Valentine Mark Herman's Blog (106)

PLEASE DON'T BLOG ANY MAIL ART I SEND YOU......EVER

Please consider any Mail Art I send you as a private communication from me to you, and do not blog it here or elsewhere.

if you really must share it with someone, then do so with your husband, wife, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, children, cats, dogs (including Bassett Hounds), hamsters, and what have you.

If you do blog the Mail Art I send you, then I will never send you anythihg ever again.

"You don't really mean that, do you, Val?"

I most certainly…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 23, 2014 at 7:27pm — No Comments

I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF IUOMA......

........for exactly FIVE YEARS!

  Happy IUOMA Birthday, Val

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 14, 2014 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

COMING SOON! A NEW SERIES OF 6 WORDS OF WISDOM (or less) FROM THE ONE AND ONLY VALENTINE MARK HERMAN, Esq

Most of you have successfully managed to ignore the previous 79 installments to date of my ongoing series "We hold these truths to be self-evident".

But to the few of you who have read and/or commented on my mots justes: thank…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on August 19, 2014 at 6:00am — 11 Comments

!! WANTED!! Your old Floppy Disks

If you have any old Floppy Disks lying around that you don't want anymore, perhaps you could send them to me?

Used or unused, and whatever state they are in, I'd be very greatful indeed to receive any and all that might come my way.

Thankyou.

Val

(VM Herman, 1 Rue de la Vieille Fontaine, F-11130 Sigean, France)…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on August 16, 2014 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

"Why there's a cryptic puzzle in the post"

is the title of a not very good, sort of Mail Art article by Harry Wallop in today's, 17 July, (UK) Daily Telegraph -- telegraph.co.uk

It is helpful in explaining how post codes work in the UK, and how the Post Office tries to deliver seemingly undeliverable mail.

However, Wallop and the bloke he is writing about seem to think that they have discovered Mail Art...and puzzles in the post, citing Harriet Russel's 2008 book 'Envelopes'. But, and it's a big 'but', it completely…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on July 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, DEAN? IS EDMUND RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, ERNI?

Things have never been the same in Sigean -- especially rue de la Vieille Fontaine -- since Dean spent a few days here last month; Apart from (many) other things, all sorts of Geocachers, are invading my Impasse, and terrorising the bird house.

Look what I found at the end of the road this morning:…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on July 15, 2014 at 9:45pm — 11 Comments

MY EXHIBITION "ABORIGINAL ART" OPENED LAST SATURDAY.....

...at le Galerie du Chateau in Sigean, France.

In the Exhibition are 45 paintings, 9 boomerangs, Gordon le Gourd, and 20 Morning Star Poles. Aboriginal music was very kindly provided (via CDs) by Rose.

More than 60 people attended the opening of the Exhibition, including the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor -- both of whom made speeches (to which I had to reply).

There have been lots of visitors since, but -- sadly -- not one has taken up my suggestion to be body-painted à…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on July 9, 2014 at 9:04am — 8 Comments

PunnikinBombing --has this been missing from your artistic life?

Ever heard of PunnikinBombing? I though not.

Ever heard of a Punnikin? If not, don't worry, I'll (sort of) get round to defining this below

Ever heard of YarnBombing? Perhaps, but if not, this is how Mr Wicked P Dia defines it:

Yarn bombing,…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on June 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

The Polo Mint Adventures Part 9: Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht

Here we are again, back on the Polo Mint trail again.

This time at the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 24 June, 2014.

Where the Polo Minting had a rather sad ending.

To recap: the idea of this series is to place a Polo Mint on a work of art in a gallery, museum or wherever I happen to find something interesting, take a quick photo, and then move on before I get asked to leave, or thrown out, or followed round by suspicious…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on June 28, 2014 at 6:34am — 3 Comments

A CONFESSION ABOUT BREASTS or I JUST HAVE TO GET THIS OFF OF MY CHEST

I just arrived home from a joint session with my Psychoanalyst and Sexual Therapist trying, and failing, to explain what it is about somebody who has a desire to show me her breasts, and the devastating effect her obsession has had on my personality, when the PostLady knocked at the door and gave me a little parcel.

