Upstream: From Bridge to Bridge

Try this on a sunny Sunday afternoon:  walk on the south bank from Putney Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge. Start around 4 pm (in summer, 1 pm in winter) to make the most of the sun. And sunsets. At Hammersmith Bridge cross and stop at a river pub, get some more sun while hugging some zingy blonde ale. When appropriate to leave, bid goodbye and walk on the north bank back to Putney. The sun sets on your right side, and will warm your back. I’m not gonna tell you much about what you’ll see along this rather short but mighty walk. But yes, it’s a story with gardens, forests, new developments, old pubs, palaces, churches, swans, wild ducks, boats and strolling humans. Joy! I mean, enjoy!

The agony of choice

The agony of choice

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The Blue Hour

Winter walk in Greenwich Park

January sunset @ Greenwich Park Credit photo: Ancapone

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#summer2014

walking London

Walking all over motivational quotes @ Bromley-by-bow Credit photo: Ancapone

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Autumn walk & bonus sunset

Haggerstone_sunset

Haggerston, by the canal, near The Proud Archivist Credit photo: Ancapone

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Chasing lasers

exhibition in London

#digitalrevolution @Barbican

You don’t have to be a digital guru to enjoy this exhibition. Au contraire.
I have a scratched ancient generation Nokia, the cheapest Kubik mp3 and the most basic Chromebook. But I still enjoyed whispering to butterflies, playing a radio-piano, growing wings and chasing lasers.

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These shoes are made for dancing

Are you anywhere near Somerset House?
Then make a short detour to visit Return of the Rudeboy

(pic by Ancapone)

shoes

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Sunday at the British Museum. (Very) peaceful uprising. June 22, 2014

BM_1 BM_2 BM_3  BM_5  BM_7

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Notice love…

... on Eel Pie Island on Thames, in Twickenham

… on Eel Pie Island, in Twickenham

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The Exotic City

Today, why not travel to exotic places like Barbican?

Today, why not travel to exotic places like Barbican?

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Gandini – Juggling apples and ideas

Apples

Of Apples and Jugglers

An artistic director who talks about juggling, Pina Bausch and the mathematics of dance in the same sentence, by definition will not come up with a run of the mill circus act. “Smashed” tells stories with the help of 9 skilled jugglers, 80 apples, 4 crockery sets and a soundtrack that makes you want to waltz. In Berlin.

The story takes place in uncertain territory, building on a soundtrack reminiscent of the golden days of musical hall, the Blitz years, but also Bach, Tammy Wynette, and more. The rhymes and rhythms of music and jugglers slowly but surely predict a storm. The show is playful and dark, humorous and tragic, absurd and meaningful, constantly juggling with moods and ideas.

The day I saw “Smashed”, the wind was shaking the Underbelly tent. Kansas style. Not a planned extra challenge for the jugglers, but one that added to the dramatic effect of the finale. Needless to say it all went smoothly.

Beautiful and clever, this is a piece of contemporary juggling you don’t want to miss (must end 18 May). Also, you’ll never crave apples this much. And you may consider taking up juggling. Or waltzing. Or both.

Photo credit: Ludovic des Cognets

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