Archive for September, 2009

Watched: ‘Life After People’

Posted in WATCHED with tags , , on September 30, 2009 by echostains

3 weeks after people the royal corgies try to survive

3 weeks after people the royal corgies try to survive

I watched a very strange documentary on the History Channel the other night.  It was called ‘Life after people’.  I was watching episode 2 ‘Outbreak’.  It begins with the Royal corgies.  It’s 3 weeks after people (have all died) and those corgies are going wild!  with no one to feed them they are having to forage for food.  It takes them weeks to actually break out of Buckingham Palace!  In Britain, rabies has been eradicated – not so in America.  Domestic cats and dogs start to breed with feral animals and rabies are rife.

3 days after people the Chicago river begins to rise eventually flooding the whole city

3 days after people the Chicago river begins to rise eventually flooding the whole city

Buildings are collapsing all over the world, waters are rising.  50 years after people corgies have  mated and developed into wild beasts.  Vines growing up to 100 ft high envelop buildings, cloaking everything in a green blanket.  It’s all a bit depressing really, Thankfully we won’t be there to see it, so we don’t actually know what would happen  if we were all wiped out do we?  One things for sure though, Nature will always win in the end……

 

100 years after people in London Big Ben finally sinks to the ground

100 years after people in London Big Ben finally sinks to the ground

 Watch it HERE

Watch it and find out more about the series HERE

 

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Watched: ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ Charlotte’s Bronte’s Bible Speaks!

Posted in BRONTE BITES, WATCHED with tags , , on September 29, 2009 by echostains

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Was watching The Antiques Roadshow, which, this week came from Blackpool Tower.  I watch it from time to time, but I especially wanted to watch it yesterday because it featured Charlotte Bronte’s Sunday school bible.  Bought from a dealer in the 1920s or 30s for 50.00, the bible is crammed packed with tiny notes by Charlotte.  The expert authenicated the writing as Charlottes, dating the bible from about 1845.    It’s estimated value? between £15,000 and £20,000!

300 Posts and Still Celebrating!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, MY SURFACES, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, TRANSCRIPTION, WATCHED, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by echostains

Celbrate with me!

Celbrate with me!

Let the celebrations continue – that’s what I say!  Amongst my categories are ‘Potty about Teapots’, this is where I try to find unusual teapots that have particularly unusual and aesthetically pleasing designs (in my opinion), or they are made from unusual materials.  ‘Bronte Bites’ are little snippets about the Bronte’s that I find interesting.  I don’t profess to be an expert on the Brontes, I leave that open to people who are:  I include the latest debate about a recently discovered picture that the owner James GorinVon Grozny is convinced is the Bronte sisters, he is amassing evidence to authenticate his claim, which is proving very interesting.

Are these the Bronte sisters?

Are these the Bronte sisters?

Other categories which are now more or less in the archives are places I have been, some of them short breaks, and one to Las Vegas.  These are quite extensive posts…especially Vegas and a London one (it’s amazing how much you can cram in a few days)

mosiac roman bath york

mosiac roman bath york

As I look back through my posts, I can see the character of my blog changing.  Although the blog is art based and most of the posts are about art (art is everywhere), I feel I must add some more art projects to it.  The obvious is my altered art book (which I am a bit stuck on at the moment).  The problem I’m having with this, is that I will insist in linking each page to an artist.  Well I’ve found the art connection with the narration on the latest page (it’s going to be an essay about Pop Art)…but it’s just getting round to this with so many other things to be getting on with.   I will have to make time!

New fodder will include a trip to Shrewsbury in Shropshire (coming very soon, so I’m scheduling posts as I speak).  This should be interesting as though we’ve been to Shropshire before, we’ve never been to Shrewsbury.

My 300th Post! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, LONDON (JAUNTS), NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP), TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, WATCHED, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE!, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by echostains

Let the celebrations begin!...well put them on hold

Let the celebrations begin!...well put them on hold

Yes that’s right!  This is my 300th post since I began blogging on 28th November 2008!  What on earth have I found to blog  about every day? (well very nearly every day).  Well some days lots and other days, not so much.  But I have got into a routine now and I don’t want to spoil it.  I even blog in advance and schedule when I go away (that’s how bad the bug is lol!)

A scene from Rear Window...who is watching?

A scene from Rear Window...who is watching?

I’m still not much the wiser about who is reading my blog IDENTIFY yourselves please !!  But my stats keep going up so I might be doing something right (or wrong – even that can be entertaining!!).  Sometimes the type still keeps coming out BIG, but these are just glitches.  I have now got loads more categories.  These can be found on the left hand side, and there are absolutely loads in my archive.

one of my weird and whacky...only beautiful by Boontje, witches utensil

one of my weird and whacky...only beautiful by Boontje, witches utensil

Trust this milestone to come about on a Saturday (bad day for me as I am super busy).  Still, there’s loads of stuff to check out, including my ‘Watched’, ‘Dear Reader I read it’ (of which I will be adding to very soon as I have bought 3 new books today).  ‘Weird and Whacky Design’ is proving popular, though it’s so hard  to find them now: some of them look so normal to me…I’m beginning to worry lol!

frys-five-boys-chocolate-desperation-pacification-expectation-acclamation-realisation.....that its gone? well it HAS gone!

frys-five-boys-chocolate-desperation-pacification-expectation-acclamation-realisation.....that its gone? well it HAS gone!

