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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!

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Nights (and days) on the Toon (Newcastle) Beamish Shops

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP), PAST PLACES with tags , , , on August 30, 2009 by echostains

You can go into all the old shops in Beamish.  Here’s a few pics;

Beamish chandeler's  shop

 

Beamish chandeler's shop

Even the prices were right!

Beamish At the Co Op

The assistant in the Co Op was a lovely German student, who spoke excellent English and was very informative!  All the food labels are printed from the original!

Beamish in the printers shop

 

Beamish in the printers shop

All the buildings are amazing, and the Print shop is no exception.  You can really get a sense of the past in these buildings!

Bygone ware some of these are still going strong

 

Bygone ware some of these are still going strong

There’s something quite charming about old packaging.  Although the colours are limited, it was still possible for the personalities of these items to shine and jostle with each other.  Some of these brands are still going strong too!

My previous posts about Beamish and the Newcastle trip

More pics from Beamish

Still Beaming about Beamish

Beamish

Art at the Baltic: Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

Beamish – More pics from the Open Air Museum!

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , , on August 29, 2009 by echostains

Beamish town

Beamish town

Still continuing with the pics from our Newcastle trip and more pictures of Beamish the open air museum set n the rolling countryside of County Durham.  We stopped off here on our way back to Manchester.  Although we spent most of the day there, we didn’t see half of the place, – it’s just vast and there wasn’t enough time.

Beamish kitchen range
Beamish kitchen range

The town part is amazing and you can go into all the buildings and shops.  There’s a bank, a printers, confectioners (who make home made sweets on the premises), unfortuately this was so packed out that we couldn’t get pictures.

 making firelighters
making firelighters

There’s a bank, a printers, a working pub, a Co Operative store.  There’s a garage and a tea rooms!  So much to see and not enough time to see it in.

Beamish typical Victorian Parlour
Beamish typical Victorian Parlour

As well as the town, there’s also Pockerly Manor.  I would have really liked to see that!  Also the colliery village, a home farm, a Waggonway, as well as a railway and museum!!!

Coming tomorrow – ‘Inside the shops of Beamish’

My previous posts about Beamish and the Newcastle trip

Still Beaming about Beamish

Beamish

Art at the Baltic: Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle):Yet Still Beaming about Beamish!

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , on August 28, 2009 by echostains

Beamish a trip down memory lane literally

Beamish a trip down memory lane literally

Continuing with our visit to Beamish, the open air museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside……………………….

Beamish step inside these houses
Beamish step inside these houses

It was all aboard the tram to see the town.  All the buildings are real, the houses are real houses and you can go into them and the shops.  Inside are people dressed in period costume talking about their trade, like Mr Jones the Dentist.  His house was a little more opulent than the others.

the nursery in Mr Jones house
the nursery in Mr Jones house

In one house a woman sat near a huge fire range baking bread, another making peg rugs from rags.   The attention to detail regarding the wallpaper and furnishings in these houses are astonishing.  Even the flowers for the cottage gardens have been chosen carefully!

Beamish step inside the past
Beamish step inside the past

 

More tomorrow!

More posts about our Newcastle trip;

Beamish

Art at the Baltic: Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

Days (and Nights) on the Toon (Newcastle); Still Beaming from visiting Beamish!

Posted in NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP), PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , on August 25, 2009 by echostains

Beamish all aboard!  This is the only way to travel back in time

Beamish all aboard! This is the only way to travel back in time

On the way back from our Newcastle trip, we just had to drop off at Beamish.  Beamish is an open air museum dedicated to portraying the history of working class people of the North East. Set in 300 acres of countryside in County Durham, Beamish is a time travel trip – backwards!  We’ve always wanted to go, and we wasn’t disappointed!  We went quite early and already the queues were long.  Fast moving though: I would estimate we queued for about 40 minutes.

Beamish a trip down memory lane literally

Beamish a trip down memory lane literally

At first glance it appears quite expensive to get in, but there are so many different places, shops and houses to go into, not to mention tram rides that if you were charged for each one, it would add up to considerably more.

Beamish step inside the past!  Unbelievably you can go into these houses and see what the past was REALLY like!

Beamish step inside the past! Unbelievably you can go into these houses and see what the past was REALLY like!

