Sunday, 9 August 2020

Just As I Finished Posting The Blog,

the front door buzzer buzzed,


which was great, it meant that I did not have to stay in for yesterdays parcel to be delivered, but it was another parcel!, not the one that was not delivered yesterday, mid afternoon, another buzz, two more parcel arrived, I was thinking it was a good job I did not go out to the park today, later a third buzz, and this was it, so I do not have to stay in if the weather is nice next week, when Diana arrives home after work she will be surprised!
during the day I watched a number of television programs an a couple of films, firstly Riddick 3, which was thoroughly enjoyable, then things took an appalling downward spiral, 
with The Scorpion King 3 Battle For Redemption, it was just not bad, it was appallingly bad! I am desperately trying to find a kind thing to say about the film, and I can not, but wait there is one, it only lasted 105 minutes!, it could have gone on for longer,

as 6.00 as the evening came round I listened to music,

 then decided on another film, The Martian, and what a great film it was too, we had the 4K extended to 151 minuet version of the film, what a stunning film, the story line, special effects you name it, just as the film finished Diana arrived home and after her evening meal it was feet up for a Midsomer Murder, a New Tricks and we were then off to bed.


This Artist Uses A Humble Stick Of Chalk,

to create stunning miniatures,


Sachin Sanghe says that his simpler chalk sculptures take anywhere between five to six hours to complete, while the more intricate one can take up to 130 hours. He has created more than 200 chalk miniatures, from Indian celebrities to a breathtaking miniature replica of the Taj Mahal, with the latter reportedly taking him 80 hours to finish,

“In school, I always had dividers, a compass, a sharpener and also safety pins in my geometry box. I gradually started carving letters and then names, and would gift it to friends and relatives,” Sanghe told The News Minute. “There was no Google at the time, nor had I seen anyone making micro-sculptures then. I had to start from scratch, if the above looks stunning,

the videos are mind blowing!

Sachin Sanghe has been making his tiny chalk sculptures for 15 years now, but says he still has much too learn and it still honing his skills. To see more of his chalk masterpieces as well as his pencil tip sculptures, check out his official Facebook page, Sachin Sanghe’s Chalk & Lead Sculptures, how absolutely amazing!


This Fact Is Staggering,

and it is only going to get worse,


and that is the fact that estimates that the world produced 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste last year alone, all images © Vollebak,

and that figure is not going to go down anytime soon, in an effort to prevent digging up precious materials like gold, silver, and aluminum just to return them to the ground later on as trash, the sustainable fashion brand Vollebak has introduced Garbage Watch,

as its name suggests, the upcycled timepiece is constructed with old motherboards, microchips, and computer parts, utilizing bright electrical cords as the strap with an open face and exposed mechanisms,

 “We’ve taken an ‘inside-out’ design approach with the Garbage Watch, making the functional inner workings highly visible,” said Vollebak co-founder Nick Tidball in a statement to Inhabitat, “Our aim was to reframe an often invisible and hazardous end of the supply chain, and make people think deeply about the impact of treating their wearables in a disposable manner.”

an undertaking in partnership with the Wallpaper* Re-Made project, the timepiece officially launches in 2021, although a waitlist is currently open. Until then, find more of Vollebak’s sustainable designs on Instagram, not a design I like myself, but I guess it looks good if you are a techno phobi.


Back In My Day A Haircut Meant Just That,

short back and sides,


anything else would mean a letter from the headmaster to Mum and Dad asking why it was not a school haircut,

not so today, now a visit to a hair stylist, as I believe they are called, results in some fantastical haircuts, especially if you go to Truong Xuan Tuan, a young hairstylist from Hanoi, in Vietnam, uses simple tools like trimmers and razors to create detailed works of arts on the backs of his clients’ heads,

the 30-year-old has been working as a hairstylist for 10 years now, and started experimenting with various designs half a decade ago,


He originally started with portraits of popular Vietnamese TV series characters and as word of his skills started spreading and more clients requested his signature hair portraits, he started working on a portfolio of designs,

prices for one of these special haircuts start at about 350,000 dong at today's rate £11.50 or $15.05, for smaller designs, and can reach about 600,000 dong, at today's rate £19.66 or $25.82, Xuan Tuan says that some designs can remain clearly visible for only 2-3 days, while others can last up to 10 days, the 30-year-old hairstylist says his business is mainly promoted via social media, where his hair artworks frequently go viral. But it’s not just clients that seek him out, but also young barbers who want to learn from him, I think I will stick to short back and sides!


