Tuesday, 3 January 2017

ABCWednesday, Z for Zadkine

Thanks to mrs. Nesbitt for this interesting meme that we started 10 years ago.I am very grateful for being able to participate in ABC on Wednesday. I learned a lot by reading your posts. We have now arrived at Z, which I dedicate at the sculptor Zadkine. And I best do that by what Wikipedia me teaches.




The Rotterdammers tend to give nicknames to sculptures.This statue is named "John Gap".

Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967)

Russian sculptor, painter and graphic artist, Zadkine settled in Paris in 1910 and became an avant garde artist and a major figure in the Ecole de Paris. Although his sculpture was influenced by both Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) as well as Cubism and its sister movement of modern art, Futurism, his main concern was with dramatically expressive shapes and forms: notably his characteristic use of concave contours and hollows.

His best-known work is his public monument The Destroyed City (1953, Rotterdam city centre), an expressionist statue widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of modern semi-abstract sculpture. Zadkine created this statue in honour of the citizens of Rotterdam, who had seen their city bombed in the first days of May 1940. We see it as a scream to Heaven

Monday, 26 December 2016

ABC Wednesday, Y for Yesterday and Year

Yesterday is gone. A new year is waiting. I sincerely hope that we will get a beautiful 2017 without disasters and terrible diseases.

We have "oliebollen" on New Year's Eve. They taste like donuts.Yesterday reminds me of the "Beatles".

 

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THE BEATLES LYRICS

"Yesterday"

Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Mm mm mm mm mm mm mm

 


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Time




Happy New Year, May the Christ Child bless 2017

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

ABC Wednesday, X for Saint Andrew, Decorative symbols in British Cathedrals.

 The letter X is a very difficult letter and often used in churches and Cathedrals. The X is the symbol dedicated to the apostel Andrew, because he was crucified on an X- shaped cross. 



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 Even in the floor of the Cathedral you can find the shape of an X.

And in the ceiling you can find plenty of X's too.

In this cathedral the mayor has a special seat with a coat of arms bearing two crossed keys.

 The flag of Scotland has the Saint Andrew cross.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

ABC Wednesday, W for Wanaka's Wonderful World of Weirdness

Wanaka's Wonderful World of Weirdness




A Room of illusion



Welcome to Wanaka's Wonderful World of Weirdness!

For over forty years Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality.

 This attraction is designed to fascinate people of all ages.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

ABC Wednesday, V for Vivo and Vehicle.

Last month I got this wonderful mobility scooter from my Dutch daughter as an early birthday present, because I can't cycle anymore. I was looking for an object beginning with "V", when I saw the name of the scooter brand "Vivo"!
Little by little I get used to my tiny vehicle. I meet a lot of people who are kind and lend me a helping hand.  The main super market has slidingdoors and most of the smaller shops as well. The people in this village are helpful, especially the elderly ones. Well I am happy that I am mobile again.


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Monday, 28 November 2016

ABC Wednesday, U of United States, that's My World

Wikipedia:
"The president is indirectly elected by the people through the Electoral College to a four-year term, and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers, the other being the Vice President of the United States. The Twenty-second Amendment, adopted in 1951, prohibits anyone from ever being elected to the presidency for a third full term. It also prohibits a person from being elected to the presidency more than once if that person previously had served as president, or acting president, for more than two years of another person's term as president. In all, 43 individuals have served 44 presidencies (counting Cleveland's two non-consecutive terms separately) spanning 56 full four-year terms.On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th and current president. On November 6, 2012, he was re-elected. This second term ends at noon on January 20, 2017. Donald Trump, having won the 2016 presidential election, is expected to be inaugurated shortly after noon."

There was a time that the USA was very popular in my country. But this last election splits the world in two parts that hate each other. The new president will have to do a hell of a job to unite the country again. He will represent the whole western world too.



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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ABC Wednesday, T of Tattoo


Impressive portait of the tattooed chief, Tomika Te Mutu. Many Maori leaders were painted at the turn of the century by Gottfried Lindauer.

It was only the male who had his whole visage tattooed and in many cases the designs covered the body from knees to waist. 

 

Women had their lips and chins decorated with the traditional women's moko.






  

  Respected elderly lady with the traditional moko.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

ABC Wednesday, S for Sound, New Zealand

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Te Anau was so beautiful and interesting. To begin with our unit was very comfortable, and there was a swimming pool, which was wonderful for the children.




Then there were many opportunities for a trip to the fjords or sounds.
One day we booked a trip to Milford Sound, one of the most gorgeous places in this area around Te Anau. We had to get up rather early to catch the minibus. The five of us were not the only passengers. There was a very nice Australian couple as well. The driver was a nice chap, who also was a good drawer. He drew a picture of the bus and us sitting in it.



The fjord or sound was like the Norwegian fjords and so were the glaciers.

The Norwegian fjords are used as harbours and many villages and small settlements
are built on their shores, while the New-Zealand Sounds  hardly have any settlements
Their habitants consist of wild life, like seals.









Monday, 14 November 2016

Earthquake in New Zealand

Yesterday I was shocked by the news on radio and T.V. that New Zealand was hit again by a major earthquake which happened at the places I was writing about. I am so sorry,

Ann and Marja and other bloggers living in NZ. I hope you are all safe and sound.
Here are some photos I took in Kaikura when we were whale watching.

Whale watching at Kaikura with a Maori guide.


First you see his back


Then he dives


Then you see his massive tail !!