We happened to pass by this gallery yesterday after a morning spent at the Guy’s Hospital.
Anyway, the doorway to this modern gallery was wide open. It was so inviting so as we have plenty of time in our hands and plus the fact that it was drizzling a little, we went inside and was pleasantly surprised with the exhibits.
There was a shop where you can buy little knick-knacks.
I was treated to three geometrical rings and they looked
so cute as well. I also got a heartbeat designed bracelet.
There was also a very welcoming coffee shop with glass walls surround, so you can spend the time people watching around Great Maze Pond, near Guy’s Hospital and the Shard. This was only on the ground floor.
plastic 3d printing
printed 3d spine
Voice recorder machine
The first floor is where the exhibits are. There was that machine that records anything it hears, it is like a neural machine translator that predict or add words to what it hears.
There was that bee house that simulates ideal bee environment, with this machine, we will be guaranteed a healthy bee population and thereby pollination of our crops and trees.
There was, of course, that 3D printer which has been producing lifelike body organs. Unfortunately for us, the teacher to operate the printer was due to turn up at 1:00 pm and it was only around 11 am when we where there so we missed the actual exhibition of it.
I do recommend this place to spend a couple of hours in. The building is lovely and minimalist.
And most important they have lovely clean toilets in the basement.
Painted Hall Ceiling @ Old Royal Navy College – Greenwich
Old Royal Navy College, photo by JMorton
Old Royal Navy College, photo by JMorton
Peter and I went to see a once in a lifetime conservation project at the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich.
The last conservation was done in the 1950s and they reckon the next one will be in 100 years time.
There were scaffoldings everywhere, which are securely fastened and safe and convenient enough for the public to trod on to go near the ceiling and admire England’s most comprehensive and greatest decorative painting.
Close up dome ceiling, photo by PH Morton
Thus, it earned the sobriquet of UK’s Sistine Chapel.
They are currently cleaning and conserving 40,000 square feet of the most amazing allegorical work that used to deliver a strong political message about the monarchy, religion, navigation, maritime power, and commerce, amongst other things.
The project was instigated by Queen Mary II, who died before its fruition. Nevertheless, she will always be remembered for it as her image together with King William III, her husband, is depicted in the middle of the ceiling murals along several gods and goddesses.
A relatively unknown artist was commissioned to design the ceiling decoration. He was Sir James Thornhill, who was knighted for his efforts.
He was paid a princely some £1 per square metre of work on the halls and £3 for the ceiling per square meter.
Thornhill did not work alone. He had an assistant and hired specialist painters to finish the work as towards the middle of it Thornhill started to receive accolade and private works.
Our tour guide said that monies confiscated from an infamous Scottish pirate William Kidd, more known as Captain Kidd was used for the building and decoration for this project that was the Old Royal Navy College.
The old Royal Navy College was built as a mess hall for sailors, naval pensioner and those who used the Royal Naval hospital nearby.
The sailors and the wrens used the site as a dining area. Inches of gravy and dried old food were cleaned up in the 1950s when it was first restored.
It is still used as a dining venue once in a while for a really grand special occasion.
Today, the building is a major attraction in Greenwich, Tourists from all over the world come to visit.
By the way, it cost about £10 for an adult and £5 for a child over the age of 6 to join the tour which will be wrapped up towards the end of September 2018. The numerous number of scaffoldings will be taken down.
It is hoped that by March 2019, the Painted Hall Ceiling will reopen to the public in a different perspective: from the ground looking up above the high ceiling and walls.
Get down to Greenwich for this once in a lifetime privilege before it is too late.
We were pleasantly surprised how much the RAF Museum had changed from a year ago when we last visited. Actually, when we went last year, they were already busy with the renovation.
The very helpful guide had said to be sure to come back because it would be so different, with more exhibitions and things to do. Also, a new museum restaurant will be opening as well.
As it is now the last few days before the start of the new school year here in the UK, today, with our grandson, Nathan, we went and had a fantastic time with all the amazing array of beautiful warplanes, which western democracy had much to thank for.
The renovation was partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, a very well deserved funding I say.
This renovation also coincided with the 100-Years Anniversary of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Photo by PH Morton
This is, therefore, the ideal time to visit the museum. A perfect time for the whole family, young and adult will sure to have something to find interesting.
There are so many things that you can get involved in, plenty of interactive activities to be experienced
Like the majority of museums in the UK, the entry is free.
Of course, there are some ‘rides’ and activities that would cost between £3 to £10 per person. The simulator machine is £3 per person, there was also a chance to board and learn more about a Spitfire for the princely sum of £10, it is well worth it as there was an assistant that would talk you everything about its history.
Peter and Nathan went to the 4D cinema. The ticket for this is £5 per person. Our nine-year-old Nathan really enjoyed it. He said it feels like flying.
Photo by PH Morton
Because of its excellent and large number of exhibits, which is distributed in six hangers, it is much lauded by visitors from all over the world.
