Macbeth (Ninagwa Company) in Japanese @ The Barbican

Whilst I watching a drama (a Japanese one), this advert popped up about Macbeth in Japanese. Thought this might be exciting! I’ve seen the play in English and Cantonese, so why not see it in Japanese. 😅
I know the story inside and out now, I remember all the parts, but this time I felt at a loss… 
I’m becoming to understand basic Japanese. It’s improving for sure! But ancient Japanese dialogue is incomprehensible for me. 😐
Love the costumes, the set, and the three witches all played by men! 😆 Lady Macbeth had a lot of dialogue too which I forgot about… Anyway a good play, although the theatre was quite warm (and has a very confusing layout), which meant I felt a little sleepy trying to read the captions and watch the actors/actresses act, (someone did offer me a seat towards the centre in the upper circle but I declined)… Easy escape from where I was sitting!

One reason why I also wanted to go to the Barbican was to see one of Banksy’s latest piece in collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat who has some artwork displayed at the Barbican… There was one opposite this piece, but might take a pic of that another time… 😊 Need to find some time to go!

Comical Bus Stop Invasion Street Art a.k.a Brandalism

Making up for lost time for not actually spending lots of time blogging.
This month, for the rest of the month, I’m going to off load an upload junk on this blog.
Wait for it… So. This past year has been filled with street art or what others would call Brandalism … or shall I say comical posters at a bus stop in the Walworth Road, located in front of Newington Library and there was one at Elephant and Castle. Brandalism is when someone mocks advertisements and brands. Anti-advertising.
I love it, the more offensive it is the funnier I find it.
I’m not sure who the artist(s) of these posters are, but it has captured some attention… they are often there for a minimum of a week, maybe a few days or longer if lucky and then replaced by a boring advert.

This poster was at Elephant and Castle. It shows an astronaut painting the sun or red moon, and shouting out “No God” at the bottom. Meaning there’s no god in outer space. 

This is one of the first posters at the bus stops in front of the library (there may have been one before this, but I can’t remember). It says “Practical Squatting”. What does that even mean?! Are people squatting because they have no place to stay, rent is too high in London and pay is too low… how do people survive?!

This was on the inside side of the bus same bus stop… Upside down tree. Probably meaning our trees are going downhill. We’re no longer breathing because the trees are all going to make way for other things… like new tower blocks.

And recently this was up for about a week or two. “Fart go further”… it also says “Why worry about Global Warming? We all die anyway.” And at the very bottom (missed out the first word), it says “… of Climate Scientists that that all this bla bla bla about “the Global Warming issue” is BULLSHIT”. LOL!!! Well it’s kind of right… How on Earth do we stop eating meat and become all vegan? Population is high anyway… ¬_¬””

Anyone know who they are? Are they locals to the Walworth Road? Street artists or Brandalists don’t really reveal themselves I know.
For my own selfish reasons, please keep invading this bus stop!

The London Eye – A Birthday Ride

It’s been more than 10 years since I’ve been on the London Eye and surprise surprise that was on my birthday too when I was in my 20’s! ^_^ Gosh I feel so old.
I decided to revisit the London Eye since it’s one of those attractions that you should go on in London (although I didn’t think it was the greatest attraction back then) and I needed alone time to reflect on my age and what I’ve achieved so far in life… well, I think I’ve achieved a lot. I may complain about my work but I still love it (and I know my colleagues and friends think I should move on..), and there’s always my ever changing colleagues who change the atmosphere in the offices, I’ve learnt new languages and planning to learn one more then revisit Chinese and French… I’ve been to many countries and don’t regret any of the visits I’ve made so far. Hoping to see many more years of fun, fun and more fun!!! ^_^
After watching Cats The Musical I made my way to Westminster. Got off a bus stop early to take a picture of the London Eye from the opposite end… then realised my camera ran out of battery power. Noooooo!!! Thankfully I had my phone as the second option. 

Ahhh… Westminster is very pretty at sunset!

I practically ran to get to the queue, the reason being is that I wanted to watch the sunset… yeah, although I was by myself I was being all romantic… ¬_¬”” Not what I was expecting to do. Anyway, as I had pre-ordered my tickets I actually had to go and collect it from the ticket office which is in an actual building opposite the London Eye… Didn’t know that… It was different back in the day if I remembered correctly. So off I ran to the ticket office and thankfully there is an automated machine you can collect from, just make sure you have the card you used to order online (and swipe it the right way as indicated on the machine). I had bought a standard flexi ticket (£24.35) which means you can go at any time during the day if you don’t know what time you’re going to be there. Quite relieved I made that choice.

Ticket office is behind The London Eye

Ticket machine

Made my way back to the queue. They scan you for any suspicious things that could be on you or your bag. I skipped the professional picture with the fake background – like I do with so many attractions and waited for a few minutes… I was thinking they need to hurry up so that I could see the sunset!!

