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THIS PAGE ( JAN. 16th. 2015  )up dated.

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 SOME OF LAFFANKI ORIGINAL PAINTINGS CAN NOW  BE VIEWED ON :-

      GOOGLE :-  GO TO "PAINTINGS SOLD AT AUCTION FOR ARTIST LAFFANKI"

ON PAGE 2....."PAINTINGS SOLD AT AUCTION" YOU WILL THEN SEE SEVERAL

 PHOTOS OF LAFFANKI'S WORK.....MORE THAN CAN BE VIEWED ON HERE .

  PHOTO'S ARE OF LAFFANKI'S WORK.  

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 SCULPTURE    2014 :-  

 THIS IS A 3/4 LIFE SIZE  SCULPTURE OF

USAIN BOLT

THE FASTEST MAN

ON EARTH OVER 100 & 200 Mtrs.

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 THIS SCULPTURE BY LAFFANKI IS

THE ORIGINAL

  A ONE OFF... AS THERE WILL

NEVER BE ANY REPRODUCTIONS OR COLD CAST BRONZES

AS THEY WOULD ONLY BE COPIES ! ! !

NOW A COPY.... IS A COPY....IS A COPY

NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT

OR HOW MUCH YOU PAY FOR IT !

SO A COPY CAN NEVER HAVE THE SAME VALUE OR...

THE ORIGINALITY AS THE ARTISTS ORIGINAL WORK...

WHAT LAFFANKI HAS CREATED IS SPECIAL

THE  ORIGINAL

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USAIN BOLT SCULPTURE

  THIS IS LAFFANKI'S MOST IMPORTANT WORK OF ART 

 AND IS ORIGINAL & UNIQUE. 

 LAFFANKI HAS DEVELOPED A STYLE  HE CALLS

" CROSSOVER SCULPTURE ".....

THIS A CROSS BETWEEN THE WORK OF

A MINIMALIST SCULPTOR SUCH AS....

" GIOVANNI  GEOCOMETTI " 1901-1966   

AND  

A NORMAL  BODY FORM.....

LAFFANKI'S USE OF

"ARTIST'S LICENCE " HAS ALLOWED

HIM TO TAKE FROM BOTH STYLES OF ARTISTS WORK

TO MINIMISE.......SOME ASPECTS OF THE BODY.

& YET TO ACCENTUATE  THE POWER & FORM

THAT IS THE TRUE POWER  OF.....

USAIN BOLT

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METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION:-

THIS IS  THE METAL ARMATURE ON WHICH

  THE SCULPTURE HAS BEEN "LAIDUP" BY HAND..

  

 

             THE SCULPTURE WAS ORIGINALY STARTED ON 1st. AUGUST 2012.... 

SO HAS BEEN 2 FULL YEARS IN THE MAKING

  DUE TO ILLNESS.... LAFFANKI SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK

22nd. SEPT.  2013 & WAS UNABLE CONTINUETO WORK

ON  IT AGAIN UNTILL THE 3rd. OF JUNE  2014 !

& ONLY COMPLETED WORK ON 8th. SEPTEMBER. 2014.

AND HAS TAKEN AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF TIME

INFACT ...TO MAKE....HAS TAKEN...... 

OVER  2,050 HOURS IN TIME ALONE

 YES !...THAT IS CORRECT ! ! !

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NOW:- AS TO THE  COST OF MAKING THE SCULPTURE ?

 WELL IF YOU CARE TO WORK IT OUT THE LABOUR

@ THE MINIMUM HOURLY RATE

PLUS THE COSTS OF ALL THE MATERIALS.....

YOU WILL GET SOME IDEA....OK.

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XX ....IF LAFFANKI HAD ANY IDEA  HOW DIFFICULT

CREATING THIS SCULPTURE WAS GOING TO BE

HE WOULD NEVER HAVE STARTED .........  

WORK IN THE FIRST PLACE ......

THAT IS FACT.

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ABOVE  ARE   SOME  OF  THE  HAND TOOLS

LAFFANKI HAS USED  .....TO CONSTRUCT THE WORK.

