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Today has been an extremely busy day with the press for Bog Standard Gallery. I have been doing a number of interviews all day and it is quite exciting!

An article in The Daily Mirror this morning described me as odd, and obsessive but i guess that was to be expected! The article can be seen by clicking here.

And there is an article on the Manchester Metropolitan University website too which can be seen here.

The BBC news online also have an article which can be seen here – and i am on the homepage, woo! (or should it be, loo?!)

On Monday morning at 9.10 am i have a live interview with Andy Burrows on BBC Radio Cambridge and you can listen to that live online or anytime afterwards by clicking here.

And then on Monday at about 2pm i am doing an interview with Dublin’s Spin 103.8 and you can listen to that live by clicking here.

Well this morning i was determined to sleep in a bit but i was so anxious to go and see the article in the paper about Bog standard Gallery that i got up early and we to the shop up the road to get a copy. To my amazement the guy in the shop that sold me the paper, recognised me straight away and asked for my autograph! I asked him what the article is like, and he said he hadn’t read it yet but would do with his lunch. I was really pleased with the article on page 3 of the Manchester Evening News because they didn’t portray me as being a weirdo and were actually quite nice about it!

Today it took it easy after my lack of breaks over the past couple of weeks and was walking down Market Street in town. The MEN guys in yellow coats were handing out copies of the MEN so i took a copy and started walking away. Then i heard a voice saying, “Come back!!” and when i turned around the MEN man was beckoning me over. He couldn’t believe he had spotted me from the paper and said he was so excited that someone famous from in the paper actually went to their stand to get a copy and then asked me to sign the paper for him!! This i did and then i took a picture of them…

This evening was the opening of Bog Standard Gallery’s first exhibition! She was wrapped up in a red ribbon…and then opened by Mary Griffiths, Curator of Modern Art and the Whitworth Art Gallery.


is the opening of the JNF exhibition and then the exhibition will be open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday next week.

This morning was a very early start. I had to get to the studio in time to print a couple of things off and stick them up before it was time for the Loovre to go on it’s journey at 9am!

Getting down the stairs with a portable toilet takes some doing and three strong men! Once at the bottom of the stairs we were greeted by a photographer from the newspaper. After positioning the Loovre out on the street i had to stand inside and had some photographs taken – very embarrassing indeed, especially as at this time of the morning there were lots of people arriving at university!

Upon arriving at the exhibition venue the struggle was then on to get the gallery out of the van and inside the building!…

Once inside, i touched up a couple of bits of paint from the move, removed the bubble wrap and swept the floor.

After wrapping the portable loo up with a big red ribbon, i am all set for the opening of Bog Standard Gallery tomorrow night!

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Today was a looong day in the terdis. In fact i think i have spent about 100 hours in there now and that is possibly quite worrying. Time does seem to disappear in there though!

Today involved all the finishing off bits, and of course putting the actual pictures up!

I painted the edge of the floor black to make it look neater, as before the bare wood was left exposed.

I made a sign for the front door, keeping in with the style of the signs usually used on the exterior of a portable toilet.

And made a visitors book!…

When i left the studio at 8pm this evening, Bog Standard Gallery was 99.9% finished, just a couple of little things to do in the morning and then i will be done, woo!

The most exciting thing i did today was put up a fire exit sign above the door, got to be thinking about health and safety! Although ironically i gave myself quite a bad cut off the edges of the fire exit sign 😦

Finally i feel like i am getting somewhere! This morning i scrubbed and scrubbed the roof with bleach until it was as clean as possible. I then sanded the walls and gave them their final coat of white paint. I sanded the floor and then covered it in a mixture of PVC glue and water. Once this was dry i started cutting the floor and laying it in place.

This i enjoyed so much – i never thought i would be so good at laying floors!! After cutting it all down to the right size i glued it all in and it’s perfect…i am so pleased with it!

Now i feel i can relax a little over the weekend without worrying about getting it finished in time…

So i arrived at the studio at nine…and decided there was no other way to start the day than to have a cup of tea! (Impressed that i walked in i thought it was well deserved!)

I then painted two more coats of white paint on the walls and the door and whilst i was waiting for the first coat to dry i started scrubbing paint off the edges of the door frame – this was painful and time consuming but had to be done – can’t have the edges looking messy! After waiting for the second coat to dry i applied three more coats with a roller. I seemed to waste so much time waiting for the coats to dry – and there is not much space in a portable toilet to facilitate multi-tasking (this is why i currently i have white hair!).

The worst job by far was when i had to remove all the paint that was stuck round the edge of the ceiling where it meets the top of the walls. This was really difficult as not only is this a hard place to reach but the paint was really hard to get off. I have to have everything perfect though before i apply the last coat of paint to the walls and then lay the floor. This i will do tomorrow after a good sleep tonight!

Oh and for those of you who have been complimenting me on my new fragrance…its called Spirito Blanc by B&Q.

Last night i was couldn’t sleep because i was thinking it was a mistake to have painted the inside of the roof! I was worried because it would prevent the natural light from coming through what was a clear plastic roof and i thought this light might be imperative to the exhibition space. When i arrived at my studio my fears about having done this were confirmed as it was quite dark inside the portable toilet and therefore i decided that i would try and get the paint off. Having tipped the loo on its side i used soap and an abrasive pad along with a massive amount of elbow grease…and about 3 hours later the roof was clear of paint. I also cleaned the outside of the roof too, as this was filthy and the dirt was noticeable from the inside, also making it darker. I felt much much happier once it was done, but it did set me behind schedule with everything else i anticipated i would get done today.

My next step was to finish painting all the areas that were being painted white and this i managed to do in the time i had.

I then went on to getting the boards for the walls to fit exactly into place. This was a difficult task and i was worried about how the end result would look. I didn’t like the way the joins of the walls would look and without trial and error it would be extremely difficult to get them to fit exactly. This would also be extremely time consuming. This i thought was problematic, especially with time being something that i am lacking! After a discussion and alot of thinking i decided to scrap the idea of boarding the walls and just paint onto the plastic walls directly. I was hesitant to do this before as they are curved and so it would not be so straightforward to hang the pictures. However i have decided that there are other and perhaps better ways to hang the pictures so i would prefer to get the gallery finished sooner allowing me to have more time to concentrate on how i will display the photographs.

Tomorrow i will continue with more coats of paints for the walls and hopefully make a start on laying the oak on the floor.