艾未未

Just been watching some clips from the documentary that won prizes at Sundance and Berlin Ai Wei Wei : Never Sorry. Spend a little time watching it. Become inspired.

I went to see his Sunflower Seeds piece at the Tate Modern last week.

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Trip down to the Turbine Hall and a view of the river from my bunk

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A Dream or Two at the London Boat Show

Really productive chat with Dream or Two about the coming year.

Time will tell but it sounds good to me – these were edible by the way and tasty too.

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It was Baltic!

Jamie and I had a quick visit to the Baltic and lunch at Panni’s.

Lovely day.

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Knee deep in membership renewals .. no tinsel to be seen…

Well I took on the SWSC membership secretary job in early November and I am starting to realise that actually what it means is that just when you are busiest with getting work finished to take a break, when you need to be filling the house with food, sorting presents and cards and anything else that life throws at you …. oh yes the membership database needs to be completed by 31st December too.

Ouch.

Well, I may be doing it in my own inimical way but the jobs are getting done, the balls are mostly still in the air, only a rare few dropped to date. No major crises yet and nothing dropped has crashed and burnt, yet!

Follow the link to a Happy Christmas!

with thanks to James Taylor and You Tube.

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Hope you have a Happy one…

With a little help from Instagram … Hope you have a Happy one…

Thought I would add a link to this great video from the RSA on What Motivates Us

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Owen’s Big Chill – New blog for a new challenge

Have a look over on Owen’s Big Chill to find out

what he has planned for New Years Day ….

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Moved the boats back home

OOps better get a cover on

End of the sailing season now. Louise helped me moved them back from the lake. Two lasers and a battered old Enterprise that I used to sail with my brother and I can’t  bear to part with. There’s a bit of me that feels you should never sell an  instrument or a boat as you never know when your circumstances may change and that instrument just being there or that boat being available might just be the key to making something special happen. So there I am still owning the Taz that I taught my boys to sail in when they were little, as well as the Lasers and the Enterprise and why I was a sucker for Treize, my grandfathers boat when I found her, for sale and looking rather sad in a boatyard in Cornwall. So she’s the next project, hopefully we will get her back on the water if not in 2012 then in 2013 for sure. The dream is that we can all get back on the water together on my grandfather’s boat. Jamie crewed for me in the Waterhead race this year so he’s getting back onto the water. Owen’s got his Day Skipper now, I’m working on my Yachtmaster theory and Grandpa has started Tai Chi lessons which we hope will help him build up his balance so he can be part of this dream too. So that will be four generations of us sailing, starting with my grandfather teaching my father to sail on the south coast between the wars.

Have a look at some photos of Treize on My Grandfather’sBoat, which I will update from time to time.

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Surface pressure forecast from the met office

Surface pressure forecast from the met office

mmm well it looks complicated – perhaps it’ll make more sense when I have revised my meteorology …?

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Will Appleby

 

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May your song be ever sung.

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