Salford 12th June 2018

Cognitive act

of great effort

noting and transferring the idea and vision

carefully to canvas using colourful media

equal care given to the objects around the main subject

not forgetting the sun or the sky

taking attention to each shade of blue transferred

reality is – there’s plenty of them

as they’re placed around the brilliant red shape of the sail

the picture begins to form on the canvas

in the end – its a picture the painter can be proud of

of course, it’s taken considerable time and attention to detail

not forgetting an awful lot of patience.



Salford 14th May 2017

Another BASIC reflection



Here’s an aerial plan from the website  It shows the workings of a hedgerow maze in grass

Now it might look quite simple to the average person in the street, but this maze and others like it are a great aid in developing concentration skills.  So much so, the memory workshop group at BASIC in Salford has been using them as a measure of how long our concentration goes for before it slips.

The aim was to solely get around the maze – without concentration slipping.  If we got distracted, we were sent back to the start of the maze and began again.

Funny thing is i enjoyed this exercise, probably because i enjoy doing puzzles.



colored maze vector graphics

This weeks session @ BASICs Memory Workshop focused on

Attention and Concentration

As part of the session, we were given two maze puzzles to do.  Now, the aim wasn’t to complete the puzzles – more to concentrate on doing them and maintaining the focus of going round the mazes.

As we did the mazes, we were asked to note when our attention slipped – as usual, mine went around the hour when we had a tea break in the café!!!

I found it difficult in places – as my hand tended to slip as I moved around each maze , but it got easier as I concentrated on the task in hand

In Honour of the groups work – I’ve found a little maze on Google graphics. and I’ve left it above for you to try.  See if you can make your way round the maze without your attention wondering (suggestion: don’t do this around meal times!!!)