 A WELL AS  VERY DIFFERENT  METHODS TO CONSTRUCT.  

THIS  IS LAFFANKI'S LARGEST SCULPTURE;

& IT BECAME A VERY STEEP LEARNING CURVE.......

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FOR THE FINE DETAILED WORK REQUIRED IN

CUTTING BACK THE HANDS ; NOSE ; EARS ; EYES

THE LIPS ; WORKING UP THE SHOES

& THE THE ALL INPORTANT "LADYBIRD"...

A HIGH SPEED ELECTRIC  "TREMEL" WITH

DIAMOND CUTTERS HAD TO BE USED......

 

AND IF IT WAS NOT RIGHT TO KEEP

CUTTING BACK & BUILDING AGAIN & AGAIN

4 ,5, OR MORE TIMES UNTIL IT CAME RIGHT ! ! ! 

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FIRST OF ALL LAFFANKI HAD TO CONSTRUCT   

THE 3/4 LIFE SIZE ARMATURE

(  MADE OF A SELF-ASSEMBLY FRAME WORK OF

CAST IRON FITTINGS HELD IN PLACE BY GRUB-SCREWS )

ON TO MILD STEEL TUBES......  

WITH THE AID THE AID OF AN ALLEN KEY.

  IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GET  THESE TIGHT ENOUGH.....

TO MAKE THE STRUCTURE STABLE !

THIS CAUSED THE FIRST BIG PROBLEM ! ! !

NOW FOR THE NEXT BIG PROBLEM......

IT WAS ALSO NOT POSSIBLE TO WELD OR BRAZE

THE 2  DISSIMILAR METALS TO MAKE....

THE FRAME RIGID ; AS THIS WOULD CAUSE EVEN

MORE PROBLEMS...........SO LETS HAVE A  "LOOK SEE "

ON THE INTERNET.........& AFTER SEVERAL DEADENDS ......

FOUND A FIRM IN USA.......WHO MADE ARC BRAZING RODS.

SO AS THERE WAS NO UK. STOCKIST HAD IT IMPORT THEM ! !

..........O..........

NEXT PROBLEM WAS TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WOULD

 HAVE A GO AT THE TASK.......OF ARC BRAZING.

THE FIRST 8 APPROACHED EITHER  WENT  DEATHLY WHITE

OR FUMED & MUTTERED & SPLUTTED &

GAVE THE IMPRESSION OF AN IMPENDING

HEART  ATTACK........ ! ! !-

FOUND HIM....VERY HELPFUL & A GOOD JOB, WELL DONE !

** SO  GO BACK TO THE PHOTO OF THE ARMATURE

ABOVE.....TO HAVE ANOTHER LOOK.

 ALL THIS TOOK ABOUT 3 MONTHS......

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NOW.....THE REAL WORK COULD START !

LAFFANKI WENT DOWN THE VERY TIME CONSUMING ROAD

OF LAYING-UP THE MATERIAL BY HAND......

THE MATERIAL USED WAS A RESIN WITH A HARDNER &

A LIGHT WEIGHT FILLER TO ADD BULK TO THE MIX.

USING ARTIST PALLET KNIVES (SEE TOOLS ,ABOVE)

IT BECAME  A CASE OF BUILD-UP & CUTTING BACK

WITH JOINERS CHISELS & REPEATING THE

PROCESS AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN..........

& 20 OR 30 TIMES ; WORKING UP A SMALL AREA

AT A TIME UNTILL THE REQUIRED RESULT

& SHAPE STARTED TO COME TOGETHER.......

& THEN MOVING ON TO ANOTHER PART.....

THE HEAD & EYES CAUESED A LOT OF TROUBLES

AS DID THE HANDS (COULD NOT GET THEM RIGHT &

HAD TO CUT THEM OFF & START AGAIN A FEW TIMES

BUT I DID GET THEM RIGHT IN THE END )

SO TIME WENT ON AS IT DOES & THE SCULPTURE

TOOK FORM & SHAPE & GREW UNTILL ......

