23 September 2017

Busy week

A week with too much going on, and not enough time for reflection, or getting sorted - even though some of the busy-ness was about sorting stuff. A little every morning, before breakfast. (Not on the weekend, though.)

Monday, walking around Victoria - ah yes, Shepherds and all the wonderful papers and bookbinding equipment, must have a look ... the bookbinding exhibition included this lovely prizewinner, Dusk, by Tracey Bush
 A view of the shop -
 Disused doorway in Pimlico -
Following on from the Open House visit to Connor & Lockie in WC1, another tailor (SW1), Redwood & Feller, with a complicated entrance to the shop (love the pattern of tiling) -

 A symphony of brick and stone? Westminster Cathedral opened in 1903 and is the largest Catholic church in England and Wales -
It's not to be confused with Westminster Abbey, which is neither cathedral nor abbey - since 1560 it's had the status of a "Royal Peculiar" -
 The talk on Dorothy L Sayers (Anglican theology was one of her literary subjects) was held in Poets' Corner (rather a difficult acoustic) -
 Tuesday, on the way to drawing (afternoon session) I saw a couple of exhibitions at the Brunei Gallery that were about to end - the architecture of Yemen
 and a collection of early photos from a mining town in Namibia
 So much construction for Crossrail around Tottenham Court Road tube - this row of Victorian buildings is now a mere facade, seen here from the back - perhaps by now, five days later, they have been demolished too. -
 The Royal Society was giving its (30th) annual science book prize - they all sounded terrific, and four of the authors were present to talk about their books.
 Past winners and shortlist are here.

Looking up Lower Regent Street, the lit buildings are dazzling - photos don't do them justice -
Hot on the heels of reading about "drunken forests", I noticed the angle of the trees on Eversholt Street, down which I've walked hundreds of time without "seeing" them -
That was after hearing about research on social adjustment in young women with Turner syndrome, at the Wellcome - the talk was snappily billed as "chromosomes and health" which, when you think of it, is a bit of a riddle. Genes and health, yes ... but in Turner syndrome, a missing or incomplete X chromosome is the root of the problem.

Something completely different - opera at the cinema, Zauberflote from the Royal Opera House.
The serpent made a wonderful start
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and the puppet bird was delightful, as was the rickety bird-gondola the Three Boys flew across the stage in. The singing was pretty good too!

Thursday - a spot of gardening - the big areas are almost all dug out, sifted and sorted; another few bags of soil might be needed,though -
 Walking home past the reservoir, newly mown, with glimpses of "downtown" in the distance -
To the RA for Matisse in the Studio, and the preview of Jasper Johns, and also to "Theatres of Memory", Dubuffet at Pace Gallery (till 21 October) -
The quote says "these assemblages have mixtures of sites and scenes,
constituent parts of a moment of viewing ... by the mind ...
if not the immediate viewing by the eyes"
 The "gridded" small pieces appealled most to me -

 ... and the hoardings outside the gallery provided interest ...
 Friday, walking past the palace just before 11, in time to see the crowds waiting for Changing of the Guard
 and hear the band playing -
 Later, on the way back, all was quiet, and the shadows were crisp ... I was intrigued by the density of trees, and their shadow-outlines -
 Ceramics in the City, at the Geffrye Museum till Sunday 24th, yielded  eyefuls of delight - and a little jar-shaped brooch by Miyu Kurihara -
 Cityscape near Liverpool Street -
 Friday Late at the Institute of Civil Engineers - live jazz, a well-used bar, a rollicking debate on the best infrastructure of the past 200 years ... transport to Olympics? Thames Barrier? London's sewage system? London Underground?  We voted on our phones and the sewers got 47% of audience votes.
Music in the Great Hall

The dome in the lecture theatre

A photo by Matthew Joseph, whose photos of tunnels are spectacular -
 but this is a recent winner of Doggett's Coat and Badge rowing race,
with which Tony's family, which included many watermen, was associated

In the library, explanations of tunnelling, and archaeology

... and a chance to build your own tunnelling machine!

As well as a former presidential chair, used by Thomas Telford


Liesbeth Williams said...

Margaret, how many days do you have in your week? :)

Sandy said...

Exactly my question Liesbeth!
or the flip side of the question...have you ever stayed home all day?

Stitchinscience said...

What a wonderful post Margaret. I felt as if I was walking through your week.