A musical weekend

Reporting from County Longford, Ireland, this weekend was fun fun fun! We had Longford Summer festival lining up some pretty nice bands and The Midlands Busking festival in Edgeworthstown that got a lot of people smiling. First I am going to say a couple of things about the latter. Busking, for those who don’t know the meaning (I didn’t), is singing in the street and the festival in Edgeworthstown was just about that. Anybody who wanted a space on the street, to sing, just had to enroll on the festival’s site and pay 10 euros or 25 (for seniors), so you can imagine the diversity of music and people. There was a mother & daughter duet, two guys creating a great atmosphere for two lovely girls, another band of teens playing different instruments and more as such.

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We love short shorts” band

 

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I think small cities should organize more events like this one, it’s such a nice opportunity for people to manifest and as well enjoy free music and good vibes on their streets. Lovely!

About Longford Summer festival, I have to say, thanks to it,  I discovered one of the most exciting people in the industry of music: Jerry Fish! The show, the music, the character! It was magnificent.

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(Well, not my best photos ever but I forgot my camera at home so this is all I could get with my s***ty phone.)

Why was this guy so great? Besides the really good music, an interesting mix of punk, funk, latin, disco and circus themes, the man (Gerard Whelan by his real name) got us all in this bubble of love and fun. Everybody was engaged, he stepped off the stage, blending with the public, making everyone laugh and dance. Never have I seen such energy. For me (lately)  this is what music is about: bringing people together, making them happy, getting them dancing and enjoying life.

Anyway, more about what Jerry Fish does and where he’s playing this summer, here. I am going to try to go see him in Ballymaloe Malt & Music Festival this Friday, if you’re around, don’t miss out on his concert!

If you are curious about what else happened at the revived Longford summer festival you can browse the local newspaper Longford leader.

For now, I’m leaving you with one of Jerry’s goofy jazzy songs, right here.

Peace&love!

 

 

The thing about Waterford crystal…

In my #discoveringireland trips, I arrived in the city of Waterford, presumably the oldest city in Ireland. Before embarking on the trip I looked up Waterford on Google, obviously, and I discovered that one of the main attractions of the city is Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. Waterford is known as well, as the Crystal County and apparently is worldwide renown for its glass production history. In the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre,  you can find products from crystal tableware to chandeliers or large pieces such as a crystal harp, Cinderella’s carriage (about 50 cm long and priced at about 40.000 euros), or a more artistic endeavour, a crystal rugby hat, etc. You can take a guided tour around the factory and see how the glass is actually blown and moulded but I only chose only to visit the showroom and take photos. While I was there, for about an hour, groups of people were coming and going, mostly American and Asian, apparently crystal is very popular among Americans, or so a young employee girl told me. If I think about it, the american classic homes own more decorative elements, such as porcelain ballerinas and crystal vases than the Romanian communist homes of our grandparents. Such clutter, one mights say! But I guess it’s a way of life, with a history of it’s own.

Besides the clutter, I tried to understand why would anyone pay such large amounts of money to own a piece of decorative crystal , mostly without a specific purpose but then again, isn’t this the description of luxury items? And the luxury universe has a life of it’s own, independent  of efficiency, minimalism, unmaterialistic principles , ecology, etc. We won’t go deep into this subject right now.

Anyway, I took some close up photos, so to let myself get past the instant, perhaps superficial dislike of decorative crystal, and ponder more on the craft, the details of the glass shapes and carvings and the magic of the play of lights.

Cinderella s carriage, 40.000 euros.

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Crystal globe, 14.000 euros.

In the end it was a pleasant experience, money and purpose aside, everything has a beautiful side. And crystal has many, wonderfully cut and crafted with dedication by artisans, and it is worth appreciating even if not buying it and placing it in your house.

Oh, and I almost forgot, if ever at Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, do take 10 minutes to enjoy one of their home made cakes, in Crystal Cafe (on the right of the main entrance, the showroom is on the left). They are delicious!

#liveacrystallife

Burgasse, my favourite strasse in Vienna.

I will be short and go straight to the subject of this post, just as my recent trip to Vienna. Bottom line,  if ever in the beautiful capital of Austria, just make sure you take a walk on Burgasse street, near Museum quartier, where you’ ll discover at least 3 worth visiting places.

