Archive for March, 2009

Bella Bellagio!

Posted in PAST PLACES, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , , , on March 31, 2009 by echostains

bellagio bellisimo!

bellagio bellisimo!

The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas is beautifully  fabulous!  It was my absolute favorite of the hotels we managed to see (Luxor was second and then Mandeley).  The Italianate decor was beautiful, showing great attention to detail: very tasteful indeed, even down to the way the carpet was woven (very like old tapestries).  The quality of the place shows in lots of different ways and exudes opulence.

bellagio display

bellagio display

ceiling bellagio, these displays change seasonally, so I've been told

The garden displays change seasonally, so I’ve been told.  When we were there, the theme seemed to be Spring which focused on gardening, giant watering cans, an old potting shed full of gigantic moths fluttering about!  The perfume from the flower displays was overwhelming and quite delightful!

wake up and smell the flowers

wake up and smell the flowers

bellagio spring

bellagio spring

spring has sprung bigtime!

spring has sprung bigtime!

greenery

greenery

 

The Fountain show is tremendous. Even I had a tear in my eye listening to the Star Spangled Banner and watching the waters stand to attention, before thrusting their exuberence in an ostentatious show of  patriotism.  Quite moving and very uplifting…and I’m not even American, but it brought a lump to my throat!

bellagio-fountains

bellagio-fountains

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But I could have told you Vincent – It’s your Birthday!

Posted in ART with tags , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by echostains

 

tortured soul with bandaged ear

 

Today is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh.  It’s a pity the man never lived to enjoy his fame.   Much has already been written about him already.  Van Gogh was an enigma, born miles before his time.  I think this is where the idea of the starving artist came from: the tortured soul suffering for his art:  soul searching, misunderstood: the poor scraping artist starving in his garret.  Of course, some did do this.  Some even think that it is neccessary to suffer for their art, or like Tracy Emin, sufferng becomes their ouvre, the subject of their work.  But these days generally, artist’s can’t be expected to live by their art alone (lucky ones can), others have to join the rat race and peddle on that hamster wheel to keep themselves in materials!

 

tortured angst

tortured angst

 

To suffer for art was considered romantic.  The famous painting by Henry Wallis ‘Death of Chatterton’ 1856, encapsulates the romantic notion of the starving artist.  Poet Thomas Chatteron committed suicide in his garret  by poisoning himself, rather than starve.  He was 17 years old.

 

death of chatterton by henry wallis 1856

death of chatterton by henry wallis 1856

 

The artiste Morrisey from the Smiths spoke to angst ridden teenagers like no other, sharing all the pain of growing up.  We revelled in it! No one understood us……the pain fades but the memory doesn’t.  It’s a good job we decided to ‘grow out of it’ and ‘get over ourselves…… or is it?  Those that didn’t now seem to be immortalised!

 Last night I dreamt

that somebody loved me

No hope, no harm

Just another false alarm

Last night I felt

real arms around me

No hope, no harm

Just another false alarm

So tell me how long

Before the last one?

And tell me how long

before the right one?

The story is old I KNOW

But it goes on

The story is old I know

But it goes on

Oh GOES ON

And on

And goes on

And on

Morrisey

morrissey the man who UNDERTANDS

morrissey the man who UNDERTANDS

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Thanks for the Memory: I will take note

Posted in WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , , on March 29, 2009 by echostains

the little white chapel

the little white chapel

Well it’s back to earth for me now that the wedding is over.  I enjoyed Las Vegas, even though I thought I wouldn’t.  It was our first time in the States and I found it interesting though as a destination it wouldn’t have been my first choice.  I have always been drawn to the deep South, Louisiana, New Orleans.  I am interested in the history of slavery, plantations, voodoo and the swamps!  New York City, Chicago, Boston don’t interest me much, I feel I have some kind of affinity with the South for some reason.

deep-south: any of these would do me please!

deep-south: any of these would do me please!