IT BECAME THE FINISHED WORK THAT LAFFANKI

WAS SATISFIED WITH...........

 

AND ONLY THEN COULD LAFFANKI

ADD THE FINISH COATS OF PURE BRONZE, 

POWDER WITH WITH A RESIN MIX & GETTING

THE RATIOS CORRECT WAS ANOTHER

NIGHTMARE ,WITH 5 TO 8  OR MORE COATS 

( EVEN UPTO  10 OR 12 IN PLACES )

REQUIRED & RUBBING DOWN WITH EMERY PAPER

BY HAND BECAME DIFFICULT ! ! 

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                        NOW.....  

LAFFANKI HAD ALREADY MADE

SEVERAL SCULPTURES IN WHAT HE FELT WAS ...........

THE HARD WAY.......LIKE EVERONE ELSE......

MAKING AN ORIGINAL SCULPTURE FROM SCRATCH

THEN MAKING A MOULD & CASTING IT IN.........

COLD CAST BRONZE FOR THE MASS-MARKET;

OR HAVE JUST A LIMMITED EDITION OF.....

A FEW CAST IN BRONZE BY A FOUNDRY.

..........O.........

AS LAFFANKI HAS SAID BEFORE...........

BUT THESE ARE NOT ORIGINALS .ONLY COPIES!

A COPY...... IS A COPY......IS STILL ONLY A   COPY.

 

BUT THEN AFTER A LOT OF WORK.......

THE SCULPTOR THEN CHUCKED OUT HIS ORIGINAL   ?

WHY ?

WASTE ALL THAT TIME & EFFORT,ONLY TO SCRAP IT ! 

 LAFFANKI HAS ALWAYS FELT THAT 

THERE  HAS TO  BE  A  BETTER  WAY.......

TO CREATE THE ONE OFF ORIGINAL.....

THAT IS BY IT'S VERY NATURE UNIQUE & THAT

NO ONE ELSE IN

THE WIDE WORLD WOULD HAVE

ONLY THE ONE PERSON WHO HAD......

THE FORESIGHT TO BUY THE ORIGINAL

IN THE FIRST PLACE !

NOW....THIS HAS TO BE THE BETTER WAY ...

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BELOW ARE SOME DETAILS OF THE FINAL WORK

                               THE FACE;                                                            BACK OF HEAD & HAIR

  NOTE THAT USAIN BOLTS EARS ARE DIFFERENT

 AS HIS LEFT EAR WAS DAMAGED

   WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER.

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 THIS IS USAIN'S RIGHT HAND.

 3 ATTEMPTS BEFORE LAFFANKI GOT THS RIGHT !

 

  

NOW :-  

 

IN THIS LAFFANKI SHOWS  USAIN'S    

 

                                       LEFT HAND IN WINNERS POSE..........

HIS FAMOUS  VICTORY POSE. 

                         WITH ARTIST LICENCE TO ACCENTUATE THE POINTED FINGER.

below this will just refresh your memory .

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AND NOW ONE OF USAIN RUNNING SHOES......

 

THIS  GAVE LAFFANKI A LOT OF TROUBLE

TO GET IT RIGHT. 

 

     SCULPTURED; USAIN'S RIGHT FOOT & RUNNING SHOE

 WITH A LAFFANKI "LADYBIRD"   MOTIF....

 THIS HAS BEEN PART OF LAFFANKI'S SIGNATURE SINCE

AFTER THE FIRST 50 PAINTINGS ........

 NOW, OVER 650 HAVE NOW BEEN PAINTED;

98% ARE SOLD.

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AND NOW THIS UNIQUE SCULPTURE IS.....

 

 

  OFFERED FOR SALE .....

 

BUT ONLY IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT ? ?

 TO TALK DIRECT TO LAFFANKI

TEL:- 01524222238

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SORRY BUT....... 

  LAFFANKI IS   UNABLE TO TAKE ON

ANY MORE LARGE SCULPTURES.

 

SOME OF LAFFANKI'S

OTHER SCULPTURES........

