Per ardua ad astra



https://markteverson.com/                                                    Personal site

http://sohofoundry.org/                                                        Soho Foundry

http://fundamentalcosmology.com/                                 Multiverse cosmology


Mark Teverson    FRAS MA MSc PGCE BA

Currently, doctorate studies for a PhD in theoretical physics

Research, Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Dept. of Mathematics and Quantum Technologies, York University


Philosophy, Fine art, Astrophysics & Community



markteverson@sohoarts.co.uk                                                   markteverson@berwickcommunity.co.uk

Birkbeck College, University of London  QMUL logo   OU logo  york

MA Philosophy; MSc Astrophysics; PhD Quantum mechanics (current)

PHILOSOPHY  and ASTROPHYSICS have their own posts on this site. SOHO FOUNDRY has its own site.


Creator and coordinator of La Peine. La Peine is the description for a loose collection of artists and activists meeting weekly in the West End



1st February 2019

Seriously under  the weather. Oromrph (for severe pain)(not to give it – to relieve it!) is making me hallucinate. Can’t focus, hearing things. Determined to make this record – it’s a struggle to type. Can’t make today’s La Peine. Trying to get people to turn up – it is a meeting that does not require me.

This is 4am. I keep dozing off. Watching ‘The Blacklist’. 6 series, each serie’s with 22 episodes! TV series are good for folk that don’t sleep much! Daisy sitting on my head, Bigboy curled up in my crotch. Song on The Blacklist – “Our house is a very very nice  house”, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

28th January 3019

Please watch my video. It took a month to make. I’m proud to have made it

6th January 2019

Facebook messages to Sandra (USA)…..

I know we’ve had this chat before. Back in 1988-ish, when I was thinking of having a NYC base for my record company, you said I was more New Orleans (this was while we were dating in the Lower East Side). I think now how my life would be SOO different if I had made that move!

I was writing a track in 1981, before I started the commercial Soho Studios (1983). I called it ‘Passengers’, with a chorus starting “We’re passengers”. Sandra (London) came in and said I was ripping off Iggy Pop. I didn’t even know who he was, let alone the song! Anyways, that could’ve been my biggest hit! (Sandra (USA) used to date Iggy Pop)

4h January 2019

MRI on 28th December 2018 (this isn’t mine)

MRI (not mine).png

13th November 2018

New facebook profile image

Me - blue blooming:facebook


11th November 2018


Bigboy & Daisy 5.45am 23-5-2017  Me, Daisy, Bigboy 23-10-2018     Bigboy & Daisy



Starting to make a rendering techniique of using found clip art icons and using them as tesserae to construct a mosaic. May attempt a self portrait when I’ve collated sufficient images. Go to entry at 16th November 2018 in LA PEINE/Clip art


25th October 2018

Goto La Peine weekly newletter

Pop art me

21st October 2018  I have inherited only the good parts of my father, John – and built good things on them for the benefit of many. La Peine has its 10th anniversary next Friday, and I have passed the worst of the side effects of radiiotherapy, see SYMPTOMS 16-10-2018

5th October 2018  I want to record an old memory least I forget. 1977 Dorothy & I had a lovely house, squat, on James Street, York. I  was about to buy a house at the very young age (at that time) of 22 years to have a mortgage. I was cycling back from my job as sculptor assistant for Sally and Mick Arnup, Holtby, 5 miles out of York. I let my bike fall in the road, and Dorothy was waiting for me. We just fell in the road and embraced! We had a love so pure.


Dorothy, York 1977

12th September 2017 Tyler’s Court, Berwick Street, Soho, today. Outside my front door Tyler's Court, Berwick Street 12-9-2017

26th July 2017 Moved my piano for the 2nd time in 4 days to a shed at 01zero-one audio-visual studios at the Peter Street site near my flat on Berwick Street, hopefully the site whereby the Soho Foundry will shortly evolve. It had been stored at my sister Zoe’s house in West Wickham, Kent. The piano was given to my mother on her 9th birthday in 1937. Pictures show its current home, and with Zoe at the Foundry in 1999.

