Archive for April, 2009

Happy Birthday to you dear J M W TURNER, Squashed tomatos and stew

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , on April 23, 2009 by echostains

 

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turner_j__m__w__-_the_fighting_temeraire t_tugged_to_her_last_berth_to_be_broken

Happy birthday to Joseph Mallord WilliamTurner 1775 –  1851

giorgione_tempest

giorgione_tempest

What can you say about Turner that hasn’t been said?  Squashed tomatoes and stew refers to John Ruskin‘s ‘Two Boyhoods’ where he writes about Giorgione  1477 – 1510 and Turner.1775 1851.  Ruskin’s writing is so clever, informative and passionate – never dry: the man cares about what he writes about.

 

He compares Giorgione’s childhood surroundings: the classical Italy, Venice, the beautiful places would be enouth to inspire anybody. But what about the Covent Garden of Turner’s youth? the rotting fruit, the rain, the melting colours being washed away…… all these acted as inspiration to Turner.  He shows how two very differnt artists can both come to beautiful conclusions,regardless their environments.

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

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp

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What’s with the Glitches?

Posted in WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , on April 22, 2009 by echostains

glitches always lurking where you least expect them

glitches always lurking where you least expect them

Just a quick one tonight, hopefully glitch free….  According to Wikpedia a Glitch is a short lived fault,common in computers: let’s hope it is.   I have got into the habit of scheduling my posts, usually about 20 past midnight.  Well I did the same as usual last night.  I was doing other work on my p.c. noticed the time and thought I’d check that my post had come on.  But it hadn’t.  Well, I did all sorts: altered the time, tried to unschedule the post, and all to no avail!  Eventually, I copied and pasted to a new post…..that its where the story should end, but not a bit of it!  For when I looked today,I found that the post had come on TWICE, both versions (titles slightly different).  I don’t know what’s going on.  Sometimes part of the text comes out massive, although I make sure it is all  uniform.  Could it be the tags I asked myself?  But no. I always make sure they have comas between each one and no spaces.  Still, over and upwards, so they say….

York Break: When in York, Bath!

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , on April 21, 2009 by echostains

roman bath in York

roman bath in York

I love the intimacy of the Roman bath in York.  The bath is situated under the Roman Bath pub, St Sampson’s Square, York.  At one time you could look through a piece of glass in the floor or wall in the pub and see the partly excavated bath in the cellar.

roman-bath-tiles-york

roman-bath-tiles-york

  Now, the bath has been excavated more and a small museum has sprung up around it.  It’s an interesting little place, and was used for Roman soldiers to give themselves a good scraping  down after few miles on the dusty  Roman roads.

mosiac-roman-bath-york

mosiac-roman-bath-york

My favorite bath though is ‘Aquae Sulis’, the Roman bath in the city of  Bath. 

aquae_sulis

aquae_sulis

 This bath is everything you would imagine  a Roman bath to be.  The bath was dedicated to the Goddess Aqua Sulis after the Goddess Sul.  

roman bath the only way to relax

roman bath the only way to relax

 In the nearby  and famous Pump Rooms, one can ‘take the waters’ like all those posh Georgian people and others who saught good health. 

The pump room. Now don't you knock it all back at once...

The pump room. Now don't you knock it all back at once...

 The water is reputed to have healing powers, but to say it is an acquired taste is pure fantasy!  There is no way anyone could acquire this taste, even if they lived two  hundred years! The water is luke warm, and has a sort of sheep like smell to it or wet dogs: the taste being like nothing you could easily imagine.  Though perhaps, Roman toe nail clippings,and rotting emperors may come near… if you have imagination enough.  And it’s supposed to have loads of minerals in it too!  I can honestly say I have never been quite the same for having tasted it…….. and it was a few years ago.

York Break: When in the ancient city of York – Bath!

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , on April 21, 2009 by echostains

roman bath in York
roman bath in York

   

I love the intimacy of the Roman bath in York.  The bath is situated under the Roman Bath pub, St Sampson’s Square, York.  At one time you could look through a piece of glass in the floor or wall in the pub and see the partly excavated bath in the cellar.   

roman-bath-tiles-york

roman-bath-tiles-york

Now, the bath has been excavated more and a small museum has sprung up around it.  It’s an interesting little place, and was used for Roman soldiers to give themselves a good scraping  down after few miles on the dusty  Roman roads.  

mosiac-roman-bath-york

mosiac-roman-bath-york

My favorite bath though is ‘Aquae Sulis’, the Roman bath in the city of  Bath.   This bath is everything you would imagine  a Roman bath to be.  The bath was dedicated to the Goddess Aqua Sulis after the Goddess Sul. This bath is everything you would imagine a Roman bath to be. The bath was dedicated to the Goddess Aqua Sulis after the Goddess Sul.   In the nearby and famous Pump Rooms one can ‘take the waters’ like all those Posh Georgian people and others who sought good health. The water is reputed to have healing powers, but to say that it is an acquired taste is just fantasy!  There is no way anyone could ‘aquire’ this taste, even if they lived two hundred years!  The water is luke warm and has a sheep like smell to it, or wet dogs: the taste being like nothing you could easily imagine, though perhaps Roman toe nail clippings and rotting emperors may come near, if you have imagination enough.   And it has lots of minerals in it too.  I can honestly say that I have never been quite the same for having tasted it….and it was a few years ago.  

