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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

the Exhibition Experience...





So after living like small mammals for two weeks we now have removed all furniture which had resided in my bedroom [from the rest of the house] from my room. I can now once more make it from my bedroom door to my bed without having to crawl through a small hole between tables and stacked chairs and stuff from the living room.
it is once more a house, reverting back from gallery ambience.

The whole experience was glorious, there was a serious amount of work and slog to be had
but, when all is well and on the wall and theres about 30 odd characters wandering round prodding though over your stuff its pretty interesting. Its also amazing to find people enjoying the your stuff and some wanting it in their houses, thats cool!






Monday, December 03, 2007

407 continues....

The exhibition will continue on this week, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th.

From 7 -11pm


Everyone is welcome.....

Its a photographic exhibition of around 40 pieces, from every where from Belfast to the outer reaches of the finer depths of the galaxy. So far there's a decent crown down of about 70 characters in total, its has gone very well and has been really interesting putting stuff up on the wall and seeing how people react or feel about it.


Would be great to see any of you down there.....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

[Cick to enlarge]


For more information, Please leave a comment.


All are welcome!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Exhibition in the Apartment....

Were having an exhibition at the apartment at the end of the month, Thursday 29th and friday 30th. More information to follow.
Everyone is welcome.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Back from the Dam... with no Ham...

Well yes is the answer.... but no is the reality, Roy and myself headed out to the Dam on easyjet flight 7677667767a, it is always a good idea to arrive at least one hour early it would seem, just in case you need to get a taxi back home to find you passport and back to the airport with minus 7 minutes to spare. But anyway we got there, with several interviews planned for monday morning.. so we chilled and took in the scenes and hit the sack... next day up early and raced all over amsterdam going from one practice to another, squeezing in 4 interviews before sun down. And making the discovery that sadly no firms pay year out students, so after a little frustrated depression at the tram stop, we decided to head to the last one of the day which we were already late for, so eventually we got there and had a decent interview with the two partners of the firm, and again were offered 'internships' with basically no pay, so we returned to see if we could find some funding of some kind, scholarships or grants to help fund the scenario, and also the firm were keen to work something 'livable on' out failing that, so the trip ended on a possitive note and we return to norn ourland with a little hope and several offers................ so only time will tell.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Raw thoughts.....

I think this is what they call the "Stream of conscious-crap"

Returning now from a slaughtering of straight defeats in a game off squash, and mulling over the feelings of the day....

....It is i suppose a known unknown that when we start to grow up and be independent that we wll struggle, i find myself in a new faze, one i have to say i was not expecting quite so soon... Here i am, living in this house alone, my life revolves around me in several ways, on one hand i can choose where i want to be and go and see and look, but on the other hand if i stop and do nothing and not move for 18 days, nothing will happen!

i have to make everything happen in my life, it is i think an odd place but a very real place to find urself... as it cannot be forever that i depend on others for strength and the physical such as food, warmth, money and home, for all these things i now depend on myself.... but at this i find it is a place where i walk alone dispite all the people in my life i still walk alone and i must find my own place in this world, i cannot depend on others to place me. the odd thing is i think is that i have lived in belfast for some time, nearly a year, but is only recently that i have depended on my own income, before i lived on the un-real funds of a student loan and so now i find myself trying to understand the world for the first time in a real sense a sense where there is no one to keep me straight no end point as such, this i do not in any way mean that there is no people in my life who direct me, i have loads of amazing people who speak truth into my life regularly and who encourage, but for the first time i find myself at the start of an endless road that i can see very little of, suddenly there is no structure to hold me, im free.... to go anywhere, do anything... but at the same time i depend entirly on my own discipline , my own money, my own strenght and force i believe i can call on God and he will strengthen me, it is me and the world with God.

