Welcome to our website.
This website introduces Mike and Misha Herwin and our
hobbies and interests, which we hope will be of interest to family, friends and
enthusiasts for our pastimes.
About Us A brief background on Mike and our joint
Misha A brief background on Misha, her writing and
other interests. July 2006. Misha's latest short story -just published
Herbert Dicksee How I started collecting Dicksees.
Dicksee Art Books Details of forthcoming
art books on the five main Dicksee artists by Bryan Steele and Simon Toll.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Nick on Dicksee Biography of artist by Nick Waters
Windsor Magazine 1906 Article by Enoch
Scribe, "The Art of Mr. Herbert Dicksee."
HD Catalogue Catalogue of Etchings, Prints and
The catalogue has now been split into separate pages to
speed navigation, which are reached from the main catalogue page, as is a
list of works exhibited at the Royal Academy, between 1895 and 1933
After Chevy Chase Large oil painting by
Dicksee and Cragside House
Auction Prices Some details of prices paid
at auction. Over 200 auction results in last five years
E-Bay Prices Prices and results on E-Bay from last quarter 2005 onwards.
In the period Oct 05 to Feb 06, the same number of Dicksees, excluding
restrikes, were offered on e-bay as in all the auction houses put together.
Etching terms Some explanation of terms used
Sir Brian Picture & pedigree of Dicksee's own
Dicksee Deerhounds Dicksee portrayed
deerhounds not wolfhounds
Nautical Fiction Nautical fiction - a bibliography of my collection
Company History Herwin Canny history - a tribute to my grandfather,
William Rufus Herwin, his inventions and a brief history of the company from
1901 to 1983
Herwin Genealogy What I have been able to discover,
so far, about my ancestors and about Herwins in general. Arthur Herwin
was an Ordinary Seaman on HMS Victory killed at Trafalgar. Unfortunately
this turned out to be a blind alley as, although the name Arthur Herwin is
on the Portsmouth memorial, Arthur was an Irvine born in 1782 in the
Shetlands. However, thanks to the research of my uncle, Frank Herwin, I have
found that I did have a relative, William Harrowin, born in Brooke, Norfolk.
who served under Nelson at the Battle of the Nile in Aboukir Bay and lost an
eye in the battle. Harrowin and Herwin are the same family and the names are
interchangeable, varying with different members of the same household and
sometimes for the same person at different times. The name Harwin is also
used quite freely and my great, great grandfather appears as Harwin
and Herwin in different censuses.
IWSA Ch Show photos A few
photos of the 2005 Ch Show
Dog Pedigrees Dog pedigrees - see details of and links to Mike's on
line searchable databases
Things I wish I had said
" In my humble but nonetheless infallibly correct opinion...." Jonathan
Ross. What wonderful chutzpah.
George Bush's new book
"Correctificated English Usification"
- The Truth as told by Tony Blair, a very short page, which is actually
blank . Would anyone who thinks they can contribute, please return to Planet
INFALLIBLE BLAIR LIE DETECTION SYSTEM Watch his lips. If they move,
- I was amazed in week commencing 3rd October to hear our beloved
leader complaining about Iran interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq. A
superb piece of Blair faced hypocrisy.
- Approximately 100 times as much parliamentary time was devoted to the
decision to ban fox hunting than to the decision to invade Iraq. Nice one,
Tony! It's good to see how much more important stopping the activities of
country sports enthusiasts is than killing people, based on false
intelligence. Maybe we shouldn't blame the intelligence but just the
blairisation of it.
- "Blairisation" the use of falsehood, misrepresentation or distortion to
achieve one's aims, also see "Campbellisation", which is a
simile, but with foul language.
- At New Year, Hungarians to rid themselves of the troubles of the past
year burn effigies called "Jack Straw". Next year can they please burn the
organ grinder not the monkey.
- As Mr Blair was telling the
nation on one television channel that he had
"never told a lie" another was broadcasting
fresh allegations that he misled the country
about the legality of the war. His nose should
be at least three feet long by now.
- Respect - now thanks to Tony Blair a single word oxymoron. George
Galloway hasn't done the word any favours either
"You should not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will
convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do
and the harm it would cause if improperly administered."
Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the U.S.
Do not allow legislation, without careful thought about its
worst case scenario implications. At the moment we have a government that
always legislates, or proposes to, on the basis of knee jerk reactions
from the public to any incident . Look at the new proposals for the police to
act as prosecution and judge in dealing with incidents caused by
excessive drinking. These are a negation of hundreds of years of
constitutional development of the separation of powers to legislative,
executive and judicial functions. If we allow this, what is to stop further
extension of the powers of punishment to the executive. It is interesting to
note that this government is the one that has loosened the liquor laws to
such an extent as to cause the serious problems that we have in town centres
at night - I wonder how much the "hospitality trade" has contributed to
Labour party coffers.
Detention without trial for 3 months is a dangerous precedent. We have
already seen the police misuse their powers under current anti terrorism
legislation - do not let them have more. Think! You may trust Blunkett (I do
not) but what about his successors.
We have a government that has no values beyond expediency and unless we
monitor it ever more closely, we will find ourselves in a Big Brother state.
Nothing has brought this home more than the case of the NatWest Three. They
may or may not be guilty - that should be for an English Court of Law or the
proper English judicial system to decide. They should not be extradited for
an alleged crime, committed in the UK by UK citizens, working for a UK
company to the USA at all, let alone without a prima facie case being made
in a UK court for their extradition. The UK government signed itself up to a
bad piece of law, designed to make it easier to bring to a court of law
terrorist suspects and those involved in organised international crime.
This treaty is being applied by Britain, as part of Blair's unceasing
sycophancy to George Bush. Worse still there is no reciprocity, so that we
could extradite Irish terrorists and their bank rollers from the USA. This was promised
by the USA to be put in place expeditiously. It is now three years on and
not only has the USA failed to keep its side of the bargain, but appears not
to have even got as far as putting it on the back burner. One is led to the
inevitable conclusion that the USA has no intention of fulfilling its
obligations, because it would upset the Irish vote. According to Bush,
nations have a right, even a duty, to act militarily against other nations,
who support terrorism and allow terrorists safe havens. Would it be OK, Mr
Bush, if the UK bombed Boston?
Even with the
extradition of alleged terrorists, I have grave doubts about the morality
and equity of this measure. Guantanamo Bay internees, seem to have little chance of justice, in the USA. Blair was elected, unfortunately, to serve this
country and it is about time that he actually performs his duty and stands
up for the rights of our citizens. No citizen of any state should be
extraditable if the crime he has alleged to have committed would be not be
deemed a crime in his own country and unless a prima facie case is made for the extradition in his own country's courts and unless
those courts are satisfied that any trial would be conducted fairly and that
the person concerned will be properly treated in the extraditing country. In
the case of the NatWest Three, the extradition request fails on every count.
Developments for the future
I hope to install a favourite links page shortly, with links to pedigree dog
sites, to favourite authors, to family members and favourite artists. I came
across an excellent marine artist recently, Charles Napier Hemy, and was
particularly enchanted by his pictures of the Thames around Rotherhithe and
other insalubrious parts, as my maternal grandmother came from watermen stock.
New pages that I hope to add later are:-
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