There is nothing like being up close and personal with a Vulcan Bomber. It is quite an experience!
In fact, there was a coach full of visitors disembarking in the carpark when we were there.
The whole family could easily spend the whole day at the museum
Photo by PH Morton
There are a couple of coffee shops for a quick break.
The was also a restaurant, which serves hot food. I have to say that they make a good Chilli Con Carne. Our Nathan had loved, I thought he would find it too spicy but he loved it so much, he wanted his own child portion after he had fish goujons with rice as at around 3:45, the restaurant had run out of chips.
Child portion starts at £5 and adult chili portion was £8.50.
If you do not want to eat in the restaurant, there were specific rooms, next to play areas, where you can enjoy your pack lunch.
If the children needed a break and rather overwhelmed with the display, there is a play area outside, with aesthetically pleasing slides in the shapes of a helicopter, Spitfire, a castle and many more.
There are also plenty of toilets, very clean, dotted all and clearly sign-posted all over the place.
There is also a gift shop located at Hanger 1. The items are reasonably priced.
We really had a great time at the RAF Museum and as a lottery buyer, I support this project 110%. Well done!
By the way as a recommendation, the Vulcan Bomber is really something to behold, I would have liked it to be exhibited on its own with a gallery, where you can walk and admire it from all angles and corners.
Global Granary would like to wish you all a Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day! Jiayou
Yep, me too. I find it rather ‘strange’ to be celebrating Valentine’s Day today. Valentine’s Day is on 14th February every year. 🙂
Today, however, is the Qixi Festival, also known as Qiqiao Festival. This festival is celebrated just like the St Valentine’s Day, where lovers go on dates, giving presents like chocolates and flowers.
The Qixi Festival originated from one of the poems from the Shijing collection of Odes and Songs dating back from 11th to 7th century BC.
The poem is a narrative of the saga of the romantic but forbidden relationship that develops between a human and a goddess.
Niulang was a poor cowherd boy, who lived with his brother and brother-in-law. He was a male Cinderella, maltreated and abused to the point of being thrown out of the house.
Niulang then met an old man, who told him that there was a job going for a resourceful cowherd. Niulang was so grateful to the old man, who was, in fact, a supernatural being. He brought Niulang to the heavens to look after sick cows.
In no time, the bovines where thriving. The old man was grateful to the young man. He noticed thought that Niulang looks lonely. As a reward for the hard-working man, he introduced her to a beautiful girl, who spends her day weaving. She is a goddess incognito and her name is Zhi Nu.
It was love at first sight for both of them.
A marriage between a mortal and a deity is strictly prohibited.
But they did not care; they were in love and got married, had two kids and would have lived happily ever after if the goddess’ grandmother did not find out.
The grandmother, Wang Mu Niang Niang, thought her granddaughter was contentedly weaving infinite yarns 🙂 in a corner of the heavens; she did not know that she was playing wifey to some mortal.
She was incandescent with rage that with her hairpin she scratched a wide ribbon in the heavens separating Zhi Nu from her mortal family.
Zhin Nu and Niulang with their children cried so much that their tears flowed into the chasm between them creating a river.
It might be pity or it might be a wish for some peace and quiet from all the cryings that a great flock of magpies forms a bridge so the family can be reunited for a day.
So it was then decided that on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month each year, the magpie will help to reunite the family. That is why today is also known as Magpie Day.
I have to admit H20 Hotel is our favourite hotel in Manila.
It is not perfect, in fact I could think of a few flaws right now but having said that there are more positive features against the negative ones.
For a starter the rooms are a delight. We have now stayed in both the Aqua and the Bay view rooms. Both have charms of their own as what the Tagalogs would say “Walang itulak Kabigin”, which means it is just impossible to choose.
The only strange thing is how transparent the toilet door was. You can be heard as well as seen doing your business in there. Also there should have been a sort of barrier on the floor of the wet room from the rest of the bedroom.
I love a good full on shower and the room provides a good strong gust of water from the beautifully huge fixed shower head by the ceiling of the bathroom. Unfortunately the water splashes everywhere including where the paper toilet roll was attached, ergo it get soaked and when finally dry, it was not that fit for purpose anymore. Not only that, some water would come out of the bathroom into the room, creating a small flood just outside the shower door. Thank goodness, it did drain pretty quickly.
The housekeeping was very thorough with their job, the room was always clean and tidy.
The restaurant Makan Makan, is a revelation; it provides breakfast and it has plenty to offer in terms of variety of food, but not too much, which can leave your head in a whirl. And it is important as well to talk about the price. For just P400 pesos (which is so reasonable compared to other hotel of less varied food) you can eat as much as you like to your heart’s content.
It is a very popular hotel, especially for families. Well it is next door to Manila Ocean Park, a place which would surely amuse the kids and adults alike to no end. But do not be alarmed, you do not hear the sound of noisy children or other people/activities once you are in your own hotel room.