Social Studies – 5 Minute Stories

 University Colours - Limited Edition Giclee Art Print by Peter Foyle


University Colours – Limited Edition Giclee Art Print by Peter Foyle

It was not the best subject Charlene wanted to study, but politics looked good on her C.V. and combined with Social Studies (Charlene knew she was good at Social Studies) She was happy to enroll in the class.

Monday morning arrived swiftly after the Summer holiday, and this bright September morning was full of hope and promise – or so Charlene thought. As she waited for the bus to arrive, she realised that her head still hurt a little, from last nights karaoke down at her local – too much studying on the Social Subjects – she thought to herself !

The bus arrived and Charlene flashed her pass at the driver and headed for her favourite seat at the back of the bus, next to the heater and the window.

Social Studies – 5 Minute Story – Inspiration

The word given for this story was “Politics”, and what came to mind was this view of Glasgow University by artist Peter Foyle. Peter’s ability to capture light – often on wet days – has resulted in rich, vibrant paintings. Peter is originally from Dorset and graduated from St Martin’s in London in 1986 when he was a finalist in the prestigious’ Reader’s Digest Young Illustrators Award’. After graduating, he practised as a freelance artist and illustrator until 1990 when he and his wife opened The Framework Gallery in Troon in Ayrshire.

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Panic Room – 5 Minute Stories

Don Quixote, the Good Man - Open Edition Lithograph Art Poster by Peter Howson

Don Quixote, the Good Man – Open Edition Lithograph Art Poster by Peter Howson

Geoff could hear noises about him, it was claustrophobic in the panic room – he had no option to do anything else – but escape to safety.

He had the room installed several years ago. He had never felt safe. Always scared of burglars, thieves and robbers. Sitting here now, clammy, sweating, scared, he was not sure what was worse. He supposed, if it was a burglar – at least his death would have found him fast. “Not like in here.”, he said to himself.

He was gasping to breath. They must have turned off the oxygen supply to the room, he thought. “How much was left – an hour or two ?” He nervously considered this point.

Slowly suffocating in his private sarcophagus, he wondered to himself, “Would the Police arrive in time ?”

Panic Room– 5 Minute Story – Inspiration

The word given for this story was “claustrophobic”, and what came to mind were the dramatic figurative works from artist Peter Howson.

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Permanent Marjory – 5 minute Stories

Blue Rinse Brigade by Marion Adie

Blue Rinse Brigade – Signed Limited Edition Giclee Print by Marion Adie

In the 19th & 20th Century cruise ships had been sea-going vessels. With the advent of ion-propulsion in the late 25th Century, cruise ships had taken to the stars.

Fancy a trip across the Galaxy, no problem. Take a slingshot round the Motarian Nebula or pass through the Final Frontier to the Forbidden Planet, all were possible.

However, sitting on her chair, Marjory was less concerned about the beauty of space and more worried about the ache from her ankles, her varicos veins and the terrible perm – her too young hairdresser had given her. You see, even in the 25th century, cruise ships were still an attractive get-a-way for the blue rinse brigade.

Permanent Marjory – 5 Minute Story – Inspiration

The words given for this story was “Cruise Ship”, and what came to mind were the colourful and lively ladies by Marion Adie. Her use of vibrant, carnival-like colours contrast against the shades of grey that were characteristic of her childhood in Glasgow at the time. Marions art represents these upbeat, colourful personalities she remembers and perhaps, triggers memories of the larger-than-life characters from your own childhood. Thankfully these characters are still with us today.

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