Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus — 19 juni 2015

Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus

Artist: Alfred Gilbert1

Origin of art: 1893

The famous statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus is one of the symbols of London. It is also known as the Shaftesbury Monument, having been erected as a memorial to the philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury. The actual figure rises above a fountain, which is made in bronze, but Eros is made out of aluminium, at that time a rare and newly invented material. Alfred Gilbert used the fountain idea as an excuse for incorporating a variety of fishes and crustaceous life in the design. The fountain was unveiled in 1893, and was warmly described by the Magazine of Art as:

‘A striking contrast to the dull ugliness of the generality of our street sculpture, … a work which, while beautifying one of our hitherto desolate open spaces, should do much towards the elevation of public taste in the direction of decorative sculpture, and serve freedom for the metropolis from any further additions of the old order of monumental monstrosities.’

Unfortunately, the statue had already been vandalised by August of the same year, and the spot had been ‘permitted to be used as a playground by dirty and squalid children’. Since then it has undergone various problems. Like in 1994 damaged by a drunken visitor climbing on it  and bending the figure. Since then, it was renovated and put back, as one of the most familiar sculptural emblems of London.

2The statue, and the decorations on the base of the fountain, are characteristics of Gilbert’s work, in a New Sculpture, ‘art nouveau style’. Note especially among the decoration, the heads and half-figures  of children or cherubs, and these are also similar to other studies of the juvenile form by Gilbert.

To finish this post, I’ll give some final thoughts about the sculpture. Even though perhaps not everyone sees this sculpture as a masterpiece, there are always people out there that appreciate these kind of pieces of art and art of course in general. I for one think this is a special work of art, and shouldn’t just be trashed with. The statue is also nearly always referred to as Eros but was in fact meant to be Anteros. But because it is mostly (even on official sites) called Eros, I kept the title that way. In Greek mythology Anteros was the god of requited Love, love returned or counter love. In some cases he is also known as to punish those who would scorn love, the advances of others in love and the avenger of unrequited love. And Eros in Greek mythology was the primordial god of sexual love and beauty and Anteros was given to his brother Eros who was lonely and was the child of Ares and Aphrodite.

‘Success My World’ —

‘Success My World’

For today, a short random analysis of a poem I’ve been seeing around the internet quite a few times the last few weeks called: Success My World.

When I think successbuilding-the-bridge-to-success
I see it comes
When I dream success
I see it comes
When I touch success
It fades away
Success success
My hope

I’ll find success
Embrace success
When I hold success
I’ll keep it save
When I have success
I’ll share it
Success success
My world

I’ll rule
Yes, I’ll influence
Thought, Oh thought
My Success Success
I’ll keep,
I see
Success a life
Success my hope
Success my world

What does the poem express?

After reading it, it obviously expresses that the writer wants success, but the moment he/she has it, it’s gone away. When the writer (finally) has success he/she wants to share it to make the world a better place. I think the writer wants to make clear that when you have success, it’s a thing that not often happens, so when you actually have it, do something useful with it. Try to help others and improve the world to make it a better place. I also think success has something with how you set your mind and think about doing something. If you just wait for your success to come, you’re actually wasting your time. So be motivated and the rest (including success) will come naturally.

  
How does it make me feel?

The poem makes me feel quite positive. Like when you’re feeling down, after reading this, it makes me cheer up, like it’s not as if you should give up on something just because it didn’t work out the first time for example. Keep on going, because feeling down doesn’t help anyone including yourself. The poem also not only gives me a positive feeling, but also a feeling of calmness. Like just after reading, you’re feeling calm and have a clear mind again. Pretty weird to say now that I see myself typing it all out, but it’s still nothing to be ashamed of. We all have our different feelings with different poems and different aspects with different interpretations. We all differ from each other and that’s what makes us special as humans.

Story of Jamie Oliver’s Life — 18 juni 2015

Story of Jamie Oliver’s Life

As a nice change of pace and to add some variety to my blog I’ll be talking (technically it’s writing, but whatever) about the story of Jamie Oliver’s life.

