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To be lost in a forest

Okay so it’s been a while since I promised I’d post about Bloc Party’s recent concert in Auckland, but I’m hoping it’s a case of better late than never. This was the second time in less than a year that I’d had the privilege of seeing these boys from London take to the stage (the first being at Zurich Open Air last August) and they absolutely delivered second-time around as good as if it was the first. The Powerstation provided a venue of perfect proportions (not too big, not too small, great acoustics) and the crowd was suitably excited. After all, it had been six years since Bloc Party had toured these distant shores.

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Best party on the bloc

Bloc Party visited New Zealand this week. It had been six long years since they had last seen these shores. Yes, they kept us waiting, but the wait sure was worth it…

Bloc Party

…I think it probably made the concert even better than we had hoped it would be. More tomorrow!

CIA

Photo by CIA, Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand, 7 March 2013.

Tired of London? …tired of life

It already feels like an age ago, but one evening in London, on our way to a delightful Ethiopian feast, we enjoyed a glorious sunset as we rambled along Hampstead Heath.

Dr Johnson said something like “anyone who is tired of London is tired of life”. On an evening like this one, it’s impossible not to agree.

PJD

Photos by CIA and PJD, atop Hampstead Heath; we particularly liked the way the Shard glinted in the sun. Love it or hate it, it’s an impressive sight.

Words to live by?

The brilliance of this sign only increases the further you take it from its context . Just…EAT & SHOP.

Perhaps, these are words to die by.

PJD

Photo by PJD, Tate Modern.

Should have got it

Recently when we were at the lovely Whitechapel Gallery in London, we discovered their amazing bookshop. For an incredibly compact space, this little shop packs a real punch, with an amazing selection of books spanning art, design, architecture, crafts, politics, philosophy, literature and the list goes on. I’m still dreaming of it, and would like to return one day when I can afford to pick up a few titles… This is one book I really should have bought to take home with me that day though.

CIA

Photo by CIA, Whitechapel Gallery, London, September 2012.

Weekly photo challenge: Silhouette

I was pretty excited about this week’s photo challenge theme, until I realised that probably the two best silhouette photos that I have ever taken, I have already posted previously, here and here. Nevertheless, PJD also has something of a penchant for snapping the odd silhouette photo, and I think the photo below, taken in the Tate Tanks is pretty awesome. The silhouettes of the strangers, walking in, through, amongst the art in the eerie space of the Tanks are captured in a pretty unusual way, and the presence of shadowy silhouettes  as well, without it being clear who they belong to, only adds to this effect. I also love how the pink of the woman’s trousers pops against the murky darkness, and the the movement of her silhouette contrasts with the stillness of the other silhouettes in the scene.

CIA

Photo by PJD, The Tate Tanks, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, September 2012.

London calling

Looking at this photo, I can understand if you think it was probably taken the first time I visited London. But… no. This was my fourth time in the great city, after first having fallen for its charms 10 years ago on my first trip there. However, the novelty of London never seems to wear off for me (is anyone who doesn’t live there tired of London?!), as evidenced by this photo (and my super cheesy expression). Much to PJD’s chagrin (in many instances), I am also the first one to suggest posing in a typical tourist spot, and quickly hamming it up for the camera. These phone boxes certainly fit the bill (added bonus of Big Ben towering in the background!), and I dashed in there before PJD could protest. If nothing else, it makes travelling just that little more entertaining and fun, even he will admit that.

So what about you? What’s your tourist-style – eager to take a memorable photo home of you in a typical landmark, or happy to just stroll on by?! I’m keen to know if I am an odd one among travellers here, so let us know on the comments…

CIA

Photo by PJD, trying to look inconspicuous taking a photo of CIA looking highly conspicuous, London, United Kingdom, September 2012.

 

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