minotaurs and matadors

london always has so much free art on offer – maria is my art friend who always creates a saturday trail for us on a saturday afternoon.   we started off in St James’ square, where Christies is holding an exhibition of sculptures including Hepworth and Moore, then to White Cube and the painter Wayne Thiebaud.   we then walked to the lovely Shepherd Market to find an independent coffee shop;   have always loved this part of london – feels like a village right in the centre of london.

its always a pleasure to see a body of work by Picasso and although the subject of the exhibition may seem strange, it really does show how influenced he was by mortality, myths and death.  forever the prolific artist, the intricacies of his prints and the exploration at each stage makes you realise how and why he is such a brilliant artist.  the exhibition is curated by Sir John Richardson, age 93 a Picasso expert, but is worth seeing – free at the Gagosian.

have always loved walls filled with lots of paintings – especially painted dark.

 

balenciaga

go and see the balenciaga exhibition at the V & A  – the wonderful lines, the creativity and cut of the clothes are just inspirational.  once you are at the V & A, take a look at the architecture and furniture floor, its so beautiful and overlooked.  you can see where a lot of designers have taken their inspiration from, including comme des garçons.  if you happen to be going to New York you have to visit the exhibition there at the Metropolitan museum – you can see the similarities – art of the in between.  

 

 

birthday wishes for robert

have i told you lately

Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

For the morning sun in all its glory
Greets the day with hope and comfort too
You fill my heart with laughter
And somehow you make it better
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

There’s a love that’s divine
And it’s yours and it’s mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray
To the one, to the one

Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

There’s a love that’s divine
And it’s yours and it’s mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray
To the one, to the one

And have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
You fill my heart with gladness
Take away my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

Take away all my sadness
Fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do
Take away all my sadness
Fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

Van Morrison, but i know he loves the Rod Stewart version

happy birthday and sweet como memories…..

at the movies

if you are stuck for presents for teenage boys or young men, then think about an original film poster – depending on the popularity and rarity, you can usually pick up something appropriate for that person, either it will be an actor or film that they really like, or the title will have some meaning.  of course the famous images are quite expensive and collectible, but some of the lesser films are affordable.  at the movies seems to be a company that you can trust who offer original film posters, nowadays you can’t be sure what you are buying, as digital has made it easy to forge everything.

the only good thing about long plane journeys is catching up on films that you have missed, i watched Jackie, which i found disappointing, Lion, which had me in tears all the way through and Fences, which was very moving.

this is not a poster, but a mural in havana – posters much easier but if you feel creative go for a mural!

 

from shore to shore

there are a lot of things that i dislike about getting older – too boring and typical to list – but i am sure that i echo the anxieties of most women…..  however one of the joys of life is seeing your children develop, mature and blossom…. the most precious joys have come from seeing my eldest daughter embrace her heritage and explore life from all angles.   she of course has had a relationship with her chinese grandmother, but sadly at an age when her curiosity had grew,  my mother can no longer communicate – the effects of a stroke over 12 years ago and now dementia has prevented any revealing of the past,  ramblings of any previous life….  and so old photographs and snippets of tales from distant relatives have filled in any wonderings and questions…….  this would never happen for the future generation as photos have become a way of life, all your daily life diarised on social media…….

and so Alice has wondrously booked me into so many cultured events associated with chinese life, the recent being a play by Mary Cooper, From Shore to Shore – a multi lingual theatre event, incorporating food and music, which tells the stories of the UK chinese community.   the play is about 2 hours long and is based on in depth interviews with people of Chinese heritage – migration stories from the past century – stories that resonated so deeply with my own life.  it really touched me – made me think about my own life, it was like watching my own story unfold right in front of me.  the one quote that really touched me was the comment that i dont feel chinese or any different til i look in the mirror and see myself and then realise that i do look different from others.   from shore to shore is on again  tonight in london at the China Exchange and has been travelling around the country and worth a visit.  the £20 ticket is well worth it and includes a typical chinese dinner;  there is some chinese spoken, but generally it is translated  and easily understood.

dream a little dream of me

sometimes we all need dreams – wishful thinking, whimsical thoughts – they are harmless encouraging thoughts that help us get through the day or difficult times….   what i  dream of  –  is love and peace, contentment and respect for all throughout the world…..

i love this version by dean martin  – dream a little dream of me 
Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper “I love you”
Birds singing in a sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me

Say nighty night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you miss me
While I’m alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me

Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I’m longing to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I’m longing to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries far behind you
And in your dreams
Whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

Ella Fitzgerald