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Things that make you go 'hmm'…

Things I have enjoyed….

I haven’t got a book to show you today. I’ve had a busy couple of days. I had some friends over for dinner on Friday night and as I am not one of life’s natural cooks, it took me most of the day to shop and then prepare the food. I made crab and scallop chowder with home made bread, followed by rack of lamb with a red wine and shallot sauce, green beans and asparagus, rosemary and garlic roast potatoes followed by coconut rice pudding with mango and lime and yummy cheese and biscuits. A feast – even if I do say so myself. For once it all turned out well (the rice pudding was slightly stodgy but still tasted nice).

I was woken at 8am on Saturday morning by a delivery man – marvellous. He was delivering a new TV so I cleared up the mess from the night before and then unpacked the TV and started to set it up. The connections were all very complicated involving a satellite receiver and a DVD player but I just unplugged the cables from the old TV and attached them to the new TV. I just couldn’t get the DVD player to talk to the TV and fiddled about for ages trying to tune the TV to pick up the signal. Finally I realised that I was missing a scart lead ( I vaguely remember one of the boys ‘borrowing it’) so the DVD player wasn’t even connected to anything. I ransacked the garage and finally found another one then the DVD player still wouldn’t work but eventually it dawned on me that the batteries in the remote control were flat – DOH!

I spent the afternoon smashing up my old garden table and chairs which had rotted beyond repair – surprisingly satisfying! Some friends had come round to help and they carted the bits away for me and by the time they had left, the day had gone, so no books again. So instead of a book, I am going to share with you, some of my recent ‘StumbleUpon’ finds.

First up is Clive Stevens who does amazing paper sculpture. This is one of my favourites.

All the work is for sale and he sells kits, books, greeting cards and calendars too. Fabulous stuff.

Next up is a photograph of the new coins which are going to be introduced in the UK over the next year.

“The new designs have been chosen via an open competition which was widely publicised in the national media in August 2005 and attracted 4,000 entries. The winning designer is 26-year-old Matthew Dent, originally from Bangor who now lives and works in London as a graphic designer. After exploring a number of different options, Matthew Dent finally developed the heraldic theme, taking the greatest heraldic device ever used on coinage – the Royal Arms.

As you can see in the image above, the Shield of the Royal Arms has been given a contemporary treatment and its whole has been cleverly split among all six denominations from the 1p to the 50p, with the £1 coin displaying the heraldic element in its entirety. This is the first time that a single design has been used across a range of United Kingdom coins.”

Aren’t they gorgeous? I love the way they form a compete design and I foresee hours of fun playing with them when they are finally released :-)

Next up is the work of Thomas Keeley, as featured on the website.

He creates surreal 3D objects which are both thought provoking and fun. Obviously, this book appealed to me, so inventive.

The last thing I want to share with you is a voice. The voice of Andrew Johnston to be precise. There is a TV program on Saturday nights here in the UK called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. This young boy appeared on the show last week. Enjoy this and if you are not crying your eyes out by the end then you have a heart of stone.

Hope you are having a great weekend. I’m off to make a book…..


10 responses to “Things I have enjoyed….

  1. Creechman April 20, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Wow, that is an amazing paper sculpture.

  2. 70steen April 20, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    oh those coins are excellent. Beautifully thought out & designed…… me too….. can’t wait to play :-)

  3. Diane April 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Creechman – It is gorgeous. I was tempted to buy it but £3,000 is rather a lot of money :-)

    70steen – aren’t they lovely? I may even have to buy a commemorative set to keep all nice and shiny…..

  4. Lady Banana April 20, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Love the paper sculpture – not sure about the coins, will have to wait and see…

  5. strugglingwriter April 21, 2008 at 2:51 am

    A new T.V. is great. I’m sure Doctor Who looks even better on a nice new screen!

    That Thomas Keeley book is so cool. I want one!

  6. Diane April 21, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Lady B – The paper sculpture is such fun – I love the coins!

    SW – the book is very clever – actually I suppose technically it is two books. The books are very clever :-)

  7. pete April 21, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    So much in one post! Here I go then:

    – I feel like eating a second meal after reading the menu you prepared. Food is a great thing.

    – I love the new coins! Something like that would never go over here in the states. I almost want to buy a set for framing!

    – My mother-in-law told me about the kid in the video and this is the first time I’ve heard it. I share an office with another person and it was difficult to keep dry eyes, though I managed. What a great story. I wish the anger and brutality of the world would end. :)

  8. laketrees April 21, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    that boy has the voice of an angel Diane….
    what a heartwarming story….it certainly had me crying….
    your Friday dinner sounds absolutely delicious…..and home made bread too!!!……. yummm :)
    I can understand your battle with the technology….loved the cartoon hehe…
    the hugging books are adorable…
    wow…that new collection of coins is sooo contemporary…reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle :)

  9. Rohith Girish April 22, 2008 at 7:00 am

    The paper sculptures are very nice.
    I just read the interview of Thomas Keeley.. its very inspiring.

    you have a great sense of photography Dianne! Keep up the good work.


  10. Diane April 22, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Pete – I’ve watched the video several times now and when he hits the very high note in the middle of his song, I still get a lump in my throat! I went to Kings’ College in Cambridge and listened to the choir there. The acoustics are exceptional and it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up – it’s quite an amazing experience.

    My dinner was good – even if I do say so myself :-D

    Kim – I think it’s the unexpectedness of his voice that gets me every time! I’ve since seen a TV programme which looked into his background and he is the head chorister in Carlisle cathedral choir. All the choristers said they get bullied and laughed at but they stick together and sing because they love it. Inspiring!

    I love making bread. I use the ‘No knead bread’ recipe and it makes gorgeous bread every time. Yum!

    Rohith – Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the paper sculptures and I too love to read about what inspires artists to create.

    I’m glad you enjoy my photographs too – I do my best :-)

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