The Easter Holidays will start for a few schools today already!! And whilst some are slightly worried that they will have to hunt for snow on the continent during their skiing vacation, others are hoping for a warm and sunny Easter here in London.
Spring definitely has arrived for my husband with the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge, this year on the 7th April 2012. Blink and you miss them, but the atmosphere along the Thames is cheerful and you can check out this page for good viewing points and pubs, of course.
I keep discovering some really interesting London Apps recently. After Dickens and Hackney I came across this new Street Art App which helps you find some amazing art out there and gives you an insight about the people behind it all.
Sanctuary - this book, as the title suggests, is about places, most of us won't be able to visit - the studios of 120 British Artists.
Looking at the photos of the different studios is a bit like watching a conductor rehears with his orchestra: approach and technique of an artist in his surroundings might just give you a rare glimpse into their artistic process. Inspiring!
Hackney Hear is an i phone App which - through GPS - plays location specific stories, music and poetry. So, you still have to get out there and explore, but whilst you potter around East London's Hackney, the app will help you to uncover and discover. Nice idea!
Check it out here and here
Last week I was raving (in a very reserved, German kind of way) about the Soprano Anna Prohaska. If you like a chance to see and hear her soon, she will be performing again at the Wigmore Hall with the Academy of Ancient Music on the 26. April 2012
Portrait of C.F. Abel, posing with his Viola da Gamba,
After secret supper clubs and secret cinemas I recently stumbled across the Lost Lectures "Enchanting Talks from Secret Locations". The idea is to get the lecture out of stuffy establishments and onto new sites in front of new audiences. 6 speakers per evening, from the world of science, art, music, design, business etc have 12 minutes to present an idea, a story, experiment or experience - for those who can find them!
The next lecture will be on Wedneday 21st March 2012. Check it out here.
Heard Soprano Anna Prohaska at the Wigmore Hall recently. Although indisposed, she gave a beautiful debut recital with a very ambitious and superbly devised programme called 'Sirenes', songs of fairy tales and seduction, by Debussy, Faure, Schumann, Schubert, Dowland and others.
Listen to the music (but do ignore the video)
Recently, the discussion about copyright on the web has intensified dramatically. Sites like Pinterest have divided the community. I myself have tried very hard to link properly, find the original source or get permission from the author or artist. Since starting this blog I have learned more and more how to do it and got better at it.
I do feel however, that stopping 'linking' altogether will seriously diminish the very creative and hospitable world of blogging in particular. I am very much in awe and love the generous spirit of the creative blogging world where I do spend some time. We share, contribute and recognise each others talent very much - and I hope that this will continue!
The Good Gym pairs runners with isolated older people nearby. You will jog to their home, deliver a paper, something nice like a fruit and a chat and run back. You will have a very good reason apart from wanting to get or stay fit to leave the house and your 'partner' will look forward to some friendly human contact.
A great idea and something the organisers hope to introduce to other parts of London, the country (and the world).
If you could see our back garden you would not believe that I am even considering this title for a post. However, although we have covered all our space with an enormous trampoline, living in England you cannot really avoid catching the gardening bug on some level.
But if you want to take it one step further, check out the Garden Museum on the South Bank. I recently stumbled across it and need to check it out as soon as it gets a bit warmer. In the meantime I will stick to the warm Green House at Kew.
Here is a different kind of independent bookshop - housed in a glasshouse, the Wapping Project Bookshop specialises in art, photography and new fiction. On Thursday evenings the tiny place hosts poetry readings, book presentations etc. It is part of the Wapping Project (check it out here), which apart from art exhibitions etc also has a nice restaurant, so you can make it a real outing should you live quite far away.
If Wapping is too far out of your way however they have relocated from today to fashion shop COS on Regent Street for 2 weeks. Less charming, though, but probably warmer to take your time and browse a bit.