An epiphany happened when Tony Hawks was on holiday with his partner, Fran, in the Far East… Waking with a jolt he knew beyond doubt that his time living in London had come to an end. The countryside called. So, with conviction and no arguing, they upped sticks and began searching for the perfect new place, a home with a view across Devon’s rolling hills.
With some enthusiasm Tony and his better half submerged themselves in local life and it wasn’t long before they made the new county their home, tractor rallies and all!
This wonderfully wry, gently humorous and self-effacing look at a seismic shift in everything including scenery, takes in their new life – village halls, committees, Tony’s total ineptitude with anything mechanical and the bliss of a new neighbour who owns just the right tool for any job, trying for a greener life and growing their own vegetables… oh, and taking up the challenge of cycling from one Devon coast to another with a mini-pig called Titch.
As if that wasn’t enough, in their first year of country dwelling, Tony became a father (overcoming the strongest of instincts to avoid Responsibility) and with it they discovered hypnobirthing, midwives, doulas, relaxation songs and how to give birth at home. As much a shock to his system as fatherhood.
As you might expect from this most energetic of TV and radio comedians and the author of Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (both of which have sold over a million copies) this is a joy to read. His comic observations and opinions contribute to what is a gem of a book.
TV and radio comedian Tony Hawks regularly pops up on shows like Have I Got News for You, QI, Just A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He is the bestselling author of five books including Round Ireland with a Fridge andPlaying the Moldovans at Tennis which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His books have sold over 1 million copies around the world. He now lives in Devon with his partner, Fran. Follow Tony on Twitter @thefridgeman, or visit his website www.tony-hawks.com.
Study the Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke (1858 – 1929) Falmouth’s Most Famous Painter with art historian and curator Catherine Wallace.
In this 8 week course we look at the life and work of Falmouth’s most famous painters Henry Scott Tuke. From his formative years in Falmouth- his training and early travels; through to his fame he achieved as a member of the Newlyn School; the inspiration of Cornwall and its people, his approach to portraiture whether it was locals or lords and ladies; his maritime art; his approach to painting the nude outdoors and comparing it with his contemporaries; his travels abroad and at home. Week 8 will be held at Falmouth Art gallery looking at the Poly’s unique collection of his work.
To book a place please contact Catherine Wallace on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01326 618914 or 07974995085
Payments by cheque, BACS or cash only – 8 weeks £120
24 September – 19 November 2015 (No Class 8 October) Thursdays, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.