Back of the ticket

one of the pods passing by

Well, we managed to get on and it slowly made its way up… 

But yay!! I saw the sunset!! Slowly getting there!

It’s a 30 minute ride so I made my way around the pod and took a lot of pictures… 

Thought I should take a picture of my fellow pod people

It happened to be someone else’s birthday who was in the same pod as me… He was with friends… Well it seems that there are a lot of people like me. Happy Belated Birthday to those born on March 25th!! ^_^
When I got off I took more pictures from below… didn’t realise I missed the moon. 

I advise to buy a flexi ticket if you ultimately don’t know what time you’re going to make it.

Website: https://www.londoneye.com/

If you like street art, keep walking towards Waterloo Bridge…

And here’s my usual birthday from Arif Bakery…
My Birthday cake!! Thanks Mr Stingy!!

Street Art in Shoreditch (including a guided tour)

I love street art. For those who follow me on Instagram (and there’s a few posts on this blog) have probably noticed a lot of posts are of street art. It’s amazing what street artists can do once given a big piece of a blank building wall, a shop shutter or a fence with no purpose. I just love the freedom used in their art even though it is illegal, but anyhow it shows that the artists knows what’s going on in the world, and if they don’t like it they express it with their art, and not with politics and boring words. Or it might be just a personal thing and they just like to show off their lovely artistic skills.
I just love street art. Full stop. ^_^
On one Sunday afternoon MummyGeek wanted to explore areas of London that she’s never been to so I took her towards Shoreditch and then into the Hackney area. As we returned back towards Shoreditch we couldn’t find the bus stop we wanted so I took some pictures along the way towards the bus stop…
Millo

Just a sign

Made in the Shade

I love this version of Mona Lisa

Don

Millo and other artists

I think Shoreditch is just the coolest area to find street art. I so love it so much that I decided to go on a guided tour with Shoreditch Street Art Tours. It was the only way to get a better understanding of the street artists in London and why they come to this specific area in London to show off.

First off we met at Brushfield Street where there’s a goat statue. The tour is £15 and you pay on the day.

We were first introduced to the stickers of street artists. I didn’t know there were so many! And I have seen some before around London and never really knew what they were there for. Interesting. 
Street Artist’s Stickers

Street Artist’s Stickers

Next it was time to see a bit of street art heading towards Brick Lane.

Clet Abraham

Clet Abraham

In Fashion Street

Conor Harrington

Donk

Donk

SYD

TWAT

SYD

Sell Out
In a side street / car park we got to see two street artists hard at work. We were told not to take pictures of their faces which is understandable as a “3D origamist-Home Artist” I like to remain anonymous as much as possible (one day I will reveal myself – or maybe not). 
Street artist at work

Another street artist at work

My Dog Sighs … (the music sheet is upside down!)

Borondo

Squirl Art

Street art is so popular in Brick Lane and I really wonder if housing is going to be more expensive in this area one day. Compared to the actual city part we see on the outside it really is different from the inside as we got to see more. By the way I don’t like graffiti artists. They ruin a lot of the street art with their signatures which doesn’t help us see the picture…

Stik and Otto Schade side by side … very popular two pieces and have survived Brick Lane for a long time!!

Off Brick Lane … Roa, C3 and other artists

Endless

This doll looks scary!

Invader and other artists 

Borondo

Snikarts

A Banksy is ahead

D*Face and Credit Crunch

A damaged Banksy piece

Borondo

Unknown street artist

A damaged Conor Harrington piece

My Dog Sighs

Gomez – Italian artist

Various artists

Gomez

Gomez

Robot – unknown artist

A funny sticker

Sell Out 

I took a butterfly for keeps sake

Roa

Various Artists

Love Piepenbrinck

In another car park – various artists

Borondo … very intimate this piece

Roa

Stik

Is this street art or someone did a prank?

As we near the end (there were 7 of us left) we finally got to see a couple of Banky’s works. He may be famous but seeing other street artist’s works it has changed my opinion on him (a bit). I love these people’s works and sometimes it is a shame that they get blanked or painted over to show more. In this world you have to be quite tough and realise that street art will never stay the same.

Gregos

Banksy piece

Banksy and Stylo

Banksy

Ozmo

Tant
After the tour, I went out looking for more. I went to the area that MummyGeek and I stumbled across and found an alley (that no one seemed to care about). It was quite fun spotting some of the street artist’s works there who were talked about in the tour… ^_^
Gregos

Don

Invader

Invader

Stik

Ghost Writers

616

Ciro Schu

Pure Evil

Various Street Art

Bortusk Leer

My Dog Sighs

616

Mr Farenheit – U R So Porno Baby

Invader

Rots Rulebeck

Borondo – name got painted over

Ciro Schu

Jana and JS

Jana and JS

Jana and JS & Mr Farenheit

Otto Schade

I think I will have to make another trip again and explore other parts of Shoreditch with more street art! I’m sure there will be new ones by the time I go back!!
Sometimes, it’s great to be a Londoner (minus the politics).