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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Love at the Southbank

The Festival of love is on at the Southbank Centre in London. It includes artworks, installations, exhibitions as well as workshops. I have tried to capture a little flavour of the festival for you.

The Love flags are everywhere. Designed by Mark Titchener, he combined the lover's knot with rainbow colours to symbolise the work of the peace and gaypride movements.

Outside in front of the Royal Festival Hall are rooms created with colourful plastic walls. You enter from any direction and once inside this peaceful sanctuary you look out onto a different world.

Inside the Festival Hall, the Australian artist Nike Savvas has created yet more colour with these brightly coloured ribbons hanging from the ceiling. It is when they move in the breeze that the full effect can be appreciated.

Rather than try and explain this neon installation I have included the Southbank's explanation.

This installation is called Pulse and Bloom by Shilo Shiv Suleman. The fabricated lotus flowers have LED lights which are activated when you place your hand on a sensor. The flower then pulses with your heart rate. I enjoyed playing with this one.

The pulse sensor for you to lay your hand on and control the lights.

The festival is on until the end of July and is free to wander around and enjoy.

Sharing with Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Love the Yarn

This is the beginnings of a textile sculpture entitled 'Love the Yarn'. I happened upon it last week when I visited the Festival Hall on the Southbank in London.
Once I read this sign that was it, I was hooked.

I love knitting and couldn't resist picking up a pair of needles and some wool and adding my own contribution to the sculpture.

It was a very social event chatting whilst we knitted. I was only sorry that I had missed the other two workshops as I enjoyed it so much.

My work of art swimming through the yarn!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Queen Elizabeth Hall and reflections

Behind the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South bank of the River Thames are some wonderful reflections of murals, staircases and places to sit.

 There is also this art installation by Carlsten Holler from his exhibition 'Decision'. These are slides but I have yet to see the exhibition to explain further so possibly more about that in the future.

Sharing with James at  Weekend Reflections

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tom Cribb

Walking through from Leicester Square to Trafalgar Square I noticed this pub which appeared to have some age and possibly a history. I then noticed there was a  blue heritage plaque high up on the wall.

Tom Crib was the British bare - knuckle boxing champion between 1809 and 1822. He had his first fight  after  returning from the Navy. Cribb became a coal porter at Wapping and was known as the 'Black  Diamond'.
This pub which appears to date from the early 1900s was widely known as 'Cribb's Parlour' and featured in Thackery's 'Vanity Fair'. It was also referred to by Conan Doyle in Rodney Stone as 'Tom Cribb's Salon'. The name of the pub was officially changed in 1960 in his honour. So yes this pub does have a history.

Monday, 20 July 2015

27 King Street, Covent Garden

This building is on King Street near Covent Garden. The ground floor is used by Moss Bros a formal menswear specialist but it is the upper floors that attracted my attention.

The upper floors are occupied by the Sun Alliance and London Insurance group. The most notable decoration on the building is a wreathed portcullis surmounted by the Prince of Wales's Feathers.
There is also an ironwork balcony stretching across the front with ball finials. The building dates from the 1850's.

Looking closely you can see the words Fire Office written around the portcullis in the ironwork. Originally these were the offices of the Westminster Fire Office but that became a subsidiary of the Alliance in 1968.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Early morning in London

If you are thinking of visiting London during the Summer I would advise getting out and about early especially if you want to see some of the iconic buildings and architecture.

This was Saturday morning around 8am at Covent Garden. No-one around to get in the way of the photos.

                                                                                                                                   It's at this time of the day that the deliveries are made

The streets are being cleaned.

The posts in the middle of the road are removed to let the lorries and street cleaners through.

Inside Covent Garden the deliveries have been made and just waiting for the stall holders to arrive and set up their wares.

Of course you also need to come back a little later to see what the stall holders are selling and enjoy the free entertainment around the Market.