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Monthly Archives: December 2011
Ieri, dopo il lavoro, sono andato a fare un giro in centro dalle parti di Oxford Street tanto per capirci. Dovunque saldi. 50%, fino a 70%, tutto a meta’ prezzo e cosi’ via. Non ho comprato niente. Prima di tornare a casa sono andato a bere un caffe’ da Starbucks che ho pagato £ 1.75. Prezzo normale, niente sconto. Forse era meglio comprare qualcosa da Gap, Zara o negozi simili.
Yesterday, after work, I went for a walk around Oxford Street. Sales everywhere. 50%, up to 70%, 1/2 price and so on. I didn’t buy a single item. Before going home I went to Starbucks for a double expresso. I paid it £ 1.75, normal price. No discount. I should have gone to Gap, Zara or similar shops to buy cheap clothing instead of an expensive drink.
A short post
Un breve articolo per commentare come ho passato questi giorni festivi. Beh, non ho fatto assolutamente niente di interessante a parte perdere tempo con il computer e leggere 1q84 di Murakami (quasi finito). Volevo pulire il mio ‘flat’ e sistemare la mia stanza ma non ho deciso di rimandare i due lavori a questo pomeriggio. Da queste 4 righe potete capire che non mi va molto di scrivere su questo Blog quindi mi fermo qui. A presto nuovi articoli. Ora mi preparo per le grandi pulizie. Forse no.
I’ve spent the last few days doing nothing interesting, I wasn’t, and I’m not, in the mood. I had planned to tidy up my room and clean my flat but I could not bother to do something useful and needed. Not very inspired to write for this Blog either, so better to stop here and get mentally ready to clean and tidy up (afternoon tasks). Maybe not.
Muse London:The 4th UK Korean Artists Exhibition
16 December 2011 – 21 January 2012
The Korean Cultural Centre UK presents the 4th Annual Exhibition of contemporary art by UK Korean Artists.
Focusing on video works, ‘Muse London’ brings together the exciting work of six artists, all living and working in London.
Eemyun KANG, Seokyeong KANG, EE, Wonwoo LEE, Sean ROH and Kiwoun SHIN
From 16 December 2011 to 21 January 2012 the exhibition MUSE LONDON brings a showcase of Contemporary Media Art to the KCC.
The exhibition dwells more specifically on the artists’ interior world as seen through the lens of a foreign world city. The artworks give highly personal reports of the ‘London experience’ told through interviews, documentary snippets, exotic fantasy, paranoia and studied reflections.
The exhibition has been guest curated by Jeremy AKERMAN and managed Ji Hye HONG (KCC UK).
I.The participating artists for the exhibition ‘MUSE LONDON: THE 4th UK KOREAN ARTISTS EXHIBITION’ are, in alphabetical order:
1.EE is currently studying MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. <Maniac> video clip presents a unique persona of this husband-and-wife duo. With the element of kitsch and pop culture of its shiny and amusing surface, EE delivers the explosion and clash in its own way of irony and humour.
2.Eemyun KANG completed Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. She launched the interviews with artists to share diverse idea and approaches on the idea of Mystic Island in London. The video clip brings a poetic rhythm made by layers of interview. This intriguing corresponding is later developed to various forms of art. Her canvasses capture the imaged landscape that continues endlessly.
3.Seokyeong KANG is currently undertaking an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London. By reshoot in the space of KCC, the mirror-like simulacrum leads the audience to come across with the ethereal traces of memory. Her formal interest in emptiness, blank space and emotional movement is coupled with an intuitive understanding of leftovers such as leathers, threads and fabric.
4.Wonwoo LEE is currently studying an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. His practice is concerned with spatial interventions, transforming objects and phenomenon which is related in physical and social realm. He focuses on making actual happenings that can change the given situations turned into imaginary and uncanny situations. <A drummer’s room> is stemmed from the personal experience of spatial change by occupation of sound.
5.Sean ROH is studying an MFA in Media at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. With his witty manipulation of ordinary objects that found in everyday life, he makes a stage of storytelling. Based on his series of photographs, the ordinary life and episodes in London is told in first point of view. Every scene speaks volume for itself.
6.Kiwoun SHIN completed MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2010. The visual analysis of the existence expands the his experiments from grinding to evaporating. <Missing time never exist> and <News becomes entertainment> is a record while a cup of wine was evaporated. While he tries to emphasise and make the scenes more dramatic and theatrical with music, Kiwoun explores the political layer and visual icons of media and eventually questions the visual reality.
II.Guest Curator: Jeremy AKERMAN
Jeremy is an artist and editor of artists’ writing. He is an independent curator with a deep enthusiasm for Korean art in particular. <MUSE LONDON> is Jeremy’s second Exhibition at the KCC with the emerging young Korean artists.
III.The Korean Cultural Centre UK
Director: WON Yonggi
The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) was opened by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January 2008 under the aegis of the London Embassy of the Republic of Korea. The role of the KCCUK is to further enhance friendship, amity and understanding between Korea and the UK through cultural and educational activities.
From the KCCUK＇s central London location near Trafalgar Square, its dedicated cultural team work to further develop cultural projects, introduce new opportunities to expand their Korean events programme in the UK, and encourage cultural exchange. Facilities at the centre include a gallery, small theatre, lecture room, a multimedia centre and library.
100 Most Amazing Places in Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) conducted an online survey during February to April 2011 to find out the “100 Most Amazing Places in Thailand”. Launched under the campaign theme “Your Amazing Places in Thailand that Always Amaze You”, a total of 3,389 travellers from 68 countries around the world who have visited Thailand participated. The results announced on 29 June 2011 are as follows (first 25).
