Tag Archives: art

art tour of the V&A, chinatown

8 Aug

london 4.13pm 19C cloudybright tuesday 2017

i went to a tour of the Victoria and albert museum, organised by one of the tour guides, it has a gayish slant… meaning we get to see a lot of naked men. haha. its been quite some time since i visited the V&A so it was nice to see they have lots of new stuff on exhibition, which reminds me i must go back again as it would deserve a 2nd visit or more, if ever i find myself at a loose end. 

then i went to a meetup of gay guys( east and west) in soho, quite a large gathering this time, some came from thailand and penang, on holiday here.  long ago there was a group for   white guys who like chinese guys and vice versa. it was like a nursery, for me when i first cameout on the gay scene. for some reason it ended. though i hear in paris it still goes on.

anyway, i was chatting to the white guy who lives in thailand and is here on a visit, and some of the chinese guys in the group were trying to persuade him to come to uk to live, saying he must miss the company of his fellow white compatriots and also being able to speak english to others, but talking to him, i realise he likes being in thailand, where he says he is the point of attraction for a lot of thai guys, whereas over here, he is just another old man. haha.

after which some of us went to chinatown to the fresh noodle factory,in an alley near gerrard st.  i have not been there before, and they showed me where it was, and we bought fresh flat noodles£1each, and cheung fun£1, and i bought 6 char siew pao £2.50.  and i took them to new loon moon, where i bought another 10bihun instant noodles. and so did the others on my recommendation. it was almost sold out. the instant noodles are dry ones, not soup, and are rice vermicelli. i like the taste of them, as they are malaysian tasting. 

olden days

18 May

london 5.57am 9C cloudy/sunny thursday 2017

interesting things that the internet can throw up. i had this posted by twistedsifter on my wordpress reader. a carved lion from a single tree trunk, and may be the longest such carving. the previous holder was this carved tree trunk depicting the scenes in a famous chinese scroll painting featuring scenes along the river during ching ming. and it led me to see the wikipedia entry showing the scroll and it is possible to enlarge it and see it in great detail… something which i would imagine is quite difficult to do with the original scroll. there seem to be a lot of commerce going on, with people buying and selling, and transporting stuff, and also a lot of restaurants with tables set out for customers to eat. in fact there is no scenes of people eating or cooking in their own homes…it would seem all the buildings lining the river bank are commercial buildings no private housing at all. maybe the old days are not so different from nowadays where commerce will take over the river banks and only the rich can afford to build housing with water views.

Ching ming is when people clean the graves and happen around 4-5april. interesting that in the scroll all the trees are bare of leaves. and this is in april, does it mean winter lasts till then in the old days? (more likely that city is quite far north and so winter is later there) and no scenes of anyone cleaning graves in that scroll painting. it looks like any ordinary day in fact…nothing special to distinguish it as ching ming. makes u wonder why it was titled a day in ching ming. (i know they spell it with qing ming. but i really cannot pronounce anything beginning with q. and for that matter anything with x either. ) for an english speaker, the q is pronounced like que, as in queen, queer, queue. so qing would be pronounced quing. i wonder who first determines the transfer of chinese words into the alphabet. to introduce x, q, is crazy.

serpentine gallery

2 Aug

london 9.26pm 19.7C light rain tuesday 2016

ian suggested going there for our meetup so that is how i came to see the pavilion and stuff.

every year a different structure is commissioned but i have not gone to see them. ian did ask me why i dont.

it is the same with me not using my freedom pass to travel all over london when it is free for me to do so. i said i seem to have gone of going to see things for the sake of seeing them. but i have to say it was nice to see the pavilion, and i am glad he suggested meeting there. one does need friends to drag one out and do things. 

he said he goes walking with his boyfriend recently to cheshunt, and said it has the most beautiful park he has seen in all his wanderings around london.

i found out about his boyfriend liking to take walks and wanting him to come along;  when i saw some blackberry bushes nearby and said i read recently that due to the cold spring the blackberries are going to be late ripening and pointing out it is so, because the bush still has unripe blackberries. that was when he said they picked blackberries on their walk in cheshunt. 

white guy giving himself a chinese name to get his poem published

9 Sep

london 5.35pm sunny 19.2C wednesday

here is a case of a white man using a chinese name to get his poem published. and doing it so well  to the extent that it got into the best american poetry 2015 anthology. quite a reverse of the usual accusation of asians being discriminated against.

people are criticising him, but i dont quite see why he should not do it after all if a asian can change his name to an english sounding one, to get published, why not him?

what it means is that your race does influence the outcome whether u get published or not.  and maybe we should all acknowledge this is a human condition. it pervades all of human interactions , not only in the publication world.

judgeing a poem is so subjective, it is not surprising if the name of the poet can influence how people view it. 

we humans do have prejudices… or what i would like to call  our ability to observe the world and come to general conclusions. you might call it prejudice, or u might call it instinct of survival.

in the most extreme situation it is the ability to recognise danger and instantly note who is causing it. so we humans would never get into that situation where you can kill  sheep quietly taking them one by one, amidst the herd, and all the rest of them wont notice and continue cropping at the grass.  

but nowadays we are not constantly in danger, so all that instinct has morphed into who writes the best poetry… haha. 

ceramic bricks of london shop front forming a tower exhibited in victoria and albert museum

8 Sep

london 6.15pm 17.1C tuesday 2015

saw this in this website dezeem.com ,.looks rather interesting, and all the brick shop fronts, with the posh shops on top are for sale from £95-£6000 down. there are 2439 (3000 all told)of them left unsold when i looked.  the exhibition is from 8th sept to 1nov 2015.

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when i looked, quite alot of the cheaper ones are sold. they are very detailed and looks lovely. and some feature graffiti images on their sides.

no 2785 featured a shuttered facade of ’empire’ chinese takeaway at 43mile end road ec1. with a huge graffiti of a smoking tart wearing a bra and tight shorts, which covers the whole side wall. £110 sold. its very nice no wonder they get sold so fast. i only just caught it, before the image was removed. once sold they remove the image from the site. so gradually fewer images remain to view. pity that, because they are rather nice to see in their own right. esp when so many of them have graffiti on their side, which wont be seen even if u go to that exhibition and look at the tower. not to mention at the website u can see it real close and see all the details.

he’s got a blog too

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horsey statues in the thames

2 Sep

london 13.37pm 16.7C cloudy with sunny bits wednesday 2015

read about this, horses in the thames, and since i live so near, i went there at low tide. 

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The business model for the creative industries is broken | Money | The Guardian

30 Aug

Welcome to Edinburgh, site of the perfect capitalist model: where the owners of assets such as hotels skim off large profits, while the people who make those profits possible walk away penniless

Source: The business model for the creative industries is broken | Money | The Guardian

sometimes i wonder why anyone take up acting or the performing arts, because i keep hearing and reading it does not pay well. this article says the same thing.

it reminds me  a bit of those people in the gold rush going bankrupt mining for gold whilst those who cater for them make money.

i can only see here that passion for something overrides common sense, people want so much to act and perform, they dont care if they dont make any money out of it. and that the only way is to get yourself middle class parents willing to help you.