I opened it and found these ....BREASTS!…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on January 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — 20 Comments

MAIL ART BILL's CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS -- PLEASE SUPPORT THIS & ERNI!!

I originally wrote this a couple of years ago.

It seems very relevant today -- especially given the terrible situtaTion in which Erni has been placed -- and I have no heisttaion in bringing it to your attention again.

Please add your name to this Blog if you support your, Erni's, mine, and all Mail Artists' freedoms.

Thankyou

Val (aka Mail Art Bill)…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 28, 2013 at 5:30am — 27 Comments

BIRTHDAYS TODAY AND EVERYDAY 22 DECEMBER, 2013 TO 21 JANUARY 2014 . IUOMA's 'REAL' MEMBERSHIP

I have been 'monitoring' those IUOMA members whose Birthdays have appeared on the 'Birthdays Today' part of this site. I started this, because I did not recognise many of their names, and wondered if they were indeed active members of IUOMA?

This led me to try and define what an 'Active Member' was, and to see how many of those whose birthdays were listed are indeed active.

I found that about 1 in 5 of them…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 22, 2013 at 6:30am — 55 Comments

A TRIPLE GREEK MAIL ART DISASTER FROM KATERINA....BUT RATTLE ON, FOLKS

This morning I received a package from Katerina. 'It rattles', said the PostLady; 'Perhaps it's got broken.' This what the package looked like:

'DO NOT SMASH' it says on the front of the envelope. And what's on the back?

Oh Katerina! (And how did…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 18, 2013 at 5:00am — 15 Comments

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH WHAT ERNI'S SENT ME -- EAT IT? SMOKE IT?

The package from His Ernisness looked innocent enough (rather like Erni, you might think):

A bit crazy (rather like Erni, you might think), and so I flipped it over:

And there was Muttri and Flanby, going head to head -- with a Spanish orange, I…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 17, 2013 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

NEARLY LOST IN THE POST...OR 62 YEARS LATER AN EMPTY ENVELOPE ARRIVES

The following article appeared in the UK press last weekend: I know what was in it -- MAIL ART!

Letter arrives 62 years late, and empty”…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 17, 2013 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS........

....some REAL Christmas cards/messages/envelopes, etc, mailed to me -- me, personally -- through the post, with a stamp, with my address on, etc. These I will value. To me they represent the spirit of Christmas.

What I do NOT, definitely do NOT, want are impersonal and mass electronic circular Christmas messages sent to me and a Hundred and One other people (and their dalmations) at the same time. These I do not…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 4, 2013 at 5:29am — 11 Comments

November 22, 1963: WHERE WERE YOU, AND WHAT WERE YOU DOING WHEN YOU HEARD THAT JFK HAD BEEN ASSASSINATED?

On November 22, 1963, I went to the Globe Theatre, Stockton, to see the Beatles. It was the only time I got to see them.

I went to the gig with 2 girls I was in love with -- Diane and Jenny (for the purposes of this Blog, I will not use their real names -- Jenny and Diane).

It was a great concert, although you couldn't hear much of the music because of all the screaming.

We took the bus back to Darlington, and snuggled up all cosy and warm together on the back seat, and…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 22, 2013 at 5:58pm — 11 Comments

WHY I AM NOT 'SMART' ENOUGH TO OWN A 'SMART PHONE'

This appeared in the UK 'Daily Telegraph' of 12/ix/2013:

"Australia's postal service has released a world-first 'video stamp' which allows people to send a 15-second video with their parcels. The new service allows senders to scan a coded stamp on their mail bag and record a message on their smartphone via an app, and then stick the stamp to their parcel. Recipients can view the message by scanning the message on their smartphone or tablet or by entering a code on the…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 14, 2013 at 6:15am — 2 Comments

The responsibility is overwhelming!

At 06.29 CET on Tuesday 8 October, I am the ONLY one of IUOMA's 3,136 members to be online.

Does this mean that I am, albeit only temporarily --very temporarily, I hope -- representing in some way the whole Mail Art community?

If so, the responsibility is too much.

It is overwhelming.

I am overwhelmed.

I had better log off.

(But then who will take over?)

Good bye, Val

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 8, 2013 at 6:29am — 9 Comments

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