Hockney 2012 – exhibition at the Royal Academy

David Hockney's invitation

 

David Hockney, without doubt one of our greatest living artists, is exhibiting a series of landscapes at the Royal Academy (21st January – 9th April). The exhibition is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, but why is it ending so soon? You’d think it would run through the games as an alternative for those who dislike synchronised swimming. “That’s me!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ever since I first saw ‘A Bigger Splash‘ Hockney has interested me. Now, at seventy four, he has embraced technology to the extent of working on an iPad. I wonder what apps he uses?

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Manking

A Manking Wordle

I penned a poem a couple of days ago and called it ‘Manking’. I recorded it, too. Here follows the poem, and the recording. Also, above and below, are wordles of it.

What does it mean? Everything or nothing; a lot or a little, or, whatever you want it to. I’m not a poet by any stretch of the imagination, but I like words and the way they sound.

So here it is:

Manking

Manking the language
Unscruttled of note
Suggestions of byhorn
Mal-niddleums throat
For the bird farlorn screama
Ain’t yardlorn de-greem
As the young sibdorn
Polishes the groat.

Here is another wordle:

Another Manking wordle

And here is a link to the audio.

Manking

I hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wills’ & Kate’s big day.

trotting up the mall

I must say, much as I wanted to avoid it, the wedding was spectacular. It was Britain at its best. After all, in this world of globalisation, The Monarchy are our most popular and successful brand.

The picture above was snipped from a HUGE photo posted on the BBC website: this high-definition, 1.15-gigapixel picture, is a composite of 189 images. The full picture measures 81,471 pixels by 14,154 pixels. The field of view covers 200 degrees. Check it out – if you were there you could well spot yourself! It’s fun to play with, anyway.

Wordle – neat! The world – sad.

A wordled 'Spring of Teal'

I’ve been very remiss with my post an image a day idea – though I might, if I ever stump up the inclination, go back and insert entries for the missing days … or not.

Anyway, yesterday I discovered a neat website called Wordle. Wordle has been around for a while and though I’m not early to their bandwagon I have to admit I’ve fallen in lust with it! It’s so much fun and so time wasteful – how could I not? The image above is the Wordlefied lyrics to a song called ‘Spring of Teal’ Try it. Go on, you know you want to!

In other news … the powers that be are now heavily interfering in yet another oil rich Middle Eastern country. Not that I think Gadaffi, who admittedly has a very interesting personal image, should be in charge. It’s just that we’re all broke and need the money at home. Besides, if my tax pounds are going anywhere overseas I’d like to see them helping the really needy, and not spent on bombs for the benefit ofย  multinationals who are overcharging me to gas up my rusty, though beautiful, Citroen Berlingo [snort].

Japan seems to have fallen off the radar, somewhat. Not that we’re completely unaware – how could we be with radioactive iodine now present in the air we’re breathing? However, gawping at truly appalling footage for a couple of weeks has almost completely inured us to their continuing misery.

Cynical and jaded I might well be, but I can’t think of what I should be doing to help. Frankly, if I don’t win the lottery PDQ I’ll be camped out in the local village hall, too.

The only recent bright spot was the first race of the Formula One season, last weekend, and even that didn’t live up to my expectations. That the seven times world champion, Michael Schumacher, is now looking well past it – at 42 – is really, really depressing. [sigh]

Garage sans illusory waterfall.

While Gaddafi fights on for what he thinks is his and the rest of the world looks on with varying amounts of shock, horror and telfon shoulders, I stumbled across this short You Tube clip that gives an appalled mind a hint of something ‘other’. I have no idea how it’s done, but intriguing it certainly is.

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'Dealing With Liquids' - Kamakura's 1st Album.

Here’s the start of the advertising campaign for ‘Dealing With Liquids’, our (Kamakura’s) first album. In my mind’s eye at any rate; it’s actually another peachy manip from Photofunia, though the real thing (later this year) will look remarkably similar! If you want to check out the music and buy the album go to www.kamakura.co.uk