Usually before Christmas, LAAF gets clever and starts giving Christmas Shopping advices. This when, obviously, no cleverness is required, for it is clear - all you, as everybody else, need is A R T.
In this town ART - of all sort and kind - and its derivates - of all sort and kind - can be obtained painless, effortless and botherelss-ly everywhere. I mean, come on! One could even get Van Gough and Leonardo socks! If, like me, socks is all one wishes to get or give for Christmas!
And as it is all so simple, I would have waited until the end of the month before starting banging about the Christmas ArtsPresents Shopping (CHAPSH), if I haven't met Paul Goddard the other day.
Paul has not merely started his CHAPSH alteady. But he had started it as a wiseman does - by CHAPSHing for himself. #mefirst type of man Paul is. (Here I would like to open a bracket and say #mefirst should become the opening line of the New Women's Bible - we women better, eventually, learn something of our illustrious patriarchs). So everybody, start practicing the #mefirst first thing right here right now by getting your own present/s first - while the Christmas Presents Budget is still wholesomely intact.
Anyhooo, Paul has got himself a Peter Brookes' original illustration representing British Labour Party politburo lined for parade reception at what looks like the Kremlin mausoleum.
"Everybody will vote Boris Johnson, because Boris is so funny" said Paul cheerfully, further opening my eyes of the importance to be funny in this country. I mean, I knew the principle "forget unrest be funny" in regards to writing but Dr Paul's insight about Boris' electability on the grounds of him being funny brings the concept of English Funnyness on a whole new level. (I also wonder how much the General World would appreciate British PM electability criteria should they knew about it. I mean that's one of the General World's seven most important leaders that is. And then the whole General World will be influenced by his funny little hands... in combination with a pair of orange little hands and Siberian-Snowhite-pale little hands...)
Opppss, sorry. I said FORGET POLITICS. Think ART PRESENTS.
I liked Paul Goddard not merely because he's got himself what I would call "A very LAAF type of present", but also because Paul is "A very LAAF type of person":
In the 80s, radiologist Dr Paul toured the country with his band Dr Jazz fundraising and accumulating the necessary over 4 million ponds for the first MRI scanner in Bristol.
In addition to an art collector, radiologist, painter and musician, Dr Paul is also a prolific writer. Which brings us back to our subject - the pressies - Dr Paul has written about 30 books on various subjects. There should be there a book suitable for every taste and mood, shouldn't it? As Dr Paul sells his books on Amazon, I won't be advertising the link here - more humane and community orientated book trading moduses are available and even more might be invented - but I will advice the curious reader to search his books under Paul R Goddard in any search engine.
More about Dr Paul R Goddard's music here http://www.drjazzmusic.co.uk/
Get yourself a nice Peter Brookes original illustration - très en vogue in these pre General Election times - by visiting Chris Beetles Gallery (which for some reason Dr Paul kept calling Chrisp Eagles or was the music too loud?) or their website here https://www.chrisbeetles.com/exhibition/69/the-illustrators