Fash of the month: pomponizing gloves

Customizing obsession

 

Getting proper winter now, it’s time to get the gloves out.  Biking, not punching, even though the temptations are there.  See work meeting 2 days ago.

Anywayz, the gloves were bought in a Spanish market long long ago. They are warm, they grab the bike handles well, but they were very boring.  Until #pomponizing got to them.

 

Coming soon to a blog near you, don’t miss the
pom-ponized tops and jumpers I’m working on 

 

Dish of the Week: cooking for the week ahead

Set aside 2 hours of your Sunday evening to have your week meals sorted.

Stick stuff on the oven, starting with the chicken, and cut vegetables while the other food gets baked. Put sauces, condiments and herbs on a line and apply randomly.

 

Bake varied sweet peppers with avocado, add lumpfish caviar on top.

Asparagus with coriander and mint, baked in japanese toasted sesame oil. 

3 courgettes baked in olive oil, with ground star anise powder, mint and white pepper.

 

Stir fry turkey mince, turmeric, cumin seeds.

Bake 2 aubergines in olive oil with mixed beans, add ground star anise, poppy seeds and chilli seeds to season.

Large chicken, seasoned with cumin seeds, cardamon pods, white pepper, olive oil and lemon.

 

Wholemeal spaghetti also baked with cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn, coriander pesto sauce, black pepper and sprinkled with rose petals.

2 large sweet potatoes baked in coconut oil with sweet pepper powder and white pepper.

Boiled eggs and marker pen.  Add bananas and you have a great breakfast.

 

Strawberries, melon, raspberries.

Lemongrass tea for the evening, Costarican coffee for the mornings.

 

And finally, choose a netflix tv show to watch for the week while you put your feet up.  Jessica Jones, American Oddissey or The Good Wife spring to mind.

 

 

 

 

Cult of the Month: Edward Barber

Edward Barber.  Peace Signs in the Imperial War Museum.

 

-Come on. Get up.

-No.

-Come on.  It’s enough.  Let’s go.

-No.

-We have to clear the area.

-Nope.

-Dinner is getting cold. You have to go.

-No.

-Oh…Come on!  I’ll tell your parents.

-Don’t care.

-You’re being annoying now.

-Yep

Cult of the Month: new Tate Modern building

New Tate Modern building

  Having gone to visit the new Tate Modern building after the Opening Weekend, I regret to have missed the special events.

   The building is astounding, though art exposed is not that impressive, not even the tree sculpture by Ai Wei Wei.  A mix of new  and previously exposed pieces.  The fascination relates more to the still empty space.

    Massive rooms that I so wanted to belong to me, amazing for rehearsals and working live studios.  Will expect the Tate warehouses to empty in the coming weeks and have expectations for what the curators will come up in the new areas.

     The restaurant will undoubtedly be very popular, specially on Friday evenings. With excellent views and light bathing the space, furnished in a very Swedish style.

 

 

 

Travel: Bologna, Ferrara

Remembering a few lovely days in Bologna before Christmas.
The streets so packed with people.
Per “un voltio” and maybe some shopping.
Christmas markets full of tack and lots of people checking the merchandise and maybe some shopping.
Or lots of shopping, go figure.
I just remember the people, the beautiful people, in very expensive plastic parkas.
And everyone just eating and drinking outside, like the cold didn’t exist.

The towers have to be checked out. Astounding.
Interesting egyptian exhibition.
The little touristy train was a waste of time, as sitting on the inside I saw nothing and understood nothing. Must brush up on my Italian. Unless you’re tired, like me, it’s better walking it.
Beautiful cathedral.

Ferrara. The Castello Estense or castello di San Michele is a beautiful medieval castle/palace in the center of the city.  Worth checking out.
Inside it’s empty, so you don’t really gain an insight.  Some of the staff on the verge of foreign tourist hating, but the outside it’s beautiful.

Cult of the Week: Fanzara, Unfinished Museum of Urban Art

Fanzara

MIAU:
Unfinished Museum of Urban Art

  Fanzara, a village deep in the mountains of East Spain, on between Valencia and Barcelona, surrounded by orange and olive trees, and crossed by a river that has overflown occasionally elsewhere;  inhabited by 330, mostly traditional pensioners, has become the first Unfinished Museum of Urban Art, although rough similarities can be found in New York and Berlin.

  The contrast of modern daring graffiti painted on a base of rural buildings welcomes the increasing amount of visitors.  At the open air contemporary graffiti gallery, described by The Guardian as a “Cultural Triumph”, you can enjoy during a morning or afternoon colourful stroll, dozens of graffiti, sculptures, installations, murals and quotes of the traditional and particular vocabulary of the town; starting at one bar, and finishing at the other.

 The collective does not exist as a closed group, as they invite artists from all around Spain and Europe.  The artists, though, must involve the residents in the creative process.  The first time, a couple of Septembers ago, around 24 artists were invited for a long weekend, with the offer of freely expressing their art, a bed at one of the neighbours and meals for the weekend.

  Graffiti artists paint your house if you put yourself forwards.  However, if you want to choose the design, a fee applies.  Perhaps slightly unsure to begin with, there are more and more neighbours lifting their barriers and putting their walls forward, “adopting” the artist for the weekend.

  MIAU (meow!) stands for Museo Inacabado de Arte Urbano (Unfinished Museum of Urban Art),  of which a cat is the representative mascot.  Unfinished, as murals would need to be repainted as the weather leaves its mark.  Besides, new competitions are planned every year, so new additions are expected.  It’s a growing project, as with expanding popularity, both nationally and internationally, more and more artists are expressing their interest in being part of the project.  The third edition of the festival will take place next July.  So, get in touch if you want to exhibit your art.  Miau Fanzara

  The art festival, with its exhibitions, workshops, films and splash of creativity, competes with a much more traditional and typical festival mid October, “las Fiestas”, kind of like a village fest, that lasts 5 days, although it used to be 10, and with much more drinking.  There are processions, church events, orchestras that go on until early hours, community meals, children games, fire works, lots and lots of fire crackers, and bullfighting were the local boys show how macho they are according to how close they get to the big bulls or slimmer cows.  Medieval Fairs, as in the rest of the province, have also had a success in recent years. They are similar to the British ones except, perhaps, no falconry is usually involved.

 

Fanzara map

Fanzara town map

 

 

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