CAN NOW BE FOUND

ON LISTINGS ON LEFT. 2ND  ITEM DOWN

ON "SCULPTURES ". 

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BELOW ARE VARIOUS

NEW 2014/15 PAINTINGS.

TO BE MOVE TO MOVED TO ANOTHER PAGE.

(TO GO TO "ORIGINALS FOR SALE PAGE & THEN RE-EDITED

 

 

PAINTED 2014/15  WORKS.......

XX STILL ADDING TEXT & PHOTO'S

  *  LAFFANKI WOULD LIKE TO  CONFIRM THAT HE STARTED 

                     WILL BE PAINTING AGAIN..........SOON 2015

FOLLOWING A RECENT HEART ATTACK !

BELOW YOU CAN FIND SOME RECEINT

 

   

     

                         BASED ON A PHOTOGRAPH OF A LARGE WATER LILLIE

                   FROM  GARDEN POOL AT HOME AND THIS.....

            PAINTED ON B'D WITH AN IMAGE SIZE OF 30"x30"

   AND HAVING ALL "THE WOW FACTORS" OF

LAFFANKI' PREVIOUS ORIGINALS & PAINTED THIS YEAR.  

 

 

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                   LAFFANKI'S..... FEW REMAINING ORIGINAL PAINTINGS

     & NEW WORK........CAN BE VIEWED AT HOME.....

                          (BY APPOINTMENT  ONLY PLEASE ) TEL;-01524222238   

          

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                 XX    NEW INFOMATION........ 

 BUT YOU WILL SOON SEE 

LAFFANKI'S ORIGINAL WORK ON :-WEBSITE  OF:-

  Saatchi Gallery       LONDON    

  

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LAFFANKI HAS NOW APPOINTED AN AGENT FOR LONDON.

 TO SELL INTO THE LONDON GALLERIES   :-

 SEE L/H SIDE  FOR INFOMATION  

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                                               LAFFANKI ORIGINALS  


 
 1.SOLD  2.SOLD 3.SOLD.  5. Sold 
1
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AT THE AGE OF 82    LAFFANKI HAS ALREADY

PAINTED.....650 ORIGINALS & SOLD 642... 

SO FAR...WHICH IS OVER 98 %
               

XX-   THERE ARE NOW.........  ONLY 8     

    ORIGINAL PAINTINGS LEFT UNSOLD

(AS AT20th. MARCH)

 
    SO IF YOU EVER WANT TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION OF

LAFFANKI ORIGINALS

SO ACT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE ! !
                        

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XX- LAFFANKI  NO LONGER   ACCEPTS ANY COMMISSIONS.
( IRRESPECTIVE OF THE MONEY OFFERED ) 

 

XX- AN ORIGINAL LAFFANKI HAS GOT TO BE BETTER

THAN TRUSTING YOUR MORE MONEY TO AN OFF SHORE BANK

THAT COULD PROVE TO BE  DODGY  ! ! !

 

AT LEAST YOU CAN HANG YOUR LAFFANKI ORIGINAL PAINTING

ON THE WALL  & ENJOY FOR  A LOT OF YEARS !

WITH THE LIKELIHOOD OF A GOOD INVESTMENT

IN THE YEARS TO COME .........

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XX- SEE ORIGINALS FOR SALE PAGE ;
FOR PRICE GUIDE-xx.
 

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 NOW ; IT IS AN UNFORTUNATE FACT THAT

 
 MOST ARTISTS HAVE TO HAVE DIED ! ! !
 
 BEFORE THE AUCTION HOUSES & THE GENERAL 
ART MARKET WAKE UP TO........
THE VALUE OF AN ARTISTS WORK.


  LAFFANKI WOULD RATHER SEE THIS HAPPEN

AND THE VALUE OF HIS WORK INCREASE
DURING HIS LIFE TIME !  !


XX-AND WOULD ADVISE ALL COLLECTORS
 OF HIS WORK

TO INCREASE
THE INSURANCE VALUATION GIVEN ON THEIR
ORIGINAL PURCHASE INVOICE. ( X2 )


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NOW JUST PAINTING FOR HIS OWN PRIVATE COLLECTION.

