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I can’t see it, but I know its there…

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Photo of London sky with grey clouds with a quote

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Performance of Dramatic Elegance

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With the International Horse Show in Olympia, London coming soon in December, I thought I would post some photos I took at last years show.  

In addition to the show-jumping and dressage events, the show featured “The Lusitano Ride” from Portugal, where ten riders and their horses performed with precision and dramatic elegance to portuguese music.  Every move perfectly co-ordinated, beautifully performed…

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Portuguese - The Lusitano Ride 4

Portuguese - The Lusitano Ride 5

Portuguese - The Lusitano Ride 6

Portuguese - The Lusitano Ride 7

The show also featured Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman, who stands on two horses, while he “commands” another four.  The six horses gallop and jump, all perfectly co-ordinated, with Lorenzo still standing, with one foot on each of two horses!

Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman 2

Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman 3

Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman 4

Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman 5

Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman 8

Then there was the clown with his cute pony…

Clown and Pony 1

Clown and Pony 2

Christmas Finale

And of course, given the time of year, there was the Christmas finale, which was magical…

There was also a christmas shopping village with many equestrian stalls.

Unintentionally I managed to dress in a way that fit in with the equestrian theme, with my leggings and knee-high boots – so that was lucky!  So if you’re planning to go this year and are stuck for what to wear, you could always try that!

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An Evening in London

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An Evening in London

 

 

 

 

What’s great about taking an evening walk in central London?

  1.  You can enjoy great views of landmark sites all lighted up.
  2.  There is often a good musical accompaniment with someone busking nearby.
  3.  The atmosphere is more relaxed, even leisurely, in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle and the “I need to get somewhere important” rush of the city during the day.
  4.  It can be a romantic end to a date.
  5.  Seeing all the tourists reminds you to appreciate what is around you and to “live in the moment”.
  6.  Its light exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.

Here are some photos I took on my evening walk in London…..

London Eye from street when early eve

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

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Houses of Parliament and Big Ben with Flag

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben with Flag

London Eye with Coloured Lights

London Evening Landscape

Forthcoming posts over next few weeks: Unusual experiences, socially beneficial experiences, a really happy story and of course several mystery posts…

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A Rebel’s Grace

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A Rebel’s Grace

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.  Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.” (Albert Einstein).

A totally different and arguably rebellious way to use imagination is through the creation of graffiti.  Now i’m not advocating that you write, draw or paint on (or in any other way alter) the surface of public buildings / property.  Instead, I thought I’d share my legitimate initiation into graffiti art through participation in a 2.5 hour, practical graffiti workshop.

Protected by a mask, goggles and pair of gloves, I chose a spray can from the wide range of colours sitting on the table top and started practising.  For those of you who have never used a spray can to paint before, I can assure you that it is harder than it looks and it certainly takes getting used to!  However, it is a fun albeit messy experience.

We were given several pieces of A4 sized thick card to work on and shown different techniques of using the spray can to achieve various effects.  There were templates available which we had the option of using if we wished, as well as small objects to scratch into the paint to achieve a desired effect.

I don’t know if it was the fact that the art form gives connotations of rebellious expression, but I felt more “free” to play with ideas and express myself without any pressure to conform to “accepted norms” of what is considered “acceptable art”.  It felt so different to art class at school where we had to draw the object in front of us and follow a list of rules.  Painting graffiti is an immensely creative and liberating experience.  I was able to search within myself and explore ideas.  Indeed, as Claudia Lady Bird Johnson (First Lady of United States during presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson) said “Art is the window to man’s soul.  Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.”

When the soul bows...

When the soul bows…

When the soul bows... close up

During the workshop I managed to complete three pieces.  I was disappointed to discover that my work has become slightly damaged (colour transfers, scratches, paint removal) through being moved around since I brought it home (during refurbishing).  Nonetheless, I have (bravely) included it on this post!

Apart from the experience being a fun introduction to graffiti art, it also enabled me to realise that, like everyone else, I have something unique to contribute to whatever I do – that uniqueness is what makes “me” me.  It has also given me the confidence to believe that even in cases where an activity is new to me there is a possibility that I may have something different to contribute.  Furthermore, this experience reminded me that art is a great way to focus on something completely and forget about everyday problems.  Indeed, as Thomas Merton (Writer, Catholic Priest / Trappist Monk, Social Activist and Supporter of Interfaith Understanding) said “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.

Compassion's Light
One?

The usual price for this workshop appears to be approximately £75, inclusive of all required materials.  I had managed to purchase a discounted ticket through a group-buying site for £28 (after receiving £2 cashback) for a graffiti workshop at Graffik Gallery on Portobello Road, London W10 5TE  ( http://grafikgallery.3dcartstores.com/Graffiti-Workshops_ep_56.html ).

Groupon recently had a deal for a graffiti workshop, although this appears to have now expired.  However, in case you are interested please find below a link for Groupon and my favourite cashback site:

I hope you have found this post interesting and maybe it has inspired you to attend a graffiti workshop and/or have a go at creating (legitimate) graffiti or (if you are keen to be a one hit wonder) a graffito!

Forthcoming posts over next few weeks: Unusual experiences, socially beneficial experiences, a really happy story and of course several mystery posts…

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Hello world!

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Hey 

I’m Mira.  I’m on a personal journey to treasure, explore and relish the different facets of life: to stop where we normally rush past, to see where we never look, to reflect on the experiences that are collecting dust on the shelves of my memory, to venture to little known realms and savour unusual experiences, to inhale, exhale and live the diversity that is “life”.  Some of the things I will be blogging on include:

  • Unique and interesting experiences
  • Things in and around London
  • Real-life stories demonstrating acts of kindness and compassion
  • Real-life humorous stories
  • Overcoming obstacles

…plus more.

So lets raise a half-full glass to skipping through a life less ordinary!

Copyright © 2012

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This blog and all of its contents* (including written contents, art work and photographs) are original works by the owner of this blog.  No material on this blog may be reproduced, distributed, copied, published or downloaded in any way without the prior written permission of the owner.

* Only exception is the theme which has been appropriately credited.