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diabolo retrospective

I've been spinning diabolo for about a year now. here are some of the locations where playing 'the devil on two sticks' was the most enjoyable...

1 portobello beach, edinburgh

2 the mound, new town, edinburgh

3 outside the scottish parliament, edinburgh

4 on the national monument, calton hill, edinburgh

5 oban harbour, argyll and bute, scotland

6 near ilkley, yorkshire moors, england

7 portobello beach (again!), edinburgh

8 cramond, edinburgh

9 erm... somewhere in edinburgh's old town. I performed a diabolo routine at an event run by top psychology bloke richard wiseman, pictured here with one of my diabolos.

to every age its art and to art its freedom

I remember reading about the vienna secession movement when I was a teenager. spearheaded by the mighty gustav klimt, it marked a radical departure from the established viennese art scene of the late 1800s. I remember being completely enamoured with the whole idea of these artists rebelling against the art establishment and creating fresh and beautiful new things, albeit with massive financial backing from their wealthy donor friends.

this is what most caught my attention: the secession, a unique art nouveau styled building with what looks like a golden cabbage sitting on its top, decked out with classical greco-roman trimmings and natural elements, sitting with a charming arrogance with its back to the rest of the city. it was designed specifically to house the secession artists' own works of art, and to wave two fingers up at the traditionalists.

this is one of my favourite buildings, and it was a huge thrill to finally meet it 'in the flesh.' the inscription above the entrance and below the cabbage reads, 'to every age its art and to art its freedom.'
23rd Feb 2012, 13:05   | tags:,,,comments (5)

you don't have to live in vienna to enjoy it...

...moblogging it will do. here's what you get from a wee stroll around town:

1 - museumkwartier

2 - vienna hofburg

3 - hoher markt*

4 - schwarzenbergplatz

5 - lower belvedere (gold cabinet**)

6 - cafe central

* the apartments behind this big advert are luxurious art nouveau beauties, dripping with classic viennese style and panache. they're also incredibly expensive. to get an impression of the kind of person who might own one of these apartments, consider the slogan used by palais principe to advertise them: 'You don't have to live in these apartments to love Vienna. Owning them will do.' ouch. now that's just pure self-indulgence!

** I'll probably get my legs blown off for taking a picture in here. don't tell anyone...
3rd Feb 2012, 11:27   | tags:,comments (3)

viennese splendour

vienna's streets are choc full of fancy things. some of the window displays there look like they belong in a gallery.
30th Jan 2012, 13:58   | tags:,comments (9)

the green danube

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boat trip from bratislava to vienna down the muddy green river danube.


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here's the thing.

when I log into my moblog using internet explorer, my images start half way down the page. this doesn't happen when I log in using firefox, or when using my phone's browser.

also when I log in, very often the images from my last four uploads are not displayed. the titles, tags etc are there but not the images. then sometimes the images come back, after I've clicked around the website a bit. this problem seems to occur far more when using internet explorer, rather than firefox.

are these weird little bugs something I have to put up with, or is there anything that can be done at my end to fix them?
26th Jan 2012, 18:17   | tags:comments (19)

more high and low from bratislava

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ok, now this really is high and low. the first pic is from slavin, a wwII memorial and soviet military cemetery at the top of the main hill overlooking the city. the second pic is of piles of books going downwards to infinity (are they piled downwards? anyway...)

bratislava high and low

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the 'high art' of the slovak national theatre, and the 'low art' of a 'fiti-decorated bratislava subway.