a few days ago when i was getting to the new northern line entrance in st pancras station, i found that the upper deck originally sealed off has been open. so i decided to go up and found out that it is the platforms for the 1st UK domestic high speed service - the southeastern highspeed (seems it is also called the javelin for the olympic express shuttle it's doing in 2012) -
high speed trains on platforms in st pancras station
i found the train stops at 'stratford international', which i looked up on google map and found it's not the stratford station i used to change trains. so i decided to go check it out today. the following are what i have found: olympic village under construction, new stratford international station for high speed trains, javelin train with refreshing interiors that don't look like your normal national rail trains and the end of st pancras station which i never spent time looking carefully :)
photo set - http://www.flickr.com/photos/770/sets/72157623653646019/
youtube clip 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM14V6Qh6Dc
youtube clip 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM4eg1MCpp8
dramatic statistics regarding the 香港(hongkong) hashtag in sina weibo, mainland china's own version of twitter which is censored to ensure no anti-government messages are posted -
1. top 3 in the ranking are gigi leung (488200+ fans), joey yung (371800+ fans) and peter kam (80870+ fans). #3 is so behind the top 2! for your ease of comparsion, the top most-followed person in the whole weibo is actress yao chen (姚晨), with a fan base of 1329350+
2. harbour city (33000 fans, #8) is the only commercial (non-individual entity) id at the top 10, & jonathan sin (@jonathansin on twitter, 24600 fans, #10) is the only non-entertainment celebrity.
3. possible derived fact on the perception of 香港(hongkong) in mainlanders' eyes? - they really love shopping in hongkong; and hongkong is of no serious concern to them except pop & shopping cultures :*(
The show is downscaled this year probably due to the economic situation, with many of the international players simply disappeared. Products displayed in the main hall looks a bit conventional in general, most of them look pragmatic, modest and thus unattactive to me, giving 100% is supposed to be big & innovative.
As a result, there're not too many photos taken, and these are the relatively interesting ones.teckell
football game at designer block section
'City Life is Crap' by clare louise acheson
The creation which caught my attention most is this table created by german Daniel Rohr -
The metal frame is concave at the top like a CRT of an old-fashioned TV facing upwards. A transparent perspex top is placed above the frame (the designer said it would be glass top at intent for final production). Objects on top of the table seems floating above the frame because of the seemingly invisible glass top by the inllusion of the concave-shaped base. video
for the making of colander on youtube
The Bike Feature is a section dedicated to bicycle-related products - the best section in the show this year. There is an element of fun & humour in this section.
There's also an Irish design corner at the main hall -
full photo set here
this is the 3rd notting hill carnival i have been to.
not sure if it is because of the parade starting early this year, or we just miss some of the more lavish groups, i seem to catch fewer costume groups and beautiful floats this year. hope it is not because of credit crunch :/
nevertheless it is still a good day out, with the sun and beats and yummy caribbean food around - just see how many people turn out on the streets! :D
can't see the end of the crowd
everybody out on streets
queuing for jerk chicken was over half an hour >_<
full photo set here
video link 1
video link 2
this is the 2nd time i visited foundation beyeler
museum in basel, switzerland. the 1st time i visited is 7 years ago, i still remember it is a rainy day. we were in a hurry on the day to vitra museum nearby so i didn't spend much time around the museum except browsing the collection inside.
this time, the weather is absolutely wonderful, and i have much time before meeting my friends upon arrival in the morning. so i decided to have a full exploration of this beautiful museum and its surroundings.
the museum seems to be blending into the surroundings well, greens grow on the burgundy stone wall, creating a vertical field echoing the fields around. when wind blows, the leaves sing -
giacometti retrospective is on show - over 100 works are displayed, not all sculptures, but still a very impressive chance to see such a collection in 1 place. i missed this show in paris last year, so happy that i could catch it here in basel.
on the other half of the museum, masterpieces from contemporary artists are displayed together with some primitive/local arts from africa & oceania.
and at the basement gallery, franz west
's works are creating an interesting view.
full photo set here
this is 2012 olympic stadium under construction
this is a massive regeneration plan to transform the east
this is sale time.
this is waiting time.
this is summer in the barbican.
this is a temporary pavilion next to the residential flats & the water.
this is shoreditch.
this is street life in east end.
this is reflections.
this is non-character.
this is transition.
this is rush.