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Exploring the Art of the Brick

Last week it was Mr O Senior’s birthday so as part of his celebration adventures we all visited an exhibition called The Art of the Brick, which is currently taking place at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.

The exhibition is a showcase of New York-based artist, Nathan Sawaya’s work… and it’s particularly interesting because everything is made out of LEGO bricks. Sawaya is the first ever artist to sculpt exclusively in LEGO and brings an interesting juxtaposition of playful and serious to his pieces.

Sawaya has created a wide range of pieces across different themes and genres, including reproductions of famous works… like these ones of the Venus de MIlo, Edward Munch’s The Scream and Vermeer’s Girl With the Pearl Earring.

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Or this mega dinosaur, which took up a whole room and required over 50,000 bricks.

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But Sawaya’s most interesting pieces capture his desire for self exploration.

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I particularly liked this sculpture of a swimmer.

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And this amazing red dress, which was later superimposed on a model in a photograph.

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And who wouldn’t love a LEGO portrait of Jimi Hendrix?

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Of course it wouldn’t be art appreciation with Abbi if I didn’t goof off just a little…

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if, like me, you grew up building things with LEGO and love imaginative, new artistic mediums I would highly recommend checking out The Art of The Brick, which is open until 12 April. You can buy tickets here.

I think you will be just as satisfied as Mr O Senior was when you get to the end.

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Books About Town – City Trail

I hit the final and biggest trail on the National Literacy Trust Books About Town tour on my own today to pick up the last fifteen benches (minus the 1984 one, which isn’t back from repair yet) and the upcoming 51st book which is still being voted on by book lovers. The City is one of the most interesting parts of London, being technically made up of only a square mile. The rest of London is actually the City of Westminster… but I digress. The City is the heart of London’s financial district as well as some of its most iconic sights including St Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London, which means the super modern stands shoulder to shoulder with the truly historic. If you are going to do any of the trails and want to be awed by London, this is definitely the one for you… plus it’s the easiest to navigate. Here are the benches I snapped.

Katie in London by James Mayhew

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Noughts and Crosses by Oliver Dean

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Usborne’s that’s not my bench by Rachel Wells (original illustrations) Jenny Hillborne (design) Painted by Sarah Jane Richards

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Jacqueline Wilson by Nick Sharratt (original illustrations) created by Jane Headford

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Paula Bressel

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Mary Poppins by Darel Seow

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Peter Pan by Laura Elizabeth Bolton

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Dickens in Liverpool by Hillside School

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Fever Pitch by Sophie Green
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Brick Lane by Charlotte Brown

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Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack by Trevor Skempton

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The Laura Marlin Mysteries by David Dean (original illustrations) created by Jane Headford

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Alex Rider by Kanako and Yuzuru (original illustrations) created by Mike Snowdon

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The Wind in the Willows by Mik Richardson

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A Brief History of Time by Paraig O’Driscoll

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Books About Town – Bloomsbury Trail

Em and my  National Literacy Trust Books About Town adventure continued on Sunday with the Bloomsbury Trail. Bloomsbury is an area of London with a rich publishing history so it made a lot of sense that it was a core part of the trail. It is also home to the British Museum and the British Library where we met Em’s friend, Donna, who joined us for this leg. There were so many awesome familiar books on this trail with cool little flourishes that I started to realise that I should also be taking photos of the backs and sides of some of them, which is why there are multiple snaps of some of the benches. The only disappointment was that the 1984  bench had been removed for repair. We heard a rumour that it had been stolen but apparently it’s going to be back soon… fingers crossed. I’d hate to have an incomplete set.

Here are the eleven we did find.

Jeeves and Wooster Stories by Gordon Allum

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The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by Quad Digital Mandii Pope

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Sherlock Holmes Stories by Valerie Osment

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Mrs Dalloway by One Red Shoe

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Earnest by Trevor Skempton

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Rest Your Stalks by Oliver Dean

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Pride and Prejudice by Charlotte Brown

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Always Try to be a Little Kinder Than is Necessary by Sian Storey

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James Bond Stories by Freya Dean

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Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly by Tom Adams (artwork) created by Mandii Pope

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Around the World in 80 Days by Valerie Osment

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Books About Town – Riverside Trail

Regular readers might remember that I sent off on a mission last week to complete the National Literacy Trust Books About Town trails with my friend, Em. We started with the Greenwich Trail last Sunday and this weekend did the Riverside Trail which runs along the South Bank alongside the Thames River. It’s one of the most exciting parts of the city where super modern meets ancient London in a vibrant swirl of business and leisure.