BUT......PAST CUSTOMERS ARE WELCOME TO .......

VISIT LAFFANKI.....AT HOME TO VIEW.....

BY APPOINTMENT   ONLY 

AND CHAT OVER A CUP OF COFFE

I MIGHT EVEN BE TEMPTED TO PART WITH A PAINTING ! 

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BECAUSE LAFFANKI REQUIRS
ED........

A NEW CHALLANGE,

 

LAFFANKI STARTED A LARGE SCULPTURE IN JULY OF 2011

 

( STILL NOT FINISHED ; DUE TO HEART ATTACK IN SEPT 2013 )

 

PROGRESSED WELL :- 90% FINISHED........

  UNTILL HEALTH  DEALT A BLOW !

 

WILL GET BACK ON TO IT WHEN THE WEATHER WARMS UP 

AS MY STUDIO IS A CONVERTED GARAGE &

AS COLD AS HELL IN THE WINTER MONTHS

& IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO WORK.

 
 CREATING MUCH LARGER   SCULPTURES
3/4 TO LIFE SIZE.  AND LARGER .
WITH A DIFFERENT WAY OF MAKING THEM
SO THAT EACH SCULPTURE WILL BE

 THE ORIGINAL   ( & NOT A COPY)
   
LET ME EXPLAIN....
NEARLY ALL SCULPTURES
THAT ARE SOLD ARE NOT THE ORIGINAL ART WORK
AS CREATED BY THE ARTIST ; UNLESS THEY ARE A CARVING
OUT OF STONE OR ANOTHER SOLID MATERIAL , OR
CREATED BY THE HAND OF THE ARTIST...


AND THE ORIGINAL

TO MUST BE THE ONLY ONE ! !


  
WITHOUT ANY OTHER MEANS ;SUCH AS A MOULD
 FROM
WHICH A CASTING IS MADE.....

THAT IS NOT THE  ORIGINAL !

IT IS A MOULDED COPY.

THERE MAYBE ONLY AS FEW AS 3 TO 6 OR 8.
IN HOT CAST METALS.

** BUT WITH COLD CAST BRONZES & OTHER MATERIALS
THERE COULD BE SEVERAL HUNDREDS.....

BUT..... THESE ARE ONLY COPIES ! !

AND ARE A CASTING FROM THE ORIGINAL ;.......

ORIGINALY BY THE HAND OF THE SCULPTOR !

OK BUT LET US STOP FOOLING PEOPLE....
NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT !

A COPY..... IS A COPY...... IS STILL A COPY.

  OK.

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XX- WHAT LAFFANKI WILL CREATE WILL BE


A ONE OFF ORIGINAL .
 
AND STAND ALONE ART WORK
 
     XX  NO MOULDED COPIES OF ANY SORT  WILL BE MADE. XX

XX- THERE  WILL THEREFORE  ONLY EVER BE THE ONE....-XX
 LAFFANKI  WILL CREATE  BY HAND

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               NOW :-  XX- LAFFANKII HAS ALREADY STARTED WORK           

( JULY 2012 ).........ON A NEW

AND MUCH LARGER SCULPTURE OF 3/4 LIFE SIZE 

PROGRESS:-......THIS IS  WORKING OUT AS REQUIRED.
BUT THIS IS A LONG, & HARD LEARNING CURVE !

AND THIS LONG COLD WINTER HAS PUT MY SCULPTURE

WORK ON HOLD ; UNTILL THE WEATHER WARMS UP !

NOW ;- MY  HEALTH HAS  PUT THE LARGE SCULPTURE ON HOLD

UNTILL THE WARMER WEATHER

AS I STILL HAVE AT LEAST 2 WEEKS WORK TO DO.

 

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INFOMATION

XX- IN THE YEARS LEADING UP TO 

THE PRESENT TIME..........

