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Rossie
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Posted -  29/12/2007  :  16:34
As there seems to be quite a bit of artistic talent around here, I thought I would start a pencil sketch section .....


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belle
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Posted - 21/04/2010 : 15:16
Conty, the lack of confidence is all part of being an artist and apparantly it never goes away..so learn to live with it. I am reading a great book by Julia Cameron, called "Living in this world" it's a sequel to the artists way, which I haven't read. But she is so spot on .. and she covers dealing with doubt, fame, rejection etc..I was wondering who she was but half way through the book she let on she was once married to Martin Scorcesee and hung out with Stephen Speilberg and the like, even those heady circles people were sick with nerves at first night previews so you are in good company!


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Stanley
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Posted - 21/04/2010 : 16:53
Dead right Belle. I have a theory that a feeling of insecurity is the normal human condition. Anyone who displays confidence has either surmounted his or her fear of ridicule or is so paranoid that they have to hide behind a facade. When you think about it, how can any sane person believe that they are 'right' or 'the best'?

I always remember hearing John Betjeman talking about the day he was offered the post of poet laureate. He said he was terribly worried because 'everyone would find out how bad a poet I was'. I reckon that's healthy.


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conty
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Posted - 22/04/2010 : 12:46
(melanie) stanley and belle i think you are both right. Conor's headmaster told me that conors modesty is an endearing quaility, the things that he tells you on here even his best friends dont know about him as he doesnt tell anyone what he's up to.
 when i went to parents evening his tutor said what a popular lad he was with students and teachers and was a role model for the group but he said that conor didnt do anything in his spare time! what!!! i was shocked, and so was he when i told him all that he did, in fact he had to get another piece of paper to write it all down. and conors tutor thought he knew all there was to know about conor. so i am not sure if conor is lacking confidence or is just modest. but either way i think his headmaster is correct it is an endearing quaility and he shouldnt change. after all no one likes a big head or a boaster


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Stanley
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Posted - 22/04/2010 : 17:18
That doesn't surprise me at all and how nice for you to be able to disabuse his mentors. Also, isn't it nice that he feels comfortable enough to open up to us. I suspect this too is very healthy, gives him a safety valve. One thing is certain, we love him to bits and he's safe here. Looking forward to the next dog!

By the way, what a compliment to you two as parents, he didn't grow up that nice without an example.


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conty
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Posted - 22/04/2010 : 21:30
(melanie) aww thankyou stanley, i do feel blessed to have 2 lovely lads, i dont think conor has mentioned this but he has an injury and is feeling rather low at the moment as he is missing rather alot of competitions and is unable to do a full throw
. we have just got in from training and he is only allowed to throw the discus stood still, but even so its looking encouraging as he is still managing to throw aprox 34 meters, (50 meters last year was world champion) we are hoping that when he sees the physio next week (physio is away with olympic team this week) he might say he can throw again properly. its quite an exciting time as we cant wait to see what hes going to do after all the hard winter training but his coach thinks he wont be far off 50 meters as before the injury he was doing about 43-45, so all our fingers are crossed for him
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i think i drive him mad as i love to see him drawing,  and i look forward to every drawing, i do have to be careful though as i sometimes worry that i have rose coloured glasses! haha but arnt all parents allowed a pair or two of those?? anyway i better get off of here or i am going to be told off LOL


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belle
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Posted - 23/04/2010 : 10:15
Melanie, how nice to get to know you a bit more, you say many things about Connor and your own fears and worries, that echo how we felt about our musician. It's not easy nurturing ability, and you do always wonder if it's just you who feels that way, but rest assured your lad is very talented, and it's great he is so humble, a comment also made about our lad, by the same head of music who staggered us by writing he had rarely met any one as musical as our son...oh so it wasn't just us then!?
Hope Connor is recovered soon..patience isn't supplied in huge quantities to young athletic people! Great that he has something else to take his mind of it..just draw Conty!


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moh
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Posted - 23/04/2010 : 11:52
He's a lovely lad, you have every reason to be proud of him - we all are on here - he has loads of surrogate parents on here!!


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Stanley
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Posted - 24/04/2010 : 06:24
Steady on Moh! I agree with you but like all grandparents we can have the benefit of watching him to develop without having to put up with the sticky finger marks on the furniture!


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conty
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Posted - 24/04/2010 : 08:00
(melanie) no wonder conor likes it here, your all so lovely. my mum and dad conors grandparents are fantastic. young fit and both retired so help me out alot with all the running around. and they help conor with uni fees and the designer clothes!! so as you might of guessed he is very close to the both of them. oh and i think they wear the same glasses as me too haha
sometimes i feel my younger son who is 14 must sometimes feel a bit left out as conors always up to something but tyler has his own talents and has just passed two GCSE's at the age of 14 he got an A in chemistry and a B in biology and he is sitting more. so we are proud of him too. he tells conor that when he is rich, he will be his accountant! he said '1 for you and 2 for me' haha so there are no flys on him!
conor has been busy with his new drawing last night, so i think he will be posting something soon, although i think his girlfriend is coming round so that could be the end of that. awww to be 16 again
i have got one question for you all before i go.....i just cant imagine my life without my boys, how in the world do you cope when they fly the nest? i know they must. and i want them to....... but i dont. not ever. now i sound like a woman!!! haha but honestly, i know i will put on a brave face and be happy for them but i also know more than anything my heart will be broken, or do you just have to look forward to the sticky fingers again on the furniture??

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moh
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Posted - 24/04/2010 : 09:24
Look forward to the sticky fingers - it's great fun - my grandchildren are 33, 23, & 21 so now I have the sticky fingers of great grandchildren age 6 & 3!!!!


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Another
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Posted - 24/04/2010 : 10:58
Melanie, get yourself signed up as a member - I get confused when I think its Conor writing and I have to double check!! Nolic


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Stanley
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Posted - 24/04/2010 : 18:39
Melanie, don't worry about them leaving home. My attitude is that I love to see them flying free and doing well. There is the added bonus that if they have been brought up well with the right values they come to your help when you hit trouble. God knows I have reason to know this. Good kids are good kids and even though they are half a world away they are still the best thing since sliced bread.

Conor's brother will be OK. He will be spurred on by himself and do even better. Look at it this way, how can any child of yours fail to prosper?


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moh
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Posted - 25/04/2010 : 10:03
You old flatterer Stanley!!


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Tizer
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Posted - 25/04/2010 : 11:48
Melanie, if Tyler has good chemistry and biology what's he like at physics and maths? If he can do the physics and maths then he would be setting himself up for being a scientist. But if he doesn't get them all first time he can try again - I got chemistry, biology and English in my GCEs (a long time ago!) and failed the physics and maths which disappointed my teacher becasue he thought I would be a scientist. I left school at 16 and did a few jobs then eventually studied again part-time, got the physics and maths, did A levels part-time, then went and did a science degree full-time. Most scientists are never rich but some do manage to set up their own research companies. A student who worked for me for the industrial training part of his course went on to Glasgow University and established a biotechnology company.


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Stanley
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Posted - 25/04/2010 : 17:12
Moh, I'm only going on the evidence. Anyway, when did a bit of gentle flattery ever cause harm?


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