Born on the 27th of May, 1975, Jamie took an early interest in food. Jamie grew up in Essex, where his parents Trevor and Sally still run their own highly respectedpub/restaurant The Cricketeers in Clavering, and where he was often found helping out in the kitchens. His fascination for food continued to grow, and at the age of 16, Jamie left school and completed his training at Westminister Catering College. Later, he worked in France learning as much as he could before returning to London. His first job back was working for Antonio Carluccio as Head Pastry Chef at The Neal Street Restaurant: one of the best Italian restaurants in England. Here Jamie worked alongside Gennaro Contaldo, who Jamie considers one of his mentors. After The Neal Street Restaurant, Jamie worked 3 and a half years at the famous River Cafe in London. It was here, where he learnt “all about the time and effort that goes into creating the freshest, most honest, totally delicious food”, Jamie says.  The River Cafe was also his big break into television. The day after appearing in a documentary about the restaurant called Christmas at the River Cafe, five television production companies contacted Jamie about starring in his own show. He accepted an offer from Optomen Television to produce his first show The Naked Chef. (The title is a reference to the simplicity of his recipes.)
Jamie’s Kitchen was Jamie’s second TV show. The show is a documentary that follows Jamie as he mentors 15 unemployed youths. Jamie trains the youngsters to be professional chefs and also help staff his first restaurant: Fifteen.

Later, Jamie would film another charitable project, Jamie’s School Dinners. This four part series shows Jamie as he takes responsibility of running the kitchen at Kidbrooke School, Greenwich. It also showcases the Feed Me Better campaign, his plan to change the poor eating habits of children and improve school meal systems. The campaign was directly responsible for the British government’s pledge of 280 million pounds to improve school dinners.

In 2000, Jamie’s energy and lovable character made him advertising gold for Sainsbury’s, which signed a deal worth £2 million a year with Jamie, making him the face of the supermarket. Over the years, he has appeared in numerous campaigns urging the nation to eat healthy by taking advantage of the chain’s grocery and food options.

In July 2000, Oliver married former model Juliette Norton. The couple met each other in 1993 and they have four children right now: Poppy Honey Rosie Oliver (born 18 March 2002), Daisy Boo Pamela Oliver (born on 10 April 2003), Petal Blossom Rainbow Oliver (born on 3 April 2009) and Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver (born on 15 September 2010). Jamie announced the births of the two youngest children on Twitter. The family lives in Clavering, Essex, at the moment.

Jamie’s career as an author received a boost in 2010 when it was revealed that he had reached a new milestone that made him the biggest-selling author in the country after Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. UK sales of his cookbooks exceeded the £100 million mark in November.

I AM JAMIE OLIVER JR.

In January 2010, it was announced Jamie Oliver would do a commercial for the I AM Nikon commercial. The commercial was broadcast in Europe and South-Africa only.

Jamie himself, uses the Nikon D3100 shown in the commercial too in his free time. In the commercial, Jamie is shown with a little girl trying to make one of his culinair creations, with that comes the text with “I AM Jamie Oliver Jr.”

St. Patrick’s Day — 13 juni 2015

St. Patrick’s Day

I had been planning on writing something about a well-known cultural event, celebrated pretty much all over the world. I filtered all my options and preferences down to 5 options and picked a random one out of those 4. I ended up with St. Patrick’s day (if the title didn’t already give it away).

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Saint Patrick’s Day, or also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland; Saint Patrick.

Celebrations often involve public parades and festivals and wearing of green clothes and/or accessories or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption. Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish people around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
Traditions and folkore:

The Shamrock: The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the 17th century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English rule.
Irish Music

Music is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day, and Irish culture in general. From ancient days of the Celts, music has always been an important part of Irish life. The Celts had an oral culture, where religion, legend and history were passed from one generation to the next by way of stories and songs. After being conquered by the English, and forbidden to speak their own language, the Irish, like other oppressed peoples, turned to music to help them remember important events and hold on to their heritage and history. As it often move their emotions and helped to stimulate people, music was outlawed by the English. During her reign, Queen Elizabeth I even decreed that all artists and pipers were to be arrested and hanged on the spot.

Today, traditional Irish bands like The Chieftains, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are gaining worldwide popularity. Their music is produced with instruments that have been used for centuries, including the fiddle, the uilleann pipes, the tin whistle  and the bodhran.

The Snake

It has long been recounted that, during his mission in Ireland, St. Patrick once stood on a hilltop (which is now called Croagh Patrick), and with only a wooden staff by his side, banished all the snakes from Ireland.

In fact, the island nation was never home to any snakes. The “banishing of the snakes” was really a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology from Ireland and the triumph of Christianity. Within 200 years of Patrick’s arrival, Ireland was completely Christianized.

Corned Beef

Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick’s Day to share a “traditional” meal of corned beef and cabbage.

Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day at the turn of the century. Irish immigrants living on New York City’s Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbours.

The Leprechaun

The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”

Belief in leprechauns probably originated from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure; their pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow.