Another new category is ‘Living in the Past’, mostly about nostalgic things that have all but disappeared.  I’ve only just started this, but I shall have to get a move on as things are disappearing so fast, I can’t keep up! 

More in this sort of vein tomorrow, when I shall have a lot more time.  Cheers!

Antony Gormley’s One and Other: More

Posted in ART, DESIGN, WATCHED with tags , , , on September 26, 2009 by echostains

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout figure

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout figure

I managed to catch half an hour of the live streaming on Sky Arts tonight.  Presented as usual by Clive Anderson, the guest commentator was Dan Cruickshank.  His top 5 were  Nicholas Cornwall who spent his hour putting sticking written names of people around the plinth: a kind reminder not to forget them perhaps?

a merry plinther taking the air

a merry plinther taking the air

Hiker Celia Clayton built a dry-stone wall.  Kate Davis slept in a sleeping bag (by choice) therefore subtly  drawing attention to the plight of the many homeless people who have no choice (and half the time, no sleeping bag).  Paul Crofts made a man out of mirrors………….. (?)  and Cruickshank’s top pick was Amy Wineslinger (?) who started out looking like a draped statue, before stripping and turning into what looked like an exhibit from Professor Gunther Von Hagens ‘Body Worlds’ exhibition!  I wrote a post about him HERE.  Ms Wineslinger had painted her body to look like  she had been plastinated – Great fun lol!

Gunther Von Hagens and one of his exhibits (the delightful plinther looked a lot better than this fellow)

Gunther Von Hagens and one of his exhibits (the delightful plinther looked a lot better than this fellow)

Read what art critic Brian Sewell thinks… HERE

Watch the live stream HERE

Watched: The Hairy Bikers (Better late than Never!)

Posted in HOME, WATCHED with tags , , , on September 25, 2009 by echostains

The incorrigable Hairy Bikers

The incorrigable Hairy Bikers

Recently, I’ve discovered the Hairy Bikers (BBC2).  Yes I know they’ve been going a while, but I’ve only just latched on to them (they don’t call me Ten Years after for nothing…).  I did see a programme last year where they went to Morrocco and were cooking in a Tagine.  Excited by this, I rushed to Lakeland and bought one!  I’m glad I did as it has proved invaluable and I use it rather a lot.

My tagine, spicy, beany, ricey, stewy...yummy!

My tagine, spicy, beany, ricey, stewy...yummy!

 

Anyway, these Hairy Bikers can really cook! Plus, I have picked up so many tips from them and the top chefs they compete against.  They have a real no nonsense approach, and a real appreciation of food.  I also like the way they use the natural larder of each county to bring that region to the viewers ‘on a plate’.  I’m going to continue watching this programme – I’ve a LOT of episodes to catch up on lol!

Hairy Bikers with guest chef

Hairy Bikers with guest chef

The Hairy Bikers Dave Myers  and Simon King have their own website with lots of recipes HERE

The Sound of Silence (part two) Van Eyck and De Hooch

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , on September 24, 2009 by echostains

Continuing my short essay ‘The Sound of Silence: Vermeer’ HERE

jan-van-eyck-the-arnolfini-marriage.....or was it?

jan-van-eyck-the-arnolfini-marriage.....or was it?

Fellow Dutch artist Jan Van Eyck c.1395 – 1441, an exceptionally talented and highly paid painter.  He became a court painter to the Duke Philip of Burgundy and was very highly esteemed by him.  One of his most famous paintings is ‘The Arnolfini portrait’ (or marriage) 1434 which has been interpreted and misinterpreted and reinterpreted so many times that it remains an enigma.  Again the story is not a straightforward one, and one has to bear in mind the fashions of the times when looking at the garments (as in some of Vermeer’s women…)

There is a very interesting essay written on this painting HERE

woman and a maid with a pail in a courtyard, timeless tranquility

woman and a maid with a pail in a courtyard, timeless tranquility

Clear light gives Pieter De Hooch (another Flemish painter c. 1629 -1684)   paintings a kind of instant camera, just been snapped look.  The stark reality of quietness, peaceful domesticity and attention to minute detail gives ‘Woman and a Maid with a pail in a Courtyard’ a romantic and timeless feel.

Although De Hooch had a successful carreer, he liked to live in poor quarters and sadly died in a Lunatic asylum.

To be continued