Saturday, 31 October 2009

Friday, 30 October 2009

flickr love


...don't the new head bands from bando black label look like something from an alphonse mucha poster?

thanks mum

And I saw this quote today, which made me think of you and which I thought you might like:
(martha graham, of course was the great coreographer and dancer - the mother of modern dance)
Martha Graham to Agnes De Millle,

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

max wanger

photographer extraordinaire ( with a giggle worthy name) , has opened a shop. you can buy t- shirts based on that balloon one that was plastered all over the blogosphere a while back and prints of all his other best images.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

getting myself acquainted with local talent...

25 observations..

about japan of course...
1.apples ( or ringo as they are called) here are about 4 x the size of ours. and pears are round, not pear shaped at all. have to take your shoes off when you enter peoples houses. one drops litter.
4.about 1/4 of the population at any one time wears an anti germs mask...the kind people were sporting in mexico during the swine flu pandemic.
5.everyone has a charm hanging off their mobile . yes really, men too.
6.people form an orderly queue to get on the train.
7.cats meows sound different ( japanese accent?)
8.every 7eleven or conbini sells this rank smelling dubious brew.
9.people ride very cool colourful, shiny bikes with baskets...on the pavement.
10.everyone waits for the green man to cross the road, even if there isn't a car in sight.
11.traffic lights are horizontal.
12.devils tongue is not the tongue of the horny man himself ( although this took a lot of convincing on my part when given this translation) its in fact a jelly-like potato derived edible with a consistency not unlike mastic. it can be found in the afore mentioned 7eleven tank of brew.
13.people e mail each others mobiles instead of texting.
14.there is a musical accompaniment to everything eg. going to the toilet, getting off the train,crossing the road and 4.30pm (yep every day on the dot)
15.there are buttons next to the toilet with functions such as; bidet, flush sound, music, blow dry, bottom squirt, squirt for ladies....all of which act as a kind of noisy fanfare to the other w/c occupants...i mean if you want the world to know exactly which stage you're at, thats the way to do it!
16.they have alcoholic coke.
17.dried squid is a favorite snako
18.everyone bows to everyone a lot.
19.the street lights are not very bright.
20.everyone nods off on the train... chins on chests, heads bobbing like a row of sleepy nodding dogs.
21. 80% of women are very beautiful.
22.instead of pesky seagulls stealing your sandwiches at the sea side, they have pesky kites ( and they're absolutely massive!) can buy armpit sanitary towels!
24.there are vending machines absolutely everywhere which sell everything from cans of beer to toothbrushes.
25. when you go to the supermarket the cashier removes and beeps the contents of your basket ( so far so normal...) then carefully replaces all purchases back into the basket, she wont give you a bag until she's finished reloading, you then have to carry it to a separate packing station take it all out and bag it up yourself. (weird!)

Monday, 26 October 2009

like a stunned koi.

today my laptop and i have not left heidi's house. i've finished job applications and phone interviews for the day. i've had 2 weeks to let my thoughts settle, so felt it was time for a long overdue blog update the weather outside is horrendous today, so no need to feel guilty that im cooped up writing this instead of exploring.

its true i have been a woefully bad blogger of late... my only defense is that there has been a hell of a lot going on in the past couple of weeks. what with parting and birthday doos and emotional farewells and long haul flights and jet lag and contact making and feet finding. i feel a bit like ive been in one of those rocket simulators, rocking around, bombarded with high frequency images and sounds on 24/7...with my eye lids superglued open. its taking a while for all that i am experiencing to sink in and to gather the words to speak about it.

new country, new people, new language, new food, new home, new friends, new job, new normal... new everything...its been amazing but i'm positively reeling from all the newness. information overload has left me rather dumbstruck.

everyone i've met thus far has gone out of their way to help me. whether it be stopping to direct me in the street, meeting for drinks and reassuring chats, spreading the word about my job hunting, passing on cv's, introducing me to their friends or putting me up in their homes and being altogether wonderful, friendly souls with whom i can have a beer and a laugh ( heidi moment, i owe you the moon). everyone has made my move here a lot easier than it could have been... the kindness really has bowled me over. i am ever-so grateful for it, that i am :-)

well now that i've squeezed out a few words out i've run dry again, so for now i'll let the images to the talking...
this is a mere fraction of what these eyes have seen. i hope you enjoy! xoxo e

Monday, 5 October 2009

Thursday, 1 October 2009

right on sister...

Corita Kent, also known as Sister Mary Corita, gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs during the 1960s and 1970s.

A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968 when she left the Order and moved to Boston.

Corita's art reflects her spirituality, her commitment to social justice, her hope for peace, and her delight in the world that takes place all around us.

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