Piano & Zoe, Foundry 1999     Piano 26-7-2017

1st December 2016 Received unconditional offer of MSc by Research in `Foundations of Quantum Mechanics’ at York University, Mathematics and Quantum Technologies dept. Supervised by Prof. Paul Busch. This represents the first year of a PhD, and will enable me to transfer relatively easily to a PhD in a similar research area at, say, a good London university. I’m over the moon!  I’ve been working up to this for ~ 4 years. My academic life since September 2011 involved the following:

  • York University, MSc (research) leading to PhD, commenced 2017. Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information
  • Open University, 2015-7. Modules in quantum mechanics, relativity, maths and physics
  • Birkbeck, University of London, MA philosophy, 2014 -5. Dissertation – Philosophy of quantum mechanics
  • Queen Mary, University of London, MSc astrophysics, 2012-3. Dissertation – Multiverse
  • Hertfordshire university, 2011. Placement, astrophysics

The research position commences October 2017, when I’ll have finished my current modules in quantum mechanics and relativity.

The research area, `Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Communications’, relates directly to my dissertations in Philosophy (taught MA) The Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics' and Astrophysics (taught MSc) `A Multiverse Review with special reference to the Cosmological Constant’.

11th March 2016  West End Extra local newspaper today, Friday.Front page and page 2. This follows a meeting arranged by myself on behalf of Berwick Street Community Group and the reporter Alina Polianskaya, with Robin Scott of the Soho Dairy stall and SohoSt, at 8 Berwick Street, on Tuesday this week (see photo below).

A few days ago, many market traders were given sudden notice that their contracts are terminated on June 30th. The rental of the stall pitches will then be administered by a private contractor. There is no statement of the rents for the pitches after 30th June, and certainly no discussion currently with the existing stallholders. (Click on pics to enlarge).

WE Extra market 1 11-3-2016  WE Extra 2 11-3-2016

This is very worrying for the traders on this historic market, and Berwick Street in general. It is further anonymous gentrification of Soho, with no discussion with the community.

7th February 2016. Go to http://sohofoundry.org/ for current activity.

28th December 2015 Incorporated Soho  Productions Ltd. CEO Mark Teverson. Pilot for TV production, ‘The Cannibal Party’, a black comedy. Poster (small)

3rd October 2015  Started a degree with the Open University in Maths & Physics. Mainly online, and to improve my level in quantum mechanics and relativity, and the maths behind them. Made contact with academic graduate admissions at Georgia State university, Atlanta USA, dept. of astronomy, re: PhD. Sandra Pagan lives in Atlanta.

1st October 2015

Wanna? wanna?

14th August 2015  Bugger off!!  WE EXTRA 14-8-2015                              (Click on this to enlarge)

30th June 2015  The view from my flat 6am today  TRENCHARD 30-6-2015

29th June2015 Soho does not have, or want, a “High Street” – & definitely not Berwick Street!  90-104 Berwick St. 29-6-2015  Have you walked Berwick Street recently? Took them 9 months to lay 100 yards of road. Now, the development of the western side of the lower end will be 5 years development into bijou shops, expensive offices & another unwanted 5* hotel! No residents wanted this. All the little shops have gone. Is Soho worth saving anymore? Leave the capitalists, tourists and the wannabee ‘Soho Creatives’ to their nightmare!

10th June 2015 My Big Zero birthday party, at The Vault, Milroy’s, Greek Street, Soho

PARTY 1 10-6-2015   PARTY 6 10-06-2015  PARTY 13 10-06-2015PARTY 8 10-06-2015  VAULT, MILROYS 1  THE VAULT, MILROYS 2 (entrance to The Vault in the basement through a bookcase at the rear of Milroy’s).


1st March 2015  Emerging from the Shadow  Vicky & me March 2015

22nd February 2015 Chinese New Year of the Sheep (with Rebecca Feiner, Andy Bartolo, Dave Brown (graffic artist), Paul Roundhill) DREAM OF SHEEP  Chinese Shaftesbury Ave.

December 2014   Started ‘La Peine’ (The Trouble) meeting group, Friday afternoons, Coach & Horses, Greek Street, Soho.

December 2014 Sandra Pagan with me from Atlanta, Georgia. Happy!  Sandra & Mark Rhythm Factory 1 18-12-2014  Sandra roof 19-12-2014

24th September 2014    Meeting with Peter Large, Head of Legal & Democratic Affairs, Westminster council. Discussing the nomination of the proposed Soho Foundry site as an asset of community value. We would expect the council to support our application, but it could be opposed by the freeholders, Westminster Kingsway College. If registered successfully, the community would have up to 6 months to raise funds to purchase the site. It also has an entry on the land registry that it is nominated as an ACV (Asset of Community Value). My concern is that, should the Tories remain in power following next year’s general election, they may relax the planning regulations. Currently, the Peter Street site is educational planning use, and is of little interest to a commercial developer. If this restriction were relaxed, say to mixed use – for example, ground floor retail and private flats on the upper floors – a sale could be envisaged. I am trying to protect this site from possible redevelopment, which I believe is the ultimate intention of the freeholders. The college was originally built as a school in 1880 and has been an educational establishment continuously since then. We want to make the main college building into Soho Workshops, start-up short light industrial leases for local businesses and artisans, and the Schoolkeeper’s House into Soho Foundry, community art gallery, family cafe and outside event space.

