"Brave is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humour. It uncovers a new tale in the mysterious Highlands of Scotland where the impetuous Merida defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery before it's too late.
So, who's off to see the new Disney Pixar film Brave this week?
The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios by Andrew Dudman and mastered by Andy Walter."
Katy Wix is like a Miranda Hart that is slightly reined in!
"It's the first day of the closing down sale .... Starring Katy Wix (Not Going Out) and featuring Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) Based on Emily Benet's acclaimed blog about working in her mum's closing down lighting shop in Bermondsey."
"As a former Londoner, born & raised, who thought she knew everything there was to know about the city, finding out that there’s been a secret Royal Mail underground train line beneath our feet for over 85 years was just a little bit shocking."
with thanks to Messy Nessy ..we really like your blog :)
'The Camden Town Poster Studies is a year long portrait project, culminating in an exhibition in November 2013.
This will be the first solo show from Joshua Press, who has trained in both in London and at the Studio Escalier in France.
Press began his Poster Studies as an exploratory exercise in the management of light and form. The work is informed by the practice of Walter Sickert, whose Camden Town Nudes originally inspired Press to take up a paintbrush, and who lived and worked just around the corner from the gallery.
“On the rough-hewn surfaces of boards sourced from the localities he haunts, Press carves with light, creating constellations of portrait tiles. Exploring a form traditionally used as an aid to portrait painting, he turns his figurative training to combative ends. This becomes a painting of resistance with a sensitivity that renders the solidity of a brush stroke constantly both itself and, stubbornly, something else. There is a substantial immediacy to the work, a mineral quality, coinciding with a lightness of touch that can only be the result of prolonged exposure to the subject. Coarse and tender, with the softness of the map and the texture of the territory, the work is a restatement of vision.”
To launch the project, Cob Gallery is hosting an open studio showing Josh’s progress so far, and invites the community to be involved. Every Thursday, two slots will be available for public sittings. These can be booked through the gallery or directly with Josh via Twitter.'
"When I first moved to London, I was struck by the number of people living in this great city and the speed at which they move from one place to another. I wanted to capture how I saw London when I first moved here."
Photography and video edited with Lightroom and Final Cut Pro.
"Electronics giant Siemens recently unveiled the Crystal, a £30m project in east London that aims to promote sustainable urban development in the capital. The structure, which stands on the waterfront at the Royal Victoria Docks, covers more than 6,300 square metres and takes its place as one of Britain’s greenest buildings, having been built to achieve top scores in both the BREEAM and LEED rankings for energy efficient complexes. Inside is Siemens’ Centre of Competence Cities, a team made up of urban sustainability experts, as well as an exhibition on the future of cities across the world. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was there to officially launch the building, and said, “The futuristic Crystal is a fantastic new landmark for London which has breathed new life into the historic Royal Docks.” and noted that “Siemens’ investment is a great boost to our ambitious plans to redevelop swathes of former industrial land in order to bring jobs to the capital.”
The hub of this summer’s Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, is only five miles down the road from the Crystal, and the London mayor made reference to the successful games, saying that the new development is another step forward in east London’s “rebirth”..."
'A wino, resigned and stuck in his ways, finds mysterious sketches on the park bench that he visits every day. As these pictures stir his thoughts, he begins to notice the world around him and to reflect upon his own place within it. He meets a young boy whose innocent encouragement helps to release him from his self destructive social withdrawal and unlocks a part of his character that had been long forgotten.'
London Life loves this animation and the accompanying blog, detailing the work in progress. We love the drawings and the sense of progression, the process involved. Obviously a lot of hard work and dedication went into this project, but the energy and enthusiasm shine through and the end result speaks for itself.
"When I think of London, I think of it as a living, breathing organism that is endlessly growing in an organic manner, - disordered, chaotic, ungainly, vigorous and feral.
It can be kind and cruel, punishing and forgiving, light and dark, as it pulls and pushes its people along the way. The light can seem to dance along the streets to its own playful tune of promised hope. It winks with every glint and glides slowly with the earth’s shifts, reflecting from the windows along the cobbled stone, cement and brick surfaces. Then suddenly it is gone and the shadows beckon, luring us in with their false secrets. Both the light and the dark have tales to tell, and refracted on the varied surfaces they distort and change into legend.
It is this folklore, stories told and retold and developed through time that really gives each different district their distinct and sensational auras."
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