Photography #TearsForFears

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From the 02 arena on Wednesday, where I saw Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal live for the first time. Better known, as course, as Tears For Fears. I listened to them a lot during childhood and so was great to finally see them perform classics like Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Mad World and Head over Heals. Click below for a bonus image.

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Gr8at: Canary Wharf Winter Lights Bonus

Before the exhibition finished, I was able to see the visual delights that were the Winter Lights at Canary Wharf, a free annual festival that celebrates light, colour and movement.

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Click below for a bonus eight photographs. You can see my posts covering the exhibition last year here and here.

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Line(s) of the Day #CanneryRow

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Early morning is a time of magic in Cannery Row. In the gray time after the light has come and before the sun has risen, the Row seems to hang suspended out of time in a silvery light. The street lights go out, and the weeds are brilliant green. The corrugated iron of the canneries glows with the pearly lucence of platinum or gold pewter. No automobiles are running then. The street is silent of progress and business. And the rush and drag of the waves can be heard as they splash in among the piles of the canneries. It is a time of great peace, a deserted time, a little era of rest.

The charming style of gifted Californian writer John Steinbeck from his acclaimed novel Cannery Row (1945). Winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1962, the literary titan also wrote other masterpieces such as Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

Gr8at: Good Grief Charlie Brown

I quoted Charlie Brown recently, with a photo from the very fun exhibition at Somerset House, Good Grief,Charlie Brown! But i just had to add some more to give you a sense of how great it was to see the Charles M. Schulz’s characters brought to life again.

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And a bonus message

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Line(s) of the Day #TheThirdMan

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I had paid my last farewell to Harry a week ago,when his coffin was lowered into the frozen February ground, so that it was with incredulity that I saw him pass by, without a sign of recognition, among the host of strangers in the Strand.

The lines of inspiration for the film that became The Third Man. In a rather unique turn of events, these lines never made it into the book, the film was set in Vienna and Graham Green’s book (never meant to be anything other than a draft to help plan the screenplay), was published after the success of the 1949 British film noir. It’s still my favourite film. Feel free to share any examples of any time you have preferred the silver screen adaptation to the original novel.

Line(s) of the Day #BraveNewWorld

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Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

As said by Helmholtz Watson, an Alpha-Plus lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, in the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Published in 1932, the literary masterpiece tells of a future where genetically modified citizens have their future careers programmed, war and violence has been removed and the government assisted drug Soma is encouraged to remove any thoughts of unhappiness.

Line(s) of the Day #Peanuts

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Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.

As said by Charlie Brown in Peanuts, the hugely popular comic strip written by Charles M. Schulz. The photograph is from Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, an exhibition at the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House, featuring original Peanuts cartoons as well as work from other artists inspired by the cartoon itself. I’ve previously quoted Charlie Brown’s very accurate take on chocolate here

Gr8at: #IceStatues at #WinterWonderland Part 1

I just love ice statues. Especially the ones in Winter Wonderland. They’re so creative and magical, with the lights adding that ethereal touch. Using 500 tonnes of sculptured ice and snow, this year’s theme was a wintry forest, filled with animals including wolves, unicorns and bears. In the first of two posts, please enjoy the display.

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