Tuesday, 22 August 2017

We Had A Quiet Day,

and did not go outside,


 but somehow the day slipped past, after our evening meal we watched an old favourite, Mystery Men, a comical spoof on all of the super heroes and their mentor, I hate to say it, but I was amazed when I realised it was released in 1999, where has the time gone?

we then went further back in time by starting to watch the first of the eight episodes of Prince Regent, that appeared on British television in 1979, it depicts the life of George IV from his youth time as Prince Regent and his reign as King, 

as a precursor to that we had some time ago watched The Madness of King George, which was made in 1999, a great film chronicling the illness of his father, lastly two more from Suits and we were off to bed.


Today's Post Would Not Be Complete,

without mention of the solar eclipse,


so here is a quick look at the BBC's website, the reason I chose the BBC, is that at the bottom of the page you can enter in the country where you are resident, and it will tell you when the next eclipse will occur, for us here in Thailand the next solar eclipse is in 2 years, 4 months and 4 days on Thursday, 26 December 2019, so that will be nice for Christmas!


As Usual,

when I first see something strange, I think Photoshop!


 or in this case some kind of stop motion photography

 but I was so wrong,

 these figures are all made of wood,

 and are the work of Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki,

 based in Chiba, Kanemaki carves small, disturbing forms that allure to the duality he finds. “Looking deep into the world in which we live, we realise that everyone holds hesitations or contradictions that can never be reconciled,” he says,

he carves each sculpture out of single blocks of hinoki wood, you can certainly appreciate the technique and skill that goes into carving these sculptures, he also had a Facebook site, what amazing sculptures!


We Often Feature Artists,

and one thing many of then have in common,


 is paint, and who better to find out about the rigorous standards used in it's manufacture,

than to go to Windsor and Newton? who have taken the guesswork out with their Professional Acrylic paint range: rigorous laboratory testing ensures optimum performance each and every time you uncap a tube, and now you can see, behind the scenes, how this analysis works, newly released videos from Winsor & Newton’s London lab document the carefully calibrated process that helps to deliver impeccable paint with every brushstroke, these trials are central to Winsor & Newton’s innovative approach, and are the final step in a process of research and development that yields the brand’s premium products,

and here is one of the video's above, ‘Color Men’, the lab’s set of expert chemists, work closely with in-house artists on research and development, and are dedicated to testing Winsor & Newton’s products again and again, they’re responsible for ensuring absolute consistency in their Professional Acrylic paints, who would have thought so much work went into a small tube of paint?


When I First Looked At This Street Art,

I was reminded of my geography classes at school,


 although it is plain to see the shape they are making,

 the lines reminded me of isobars, 

 from the weather maps we were studying, 

the paintings are the work of street artist artist Klone, who has painted murals around the world in this distinct, striped style, “The series explores both the way each [person] and other creatures have their own topography, represented by the topographical lines, the simplicity of colour limitations provides the idea in a direct approach and there is a constant attempt to work with the surface and not necessarily make it disappear, so the wall stays a wall and a building is still the building.”

the works seen here went up in Canada, the United States, Poland, Norway, Ukraine and Israel over the last year, Klone was born in Ukraine and now lives and works in Tel Aviv, You can see more of his work on his website, what a neat way to use isobars.


Monday, 21 August 2017

A Lazy Sunday Is Today's Plan,

and it worked,


 well it did for me,

 Diana had all of the work to do, all I had to do was take pictures of the fish, 

 whilst Diana prepared our Sunday roast,

today we had beef and all of the trimmings included pigs in a blanket, 

 and for dessert,

 a slice of cherry pie, ice cream and custard,  

 I then took a few more pictures of the aquarium,

 all of the fish doing remarkably well,

 then a Christmas treat, 

 I had bought these as a Christmas present for Diana, so eyes closed,

 and here it is,

 all of this watched by Hogue,

 Cable,

and Mariana, we spent the rest of the evening listening to music, and at 11.00 we decided to have an early night, so with that we were off to bed.


I Am Not Sure,

if this has been Photoshoped or not,


in any event some one has a sense of humour!


Greek Gods And Graffiti,

does not seem to be a natural choice, 


 but it was for Spanish based artist duo, PichiAvo,

  composed of Pichi and Avo, 

they mix it with Greek gods and giving its artistic creations a Renaissance touch to this modern art form,


 the duo use one medium only,

to create these stunning images, tins of spray paint, amazing!


I Do Like Looking Through Illustrated Books,

about nature, 


particularly old ones like this one by Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (February 16, 1834 – 1919) who was a philosopher, professor, physician, naturalist, biologist and artist, the title Art Forms in Nature, which is in fact a collection of his works published in 10 instalments from 1899 to 1904, 

 the book is so beautifully illustrated,

 each page and indeed each specimen,

 meticulously drawn, 

 so that future scientists can study minutely every detail,

 at the time photography was in it's infancy,

which is why detailed drawings and sketches like these were made, if you want to see more and indeed buy some of the original plates look here, and no I am not on commission, I am just absolutely amazed by his stunning work.


Let Me Firstly Say I Have Never Been A Fan Of Electric Cars

for just a few of the following reasons,


to provide the electricity we will need hugely unprofitable wind or solar farms to produce it, and of course coal, gas or nuclear power stations when there is no wind or sun, 

and how do people in large tenement blocks of say 100 or 200 families plug their cars in? how much does a new set of batteries for say a $30,000 electric car cost? 

and here is the one no one is talking about, how much does it cost to, in an environmentally friendly way, dispose of said batteries? whether you are a green leftie tree huger or a realist, I would think a little more transparency on these important questions are needed from the automotive trade, for a closer look at the early world of electric cars have a look here, I was amazed at the number of companies, well over 60 of them selling electric vehicles in the years 1895 to 1925, but I have to say it, until the above questions are answered give me a fire breathing, petrol guzzling, huge V8 please!


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saturday,

has raced around again,


 so our weekly maintenance schedule starts, out with 40% of the aquarium water,

 and in with fresh water,

 before Diana started on the kittens pool we popped out to pick up the cards I had printed,

 the print shop is just opposite the Kodak shop,

 and is next to Friendship, these were the cards I had printed,

on the back of the cards I always have a few nonsense lines printed, 

business lesson number 3, if you are going to give away a card, try to make it one the receiver will remember and keep!

 into the nearly empty car park,

 another floor added to the building next door,

 we called in for an ice tea and coffee on the way home,

 Diana then set about cleaning the cats pool,

 whilst I took a couple of pictures of the cats,

 Mariana,

 and Cable,

 watching me, 

 Cable getting into attack mode, it is normally Mariana that takes a swipe at the camera,

 in the evening, 

 it was time for our Saturday bar-b-q,

 then one of the kittens that have adopted us walked into the yard,

 followed by one of his brothers who both decided to watch Diana, 

 as she brought out our starter of a Caesar salad, 

 'Cheers!', 

 then lite the barby,

 which was roaring away in no time,

 we had decided on pork fillets for this evening, 

 but we also bought a small rib eye steak to share as well,

 along with potatoes, onions and bacon bits,

 we were ready to start, and it was delicious,

to round the evening off, a new small size Magnum, we listened to music until nearly midnight and then for us we were off to bed.