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Welcome to the official blog of Joanna Neary, where you can catch up on Jo’s bewildered world past, present and looming. Mainly, this blog consists of scanned pages from her sketchbook with a running commentary, dashed off between duties, work and other hobbies. As well as banging on about art, there’s also past gigs, and music, such as the one about being interviewed for Prog Magazine in 2019, which led to some delightful exchanges with fellow nerds. It was all very civil, even when Jo had to admit she’d got a Frank Zappa fact wrong.



This summer I went away from my son for a whole five and a half days. I couldn’t stop eating on the day I set off for LIVERPOOL We run into a friend in town who is as obsessed with Test Match Special as my husband is. I ignore them after a while and try […]

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On one of our summer love days, (a trip to the beach for a swim and then a jaunt around Bexhill-On-Sea), my cohort made the fatal error of refusing to accompany me for a cup of tea. Here, I try and write movingly and from the heart about how it made me feel. (I mean […]

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YURTS It turns out* that Yurts have also been stolen by us Middle Class Ponces from other cultures. Along with Humus, Macramé and The Distressed Look. (The above bit is pertaining to the social things I’ve been doing this summer. Paradise Park in Newhaven with the History of Everything To Do With Planet Earth and […]

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Is Marriage a competition? What will be in the next Bridget Jones film? And what is a Bombus Mega Bombus? I Spy Book Of Mum I’ve had at least 14 months of feeling like a cliche. I was almost definitely a cliche as a student but I didn’t notice it at the time. I probably […]

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Wedding Anniversary Time Of Year Since our lad was born, we’ve had four days out. We initially called them Treat Days and then Love Days. Here, we plan LD #5.

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My sketchbooks are exactly that, sketches attempting to capture moments and times I don’t want to forget and lists of things to do or have done and slightly insulting records which I have to clear with my family before posting. Anyway, here are the nearest examples I have of commissions or finished bits of work. […]

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Here is one of my days in a pie chart. Drawing it combines several of my favourite things. 1. Pretending to be a mathematician (or secretary or notary) 2. Drawing with a dip pen 3. Acting as if my day was important enough to be recorded 4. Imagining myself to be an outsider artist, earnest, […]

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Since I read a load of books about how to be stylish, getting dressed has become a nightmare. Here is my morning thought process as I try and apply all the rules. Anyway, these modern books are restrictive and boring, a rehash of books from 50 years ago and more (I know because I own […]

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After leaving University where I’d ‘studied’ art and theatre*, I was lucky enough to be invited to do several parts in a play (including playing God in the style of Groucho Marx. I KNOW). The extra good bit was that it was to be performed in Slovenia. So obviously, I kept an over enthusiastic travel […]

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This is my diary from a mini break in Barcelona when me and about 15 friends went to our beloved friend’s wedding (should that be ‘friends’ or ‘friends”? I think I must have been off sick when Mr Brady did that lesson). We ‘made a week of it’ as my Mother In Law might say […]

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