I was extra excited to venture out because my company will be moving offices to the South Bank in a couple of months’ time and I’m looking forward to really getting to know this part of town and what secrets it has to hide. We certainly weren’t disappointed when we came across the Hays Galleria, which houses a cute collection of bars, restaurants, boutiques and market stalls surrounding a crazy fountain.

Although Em and I had to do part of the trail during a downpour we still had a whale of a time and snapped 10 benches (plus the one I accidentally found in Waterloo Station).

The World’s Biggest Flipbook by Jeremy Banx
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Shakespeare’s London by Lucy Dalzell
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Please look after this bear. Thank you. by Michelle Heron (featuring Em in the background)
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Great Expectations by Ivan Liotchev
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From the Gruffalo to Scarecrows: The World of Alex Scheffler and Julia Donaldson by Alex Scheffler
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The Librarian by Paul Kidby
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Clarice Bean by Lauren Child (original illustrations) created by Jane Headford
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Dr Seuss by Theodore Seuss Griesel
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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (original illustrations) created by Gerard Strong
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Through the Looking Glass by Ralph Steadman
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War Horse by Rae Smith (original illustration) created by Gerard Strong
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A Trip to the Tate Britain

This Easter weekend Mr Osbiston’s family came to stay with us, which is always loads of fun. We were expecting really good weather on Sunday and so we planned to visit Kew Garden to see all the lovely spring flowers… but then it poured and we had to quickly come up with a new plan. That’s where a trip to The Tate Britain, which houses 500 years of British art came in.

I really enjoy art but I find it hard to take anything seriously, which is how I ended up photographing in inappropriately captioning several pieces of art… enjoy…

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I will call it "booby fish"

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Sorry darlings, I appear to have forgotten my trousers

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The invitation SAID fancy dress!

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Get a load of those melons!

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Get out of that tree, you bellend!

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Matt Lucas presents his cock

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Now I'M the queen, bitches!

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Live on a farm, they said. It'll be fun they said.

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Man finally gets control of his... err... snake

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Outside the Clapham Grand on bsnk holiday Monday

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I don't know what happened. One minute I was walking down the road and the next thing my cock was out

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Stop splashing me, bitch!

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Darling... are you bored with the cat? Because I'm TERRIBLY bored with the cat

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Shoes, you're doing it wrong?

The Big Egg Hunt 2013 – Part 4

We were lucky to be joined on our last day of Egg Hunting by Paul’s family, who were, as always, extremely tolerant of my bonkers enthusiasm. We managed to find all but two of our missing eggs, with David partly to thank for spotting three in an area that Jen and I had just avoided because it was overrun by tourists. Fortunately we didn’t miss this awesome blown glass egg from Berengo Studios in Italy.

Yoni (ova 1) by Michael Petry

Yoni (ova 1) by Michael Petry

We also managed to find Eggbert, who had been on the move and hidden in a secret location. I won’t spoil the fun by telling you where he was when since he might come back to the same home when the eggs return to London on 22 March.

Eggbert

Eggbert

Our final egg for the day was the supposedly very lonely, Alann, who looks a little bit like a muff under a blanket. If you like the look of Alann you can watch this video about helping him find a new home.

Alann by Stuart Edmundson

Alann by Stuart Edmundson

We couldn’t find our last two eggs before they started to make their way to Birmingham for the next leg of the tour, so we’ll be back to snap them up at the end of March. The full album is here.

Lucky for us our hunt ended with a delicious meal in China Town in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Yum!

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The Big Egg Hunt 2013 – Part 3

After our initial Covent Garden market egg frenzy, Jen and I headed back to do some more hunting in the surrounding areas. I know initially people thought this year’s hunt might not be challenging with all the eggs being in one place, but with zero clues or listings, the challenge is definitely still there, just without all the trekking around.

Our adventures took us into several rather posh shops, including one that was selling shoes that cost more than our rent. The sales assistant seemed baffled by our presence but it did turn out to be one of the best eggs.

This is not an Egg by Graham Hudson

This is not an Egg by Graham Hudson

Special shout out also to the security guard in the office building that was housing a couple of eggs, for pulling faces in the background as we snapped pics through the windows.

Here are a couple more of the top eggs of the day.

COSMIC EGG by Robert Rubbish

COSMIC EGG by Robert Rubbish

Hello Cheeky by Hattie Stewart

Hello Cheeky by Hattie Stewart

Eggistentialism by Baxter and Bailey

Eggistentialism by Baxter and Bailey

All remaining eggs here. Just 10 more to find!

