Picture Wednesday – The Year of the Bus

2014 is the year of the bus in UK, with a number of anniversaries taking place.

  • It is 100 years since the battle bus, the first mass-produced motor bus which transported soldiers to the front line during World War I.
  • The Routemaster was created 60 years ago.
  • The RT-Type bus was launched 75 years ago.

So, there are a number of street sculptures around London to commemorate this year. Just another way to celebrate, although cheaper fares would have been a much better option I think.

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Christmas Season Starts Early Again…

Have you bought your Christmas presents yet?Christmas Season Starts Early Again...

One of the most common complaints that I hear each year in London is that Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year. That might be just a perception, but I did start to see last year’s Christmas jumpers back in mid-September, when it still was warm enough not to think about buying any knitwear.

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Picture Wednesday – Space Men

Today, it is a historical day, as Philae will allow us to know for the first time a bit more about comets, which are as old as our Solar System.

So, I wanted to share with you a piece of street art in London with a bit of a space flavour. It is a curious one too. What do you think they are doing? Hope you enjoy it! Continue reading

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WW1, Berlin Wall Fall and Drama

This week’s events have a militar flavour and seem to remind us of the fact that we have WW1, Berlin Wall Fall and Drama - White balloons in Berlinnot left past atrocities behind us, as we should have. I’m referring to the 100th anniversary of World War 1 and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

I am impressed with all of the marketing and PR around these events, how effectively they appeal to our feelings and make us see another side of these shameful events. I mean taking the side of those who fought for their country or suffered as a result of power-hungry polititians.

Drama and romanticism help a bit with this. I reckon that we still find some kind of romanticism (of the wrong type??) and appealing drama in the idea of soldiers fighting, letters from the barracks, people returning home or still looking for their relatives, etc. Maybe because we keep seeing the same things people saw as a hundred years ago.

The poppies in the Tower of London are quite dramatic in that sense. It is an artistic representation called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. The ceramic poppies represent the blood of those who died for their country.
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All of them have been sold too. They cost £25 and the expected £15 million proceeds are going to be shared equally amongst a group of selected service charities around the country. Other actions include seeing the poppies everywhere: posters in the tube,on TV, fundraising events in offices, etc.

Still, people do not want to go to war. Remember the huge demonstrations against Blair and other polititians’ idea of going to war in Irak? Learn!

Drama played a bit of a role too in the celebrations of the fall of the Berlin wall. They used white balloons to mark the stretch of the wall to symbolise its disappearance.

WW1, Berlin Wall Fall and Drama - Illuminated balloons

It was celebrated in other parts of the world too to make it clear we do not want anything like this to happen again. The picture below is from Madrid.

WW1, Berlin Wall Fall and Drama - Berlin wall fall anniversary in Madrid

Still Gorbachev is warning about a new cold war. Do you want it?

Thanks for checking my post today!

A Londoner from Afar

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Picture Wednesday-Look Up There!

I don’t know how they managed to do this street art item up here, but I love it.
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