Sunday, 22 July 2018

We Started The Day Shopping,

we were getting low on walnuts,

we parked in the Friendship carpark, just opposite one of the entrances to the Soi Bukaow market,

considering it was a Saturday the car and motorcycle parks were almost empty,

work on the building next door continues,

the shrine looking very impressive after its clean up a couple of weeks ago,

 I made my way into the main building,

 whilst Diana popped into the catering supplies building next door, the walnuts we buy are normally in a large catering pack, but for the last few visits the only packs available have been in the family sized packs, which contain less in weight and cost a lot more, in case you are wondering why we eat walnuts here are a couple of articles that will explain why better than me, this one from the BBC, and this one from Organic Facts, and if you find anywhere that sells walnuts in catering packs, a half, one or two kilos, please let us know, and to save you looking Tesco Lotus does not!

 on the way home we stopped for a couple of ice drinks to take home, a tea and a coffee, and noticed the the front headlamp had stopped working, both high and low beams,

 and this was the culprit, 

 so a new bulb holder was fitted,

and by a strange quirk of fate the rear bulb was blown too, so that was replaced, next on the list the bike does not charge the battery so as we were here the battery was given a quick charge, tyres pumped up, and 50 baht later we were on our way home, 

 in the evening it was glad rags on, 

 as it is not possible to make our usual Saturday evening bar-b-q in the condominium, we have a meal out,

 so down to Dongtan Beach for a walk to the restaurants,

 we then decided to take a short cut, which avoids walking in the road, and were amazed at the size of some of the condominiums,

 we walked through this pedestrian only precinct,

 what was also amazing was that every single one of these units were empty, but they all had one thing in common, each had a 'For Rent' sign in the window,

 and all of these as well,

 we were then in the main road passing the condominium shrine, 

where a gentleman had stopped with his chicken, to let him, the chicken, have a rummage around in the plants, yes I know strange, but true,

 as was the sight of a sleeping parrot on the handlebars of the gentlemans motorcycle,

 we made our way to the restaurant, I forgot to take a picture of it from the outside so I will do that when we leave, we fancied an Indian meal so as this is our nearest Indian, so we stopped here, it is called the New Indian Restaurant, on Thappraya Road, the part of it that leads to the beach about midway between the traffic lights and the arch that goes over the road,

 for starters,

 a masala poppadom each, we went with the fried version at 120 baht for 2,

 'Cheers! I went with a very reasonably priced bottle of red at 530 bhat,

 for our starts we ordered dry fried chicken,

 and onion bhajees,

 on to our main course,

 chicken tikka masala,

 chicken dopiaza,

 along with peas pulao rice, and here was a nice touch, pieces of onion were added to it which made it rather special,

 ourmeal over, it was time for a pose, this is the view of the inside and outside seating area,  

 and if you are walking along the street, this is the sign to look for, it is no secret that of all of the Indian restaurants that we have tried over the years, of the ones that are still open Ali Baba is our favorite, but this is a surprisingly close second, the meal including water for Diana came to 1,610 bhat, (at today's rate, £36.75 or $48.26), 

 but there are less expensive set menus, 

 and they sell takeaways too, the food was excellent, and a very pleasant surprise to find a Indian restaurant as good as this so close to home,

 we started to walk home, when looking over the road I spotted this sign in the window of a shop,

 I have seen many signs for sale with say 10% or maybe a third reduced from the full price,

 but I cannot fathom out how or why this particular percentage has been arrived at, for me go for 50% or 55%, but 51.8647%, why?

we continued our walk, my head still buzzing trying to work out how much I would save on a product from the shop that cost, say the price of the meal we had just eaten, 1,610, I soon had it, 835.02167, so take that from the original 1,610 and it would cost me 774.97833 exactly, and as a double check adding 835.02167 to 774.97833, the answer is exactly 1,610, so that's all right then! arriving home it was late, we always take a long time over our meals, so just a couple from Reggie and we were off to bed.

Hello Sailor!

I can almost hear the cries now,

as New York City’s historic Fireboat John J. Harvey makes it's way up and down river, 

 has been transformed into a dazzling display of red and white marbling in a new piece by artist Tauba AuerbachFlow Separation is a co-commission by the Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW, a UK arts program created for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, 

 for the new piece Auerbach used the visual language of early 20th-century dazzle camouflage, a technique invented by British painter Norman Wilkinson during WWI to distort a ship’s form and confuse enemies who might be tracking its direction or speed,
these are a couple of razzle dazzle ships,

from WW1 to give you an idea of the original concept, if you want to see more of these have a look here, and if you want to see bathing bells from Margate in the UK in a picture from the New York Tribune taken in 1919, showing off their razzle dazzles have a look here,

for the last four years, 14-18 NOW has commissioned four artists to create Dazzle Ships in the UK, including Carlos Cruz-DiezTobias RehbergerCiara Phillips, and Sir Peter Blake, Auerbach’s vessel will be the last work in the series, and the first boat to appear in the U.S. The ship will be available for free trips through September 23, 2018, and on view through May 12, 2019, 

You can visit the boat at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 until August 12, 2018, at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 from August 13 to September 23, 2018, and at Hudson River Park’s Pier 66a from September 24, 2018 to May 12, 2019, You can find more information about tickets and locations on the Public Art Fund’s website, it all looks so unreal.

As The Previous Post Was Set In New York,

here are some other artworks,

 that New Yorkers can look out for, Jim Bachor has been filling potholes with mosaics in Chicago and beyond for the last five years, combining his art practice with public service to create popsicles, flowers, and other items

he has just returned from a trip to New York City where he installed five new mosaics as a part of his series Vermin of New York,all of the pieces—a dead rat, pigeon, cockroach, portrait of Donald Trump, and a bouquet of flowers—were installed in Brooklyn or Manhattan, 

“A lot of my work is pretty upbeat, so I try and be a little unpredictable to keep people of balance—hence the vermin,” 

  but just days after installation his cockroach, portrait of Donald Trump, and bouquet were removed by the transportation department, 

something that has never happened to previous 67 installs,I guess someone does not want attention focused on unrepaired potholes, You can see the works that have managed to stay in the ground on his Instagram, pity he does not visit the UK,from what my friends who live there tell me there are millions of pot holes he could fill, and a figure of £556,000,000 is being bandied about as the amount of cash it would take to repair them, so if Jim wants to pop across to help out fill them it would be a great help!