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) conducted an online survey during February to April 2011 to find out the “100 Most Amazing Places in Thailand”. Launched under the campaign theme “Your Amazing Places in Thailand that Always Amaze You”, a total of 3,389 travellers from 68 countries around the world who have visited Thailand participated. The results announced on 29 June 2011 are as follows (first 25). If you’d like to see the complete list click here.
|1||Krabi||Mu Ko Phi Phi (Phi Phi Islands)||340||2.24|
|2||Surat Thani||Ko Tao||337||2.22|
|3||Chon Buri||Hat Pattaya||302||1.99|
|4||Chon Buri||Alcazar Cabaret||247||1.63|
|7||Phang-nga||Mu Ko Similan National Park||222||1.46|
|8||Bangkok||Chatuchak Weekend Market||215||1.42|
|10||Chon Buri||Hat Chom Thian||204||1.34|
|11||Surat Thani||Ko Nang Yuan||203||1.34|
|12||Surat Thani||Ko Samui||201||1.32|
|13||Prachuap Khiri Khan||Hat Hua Hin||197||1.30|
|14||Bangkok||Khao San Road||192||1.26|
|15||Surat Thani||Ko Pha-ngan||182||1.20|
|17||Chiang Rai||Phu Chi Fa Forest Park||174||1.15|
|18||Bangkok||The Grand Palace||166||1.09|
|19||Chiang Mai||San Kamphaeng Hot Springs||165||1.09|
Beautiful model Mari Abe
Pattaya Fireworks 2001: Team USA
As mentioned in this post the international fireworka festival took place in Pattaya few day ago. Team USA won the competition. You can see their performance on this video.
Thailand-Korea Friendship Festival 2011
The return of the Routemaster: a new version of classic double-decker bus
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled the modern day equivalent of London’s famous double-decker bus which will be built in Ballymena.
The new bus, which will be manufactured by Wrightbus, will go into service in London in time for the 2012 Olympics.
A life-size mock-up of the double-decker was unveiled at the London Transport Museum’s depot at Acton on Thursday.
Wrightbus was awarded the tender in December.
The Mayor has been a long time champion of London’s famous Routemaster bus which is the inspiration for the design.
“Standing on the rear platform of this delectable bus brings back a sense of nostalgia but conversely also demonstrates the quintessence of the latest technology and design, making this bus fit for 21st century London,” he said.
“It is wonderful to see how those two-dimensional designs we unveiled in May have been forged into this amazing bus and I for one cannot wait to be launching the buses when they first enter passenger service in 2012.”
The new bus will have an open platform similar to the old Routemaster buses and will see the return of the traditional hop-on-hop-off service.
Mark Nodder, group managing director of Wright Group, said: “Finally seeing the design for this revolutionary new bus come to life is a real thrill for all of us.
“We’re excited to hear the reactions of stakeholders and future passengers as we complete this milestone in development and move nearer to production.”
A prototype will be delivered late next year with the first five buses due to enter passenger service in early 2012.
Thailand Golf Championship: 15-18 December 2011
The Thailand Golf Championship has been established with the objective of building the highest profile professional sports event in Thailand which will soon become a pillar of the sports calendar for many years to come by inviting the best players around the world to compete at the Thailand’s finest golf cours
The Thailand Golf Championship will take up the prestigious position as the Tour’s season-ending tournament offering US$ 1 million prize purse and is listed as the flagship full field event on the Asian Tour’s schedule. To help mark the inaugural Thailand Golf Championship, this year’s US Open champion Rory McIlroy, British Open winner Darren Clarke and world number two Lee Westwood have committed to meet the golf fans in Thailand at Amata Spring Golf and Country Club in Chonburi from December 15-18, 2011.
The gathering of world-class stars and the finest players from the Asian Tour will provide a wonderful and dramatic setting as the season-ending tournament in Asia as well as a perfect opportunity to Thai professionals and amateurs to compete in the premier world-class tournament.
More information here.
Pattaya Firework Show
The International Fireworks Competition will take place on Pattaya Beach from 16-17 December and will feature a 3km stretch of fireworks in honour of the 84th Birthday of His Majesty the King. Eight countries will be involved in the two day event which will include a special display featuring fireworks which will explode at a height of 600 meters.
Happy Erotic Christmas
December 15, 2011 7pm
Multi Purpose Hall, KCCUK
Happy Erotic Christmas (2003)
Everybody dreams of a merry Chirstmas with loved ones. Burt these three characters want more than just a happy holiday. They want an Erotic Chirstmas. The three are an innocent young cop, a pretty wanna-be actress who is secretly adored by the cop, and a romantic, abig-0time gang boss. Will their nest Chirstmas be an erotic one?
Lunar Eclipse in Tokyo
Reality is changing – 1Q84
Haruki Murakami 1Q84
Reality is changing – 1Q84, by Marina Federova
Komatsu, Ushikawa, Madam Ogata, Tamaru
For more information click here
O-ARC @ The Bowery
Musical event at The Bowery. O-ARC @ The Bowery Thursday 8th December @ The Bowery 36-38 New Oxford Street London WC1A 1EP [map] Stage Time: 7:45pm - 8:15pm (there will be 3-4 more bands on the night) Age Restriction: 18+ Admission: £8 or £5 early bird guest list (To be on the early bird guest list you need to email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact O-ARC FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/OARCinUK or alternatively O-ARC TWITTER: www.twitter.com/oarcmusic www.thebowerylondon.co.uk/ www.themonto.com/