One of the favourable things I did notice about Americans was their politeness when they were giving service, indeed most people, including tourists were friendly.  From what I could see, the people work hard, and they take their jobs seriously, no matter how menial.  I found this a refreshing change to how we view our jobs, moaning on, cutting corners, can’t be bothered attitude.  There was a time of course when we were just like the Americans in their attitude towards the public and giving quality service.  Manners seem to be a thing of the past now for us now.   We seem to have lost our enthusiasm for things and  though it’s sad to see it, lets hope a new appreciation  of our job, and the realisation of how lucky we are to actually have a job comes out of this recession.

Mother of the Bride STILL fascinating!

Posted in WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , on March 28, 2009 by echostains

me and my daughter before leaving the hotel

me and my daughter before leaving the hotel

Just a short one tonight, been very busy with my photos (took me hours).  We took about 300 for the week, but I also recorded short  bits of films (3 hours worth).  I’ve not got round to watching them yet, so I hope they’ve turned out ok!

fascination

fascination

Here’s me with my fascinater on!  And I managed to keep it on all day too.  Mind you, I wasn’t exactly leaping around – not in those shoes!

What happened in Vegas stays here! Why?

Posted in WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by echostains

The happy couple Bless them!

The happy couple Bless them!

Last Friday, 20th March my daughter got married in Las Vegas.  The wedding was in the Little White Chapel.  It was their dream to get married in Vegas, so all we could do was go along with it lol!  None of us had ever been to the US before, so that itself was an experience.  The flight took 10 hours from Manchester.  The first thing I noticed at McCarran airport was that it was smallish and a bit worn, with garish blue carpet that had seen better days.  Oh, and my first glimpse of slot machines!

mccarren-airport

mccarren-airport

The heat was a strange kind of heat.  Like and ‘old’ sun.  By ‘old’ I mean the sort of sun you see and feel when you are young, when the school holidays stretch out forever and the pavements burnt your feet and even rubbish didn’t look scruffy when the  sun lit it up.  You would have to have been there in ‘those days’ to know what I mean…..

and so castles made of sand.......

and so castles made of sand.......

The roads are really wide, massive and you don’t get a lot of time to get over them!  Besides the really expensive hotels, there seems to be a lot of concrete, sandstone type of building work.   It made me think of sandcastles and the non permanancy that seems to go on here.  I believe a lot of the casinos are knocked down after a few years, to make way for new.  The face  of Las Vegas seems to be perpetually changing.

bright lights

bright lights

By night though, that’s when it really looks at its best!  People I know who have been, have likened Vegas to Blackpool!  Although I can see  where they’re coming from (the bright lights), I don’t think it can be seriously compared.  Everything is bigger, louder, wider (hehehe and that includes ME now!)  It’s all this ‘Chowing on down’ apparently that does it….. and believe me, there’s a LOT of it going on (half a stone weight gain in a week! and  I am VERY active, and  walk everywhere.  Imagine how much if I didn’t take exercise…

to be continued

What happened in Vegas stays here!

Posted in WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , on March 26, 2009 by echostains

gold-coast-exterior on Flamingo

gold-coast-exterior on Flamingo

Got back from Las Vegas today and from THE WEDDING!  All went well, including the wedding.  We did lots of cool things, saw lots of strange sight, pic coming soon.
To be continued

Happy Birthday Dear William Morris

Posted in ART with tags , , , , on March 24, 2009 by echostains

 william_morris

The fabulous William Morris was born on this day 24th March 1834 -1896).  He will always be associated with the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement, and his Socialist values.  A famous quote of Morris was:-

” Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”

Well said Mr Morris, just wish I could practise it…

Morris’s career was long and varied, he did all sorts.  He is particularly known for his textiles though.  These prints are still going strong.

 william Morris Red House
 
 

 william morris willow bough wallpaper

 
 

 

Read all about Morris’ varied career here

william_morris_snakeshead

william_morris_snakeshead

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp