I haven’t done a lot of light sight-seeing this week so today’s up date will be a potpourri of little things that’s happened.
Once again I have entered the National Poetry Society’s poetry competition. I have entered regularly during the past years but it always comes to nothing. This year it was a good way to take some time to write something new, as I realized that I don’t write as much poetry as I used to. Deadline is on the 31 of October and winners are not announced until February.
I finally finished the book about Mindfulness that I have mentioned in previous updates. It was very inspiring and I think it was a good subject to be reading as I made my move to London. I have found both comfort and inspiration on days when moving to London was not fun at all. One of the key elements in the book is that everything will pass even feelings and perceptions. It’s a useful thing to remember when you’re having a shitty day. Next book will be Kahlo by Andrea Kettenmann about the life and paintings of Frieda Kahlo.
One of the reasons why I don’t get a lot of reading done right now is all the free magazines and newspapers you get on the tube each week. There are two newspapers and a flow of magazines that are handed out. A lot of them are really good too, which is why I end up reading them instead of my book on the way to and from work. I suppose it has its ups and downs.
On my visit to the National Gallery I picked up another book with letters written by Vincent van Gogh. I am looking forward to reading it. If you have never read anything by van Gogh you should. Especially when you find passages where he describes places and paintings he’s done – you don’t have to see the painting. He describes it so well. And of course, his thoughts about life, painting and artistry, is really interesting. And now I have seen his paintings in real life… It was a happy day!
Talking about books, I visited the British Film Institute the other day. They have a book store. Oh, what a book store! I felt like a kid in a candy store. Loads of classical films on DVD and books about everything and anything you can think of that revolves around film. Times like that I wish I was I millionaire with lots of time to spare so that I could just go mad and buy all the books I wanted and go home to read them all.
Last but not least, this weekend included a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. I do love Sherlock, especially in Connan Doyle’s writing or in the shape of Benedict Cumberbatch. The museum though, offered more of a light experience for me than an Ah-Sherlock experience. The museum was great for seeing what a Victorian home might have looked like and there are some nice, old glass luminaries in there. Most of them impossible to get a good picture of but I do like glass with patterns etched in that give a shadow pattern on the walls and ceilings.
Also include is a picture of the Old Vic Theatre. Very romanticized theatre in my mind, but what do we like the lighting of this building? I can’t really make up my mind. You certainly notice it but does it go with the old exterior? Food for thought…