2019年03月28日

Beauty

Hi bloggers I do hope that you are getting more spring like temperatures and the beginning of spring flowers.  I was on Westminster bridge this week looking at the views of the river Thames, from Westminster bridge you get a really excellent view of the river to left and right.  I'm not keen on all the modern architectural buildings that have been constructed in London.  St. Paul's cathedral is almost hemmed in by huge glass structures and London to me looks so mismatched.  I do like some of the new buildings but they look so less inspiring than the older ones.   It led me to think about a Japanese architect who has made some exquisite buildings from cardboard tubes.   His name is Shigeru Ban he goes to disaster areas and builds shelters among other things.   After an earthquake destroyed a cathedral in Christchurch New Zealand he built a temporary place of worship using the cardboard tubes. 
He was awarded the Pritzker prize, one of architecture's highest honours, in 2014 in recognition of his work using low cost materials for disaster relief architecture.  I find his work very beautiful.
A story that has been in the papers in England is a moving tale of two little girl cousins, who were fund raising for the hospice where their grandmother had spent time. They held a garden sale of small things and after eight hours they had raised £4.  They wrote an apology letter to the hospice explaining they had done their best and were very sorry they'd only managed to get £4.

Their original letter reads: "We have raised money for you so that people in your care can be safe.

"We might not have a lot that we have raised but we have tried our very best to give you money.

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"We are choosing you because you helped our nan to be brave, you told her how to fight strong.

"We believe everyone every single person in this world deserves to be loved in some type of way even if they don't have a lot."

Via a post on Facebook about the letter other people contributed money and the total reached £600. The letter is very moving I think a thing of beauty.

Bloggers have a good week over and out London .










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2019年03月21日

UNITY

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Hi bloggers hope you are well, here in England it's suddenly spring lots of flowered are blooming, cherry blossoms, magnolia even tulips have bloomed.   All a bit early but probably because of the mini summer we had a couple of weeks ago.  Thank goodness for the flowers something to focus our attention on after the shocking shootings in New Zealand. The only positive thing to emerge from all the wasted lives was the response of the New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Arderm.  Her acknowledgement of the fear and sorrow of the Muslim community was heartfelt.  She hugged the victims in Christchurch, wearing a black headscarf as a simple show of respect; she gave people the unifying cry "They are us"; and addressing parliament for the first time a few days later, she made a small bold statement by opening her remarks with the Islamic greeting "As-Salaam Alaikum"what was also inspiring about her leadership was her commitment to changing the country's gun laws.

Another sign of unity was the Article about a football fan group set up to bring "inclusivity and diversity" to the stands has been hailed a success in Bradford a northern town.  For years, many Asian families in the city were so concerned about racial abuse that they wouldn't allow their sons or daughters to go to watch Bradford City play.  But now women and children can be seen supporting their local football club.

Another way to unite people is through sharing of food.  London is full of Japanese restaurants.  There are many food competitions and I was intrigued to see there was a marmalade making competition in Cumbria,  it attracted entries from Canada, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Malta and Mexico.   Marmalade is a type of orange jam usually made from Seville oranges a very bitter fruit or other citrus fruits.  A Japanese entrant won a prize. 

Bloggers have a good week over and out London.










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2019年03月15日

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> Hi bloggers England is experiencing very wet and windy weather alongside the Brexit fiasco it is all very disheartening, however the annual dog show Crufts brought a lot of cheer.
> Crufts was started by travelling dog biscuit salesman Charles Cruft in 1891 and it was held in London. His knowledge about dogs enabled him to make it a great success. It started with about 2000 dogs being entered now Crufts is run by the Kennel club and there are more than 20,000 dogs involved. There were a number of Japanese dogs on show including the Japanese Chin and Akita breeds. This year it was won by a little dog a Papillon called Dyllon, affectionately known as Dyllon the Villain. He is a very cute little chap with such huge winglike ears, like a butterfly which is where the name of the breed comes from. Papillon is the French word for butterfly.

Not all the dogs were as well behaved and Kratu a mixed breed dog stole the show when he was engaged in the assault course. He didn't follow a single command from his owner and simply ran about having fun. If you want to see him in action go to the BBC website.

Tonight is a big fund raising event called Comic Relief it raises millions of pounds for charities in the UK and Africa. There was a 24 hour danceathon by two tv presenters. They are both nearly 50 and not particularly fit. The dancing was screened on tv and they alone raised £750,000. It is amazing how many children and adults are involved and from that point of view it is good as communities work together to raise money for others. I'll let you know the amount raised next week.
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