A 1,000 years long gig!

Hmm, może nie od razu koncert, ale rzeczywiście ma się odbywać przez tysiąc lat! Zaaranżowany przez ludzi, odtwarzany przez komputer. Już od siedemnastu lat gra sobie jabłuszko na tybetańskich “śpiewających półmiskach” i ani mu przez myśl nie przeszło przestać (bo nie myśli?). Ponoć melodia nigdy się nie powtórzy w ciągu całego tysiąclecia. We wschodnim Londynie jest mała latarnia gdzie można sobie tej muzyki posłuchać, z przyjemnym widokiem na rzekę. Po więcej informacji wyszperajcie sobie “longplayer”.


Well, maybe a “gig” is a bit of an exaggeration, however a thousand years is not! Arranged by humans but performed by machine. The computer has been playing them Tibetan “singing bowls” continuously for seventeen years now and it does not think of stopping (because it does not think?). Apparently the melody will not repeat itself throughout the millennium. You can enjoy it in an East London lighthouse, with a nice view over the river. For more information check out “longplayer”.

Zdrowaśki,

 

 

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Barbican

Przyjemnie czasami sobie zadumać, jakie ludzie z przeszłości mieli spojrzenie na przyszłość. Bardzo ciekawą koncepcją jest londyński Barbican, ukończony w latach 70-tych ubiegłego wieku. Przechadzając się między jego budynkami można się poczuć jak w starym filmie science fiction o utopijnym zacięciu, “Brazil” będący moim ulubionym skojarzeniem.

Jest to kompleks bardzo specyficzny, nie wiem czy gdzieś jeszcze realizowano takie projekty na taką skalę – może ktoś coś kojarzy? W każdym razie dobrze, że nie ma ich zbyt wiele, bo stałyby się zwykłą, nudną codziennością…


Sometimes it is nice to have a look at how future was supposed to look according to people from the past. A very interesting concept is the Barbican in London, completed in the 70-ties. While walking between the buildings you might feel like in an old science fiction movie, “Brazil” being my favourite association.

It is a very specific complex, I am not aware of any other projects like that came to realisation in such a scale – any other examples, anyone? Still, it is good they were not many as they would have become just a part of boring, daily routine…

Zdrowaśki,

 

 

 

Ronda – Puente Nuevo

Kolega usłyszał, że w Rondzie ładnie, to padło hasło: “Jedziemy!” Dojechaliśmy, zalogowaliśmy się w noclegowni i zaczęlismy się szwędać. Ładna mieścina. Taka, dajmy na to, typowa, ale nic specjalnego. Do czasu! Gdy z za zakrętu wyłonił się poniższy most chwilę mi zajęło, żeby szczękę pozbierać z podłogi. Niesamowite robi wrażenie! Obejrzeliśmy go z każdej możliwej strony. Pozostało nam tylko wejść do środka no i polatać nad nim – następnym razem 🙂


My friend heard somewhere that Ronda is pretty so we went to have a look at what the fuss was about. We arrived, logged into the accommodation and started wandering around. Nice town indeed, let’s call it “typical” but nothing too special. Until the bridge appeared from around the corner. I spent a moment to collect my jaw. It is truly flabbergasting! We explored it from every available angle. What is left for us to do is entering the structure and flying above it – next time 🙂

Zdrowaśki,

London from above

Hello,

We have recently visited Sky Garden. It is on a top of a new building nicknamed Walkie Talkie. Some of you might heard about it, as it was voted the ugliest building in UK in the year of its construction. I disagree, but that is beside the point. What is not, is the view from the top. It is quite impressive, especially when looking south (it might be because the open terrace faces this direction). Anyway, I enjoyed a lot and felt angry at myself for not bringing the tripod and long exposure filter. Well, maybe next time. Enjoy 🙂

Zdrowaśki, Dlugas

Scaffolding

I went to that spot because I was there before and I knew it could offer a nice shot of Tower Bridge. The scaffolding took me by surprise though. My first thought was “damn it!” but after a second I figured this might be quite unique. The fact that the scaffolding is not there anymore and these pictures cannot be taken again is kind of a pleasant thought.

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Forgotten boat

It did not sink much as water is quite shallow. However, I suppose that might have been the reason why the dwellers decided not to dwell it anymore. It is a bit beyond the idea of having a water bed.

Or it could have been the other way around. The inhabitants got simply tired with living on a boat. Poor thing felt useless and “jumped of a bridge”…

Zdrowaśki, Długas

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Smaller rivers

The Thames is the river of London. It has been its backbone for centuries, neighbours many important buildings and historical places, offers amazing city or industrial landscapes.

As nice as it is and as much as I like it, it is not the only one. There is a few smaller rivers and canals which also played their role in developing the city. And, as well,  they also offer a nice walk (or bike ride) with something on the way to catch photographers eye. Below you can find pictures mostly from Lee river.

Zdrowaśki, Długas

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