Instead of a civilized chat and a coffee, my friend and I decided we would go for a quick ride of the Blizzard and a shout.
It gets bigger every year and now it has a designated entrance which puts me off a bit because I like to glide in and out at will. Especially with heightened security in the city I wonder why they would encircle people in this manner. I really must attend those council meetings.
I always appreciate the bright lights and decor around the city
as it gets so dark early even if it is bright like this.
It's not a vintage year in terms of the holiday decor around town.
This is the Fortnum and Mason decor.
Nice but a bit sparse.
It seemed as if they were on some sort of budget when the only reason I fight the crowds is to have a look at them so I want them to be worthwhile.
The Christmas tree at Claridges which is highly anticipated every year was a let down of a bunch of umbrellas done by Burberry. I could see where they were going with it but I thought it was depressing.
My favorite tree was at the Beaumont Hotel.
Simple yet seemingly achievable with its cinnamon sticks wrapped in ribbon.
Oxford Street has a simple light decor on the street which is a wasted opportunity considering it is Europe's biggest shopping street so it is a bit weak considering.
I did a one day upholstery course.
I made a footstool but the highlight was finding a great cheap old school Italian place that had great spaghetti.
I love not posh Italian food.
It's something Tony Soprano would have ordered.
I got in trouble because I wasn't OCD enough and I took it as a leisure course but the teacher who ran it was more like Mr Miyagi in Karate Kid.
The footstool is nothing special so the picture above is not too far off the final product.
Ai Wei Wei is a brand now and as quick as the internet because he is always in some new city promoting or doing something.
I think last time I checked he was in Melbourne donating some Lego to the National Gallery of Victoria.
Most of his work is not self explanatory.
He is a conceptual artist.
The work above is the steel remnants from the school that was demolished during an earthquake and needless school children's lives were lost due to corruption of officials cutting corners on the school buildings.
The names on the wall were all the names of the children who died.
The picture below is to test our value on historical items so the pictures on the wall is Ai Wei Wei breaking a priceless piece of pottery and then him painting over ancient jars.
The most popular piece was this gigantic chandelier.
It was made from old bicycles which is the main form of transport in China. It was some statement about something but I had museum fatigue and assumed he was mad at the Chinese government about something.
Everyone gingerly stood under it but not for long.
Ai Wei Wei dabbles in everything and he designed this wallpaper that covered an entire room.
It's the middle finger over and over again.
I am loving all this kitsch 1960's and 70's jewellry.
The Piaget gold cuff is so much fun!
I was thinking what an odd time it is to live in Europe.
I went to a talk at the V&A that was supposed to be about how culture might help unite Europe and they had all sorts of illustrious guests on the panels.
My one gripe is that when an academic chairs the talk
they end up speaking so long and trying to be funny which always meets with polite laughter or some post grad students
in the audience kissing ass.
The talk ended up not being too cultural but more political and of course the questions from the audience were not questions but just statements. It was all a bit depressing.
My favorite on the panel was the Danish director of the Royal Opera house who is 42 as he was inspiring and eloquent and passionately believed in Europe.
Who knows how long this Europe entity will last...
Don't you just love Iranian food?
Don't worry that was just the starters.
I have been to Alounak a million times but I only just noticed their thatched ceiling.
Wonder if it is Iranian or it used to be a Trader Vic's in the past?
How gorgeous are Belgian Shepherds?
I stuck some cloves in some oranges as I got possessed and wanted to rationalize watching real housewives of Miami season 2.
And I hung the tinsel I wrapped around my neck for another party over a painting, hung a bauble and bought some winter berries for my holiday decor.
But I know it's the season when I walk by the
Natural History Museum and see the skating rink open.
It is a 3 D piece that is conical in 3 mounds.
This doesn't relay how cool it is because the vantage point is different at every single angle and is the best when you walk by it.
I put a video of it on my instagram feed.
But pictorially this is the best I can do.
I loved it and every one including the builders and movers were talking about this piece which is something considering they see art all day every day.
The blog turned 3 the other day.
As I was saying to Faux Fuschia who is celebrating her 6th that blogging is done in dog years so that means my blog is actually 21 and now legal!
Hope everyone is staying sane out there xx