Dishes and Irish specialties:

Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Now you can cook like it too. Saint Patrick’s Day is a day for celebrating Irish history and tradition. Below is a selection of classic Irish recipes, and a few modern variations, for you to maybe try out on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins:

  • Non-stick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup raisins

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Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch-diameter cake pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to blend. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms. Make well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk. Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in raisins.

Using floured hands, shape dough into ball. Transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.

Bake bread until brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool bread in pan 10 minutes. Transfer to rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Corned Beef and Cabbage:

  • 5 pounds corned brisket of beef
  • 6 peppercorns, or packaged pickling spices
  • 3 carrots, peeled and quartered
  • 3 onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 medium-sized green cabbage, quartered or cut in wedges Melted butter (about 4 tablespoons)

corned beef

Place the corned beef in water to cover with the peppercorns or mixed pickling spices (in supermarkets, these often come packaged with the corned beef). Cover the pot or kettle, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 hours or until tender, skimming occasionally. During the last hour, add the carrots and onions and cover again. During the last 15 minutes, add the cabbage. Transfer meat and vegetables to a platter and brush the vegetables with the melted butter. Serve with boiled parsley potatoes, cooked separately. (The stock can be saved to add to a pot roast or stew instead of other liquid.)

Champ:

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1 1/3 cups)

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Cook potatoes in pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring cream and butter to simmer in heavy small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Mix in green onions. Remove from heat. Cover and let  steep while potatoes cook.

Drain potatoes thoroughly. Return potatoes to same pot and mash. Add cream mixture and stir until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Cover; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm over low heat, stirring often.)

Time Traveling Hipster —

Time Traveling Hipster

People believe that this photograph, taken in 1941 at the re-opening of the South Forks Bridge in Gold Bridge, Canada, is showing a man in seemingly modern clothing and style, with a camera that is advanced well beyond its time. The circle on the right shows the man called “The Traveling Hipster”.

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Origin

While the identities of both the photographer and ‘the hipster’ depicted in the image are unknown, the location and year was noted on the back of the photo saying: “Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940. 1941”. The photo currently belongs to the virtual collection of the Bralorne Pioneer Museum in British Columbia, Canada.

The photo was made available for public viewing to museum visitors in 2004 and presented as part of the exhibit Bralorne-Pioneer: Their Past Lives Here. The exhibit was digitally uploaded online for public consumption in February 2010.

Spread

The photo was posted to Fark and Above Top Secret on March 22nd, 2010, but did not gain much attention until it was posted on Forgetomori.com on April 15th, 2010. The article argued against the widespread assumption that the photo was fake and supported its authenticity with artifacts originating from the same era, such as a pair of sunglasses worn in the 1944 film Double Indemnity. It has also been speculated that the logo on his shirt is a collegiate-style letter “M” – the logo of the Montreal Maroons hockey team, active in the NHL from 1924-1938.

On April 16th, 2010 the image was posted to BoingBoing and was posted on Gizmodo the next day. On May 5th, 2010, news of the “time traveling hipster” reached FreeWilliamsburg, Brooklyn’s hipster-centric culture guide.

Alternate Angle Shot

On April 20th, 2010, Forgetomori.com posted an update with another picture found in the John Wihksne Collection with the note “Opening of the new bridge at South Fork (1940).” Taken from a different angle, the young man still remains visible in the photograph.

Authenticity Proven

In December 2010, Evgeni Balamutenko and his colleague from NTV in Russia located the original photograph and with the help of a museum staff member, it was determined that the photograph was real.

The Falling Body — 9 februari 2015

The Falling Body

A few weeks ago, I stumbled by accident upon quite a ‘peculiar’ photo… I was watching something on YouTube, and as something that happens quite often, I entered a kind of strange section of YouTube. I stumbled upon this photo and well…. The story goes that somewhere in the in the ‘50s the Cooper family of Texas bought an old house and moved into it. On their first night there, the father took a photo of Mom and Grandma posing with the two kids at the dining room table.
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After the photo was developed, they saw what looked like a falling body, hanging from the ceiling. It obviously wasn’t there when the photo was taken according to the family. Up until today no one knows what it is… Though, there are several theories known and spread throughout the internet. One that is well known is that the previous owner of the house was a (serial) killer and stored a few bodies stuck on the ceiling (or something like that). And that the body fell the moment the picture was taken.

The Newbie Here — 19 januari 2015

The Newbie Here

Hi everyone,

My name is Dylan. I am in tenth grade right now.

I have been playing field hockey since I was 6 years old.

I am starting this blog as an assignment for school

in order to improve my English writingskills. For the majority of the time,

I am planning to be talking about things that interest me, consisting

of a wide range of topics. While sometimes rambling aboutt some other things.

So for now…….

That’s all!