 AND   AFTER THE 1st. 50... ORIGINAL PAINTINGS
 LAFFANKI   HAS INCORPORATED 
  A LADYBIRD ON ALL HIS PAINTINGS  &
SCULPTURES


AND THIS IS PART OF LAFFANKI'S SIGNATURE. 
          FOR FULL DETAILS OF ORIGINALS REMAING SEE ABOVE...
 

AND


 <<<-------------------SEE "ORIGINALS FOR SALE".... PAGE.


    
<<<------------------  LAFFANKI'S CV. CAN BE VIEWED  

FOLLOWING HAVING A NEW HARD DRIVE ! :- NOW REINSTALLED


  AS MOST THE PAGE
HAS GONE "WALK ABOUTS" 

( AS SOME DATA DID NOT GET TRANSFERED ) 
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 e-mail   laffankiart@btinternet.com

               

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                            OVER THE YEARS    LAFFANKI.... .......

HAS GROWN  A  STRONG FOLLOWING

                  FOR HIS ART WORK BY  WORD OF MOUTH & PERSONAL SERVICE  

    &  RECOMMENDATIONS FROM  COLLECTORS WHO ARE  DELIGHTED 

    WITH THEIR LATEST PURCHASE  OF LAFFANKI'S  ORIGINAL ART

          AND JUST  CAN'T  WAIT TO TELL THEIR  FRIENDS &  FAMILY   

    ABOUT THE NEW  LAFFANKI  THAT THEY HAVE JUST PURCHASED

   ALL HIS WORK HAS  THAT...........SPECIAL

       "WOW "  FACTOR THEY ALWAYS ; MAKE YOU  FEEL SO HAPPY &

   CHEERFUL,....... NO  MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER   ! ! 

 LAFFANKI  THANKS YOU FOR TAKING THE TROUBLE 
TO READING THIS.


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COMMENT:-

"THE SLEDGE HAMMER TO CRACK A WALLNUT"!

ON A RECENT JOURNEY I WAS STOPPED BY THE POLICE.....

ON A VERY RURAL ,STRAIGHT ROAD,
WITH VERY FEW HOUSES & MAINLY OPEN COUNTRY ;
BUT A 40 ZONE;
AS I WAS DOING 42 MPH; ....OK I SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS!
BUT CAN SOME ONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY ;
IN THE TIME OF ALL THE CUT BACKS TO SAVE MONEY
IT TOOK ; 3 POLICE CARS & A POLICE VAN AND A SPEED CAMERA & 4/5 POLICE !!
TO STOP "THE NUT"..... WHO WAS 2 MPH TO FAST ? ? ?

IT MAKES YOU THINK !
THAT IS NOT COST EFFECTIVE !




 

  LAFFANKI ON HIS 79 th. BIRTHDAY JAN.2011.
HOLDING A COLD CAST BRONZE CASTING OF
A BLACK RHINO HORN HE MADE FROM HIS ORIGINAL SCULPTURE


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-SEE SCULPTURE PAGE.

  

 

 XX-AND ALL IMAGES & ART INCLUDING THE NAME LAFFANKI
ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT. .

THIS WEBSITE IS EDITED
& ADMINISTERED BY LAFFANKI.
AND IS SUBJECT TO COPY- RIGHT;-
INCLUDING ALL IMAGES & THE NAME LAFFANKI.
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 xx...NEW PAYMENT METHODS


BY SAFE INTERNET BANKING THROUGH MY HSBC ACCOUNT.
THIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP AS
A COLLECTION ONLY ACCOUNT.
SO THAT NO MONEY CAN BE WITHDRAWN FROM THIS ACCOUNT;
IT IS THEREFORE 100% SAFE.
YOU CAN MAKE PURCHASES BY 
e-mailing me first with infomation on what you wish to buy.

OR JUST TO HAVE A CHAT

 

THIS PAGE IS NOW UPTO DATED 12/6/2014

LAFFANKI Laffanki, The Old Lune Barn, Melling, Carnforth, Lanc's. LA6 2RA T/F: 015242 22238
Email: laffankiart@btinternet.com