24th August 2014    Incorporated Soho Foundry London Ltd. Mark Teverson sole director

21st May 2014  Now preparing to study MA Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London starting September 2014. This complements my MSc in Astrophysics from Queen Mary, University of London last year. I aim to commence a doctorate in Philosophy of Cosmology in 2015, and start a new book.

Birkbeck College, University of London  QMUL logo

PHILOSOPHY  has its own post on this site

Lord Mark Teverson

  Goto – Mark Teverson PIX          





BELOW:  Current, career, history + Soho Foundry


  • INTRODUCTION   …………………….. click on the post you desire

For CURRENT activity, goto:







  • STOP PRESS!! ………….this points at very current stuff. Everyday life.

.Goto June 2014  Soho Foundry for new developments



WALKERS COURT MAY 2014  WALKERS COURT MAY 2014  Pix Mark Puertolas                                                                    Walkers Court, Soho. Feb 2013 and May 2014 (25 yards from my flat) (Click on these pix)

19th April 2014      Berwick Street Record Store festival (note the Prince of Soho AKA the Beast of Berwick Street, pic No 2)

DUCK LANE 19-4-2014  BROADWICK ST 4  Berwick Street Record Store festival  BERWICK ST 2

October 2013      Now, a few weeks relaxing, and what next?

31st October 2012                                                                                                                                                        We are the dust of burnt out stars. Supernovae…………. This is a wall in Chinatown, London, pic taken in the early ’80’s. I thought it was some stoned hippy’s spraycan doodling at first. Then I realised what it meant. Now I’m doing research in astrophysics and the evolution of the universe and humankind


October 2012 

21st September 2012  West End Extra (local London newspaper) today                                          www.foundrysoho.com


Tuesday 18th September 2012

Meeting with journalist re: Soho Foundry and the demolition of that proposed listed building. Get West End Extra (local free newspaper) on Friday 21st September


Tuesday, 21st August 2012

Go to Soho Foundry/21st August 2012 for information on the sub-committee meeting at Westminster City Hall. This post also looks at the case for listing the building proposed for the Soho Foundry as Grade II on the basis of its age and historical context


Monday 23rd July 2012

Went to the Royal Astronomical Society (see pix) library. I was made a fellow on 18th May 2012. Also went to RoyalAcademy, which is also in Burlington House, Piccadilly. This is Michaelangelo’s Taddei Tondo (Madonna & child with the infant St John) 


Friday, 20th July 2012

See www.foundrysoho.com for current situation. Something is  rotten in the state of Denmark……


Saturday, 7th July 2012

Went to the Royal Society Summer Science Fair with my chum Dave Brown. This is the library ceiling 

Wednesday, 4th July 2012

At last! Contact from Westminster planning department that we will have news regarding the planning application for Soho Foundry. The application was submitted 5 months ago!

Today is a big day for our relation to our universe. CERN reports on the Higg’s boson


Friday 1st June 2012

  MY BACK ALLEY THIS MORNING. The day before the dreaded Jubilee 4 days of torture. Notice the bedraggled bunting


Friday 18th May 2012

I am now a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Socety (FRAS)                                                                            The Roundel of the Society incorporates the motto of Sir William Herschel, its first president: quicquid nitet notandum (whatever shines should be observed).


Sunday 6th May 2012 – Bank holiday weekend

Application for change of use for Soho Foundry still ‘pending’, but the first stage should be completed within this month. Following that is a ‘full committee’ meeting, where we can have one of the West End councilors and myself able to speak on behalf of our application. There are interesting developments regarding propositions available to be made to the freeholders. Watch this space, and www.foundrysoho.com


Friday 13th April 2012

Letter in West End Extra today, along with quote in Zilli front page article (see BSCG)

Breaking news 12th April 2012

To be confirmed……….  The Attlee Youth Project, started in March 1980 by Mark Teverson, is understood to have finally closed earlier this month. These sources are currently uncorroborated. The use of the site freehold  -Postal address now: 5 Thrawl Street E1 6RT –  is understood to still be held by the Attlee Foundation.

