone to be pitied or to feel sorry for. 

Sent from my iPhone

My 1st reply to Lindsay

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From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 12:22
Subject: Re: Cygnet Finances survey - closing date 4.30pm on Monday 14th September 2020
To: Lindsay Keir

You sound just like one of the clients I used to work with in London. They always came round to my approach in the end. My mate, who I worked alongside, is Trevor Beattie who came up with FCUK. Imagine the difficulties in getting that one through.๐Ÿ˜ฑ

We are quirky souls. And all the better for it. And the professional sound comes from the fact we don't take ourselves too seriously. Hence the self-deprecatory humour.

A top award-winning London creative director called Paul Dominet has very much approved my line by immediately following the account.

As did top creatives Steve Lilley and Andrew Marshall of MarshallCartoons. And Bristol-based Lone Hoof. They all immediately followed. 

Just now Keri of This Is Alfred, who also followed, is just arranging to come round to interview me on the strength of this 'quirky souls' business.

We've got to stay positive, be interesting! With thirty followers already the proof's in the pudding!

All the best๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽจ
 

  
Grenville 
Allen
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Lindsay's response to the new Twitter account I've set up for Cygnet

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From: Lindsay Keir
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 11:49
Subject: Re: Cygnet Finances survey - closing date 4.30pm on Monday 14th September 2020
To: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>


Hi Grenville 
I'm not sure I like being described as a 'quirky soul'. 
We should sound more professional than that in my opinion. 
Any other phrases we could use instead? 
It's great to publicise us and I support what you're doing, it's just those two words that don't sit right with me. 
All the best 
Lindsay


Sent from my iPhone

On 14 Sep 2020, at 11:32, Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com> wrote:


Here's the immediacy of Twitter, Claire. I'd just posted the fact that you're in this right now: just click on this!

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Grenville 
Allen
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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Fwd: Your presence on the new Twitter account I've set up

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From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 at 11:21
Subject: Re: Your presence on the new Twitter account I've set up
To: Yve Sturgeon 

To see it in context just click here!
 



Yve Sturgeon's presence on Twitter and her backing of me!


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From: Yvonne Sturgeon 
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 at 11:47
Subject: Re: Your presence on the new Twitter account I've set up
To: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>


Gosh Grenville,

Thank you so much, what an ab fab thing to do for me.
Seriously, Thank you.
Unfortunately l do not twitter, l have tried to get the app which shows l already have an account, and wont let me in or give me a new pass word.  Am stumped as to what to do next.

I am so very sorry about the abuse you received from Colin, to be honest it took me a full day and a half to work out who he was...never seen him, never sold one of the half dozen unchanging  copper pieces either.  You gave him the great honour of comparing him to Heath Robinson, clearly he does not know the artist, and took the use of comparison to trumpery work.
That's his insecurity in his work at play me thinks..
Such a shame. I was looking forward to your leadership.
Say Hi to Hazel for me, l LOVED the way she reacted and look forward to meeting you both at some point๐Ÿ˜Š

XX Yve


From: Grenville Allen <grenvilleallen@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:18:31 AM
To: Yve Sturgeon <yve.sturgeon@hotmail.com>
Subject: Your presence on the new Twitter account I've set up
 
'Morning Yve


๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽจ
 

  
Grenville 
Allen
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Thursday, 3 September 2020

HazeltheMallMoll is not best pleased!

THIS EMAIL IS FROM HAZEL.

Just read Colin's email and l am incandescent with rage.

Grenville had a sleepless night worrying about the Cygnet and how he could help to calm things down. Hence you may have noted he wrote it at the crack of dawn.

HE IS NOT RUDE AND BELITTLING. He is one of the kindest, easy going people l have ever known.

He loves the Gallery and all its constituent parts. 

I WILL NOT ALLOW HIM TO STAND AS CHAIR. I TOLD HIM HE WOULD JUST GET ABUSE AND NEGATIVITY AS DID LIZ.

HAZEL



Hi all at Cygnet 

Having kept out of the conversations until now, I feel that this last email was rude and belittling and has overstepped the mark  - this is not the way to bring us together. 

I too am quite new to the group (although I have lived in the area all my life) and feel that we need people who appreciate the history and ethos of cygnet.

The unkindness and rudeness of the last email shows how little is thought of the wonderful work in the gallery and a lack of the qualities we would want in those looking after our best interests 

Sorry to be so negative  Colin 



Fwd: Cygnet Committee...?

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From: Grenville Allen 

'Morning everyone

Having witnessed the heroic efforts of Liz re the chairing role, I'd now like to take the ball and run with it. From chairing a fishing club as a schoolboy to chairing my own creative consultancy near Old Street in London I feel I have a vision for the Cygnet Gallery. Its sheer quirkiness appeals and really needs bringing out even more.

There's Diana's wacky papier machรฉ sculptures, Yve's and Shireen's work, Rachel's and Fiona's jewellery, Anna's Dorset Buttons, Colin's Heath Robinson-like objรฉts and Alan's, Des's stripy ceramics, Richard's Green Men and I think Mary-Ann's super moths could rotate with Barry's paintings on that prominent wall in the High St-end entrance. Roz and Jess give felt a whole new meaning! Maxine's work delights ~ as does Claire's and Jason's.  Of course there's the two-dimensional extravaganza of Lisa's calligraphy, Cali's, Lindsey's, Peter's, Andy's and Liz's work (although Liz exhibits three-dimensional work too of course). Not forgetting my own pics and Paul's photography. I feel that with courtesy we can all rub along nicely together following all our different pursuits.

Anyway, thanks again to Liz we can conduct all our meetings via Zoom ~ a real godsend.

Christmas is coming and that'll mean pulling out the stops marketing-wise. I think a joint promotion with all the respective businesses in Swans Yard should be the way forward. 

Right then. I hereby put my name forward to be voted in as Chair.

All the best

  
Grenville 
Allen
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