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HM Schooner Pickle, HMS Victory and the British Ambassador's residence, Paris

My flight was confirmed today. Apparently I’m going to be a starlet on TV a first for a marine artist?
This re HM Schooner Pickle, the gallant little ship that carried the news of the battle of  Trafalgar and the death of Nelson,  interview to be  with Tom Cunliffe…
I am in England most of this week but away from  my “base”at Plymouth, I’m posted to Portsmouth to be interviewed onboard HMS Victory, quite an honour!

I have urgent dispatches ” my painting, part of an earlier series to help raise funds to restore HMS Victory http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/urgent_dispatches.html (now in limited edition) has followed my “Roaring Forties“, painted for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and become an icon so attracted the director’s attention as did my  knowledge of the subject which he described as very extensive.

There is a lot of confusing information in books re Pickle and her commander.

Hardly surprising when one realises for examples,  no one knows where Pickle was built, that for a while the Royal Navy had 2 ships both being called Pickle and so on.

Makes her name rather appropriate don’t you think?

You can find lots about Pickle on this web site in the further reading sections.

Not sure where?

Email and I’ll send you the links.
The reason is FORM FILMS,  http://www.formmedia.co.uk , I may have mentioned  ‘Boats that Built Britain’?
They wish to interview me for  a 6-part documentary series entitled ‘The Boats that Built Britain’. This series is part of a landmark BBC4 season about the Sea. This series is currently scheduled to air in spring 2010.

Showcase at the British Ambassadors Residence 7th December 2009

I have been invited, the only marine artist,  to an excellent opportunity with other UK marine companies to showcase our work and services to a selected group of leaders from French marine industry at the British Ambassadors residence in Paris.

The event will take place from 5-8pm on Monday 7th December with Sam Davies from Roxy Sailing presenting and opening the event.

Ben Ainslie, Britain’s most successful ever Olympic sailing medalist (who is featured in one of my marine paintings http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/ben_ainslie_sydney_olympics.html) will take – Questions and answers.

The showcase will coincide with the Paris Boat Show 4-13th December 2009.

The aim of the showcase event is to expose British companies operating in the Marine sector either supplying equipment or services to high quality French industry leaders.

The French Marine market has been valued at €4.96BN. With key players invited from Beneteau, Dufour, Poncin, CMN, Plastimo to name a few, this is an event not to be missed.


British Ambassador’s Residence 39 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris

Event schedule

1630             Showcase companies arrive for set up

1730             French delegates arrive and drinks served

1800             Speakers

Ambassadors Welcome

Introduction from Rob Stevens BMF CEO

Sam Davies –

Introduction from Rob Stevens BMF CEO

Ben Ainslie – Questions and answers

Thank you from Rob Stevens BMF CEO

18:30            Start of Showcase and canapés served

I try hard toi keep this blog up to date but recently there has been to much going on to keep blogging.

ASAP I will enter some back dated pages of other news and adventures, the 2 new prints, not yet on in our Print Gallery,  Jane Banks” and “Flying Scotsman” and some exciting new marine paintings already under way.

You wish to know more about what I get up to?

There is much useful stuff on my web site re previous activities, quotations etc.
You may care to start your collection of press coverage of my activities by reviewing pages