After 33 years serving the young people of East London. RIP



Wrote to local newspaper West End Extra with regard to problems on Berwick Street



Finally returned home from a marathon 23 hour journey from Tramore. Tramore is a small fishing town on the Southern Irish Atlantic coast, 14 miles south of Waterford. Encountered a good deal of bizarre Irish mentality! Goto SCRAPBOOK


SUNDAY 11th MARCH 2012

Made a clock today(see SCRAPBBOOK). This sits beside the orrery (an astrolabe of the solar system) I made in Nov 2010 (see STUFF). The orrery was a lot more fiddly



Sent facebook messages to some chums asking for suggestions of journos they may know who could do a report on the anticipated problem of gaining a lease for the SOHO FOUNDRY from the reluctant freeholders. This is Westminster Kingsway Further Education College Corporation, a private company difficult to trace. They tried to sell the entire site in 2008 but were blocked by Westminster council on the grounds that it should be for public use and it is in a conservation area. Our planning application for a community arts centre/event space & cafe should be approved. Our entrance is entirely separate to the college, and we propose to share outside basement space not currently used. We would pay rent and rates, and provide a valuable community resource not currently available. The idea of using some space in the main college building as SOHO WORKSHOPS for start-up artisan style studios has been proposed. The fact that a public facility has been sold for profit and now being in private hands is not now available to the community for whom it was originally built, and is left derelict for 23 years, must be exposed.


Any suggestions, please contact me. Goto: www.foundrysoho.com/publicity



No comment yet from Westminster planning dept. on SOHO FOUNDRY. The application for change of use to community art gallery/event space & cafe by BERWICK STREET COMMUNITY GROUP was validated (ie. accepted) on 22nd February. The process usually takes 2-3 months. Likewise, there has been no comment from the freeholders, Westminster Kingsway College.

Have just returned from a short break in Llanidloes, Powis, mid Wales. Goto SCRAPBOOK for pics. Llanidloes is a small town in the valleys, famous for its role in the Chartist riots of 1839 which occurred at what is now the Trewythen hotel on Great Oak Street.  This is currently closed and for sale. I stayed in Victoria Square opposite the hotel. The mountains are stunning, and I managed two long hikes with my chum Julian Stafford-Michael.

Ib Arberg 1970 chair dismantled! See SCRAPBOOK.



3 a night, no hookers


21st December 2014 Sandra Pagan. The most beautiful girl in the world! Sandra 1987 Vogue


CONTACT:       markteverson@sohoarts.co.uk          markteverson@berwickcommunity.co.uk



Commenced research studies at York university in Autumn 2017 in Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information. This complements my previous two taught masters in astrophysics (Queen Mary, dissertation on the multiverse) and philosophy (Birkbeck, dissertation on quantum mechanics), and some maths and physics modules at the Open University. This research at York is formally a masters, which leads on to the doctorate. The PhD will probably be completed at a London university.

My supervisor from September 2017, Professor Paul Busch, suddenly passed away from a stroke on June 9th 2018. This was the day after I had my laryngectomy, an operation that removed my vocal chords, which was performed in order to cut away throat cancer. I then spent a month in hospital. I have just completed (September 2018) 6 weeks of radiotherapy and the side effects are severe. The university have granted me 6 months leave of absence, but I am keen to spend my enforced increased time at home on doctorate studies.

Paul Busch was a wonderful man.

My new supervisor at York is Dr Stefan Weigert,

Documents so far written (September 2018) are:

  • The Problem of Time, (September 2018) (Unfinished, not proofed)
  • Bell’s theorem (Submitted 15th August 2018)
  • Entanglement Measures, (Submitted 29th July 2018)
  • 10-5-2018 (Submitted 9th May 2018)
  • York 5-3-2018 (Submitted 5th March 2018)

The area I am particularly interested in is my proposition that, at the quantum level, time does not exist. The specific area of entanglement, whereby the paradox of correlation upon measurement between distant entangled particles is instantaneous, may be an explanation to this dilemma by this approach to time. Julian Barbour seems to be the only author I have so far discovered working in related areas, but – even he recognises –  does not offer any satisfying statements. I would be particularly thankful for any guidance to other authors or alternative strategies.

