Right, polling is now open – and will remain open until 5pm, Monday 4 November 2013 – so now is the time to choose the portrait which you think best encapsulates Bristol City Council’s GARY HOPKINS, Lib Dem councillor for Knowle.
There’s a £5 bag of meat (or meat substitute) at stake for the artists, so please poll responsibly…
‘Kind But Still’, Councillor Gary Hopkins, ink and brush, 2013, Jeff from Bedminster
‘Local Taxi Driver’, Councillor Gary Hopkins, ink, 2013, Durston Fletcher
‘Public Waste Of Considerable Space’, Councillor Gary Hopkins (1), digital composition, 2013, @Eastville_Ern
‘Meat Zeppelin’, Councillor Gary Hopkins, watercolours, 2013, @guriben
‘Gary’s Doghouse’, Councillor Gary Hopkins, ballpoint pen, 2013, @guriben
‘(Untitled Gary Hopkins Portrait)’, Councillor Gary Hopkins, photograph of spraypaint, 2010, Steve Loughran
‘No’, Councillor Gary Hopkins, watercolour & crayon, 2013, guriben
Are Avon & Somerset TOP COP Nick ‘Hurdy-Gurdy’ Gargan’s well-documented weekend trips to Glastonbury to wear his love like heaven and mellow out on the Tor to ponder, like, the sheer enormity of it all, man, impeding his professional judgement? Or did he ingest something other than an extra strong herbal tea infusion during his last visit, at the peak of the MAGIC MUSHROOM SEASON, to deepest Somerset’s hippy haven?
Coming up with the kind of deranged paranoid nonsense that only takes shape at two in the morning over a bowl of dry Rice Krispies and the LAST OF THE CUSTARD CREAMS, The Hurdy Gurdy Man issued urgent instructions one Monday morning, immediately after one of his Isle of Avalon trips, that the presenter of hit radio show ‘From Bristol With Love’ Durston Fletcher must remove his Twitter and Facebook avatar immediately as it “could be deemed to be impersonating a police officer”!
The avatar in question is a picture of The Bill’s Reg Hollis as played by actor Jeff Stewart and so far, unsurprisingly, nobody outside of Hurdy Gurdy Gargan and his elite team of top TIE-DYED DETECTIVES has yet managed to confuse Durston with an actual copper.
However, to help out our confused top cop and the rest of his disoriented crew of addled Old Bill, Durston has now installed a new special message on his avatar: ‘I am not a copper’ it helpfully explains.
Hopefully this will clear matters up enough for the Avon & Somerset to continue with their duties and for Hurdy Gurdy Gargan to concentrate on realigning his chakras.
Councillor Gary Hopkins, ink, 2013, Durston Fletcher
Our artistic odyssey continues, with Popular Local Radio DJ (it says here) From Bristol With Love‘s very own Durston Fletcher submitting this bold entry into our Best Gary Hopkins Portrait Meat Raffle competition.
Durston has been very busy of late thanks to a burgeoning feud between him and Bristol & Bumpkinshire Chief Constable Nick Gargan (see The BRISTOLIAN #4.7, out this week!), so big BRISTOLIAN thanks to him for taking time out of his busy arch-nemesissing schedule to make beautiful images for us.
At the weekend we published angry twitter person @guriben‘s fine painting of Bristol City Council’s £160,000 Chief Executive City Director Nicola ‘Lady Gaga’ Yates, which beautifully captured her essence.
Since then, BRISTOLIAN readers have been sending us yet more municipal masterpieces… So let us direct you to the new Gallery page over yonder – cue the relaxing music…
It’s been a busy few weeks here at the BRISTOLIAN secret editorial bunker (with a lot of big, big scandalous stories brewing – watch this space!), so apologies for the recent radio silence on the website.
In the meantime, why not fill your time listening to the ever-excellent online radio station and podcast, From Bristol With Love?
The latest edition is #41, and features the musical stylings of Bristol artistes Redlight, The Qeld, and Dub Mafia & Buggsy, with your genial hosts Dick Gherkin and Durston Fletcher expounding on a range of hot local topics, including:
Bristol city centre’s Car-Free Sunday
St Paul’s Festival preparations
Local woman & penis vs man
Louis Theroux impersonator in Somerset
MAYOR WATCH (Your run down of George Ferguson’s latest cock ups)