April 30, 2011

Spell Check

Dear People Of The World,
I don't mean to sound like a slut, but please use me whenever you want.

It seems like recently everyone online has forgotten the difference between the basic everyday words: "you're" instead of "your", "too" and "to", "Their" and "There", etc etc.

I recently got an email from a travel company saying "Your the winner!"


April 27, 2011

A week in the life of a Tory (Sort of)

The last week has been a bit of a blur! I’ve been going non-stop since I arrived on Tuesday though the beautiful, HOT weather has helped to slow down the pace a bit. 
I’m interning for the Conservative Party at the moment, working on the “No2AV” campaign against the alternative voting system that may come into play after the referendum on May 5th. I won’t go into boring details on the pros and cons of different votings systems but my job is to basically drive around the country raising awareness of the campaign and organising photo ops with the local press in Tory areas. Its been great fun so far and I get to use my new Nikon in the towns where the press are unable to attend the events :) We have a 15 ft inflatable “NO” and an ample supply of bright green shirts for everyone to wear in front of the camera, all with a bright purple “No 2 AV” slogan splashed across the front. Some of the comments of ignorant passers by have included: “What have you got against Audio Visual?” and “What’s wrong with Aston Villa?”

Unfortunately the whole country has Royal Wedding Fever and it seems the epidemic won’t die down until after the weekend, which is when we’ll be hitting the campaign trail a bit harder!


Keep Calm and Carry On

We've all seen some variation of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster at some point but I recently discovered it's interesting history...
 The poster was produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. The simple five-word message is the very model of British restraint and stiff upper lip. Keep calm and carry on.
It was little known and never used. 
The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives.Read more here.

Here are some of my favourite modern versions:


Banksy Style


April 26, 2011

“Bodies” underwater

More than 400 of the permanent sculptures have been installed in recent months in the National Marine Park of Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc (map of the region) as part of a major artwork called "The Silent Evolution." The installation is the first endeavor of a new underwater museum called MUSA, or Museo Subacuático de Arte.

Created by Mexico-based British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the Caribbean installation is intended to eventually cover more than 4,520 square feet (420 square meters), which would make it "one of the largest and most ambitious underwater attractions in the world," according to a museum statement.
deCaires Taylor, who has family ties to Barbados, hopes that the  the reefs, which are already stressed by marine pollution, warming waters, and overfishing, can catch a break from the approximately 750,000 tourists who visit local reefs each year.
"That puts a lot of pressure on the existing reefs," Taylor told National Geographic News. "So part of this project is to actually discharge those people away from the natural reefs and bring them to an area of artificial reefs."

Here's hoping Barbados can one day catch on to this beautiful idea and invite artists to do similar projects along our coasts.


Chanel Haute Couture

Katya Gaydukova in Chanel Haute Couture | Ph. by Cathleen Naundorf

Tatler UK May 2011 
I wouldn’t usually take anything from fashion blogs but I love the texture of this photo. It’s very avante garde meets Mary Poppins… x



When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,

pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your heart does not set them up before you.
Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained along the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
*Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.*
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.
~ Constantine Cavafy

The perfect Easter weekend: Molly lambs & Welsh Dragons

On the westernmost tip of Wales lies a sleepy little seaside region called Pembrokeshire. The Turner’s farm called Tyriad (which means “Farm” in Welsh) is literally what you’d imagine a storybook farm to be like; a cosy and welcoming cobble stone farmhouse, surrounded by rolling hills dotted with cotton ball sheep and the faint sound of bleating and tractors as the background soundtrack. This was our setting for the perfect Easter. We woke on Sunday to the cries of the molly lambs (lambs who’s mothers have died or just won’t nurse them) and we nearly fought to feed the smallest one; aptly nicknamed Night Stalker by Amelia.  We went on a walk; I’m not usually a fan of “walks”- a pointless British tradition with no set reason or destination. But this was no ordinary walk - the hills were alive; it was the most beautiful walk on earth. This was followed by a very strategically planned Easter Egg hunt and a sunny breakfast outside on the picnic benches. Too much chocolate later, we strolled along the beautiful beach and finished our day with a barbecue. What a wonderful day in Wales :)

{Warning: Photo overload! I couldn't stop snapping and you'll see why!}

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