One is Pure living bakery where they have yum yum cakes and coffee and teas and just the coziest atmosphere and design.  Or as they say:”Pure Living Bakery Cafe brings positive & relaxed California optimism to Vienna”

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(Burgasse 68)

A bit further off is Burgasse 24, a coffee shop and vintage boutique with an eclectic selection of fashion items and design objects.  I felt like in the living room of a country house, somewhere lost in time and space, but in the same time right in the middle of urban life. A fireplace, vintage armchairs near minimalist tables and chairs, antique carpets on the floor,  all made for a wonderful eclectic mix.

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(Burgasse 24)

And we could not have passed on Burgasse and not notice this weird association between shoes and sardines in a store called just that: Shoes & sardines. Apparently, they sell a brand from Lisboa, Ben Bento shoes, and as well specialties from Portugal!

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(Burgasse 42)

Enjoy Vienna!

Eggs, the ever inspiring protein

Just yesterday I was musing about the simple joys of life after taking in my hand a warm egg laid fresh by a chicken from my parents small farm. Then today I find out about this Kevin Bacon commercials for eggs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O56gXy4usHI
So funny!

And I have to mention that on the wall of my kitchen I have this Sarah Lucas photo.

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What are your egg fetishes?! 😉

 

The big picture (2016)

I want to share with you this beautiful paragraph from Roland Barthes’ (philosopher) essay about Tour Eiffel. I love it that through sheer perpective “the city joins up with the great natural themes which are offered to the curiosity of men: the ocean, the storm, the mountains, the snow, the rivers”….And this being the first post in 2016, I wish you all a Happy New Year, with a great new perpective on life!Stay healthy and true.

“The Tower looks at Paris. To visit the Tower is to get oneself up onto the balcony in order to perceive, comprehend, and savor a certain essence of Paris. And here again, the Tower is an original monument. Habitually, belvederes are outlooks upon nature, whose 5 elements-waters, valleys, forests-they assemble beneath them, so that the tourism of the “fine view” infallibly implies a naturist mythology. Whereas the Tower overlooks not nature but the city; and yet, by its very position of a visited outlook, the Tower makes the city into a kind of nature; it constitutes the swarming of men into a landscape, it adds to the frequently grim urban myth a romantic dimension, a harmony, a mitigation; by it, starting from it, the city joins up with the great natural themes which are offered to the curiosity of men: the ocean, the storm, the mountains, the snow, the rivers. To visit the Tower, then, is to enter into contact not with a historical Sacred, as is the case for the majority of monuments, but rather with a new nature, that of human space…….

To climb the Tower in order to contemplate Paris from it is the equivalent of that first journey, by which the young man from the provinces went up to Paris, in order to conquer the city. At the age of twelve, young Eiffel himself took the diligence from Dijon with his mother and discovered the “magic” of Paris. The city, a kind of superlative capital, summons up that movement of accession to a superior order of pleasures, of values, of arts and luxuries; it is a kind of precious world of which knowledge makes the man, marks an entrance into a true life of passions and responsibilities;……”

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Photo from www.pommietravels.com

 

If you are curious about more, read here.

 

The settled-nomads

I’ve just come across this art project by artist Teresa Palmieri, which I feel describes my generation very well.

“The project analyses the topic of “mobile-lives” and questions how this lifestyle influences
the way in which people experience and perform a sense of belonging in relation to a place that they are inhabiting temporarily. The subject of the project has been identified with the name of settled-nomad, a hybrid person, partly sedentary and partly nomadic, who perfectly embodies the spirit of our time, characterised by hyper-mobility and constant change. Due to his way of living the settled-nomad experiences a process of constant
re-adaptation to his changing environment, and therefore his sense of belonging can not be described anymore as a matter of fact, a heritage, but it has rather become a process, an experience which develops in the evolution of his life-journey. It becomes the possibility of recognising and interacting with who he is and where he is.”

“The project has resulted in a collection of semi-nomadic objects that are symbols of the life and the identity of the settled-nomad. The collection narrates his story and functions as tools for a first mental and physical interaction and appropriation of the context where he is, in order for him to find a temporary stability.”

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How cool are those “semi-nomadic” objects?!

Check out as well Parasite bench: http://www.teresapalmieri.com/Parasite-bench