It was a lovely day.  The sun was actually shining for once as we waited for the tram.  The expanse of the place is massive and you certainly do need the tram to get to the fartherest places.  My only regret is that we didn’t get to see some parts of Beamish because of the lack of time (we had to travel back to Manchester and didn’t want to get stuck in the rush hour).  You need a full day really, or even a couple to see everything.  Special discounts and tickets were available; ideal if you live closer.

Beamish Mr Jones the Dentist gives a talk and would have given a demo...but no one volunteered!

 

 

Beamish Mr Jones the Dentist gives a talk and would have given a demo...but no one volunteered!

One of the many fabulous features about Beamish is the people dressed in period costume, giving talks and demonstrations, placing the whole place in context and adding greatly to our understanding of the past.

amazing attention to detail everywhere (Mr Jones the Dentist's house, who was quite well off compared to others)

amazing attention to detail everywhere (Mr Jones the Dentist's house, who was quite well off compared to others)

More Beamish pics tomorrow

Read about the fabulous open museum that is Beamish HERE

More of my Newcastle trip posts;

Art at the Baltic: Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

Nights (and days) on the Toon (Newcastle) Art at the Baltic, Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP), PAST PLACES with tags , , , on August 17, 2009 by echostains

Sarah-Sze tilting planet

Sarah-Sze tilting planet

Whilst at the Baltic centre for Contemporary Art, I discovered an artist whose work I had never come across before.  I really enjoyed American artist Sarah Sze’s installation  ‘Tilting Planet’.I found this work very engaging, thought provoking and inspiring.  Can you tell that I am quite taken with this artist lol!  I made some notes whilst viewing the work; –

orderly disorder: a new order?

orderly disorder: a new order?

“Sarah Sze uses a mixture of found and everyday objects, placing them in very unusual ways.  These force a interaction between the object and the viewer.  The spaces and patterns that are formed and the negative spaces left also form a narrative.  Lots of strings run around the room everywhere, forming tracks and boundaries and also act as a guide to which direction to take.

small ecosystems co exist side by side

small ecosystems co exist side by side

Grass blades grow through baskets.  The sound of running water can be heard.  Space is a consideration, both enclosed and boundaries.  A string impedes  a fan’s oscillating movement.  It makes me reflect on the way that small nuances can effect bigger issues.

meaningful things

meaningful things

Colour swatches fan out in gradients, gradually fading away to nothing. Environmental issues: stones leaving a mark on the floor: a natural footprint.  Blue pins, coloured pillows: all connected in some ways to each other.  Pairings of leaves with polystyrene fishes form riddles.

the new planet

the new planet

Water bottles, half hidden, peep from a torn cotton sheet, whilst jotters and office supplies  are piled in an orderly way.  Around the corner, sticky taped chairs and tool boxes are all bound up.  A red chair lies on its side also taped.  Some of the plastic water bottles have been cut so they look like they are growing out of the floor.

global warming or spontaeneous combustion?

global warming or spontaeneous combustion?

An Anglepoise lamps shines down through paper with a hole in it onto another Anglepoise lamp whose beam is throwing  light upwards.  Underneath lies a fire extinguisher.  All sorts of metaphors spring to mind.  There is a sense of communication, almost a code running through these little ecosystems.

There is a lot of attention to detail.  Cardboard bones and woven grass: a sense of time going backwards.  Spent matches, a heavy  suspended prism ‘writes’ in a mound of salt, surrounded by unspent matches.  There is so much to see here.  Small poems and personal stories are being written and read and form tiny windows into the whole picture. I could spend hours in here!!!  A hammer is held back by string which is trapped under a brick: tension!”

More Sarah Sze Exhibitions HERE

Sarah Sze’s ‘Tilting Planet’ at the Baltic HERE

More Newcastle trip posts;

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

The Disappearing Critique

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , , , on August 16, 2009 by echostains

Just a quick one before work.  And a good job too!  I don’t know what on earths wrong with this blog.  I tried several times to write a review of an artist I had discovered at the Baltic.  In fact I DID write a review, but every time I came to preview it, all I got was the title!  Very strange indeed!  Where did the writing disappear to?  I even tried cutting and pasting…but to no avail.  Never mind, I will attempt again tomorrow.  Meanwhile, here is a pic of part of her exhibtion at the Baltic Gateshead.  Her name is Sarah Sze and the work is called ‘Tilting Planet’.

Sarah Sze 'tilting Planet'

Sarah Sze 'tilting Planet'