The Big Egg Hunt 2013 – Part 2

I am glad to say that yesterday’s phone misfortune turned out to have a happy ending, as a bike courier named Adam (who is officially my hero) found my phone and returned it to me yesterday morning. I’m not sure exactly what happened to it, but it’s back in service and I got all of my photos back!

So with that stroke of luck, I have added the remaining Covent Garden snaps to my  Big Egg Hunt gallery. The tally now stands at approximately 77 of the 101 eggs found. There were a couple without plinths that we’re not 100% sure about.

The remaining 24 or so are apparently all within a 1 mile radius of Covent Garden, so we’ll be back on the hunt later this week to see what we can find on the side roads and definitely sharing tips with fellow hunters.

To celebrate the newly recovered phone, here are some pics of a few of the more unusual eggs. Click here for the full gallery.

Spring in Budapest by Nick Kaplony... appears to a skull hiding out in that flower

Spring in Budapest by Nick Kaplony… appears to a skull hiding out in that flower

A Common History by David Macintosh - is it just me or is that someone's minge?

A Common History by David Macintosh – is it just me or is that someone’s minge?

CENTURY EGG by Will Daw AKA Angry Cat Judges You

CENTURY EGG by Will Daw AKA Angry Cat Judges You

The Big Egg Hunt 2013 – Part 1

The Big Egg Hunt is back – this time in conjunction with Lindt and Action for Children. Unlike last year, the 2013 eggs are on the move and will visit 5 major cities around the UK including London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

Right now the 101 eggs on display are chilling out in London, all within a one mile radius of Covent Garden – good for quick hunting but just a little bit disappointing if the hunting is the bit you find exciting.

Jen and I couldn’t resist getting stuck in quickly and snapped loads of eggs in our lunch break today. Unfortunately my phone got stolen halfway through by a pick pocket so I lost half my photos and will have to back for the rest. In the meantime here are a few of my favourites:

Egg Tank by Mark Hayward

Egg Tank by Mark Hayward

Ritual by Mark McManus

Ritual by Mark McManus

Peter Rabbit by Penguin

Peter Rabbit by Penguin

You can see the full album here.

30 Day Meme: Day 17 – An art piece

I fell in love with this Toulouse Lautrec when I went to Musee D’Orsay a few years ago. It’s called Seule which means alone.

Dungeons, pandas and accidental spliff

Last night I went to London Bridge to attend the Launch of Panda Studio, where my lovely friend Z was exhibiting a couple of pieces. On the way there I randomly ran into my old work mate, Nat, whose company was having a party in the London Dungeon. How cool is that? I vote for our next work party being in a dungeon!

It was a good thing Z, gave me such good directions since the venue was cryptically called Arch 897 and turned out to be an old warehouse behind a non-descript black door. Everyone was very arty and you could clearly pick out the models and the photographers admiring (and in some cases snogging) each other. I was glad I had gone for an OTT outfit and was wearing my Hawaiian print leggings. Z, I have to say, had the most fabulous strapless dress on. She and I proceeded to get shmangled on white wine spritzers, while admiring the photography, some of the bands who were playing and the occasional photographer.

Z’s pieces were beautiful and I particularly liked one where she had these bubbles that were halfway between eyes and peacock pattern. Hopefully Z won’t mind me putting up this little snippet of work I stole off her blog

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At 11.30 I had to go… since I have to be out of here at 9.45 today. I decided to be lazy and catch the bus from Clapham Junction since my heels were starting to get to me. Not quite sure how but I ended up chatting to two gorgeous boys who had glitter all around their mouths. It turned out one of them had snogged a girl with glitter on her face.. and then they’d snogged each other. Brilliant! One of them then handed me his cigarette… and since I was dying for a fag and had smoked all mine, I took it. I marvel at my own almost impossible naiveté here… especially since I had remarked earlier that  could smell weed. I genuinely believed it was a roly…  They made some attempts to get me to catch their bus, which takes me sort of close to home but nowhere near as close as my bus so we parted company with massive hugs and they disappeared into the night…

Today I am off to Newquay with Rob, Dom, Lucy, Sanna, Saoirse and Emily for a week. I have decided not to take Frank along, so that I won’t do any work… including blogging. I might work on Edgar, the dragon slayer longhand but that doesn’t even count as work cos it’s so much fun… so see you in a week campers and don’t miss me tooooo much.