2020年09月24日

Changes brought about by craft

Hi bloggers hope you are all well.  It's now officially Autumn, it has been glorious weather in England, however today a change has come rain, grey skies and a drop in temperature.    We do though have the wonderful autumn leaves to look forward to.

I was listening to the BBC and heard a woman called Sarah Corbett talking about her work as a craftivist.   I had never heard of this concept so I did a bit of research and I found it very inspiring.
 

Sarah Corbett was born into an activist family and has been on protest marches since she was three.  She grew up in one of the most deprived districts of Liverpool and has been fighting for social and environmental justice for as long as she can remember.  Only now, her weapons are creative: she handmakes her way to social change.  She has been joined by thousands of people who want to bring about changes to the world in a peaceful, creative way.

Sarah Corbett believes by making something small and beautiful to hang in a public space should spark curiosity without confrontation. Craftivist believe  their unique and gentle protest has helped to change hearts, minds, policies and laws around the world.  They aim to provoke a reflective, respectful conversation through thoughtful and compassionate action, as opposed to acts of aggression.

The movement has brought about many changes for example to company policy to encourage people to pay staff a living wage, and changed the law in Spain so small migrating birds are protected.  

It is open to all people of all ages.  I found the whole idea very caring and the world can only benefit from that.

Bloggers I wish you a good week over and our London.











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2020年09月16日

STREET ART

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers hope you've had a good week. I see it's still very hot in Japan, we are in the UK experiencing a mini heatwave which allows people to enjoy time outside. This is good news for Cheltenham which put on a street art festival. Cheltenham is a town in Gloucestershire, it is a town that is famous for horse racing, the Cheltenham gold cup,so I was surprised that graffiti artists are invited to produce art on the walls all around the town.

Street art/graffiti is a form of artwork that is displayed in public on surrounding buildings, on streets, trains, and on other publicly viewed surfaces. Early instances of this art form were a type of guerrilla art, which is intended to make a personal statement about the society that the artist lived within.

The work has evolved over time from being seen as an act of vandalism to a form in which artists work brings messages, or just beauty, to an audience. One of the most famous street artists is Banksy whose work sells for millions of pounds.

The annual Cheltenham paint festival brings art work from national and international artists and it's available for everyone to see for free. The art work stays for many months brightening up the environment for one and all.
Bloggers I hope you have a good week over and out London.















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2020年09月09日

Incredibly expensive animals

Hi bloggers I hope you are all well and have had a good week.  It's still very hot in Japan, and a friend of mine who lives in Cyprus, told me that they have temperatures of over 40 degrees.  She said this has never happened before.  Strange weather every where.   Even stranger was a story in the news about a sheep.
A lamb named Double Diamond was sold at auction for a world-record price of £367,500.  The pedigree Texel lamb sold to a consortium of three farmers on Thursday in Lanark, near Glasgow, after an ‘intense’ and closely-watched auction.  The most expensive sheep in the world is considered to be genetically perfect – he has great legs, a well-shaped head and is muscular and lean.  Texel is a rare breed originating from the Dutch island of the same.   From an opening bid of £10,000 the auction quickly escalated into a war between several parties.  The previous record for a sheep sold at auction is £230,000 set in 2009.
Mr Aiken his owner said:  ‘He was just an outstanding animal, backed up by all the best genetics. ‘  Goodness only knows what they will do with him, I'm guessing they won't be eating him.
This led me to think are there other animals that sell for ridiculous amounts of money.  There are to my amazement many animals worth more money that the sheep Double Diamond.
 A Bengal cat Cato was bought by a Londoner in 1998 for a record £52,000.  Bengals are bred from a domestic cat and an Asian leopard cat and usually cost £400 per kitten.
A Tibetan Mastiff was only a year old when he became the world’s most expensive dog selling for nearly over one and a half million.  Fascinated by the "lion’s blood" of the animal, a Chinese businessman was willing to pay this enormous amount.  Tibetan mastiffs have become a symbol of wealth in China, I won't be getting one.
Even more bizarre are the animals who inherit money from their owners.
Cats and dogs are bequeathed fortunes I'm not sure how they will spend it.  If you are the slightest bit intrigued here's the link.

Take care and have a good week over and out London 





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