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A bear called Paddington

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The author Michael Bond pass away at aged 91 last 28 June. He was the creator of the beloved children’s character Paddington Bear.

Michael Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, about the marmalade-loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru, in 1958.

The author, born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, kept writing until his death. His most recent Paddington story, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April.

His daughter, Karen Jankel said: “For him, writing was his life. It was wonderful he could continue writing until the end,” she said. “Because … Paddington and his other characters were so real to him, he became alive to everybody else.”

“You can tell just by reading his books what a lovely person he was. I never came across anybody who disliked my father. He was one of those people that people instinctively warmed to and he was as funny as a person and delightful as he was in his writing and as a father.”

Michael Bond created an endering and memorable character full of enthusiasm and optimism. His an icon of children’s fiction. Paddington is the Peruvian immigrant bear quirkiest but emotionally real children’s characters.

As well as Paddington, Bond created characters including Olga da Polga and A Mouse Called Thursday along with a series of novels for adults, featuring the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse.

More than 35m Paddington books have been sold worldwide, spawning toys, TV programmes and most recently the films.

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Good memories with Paddington in London. Copyright: Pilar Gallardo

Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollins’s executive publisher of children’s books, said: “I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond’s publisher – he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers.

“He will be for ever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffel coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations. My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue, and his children, Karen and Anthony.”

A huge thank you to Michael Bond for this sweet and wonderful legacy.
Michael Bond with his most famous creation, Paddington Bear.
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Publicado por en julio 20, 2017 en Art, Books

 

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Hugo Bruce: Life and Death

Hugo Bruce: Life and Death

Hugo Bruce is a British contemporary sculptor based between London and Barcelona. Born in 1969 in Berkshire, England. A sculptor since 2005 and painter since 1993. His sculptures represent the natural cycles of life and death, and the capacity of nature to metamorphosize and evolve in distinct and unexpected ways. The works are allegories in which life seems to miraculously follow death, in the form of fragile branches and flowers sprouting out from skulls. The plants and flowers growing from the spines of the figures prompt the idea that we are witnessing a strange rebirth of both life and love. Creation and death go hand in hand, each vital for the existence of the other. The work attempts to capture the transience of nature, while also suggesting the cyclic and infinite nature of life. Hugo Bruce utilizes extensive experience of foundry techniques and welding. Recent work attempts to distill essential themes of human experience and it´s bittersweet essence. As degeneration is vital for regeneration, life may be seen as a celebration of death.

Bosque 2013-15

Bosque 2013-15

Dark and Light I

Dark and Light I

Into the light

Into the light

Dark and Light II

Dark and Light II

'The Rites Of Spring' 2012

‘The Rites Of Spring’ 2012

 

More information about this artist: www.hugobruce.com

Text form Saatchi Gallery web.

 
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Publicado por en septiembre 14, 2015 en Art, Sculpture

 

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The Print Room presents: ‘British’ by Zadoc Nava

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If you’re in London these days and have a chance, culturar space and theater, “The Print Room” offers an interesting photographic exhibition titled ‘BRITISH’ by Zadoc Nava. ‘BRITISH’ is a photography exhibition that explores the multi-cultural nature of British identity. Zadok used streets as his studio, producing a series of portraits that reflect the  diverse nature of contemporary British society.

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“Nava’s photography work “negotiates ‘the foreign’ within everyday life…. An air of curiosity saturates these images, showing their real intimacy and the utter distance of them from each other. Present and past, invention and community, failure and tradition, melancholy and distance, anger and intimacy all find a place in the pictures without closure… It is the ‘something’ that aches to speak within these images.”
Dr. David Bate, photographer & critic (on Shadowlands, life on streets of Iran)

 

More information in The Print Room website:

http://www.the-print-room.org/page73.htm

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                                         Exibition from 12 to 28 June. 2014
 
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Publicado por en junio 22, 2014 en Art, Photography

 

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“The Two Loves” by W.H.Davies

“The Two Loves” by W.H.Davies

William Henry Davies (3 July 1871 – 26 September 1940) was a Welsh poet and writer, known as the “tramp poet”.

This poem I’ve chosen, clearly expresses the contrast of England offers beauty, the colors and light of its lands and the majesty and grandeur of its buildings and cities. Although the poet says “Old London Town”, let me that illustrate this post with one of the most popular views of London right now. The London Eye and Thames river. Simply spectacular.

 

THE TWO LOVES

I have two loves, and one is dark,

       The other fair as may be seen;

My dark love is Old London Town,

       My fair love is the Country green.

My fair love has a sweeter breath,

       A clearer face by day; and nights

So wild with stars that dazzled I

       See multitudes of other lights.

My dark love has her domes, as round

       As mushrooms in my fair love’s meadows;

While both my loves have houses old,

       Where windows look cross-eyed at shadows.

 

Photo by Pilar Gallardo

Photo by Pilar Gallardo

 
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Publicado por en abril 29, 2014 en Photography, Places, Poems

 

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La belleza de los castillos más fascinantes del Reino Unido (35 FOTOS)

La belleza de los castillos más fascinantes del Reino Unido (35 FOTOS)
 
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Publicado por en abril 16, 2014 en Photography, Places

 

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