Some pertinent literature (click on the title):


“Because the time parameter in the Schrödinger equation is not observable, energy apparently obeys a superselection rule in the same sense that charge does. That is, observabies must all commute with the Hamiltonian and hence be stationary. This means that it is consistent with all observations to assume that any closed system such as the Universe is in a stationary state. We show how the observed dynamic evolution of a system can be described entirely in terms of stationary observables as a dependence upon internal clock readings”

A review of some basic facts of classical dynamics shows that time, or precisely duration, is redundant as a fundamental concept. Duration and the behaviour of clocks emerge from a timeless law that governs change

SYMPTOMS 16-10-2018

Mark Teverson

SYMPTOMS 16/10/2018


Symptoms and consequences of side effects of radiotherapy at their peak , subsequent to treatment of throat cancer by laryngectomy (removal of voice box and larynx).


Most of these symptoms should have receded by christmas 2018

This is a compilation of symptoms and their consequences at the peak of the side effects of radiotherapy. Some were nearly fatal

It’s a record of the worst period of my life, and I hope a useful personalized document for others

Recipients listed at end of this document


  • Cannot speak due to laryngectomy (removal of voice box) 8th June 2018. Next operation in December, Mr. Francis Vaz (ENT surgeon) (ENT = Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Breathlessness. Frequently feel like I’m being strangled and I’m gasping for breath. I felt several times over the last 5 days I should phone for an ambulance, but the trouble (and I am still delerious) of making the 999 text call and the hassle of getting out of the flat 4 flights up on a stretcher and being carried up the market to an ambulance ‘prevented’ this – of course, the panic of strangulation and being unable to breathe passed in each case, but the experience, especially being on one’s own, is very disconcerting
  • Getting prescriptions and deliveries to my flat is a major problem. I cannot speak on the entryphone, or speak on the telephone. I have no carer – a couple of good friends, Andy and Ginty, do the occasional errand and shopping. I live 4 flights up with no lift on Berwick Street market, but currently I can barely get to the toilet
  • A lot of hospital departments – even ones that know my condition! – make appointments etc. and only give a landline contact number to rearrange i.e speech only. No email or text, the only way a speechless patient can communicate with them. This silly and shameful situation must be addressed
  • Of course, getting to the hospital is a major problem – the bus stops are further than I can walk, and I feel dizzy and delerious. Yet, even though the hospital is aware of this, the appointments at UCLH/Macmillan are totally uncoordinated. ENT, dieticians and physiotherapists should coordinate to have appointments on the same day, not 3 different ones!
  • Isolation. Solitary confinement. I rarely see anyone – Andy and Ginty have keys to my flat. At present, I rely on them, as I can’t get out of bed to answer the entryphone or unlock the door. When they’re in the flat, communication is by my writing down my thoughts as I cannot speak. On Friday’s La Peine at the Blue Posts = the only day of the week I go out = a pub full of people talking freely with each other – I sit in pain, writing to communicate basic stuff, using a magnifying glass because I can’t focus
  • Tightness and rigidity around the throat. Like being constantly strangled and held in a tight metal collar
  • Dry, sore mouth. Mouth ulcers. Trying to drink a lot of water ~ 1/1.5 litres/day
  • De-crusting/de-scabbing/de-phlegming of stoma/ valve area frequently. Rubbing gel into sore and bleeding areas
  • Nebulising 3x per day

• 15ml Movacol 3x per day (constipation)

• 10ml Oramorph 3x per day (pain)

• 5ml Oxetacaine 3x per day (pain, mouth ulcers)

• 10ml Domperidone 3x per day (to suppress vomiting)

