Image for Special Timbers Submission by George Smiley

First published August 28

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*George Smiley is a retired artist (with a grandson in Canada) who lives on a small holding near Stowport (North-West Coast).  He occasionally gives money to Get Up and Greenpeace, keeps busy with any number of both practical and artistic projects. Presently fixing up a couple old diesel cars, reworking the action on a 12 string guitar in spite of an occasional finger joint lost to rheumatoid arthritis, and planning exploratory work on intaglio prints.  “Old age takes everything eventually but it is of no consequence against the ongoing destruction of the world”. He has a blog at