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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Chinese New Year

It was Chinese New Year this last week and on Sunday there were huge celebrations in London. I was there early before the crowds started to gather. The event is the biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside Asia with its martial art displays, music shows and cultural activities being held across the West End.
The dragons were getting ready for the big parade.

The open top buses were all ready for their guests.
The stage was set up in Trafalgar Square

Lanterns and stalls surrounded the Square.

The streets in Chinatown were all decorated with red lanterns.

By 10am the streets were crowded and the parade began.

Chinese New Year parade
This is a photo from the BBC website giving you some idea of the crowds.

Fortunately, being there early,  I had a good view of the parade.

After the parade I had a look at Trafalgar Square but decided against fighting my way through the crowds.

I wonder if this dragon had decided to find another way home.
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Monday, 12 February 2018

JR Giants

I first saw these legs a couple of weeks ago and assumed they were part of London Lumiere. How wrong could I be! They are the legs of a high jumper (Mohamed Younes Idriss from Sudan) as photographed by a French street artist known as JR. The image has been displayed on laser cut cardboard outside a new gallery space on Sackville Street Mayfair.

The gallery, Lazinc, is displaying 'studio plans, drawings and prototypes used to realise JR's Giant series displayed during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.' taken from the Gallery's press release.

This is how it looked displayed over a building in Rio.

The other design on display was of the French swimmer Leonie Periault.

I would love to have seen these 'Giants' in situ but at least I am grateful that I saw this exhibition and will look out for JR's work in the future.