  • Headaches
  • Very unbalanced gait. My other serious condition, cerebellar ataxia, is considerably worsened due to radiotherapy sideFX. When I can walk, I use two crutches
  • The sideFX of the 6 week radiotherapy course have probably just peaked, 3-4 weeks after the final treatment. This has meant I have been unable to leave my flat (I live on the 4th floor, no lift). Further, I live on Berwick Street market, so hospital transport cannot get outside my flat, and parking in Soho is very difficult, so they have to park some long walking distance from my flat.
  • Due to my current immobility my earliest hospital appointments cannot be till later next week, or possibly the following week. Fallen in the flat frequently – dizzy & unbalanced
  • I have created a weekly support group of friends, La Peine, meeting Fridays in a pub virtually next door on Berwick Street. However, last Friday I couldn’t attend, as I was bed-bound. The sideFX have been the worst ever these last 10 days
  • Difficulty swallowing. This is Tuesday – till Saturday, I couldn’t even swallow water
  • Frequent vomiting, even after drinking only water
  • Constant hiccoughs. All my limbs ache. Hallucinations. Shivering
  • No appetite, no taste. Have just restarted Ensure supplement drink, 2 per day, trying to do 3 per day. First soup for about 10 days. I cannot swallow any solid food
  • I had an enema two weeks ago – I had not defecated for 35 days! This took 24 hours to really take effect; my flat was like a horror movie due to total incontinence. I could not get out of bed, so I was forced to lie in 35 days of excrement till it subsided. Thankyou so much Ginty for help here!
  • Weight loss; from ~ 78kg pre-cancer (circa. November 2017) to ~ 57kg now, but relatively constant now. My bones protrude and my skin is flabby
  • Still very infrequent going to toilet, and still runny if I do go
  • Days of no sleep, on and on. Just the company of  my cats, Daisy & Bigboy, scampering around the flat. They get  fed by an automatic dry food feeder, and usually a daily supplement
  • Subsequent to the operation, I have had pain in my shoulders, especially the right. I can’t raise my arms above my head. I am doing some physio, and this seems to be slowly healing
  • Numbness and rash down side of throat and slight pimply rash over much of body. Hair growth has ceased in parts of face and throat
  • Dehydration of tips of fingers
  • Feeling faint and dizzy after even only a slight exertion e.g. going to the toilet
  • Fatigue, tiredness. Deafness (100% right, 50% left), worsened tinnitus screaming in my ears
  • General confusion. Difficulty in focussing visually. Reading texts and typing them are difficult. Just reordered a more powerful magnifying glass. I have fairly recently been to the optician, so this is hopefully a temporary condition
  • Hearing loss – virtually total in right ear. Tinnitus worsened
  • Concentration loss & delerium. I have been unable to do my PhD studies for several weeks. The university have granted a leave of absence till 1st December 2018. (My supervisor, Professor Paul Busch, suddenly passed away the day after my laryngectomy operation, on 9th June 2018). Likewise, work on my community hub and arts’ events project, the Soho Foundry (https://sohofoundry.org) has been temporarily suspended.
  • The intense worry of the ongoing fraud of my mother’s house (goto 18 Sydenham Park Road) has made my survival through this ordeal all the more difficult.
  • My general confusion may also explain the unscientific presentation of this document!
  • Reordered laryngectomy protectors, and NaCl solution for nebulizer from Fittleworth
  • Letter from UCHL received on 23/10/2018. The letter was created on 9/10/2018. As the document you’re reading states, my side effects became much worse a few days after the hospital document; the letter from Caitlin Reilly in the Speech & Language Therapy, Head and Neck, therefore portrays a totally inaccurate discharge statement

I hope these days of mid-October mark the bottom of the pit to my life, the year of cancer, 2018

This document emailed to:
• Dr. Bark (GP). sohosquaresurgery@nhs.net
• UCLH Mr Vaz (ENT cancer surgeon) francis.vaz1@nhs.net
• UCLH ENT T6 unit (F.A.O. Caitlin Reilly) uclh.headandneckslts.nhs.net
• Andy Bartolo (Helper)
• Ginty Feiner (Helper)

Mark Teverson
9 Berwick Street, W1F 0PJ
DOB: 10/6/55 07939 472749 (text only)



Photo neck

Photo stoma 2 close


MY MOTHER – a video tribute


This is something I know I will be very proud to have achieved

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVbIxRulXIMY MOTHER – a tribute




These are notes written while making this video. It’ll eventually be uploaded to YouTube

Christmas 2018. Today is 23rd December. I’d like to start the basics of a short video tribute to my mother, who passed 12 years ago. I have the luxury of the festive season slowdown, added to the severe restrictions of my current medical condition, to allow me to indulge in a non-essential but personally life  monumental project over the next few days. I will shortly return to my main works, viz my doctorate studies and the Soho Foundry, interspersed with the pleasures of La Peine!

I want to make use of my new skills in making animation from found images, using platforms such as iMovie, YouTube and the website and arts’ group La Peine. It’ll end up in the form of this video (but much better!), which I uploaded about 10 hours ago to YouTube –

I can scan some of the many photos I have carefully kept that my mother passed on to me in a three photo albums. I personally had a revulsion for recording my life in photos or movies for decades, till now!  I can remember some of her favourite music, like Frank Sinatra and Breakfast at Tiffany’s ‘Moon river’ with Audrey Hepburn, Nat King Cole, Jacques Loussier – Air On A G String. Beatles Yesterday. Maybe some Mozart and Bach. Video maybe the length of 3-4  tracks, approx. 10 minutes

Me christenening

Me bath Ma Nana

Pix of our houses, our holidays,  her work at University of Kent

The turning point is that till yesterday (22nd December), I thought I couldn’t present videos on the WordPress platform on which I’m writing without paying them a subscription. But you can if you upload it to YouTubeand make a link, as with the La Peine video above. You can do the same with email (which otherwise has a 25Mb maximum file capacity), and probably it’ll save the long upload time on Facebook.