Saturday, 8 August 2020

First Thing,

one of the cubs and its mother,


was downstairs,

taking the early morning rays,

and after exercises and a shower so was I,

the chiller keeping the beers cool, whilst out here the inevitable happened, we had a delivery, but none of the residents in our part of the building was in, apparently according to the card they left, they will call back in the next 7 days, I just wish they had said which one of the days rather than the printed, 'will call back Sat-Fri' which means no going out until the package is delivered,

but I did go out in the evening, the club had been open for some time, so Steve and myself arranged to meet there,

I should mention that Diana was at work, and for this week and the next will be working 6 day weeks,

the two teams were the under 17s,

tea over back they went, we chatted the night away, after saying our farewells I arrived home shortly before Diana, we watched the usual Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, Silent Witness and we were off to bed.


I Am Guessing,

that this new offering from Panasonic, 


will appeal to office workers, who at home lack their own space,

Panasonic has a housing systems business that also manufactures kitchens, toilets and other furniture. Their latest offering, Komoru, is a result the prolonged pandemic-induced work-from-home environment,

according to a company survey, 70% of people, if given a choice, prefer some form of working from home. At the same time, 50% of respondents also say that their primary work station at home is their living room,

Panasonic’s Komoru DIY cubicle is easy to assemble and is designed to blend in with almost any room. The company plans to begin selling them in September for 88,000 yen,at today's rate £635.44 or $833.70, which seems a tad high looking at it, but I guess it might have a few built in features that I can not see.


With Many Of Us Still At Home,

and some of us lucky to have time on our hands,


I thought I would post this, the RISD CE Online is excited to announce 110+ online courses for adults and teens, which can be taken from anywhere in the world at any time, 

Creative adventures in a range of visual arts and design disciplines await Continuing Education students at Rhode Island School of Design. Join us for accessible, flexible, and immersive online learning experiences through courses like The Home Jewelry Studio, Painting from Nature, Walking as Creative Practice, Adobe Photoshop, Textiles 101 for Interiors, and Domestic Still Life Photography, from animation and moviemaking to fashion design and art school prep, some teens attend RISD CE Online Teen Courses for fun and enrichment, while others have a more academic goal in mind. These online courses provide a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourage creative and personal growth through self-expression, 

Creative adventures in a range of visual arts and design disciplines await Continuing Education students at Rhode Island School of Design. Join us for accessible, flexible, and immersive online learning experiences through courses like The Home Jewelry Studio, Painting from Nature, Walking as Creative Practice, Adobe Photoshop, Textiles 101 for Interiors, and Domestic Still Life Photography

From animation and moviemaking to fashion design and art school prep, some teens attend RISD CE Online Teen Courses for fun and enrichment, while others have a more academic goal in mind. These online courses provide a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourage creative and personal growth through self-expression. 

RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students continues this term, offering students in grades 10-12 the opportunity to access intensive, collegiate-level classes as they work toward a college application portfolio. This online program provides an immersive and expressive curriculum informed by our rapidly changing world. 

Will you be in Rhode Island or Eastern Connecticut this fall? We are thrilled to return to in-person weekend workshops and hybrid classes at the Westerly Education Center

Join us for online courses and workshops for personal enrichment and professional development, and apply to one of our certificate programs. We’re open admission—we welcome everyone! 

The fall term starts on September 19, 2020. For more information on RISD CE Online Fall Courses, visit ce.risd.edu. so for anyone with a few spare hours one of the above could suit you!