York break: Onwards Roman Soldiers marching through the Treasurer’s House

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , on April 20, 2009 by echostains

 

treasurers-house-york

treasurers-house-york

Though we have visited York many  times,we had never been in The Treasurers House,  Minster Yard, York.  It had been pointed out to us, on a Ghost Walk, but we didn’t realise it was open to the public.  It is a fine building, dating from Medieval times and is built over a Roman Road.

treasurers-house-kitchen-display

treasurers-house-kitchen-display

The twelve rooms which are open, each have their own guide, with their own story.  Frank Green,who bequeathed the house to the National Trust, was a wealthy industrialist, who loved to collect antiques.  This house became his ‘display cabinet’,: each room being given a different historical reference.

the-great-hall-treasurers-house

the-great-hall-treasurers-house

He seemed to be a pernickety  sort of fellow.  He insisted that slippers were to be worn by the workmen, and if you look closely at the floorboards in the rooms, you will find small studs enbedded in them.  This was to ensure the furniture was placed just so!  He did say that he would come back and haunt the place if this wasn’t done!  This strange and generous man retired in 1930, leaving the house and its contents to the National Trust.

treasurers-house-ghostly-wall

treasurers-house-ghostly-wall

The house, built in 1419 for the Treasurer,was divided in two in 1720  and  has undergone many builds when Green bought part of it  in 1897.  He began systematically buying more pieces of it, until he owned it all.  Alas, time did not allow for us to see the servants rooms in the attic, but we did get to see the main house and the cellars. An audio is available, but the guides themselves are most informative and are only too ready to chat and share little anecdotes.

treasurers-house-more-wall

treasurers-house-more-wall

The most famous ghost story associated with the house involves the sighting of  a group of 20  Roman soldiers who marched through the walls, terrifying  a young apprentice plumber Harry Martindale in 1953.  Martindale is still alive to tell the tale (some of which is here).

treasurers-house-cellar-hard-hats-required-to-get-to-the-ghostly-wall

treasurers-house-cellar-hard-hats-required-to-get-to-the-ghostly-wall

 

http://www.welcometoyork.co.uk/treasurer_haunt.html

York Break: Throwing yourself on the Mercy of the Parish these days…….

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , on April 19, 2009 by echostains

the-parish-pub-micklegate-york

the-parish-pub-micklegate-york

………….involves a trip to the Parish pub Micklegate in York.  Yes, they’ve finally been and done it: made a church into a pub!  Yes I know this has been done before, but this time they have kept a LOT of the church features!

the-parish full of features

the-parish full of features

Before deciding if it works or not, I would like to know WHAT would have happened to the building if it hadn’t been converted.  Surely it wouldn’t have been demolished?  Is it a listed building?  How can it be if they have made it into a public house?  And if it isn’t listed, why not?  Originally St Johns church, it closed its door in 1934 and  became a kind of Art venue until the 70s.  What happened in the intervening years I don’t know.  Our pictures came out very dark I’m afraid..

the-parish still serving

the-parish still serving

Does it work though?  I think it does, in a strange way.  The ‘congregation’ are of all age groups, but mostly youngsters out on the town.  The music gets louder as the evening wears on.  The cocktails are a bit unimaginative: sex on the beach, the usual stuff.  But we went here twice and had a good time.  The atmosphere is nice and the space great – room to move.   I particularly liked the way the old stone worked with black marble and glass, and the whole sense of space.   All in all, a pleasant experience!

the-parish- bar

the-parish- bar

A Trip to York: Alas poor Jorvik (centre)…maybe next time

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , on April 18, 2009 by echostains

york-minster

york-minster

Back from our small York break!  I love York I do.  And I haven’t been for ages.  The last time we were there, we were smokers (but we weren’t drinking at the time…that lasted 5 years))  It was vice verce this time though..  We found a few new things to do (unbelievable, considering how many times we’ve been over the years!)

jorvik viking centre we know you too well!

jorvik viking centre we know you too well!

We saw a very unusual pub, some ghostly goings on, my favorite statue given a new slant, various interesting bits of architecture and rounded it off with a trip to Haworth on the way back!  Alas poor Jorvick (centre), we didn’t bother this time.

To be continued tomorrow