There was always a big divide with the rest of the family, and indeed that has been passed to me. Her parents had both passed by the time I was one year old, so she had no-one to support her, especially during the violence of her marriage.

Remember – the iMovie clips will focus on the centre of a clip when it pans in and out over its 5 second duration. I’ll initially load the clips as they’re scanned in from the photographs, then trim the ones that require it. The reason is that one can’t always predict how iMovie will process the image!

It’s tempting to go headlong into making it from scratch. But rather than storyboard (which isn’t so easy if you don’t want to draw freehand!) I’ve started by segmenting the film on iMovie with titles of changes in her life, for example, moving to Canterbury in 1966. Editing tools like iMovie allow constant review of material. I may need to upgrade to a more advanced software, but iMovie is adequate for now. It’s standard software on Apple Macs. Indeed, iMovie is proving to be a little clunky at times – I have to relaunch it sometimes to overcome a glitch.

Seeing GP in the morning, Xmas eve, then a drink with Andy. Going to start big scanning of photo albums  after that – this could easily take a day.

I’ll make a playlist of some of my videos. The importance of this (I think) is that at the end of one’s video, YouTube just start playing somebody else’s video!

Another technical obstacle overcome! If you download an audio MP3 and put that on, say, facebook, you run the risk of facebook’s software blocking you for copyright infringement. Further, a lot of music simply can’t be downloaded, but you can play it – the problem has been how to record it. On the La Peine 21-23-2018 video, I used the microphone input and used live audio recording software. Am still working on getting a line in, non-microphone recording. I’ll try making a minijack to minijack lead between line in and headphone out sockets. … 29/12/2018 THIS WORKS! Now I’ve got clean, line input recordings, with no embedded source signature (which can be picked up by copyright computers, like those at Facebook).

10pm Christmas Eve. Just uploaded a video to YouTubefor next Friday’s La Peine, 28th December, ‘La Peine – The Queen of the Night’.

When a raw draft is made, I need to sit back and consider the mood and message of the video. For example, how much of the Teverson side to the family, and the divorce years.

I’m going to make some of the clips video, as opposed to still jpg photos. I’ll just use my mobile phone.

19th January 2019. Not much done on the My Mother – a tribute video since New Year till yesterday. I had a crucial operation on my throat a few days ago to try to improve vocalisation and swallowing. It seems to have had some effect – I’ll know more after X-rays on 21st January.

Anyway, the video is approaching completion of a first draft – I may get some more advanced software to iMovie. There are obvious limitations which make this presentation appear amateurish. So far, it’s about 19 minutes, 1.1 Gb of material, with 6 of her favourite songs. Looks good!

23rd January 2019 The movie’s finished, except for my parents’ wedding photos. I’ve asked my relatives for any photos of John, especially his first marriage. Their marriage was 12th April 1952, but my birthday is 10th June 1955. This seems quite a delay! Perhaps there were problems in the marriage from the very start…

24th January 2019  ‘MY MOTHER – a tribute’ finally uploaded to YouTube! On my slow Mac Pro, it took 10 hours to upload the 2.13Gb file!

YouTube did come back with copyright issues, but the video still seems visible to anyone.




24th January  – copyright dispute

“The movie is for personal use to show to a few friends my deceased mother’s life. There is no financial gain. Full credits are given at the end of the film. No advertising of the movie will be made, the link to view it is by one to one personal social media only. The songs are my mother’s favourites. This is no more than playing songs to my friends in my bedroom


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I’ll try instrumental versions next – I think the computers scan the lyrics

my copyright!

It’s only one of five copyright objections, Moon River (i.e. 4 songs are still blocked)

I tried putting up a microphone recorded version, and that was blocked too, but strangely, with a different set of songs.

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Am now trying to mount it via facebook. It’s taking ages, and you can’t monitor its progress. I’ll try editing the soundtrack into clips of songs, for example, 30 second segments, and string them together.



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26th February 2019 Good news on my video ‘My Mother – a video tribute’. YouTube today dropped all copyright claims regarding the soundtrack. Whoopee! These tracks were 6 of my mother’s favourite songs. Go to My Mother – a video tribute.

Copyright released! 26-2-2019


Click sohofoundry.org , a separate web site devoted to this project on Peter Street Soho, London W1. Proposed opening late 2019.  foxtons-4

This project is dynamic right now, September 2018. Watch this space – posting on SOHO FOUNDRY will change frequently

Soho Foundry London Ltd. incorporated August 2014. MD Mark Teverson


We want to put a replica of this English Heritage plaque on our proposed building in Soho, London.                  The original Soho Foundry was in Smethwick, Birmingham                            Below are pix of the Soho Foundry, Smethwick         (Click on a pic to enlarge it)


Pic taken from a train window 6th March 2012


Current situation, Application to Westminster City Council for the entire site (ie. Schoolkeeper’s House, college building and all land) to register Berwick Street Community Group to have first option to purchase on the register of assets of community value. This nomination will be forwarded to Peter Large, Head of Legal and Democratic Services during October 2014.

February 2013 Appeal on planning use submitted 15th February 2013. Support from Westminster councilors, press and Soho Society expected, revitalised by the planning departments support for the application and the knowledge that our A3 use with ancillary cafe will NOT contribute to stress in the Soho area.

October 2012…….  Exciting developments! Go to Soho Foundry, current post

April 2012 …..The planning application for change of use was validated by Westminster council planning department (22nd February 2012). A decision will take a further 3 months. To inspect our application, goto Westminster planning applications, search the Soho Foundry postcode W1F 0HS. Goto the Soho Foundry website

12/01059/FULL | Use as community art gallery (Class D1) and ancillary café (Class A3). | School Keepers House 15 Peter Street London W1F 0HS

Proposed opening 2015 pending negotiation with freeholders

Pic Jack Ludlam  www.londonpaparazzi.com

More pics to follow during 2014. Goto SOHO FOUNDRY (the main site)


CONTACT:       markteverson@sohoarts.co.uk          markteverson@berwickcommunity.co.uk


For the time being, this post will start at the date of my accepting the MA at Birbeck. Hence, the latest comment will be at the END of the post

21st May 2014  Got a place to study MA Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London starting October 2014. This complements my MSc in Astrophysics from Queen Mary, University of London last year.

Birkbeck College, University of London  QMUL logo

Birkbeck College, University of London

Queen Mary, University of London 

13th June 2015 First draft of my dissertation, “The Measurement Problem of Quantum Mechanics”.

22nd May 2014  Met with Dr. George Darby at 26 Russell Square, WC1. He has interests in metaphysics and philosophy of physics. We discussed possible topics for my MA dissertation at Birkbeck next year, and we discussed my MSc dissertation at Queen Mary, particularly those relating to quantum mechanics and philosophy, highlighting the Everett hypotheses.

 8th August 2014  Background reading. Many students on my upcoming MA Philosophy will have done a BA in philosophy. Students like myself without that formal academic background do the double module, ‘Introduction to Philosophy’. I am already considering topics for a dissertation. I want to nail down a topic before Christmas, because if I am to apply to Oxford for the prestigious MSt (Master of Studies) at Oxford (application deadline mid-January) I would want to quote the title and abstract. This course has only 4 places per year, and is the best in the world on philosophy of physics, and has something like 200 applicants per year! I corresponded with David Wallace at Balliol last year, and he encouraged me to apply.

I will probably choose quantum mechanics – indeterminacy, entanglement, consciousness…..

Provisional title:

Philosophy & Quantum Mechanics:

Metaphysical Indeterminacy and Consciousness

Unfortunately, Dr. George Darby , who I met in May, has left Birkbeck and has not been replaced by anyone specifically qualified in philosophy of physics. I also met Dr Robert Northcott on 17th July, and he believes there will be no problem of supervision within the Birkbeck philosophy department.

21 August 2015 Submitted my MA Philosophy dissertation, titled, “The Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics”. This was supervised by Dr. Robert Northcott, and is a major area within the Philosophy of Physics.

The abstract for this ~12,000 word paper is:

The measurement problem is fundamental as an insight to the quantum world. I shall cite thought experiments, as well as actual and suggested laboratory experiments, that illustrate the problem of the transition from a quantum system to the classical world by the process of decoherence, apparently only at the instant of measurement. The basic mathematical background that formalises this phenomenon is required to be stated throughout the paper in order to properly examine the abstract nature of what is going on, and I have referenced this at Measurement problem in QM. I shall cite some attempts to explain the measurement problem, and I shall argue for my two favoured views, which are the radically different hypotheses of Bohr’s decoherence and Everett’s Many Worlds, but it is my contention that we are missing something fundamental in our understanding of 20th Century physics.


18th September 2018    Goto Quantum Mechanics