Ok so at this point i have just spoken to father, and he has reminded me of the ways in which my life touches others lives... and i suppose if find myself for the first time living on real money and discovering that its alot harder than it looks... for every penny i spend i must earn another and that if i dont earn i dont spend, or eat really. even though i have a job that pays well i find that to actually make ur way there is so many costs, but the thing is, i like it, ITS REAL! it feels good, i known that when save a little i can spend a little, but it also makes me realize as i did when i was away on holiday just how much it takes to make something happen and how much you take it totally for-granted when you live at home although you totally dont think you are when you are at home! Life is really quite a challenge! but not in the crazy hardcore things, jsut the simple mondain ordinary things like eating working living and most of all creating somewhere you want to call home...... i am very thankful of the hope that is that we dont have to live alone forever, that we are intended not to be alone and two can become one and be united and can do it together... aw how glorious is that! Thank God for Naomi and the hope and light that she brings!

I know that this post is slightly bizar but at the same time sometimes i think it is ggod to write and express what its floating about in your mind and heart, to be known and to know. please feel very free to add or subtract or comment on these thoughts.

I supose this is about that, and that yes the previous post about living in tension comes back... a place between Dependence and Interdependence a place they call independence! a spot of tension....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Process has no end product......

Comment on Molly's blog

"Process has no end product, but is actually a series of fixed points."

That is one of the best comments ive heard all year! it is so true and gives me a great sense of relief that yes, there is no point where i can say 'Yes im there'! there is no there, only a points and chapters to look back on and develop, giving freedom to just do it and not be caught in the panic of 'oh crap im not there yet, will i ever be?' i like it alot and alot of food for thought.
For all processes work in the same way, they DO NOT have closure in many ways, just look at life as humans, when do we get there? we just keep going growing, thinking breathing doing, and when we think about being 'There' we just get depressed because its constantly on the move just out of reach and like a carrot on the end of a stick, when we strive to get there we will not, for as we try and discover there, the there we wanted is replaced, changed and renewed transformed, so we cannot keep going in that direction. The approach described there by your man dominic suggests a journey where there is a constantly changing, moving and dynamic future, where we have space to breathe and are not stifled by the life we thought we wanted.

Ive been thinking alot about the concept of 'Living in tension' this isnt about what springs to mind when that is said, of physically living in a place where there is fighting, i mean it in terms of, where there are two points two things two thoughts, two places, where there is space between and it is just not possible to be at either, for example just take what was just said there about process having no end product, no 'there', just a series of points, that means constantly having to make do with the place on the way, with the chapters but the end and the closure does not and may not happen, Being able to actually LIVE in the place between in the tension of where we are and where we want to be, its so important because its like a journey in a car, if your only interested in point A where you leave from and point B where you want to go and ignore the whole journey in between then you miss out in so much, if all your looking for the whole time is the first signs of point B coming over the horizon you cannot see what is right here and now in front of you.
So if we cant live in that tension its like someone going from one big slap up dinner to the next without eating in between, without the little sandwhichs and bowls of soup which we need to keep going. The space between, the tension between here and 'there' the place where we spend most of our lives, so often the process is being taken out of process, everything in this society screems be 'there' if you want to, but there are no shortcuts, i dont think there's a way of avoiding the process of getting the end product, an if there's anything to learned from 'LEGO' its once youve got it built, its no fun!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

back in black.....

Well its been a while, alot has come to pass... since that last time words were issued. And so i have return to the place of black clothing and drawings to work until the end of the month... here in big design. There has been much goings on... to france... in the fiat, bombing about all over the place ... enjoying local cuisine and delights, we drove down to the south of france camping in tents and eating much. Many lessons, thoughts and discoveries were made as well as decions of days to come and reflections on the year thats been. So in short we had a craker holiday [with great moments both Joy filled and sad] we got down as far down as Weeksis glorious abode in which is situated upon the side of an Alp. which is glorious and quite splendid.

The summer really marked the beginning of new times, things simply always keep moving and you cant go back neither should you... as new times are good and will bring you to new places though they might not always be easy. I enjoy these new times greatly and their unknown properties. There has been many major events including the great marriage of Mr Mojo to Mrs Mojo [alyson] and sudden and aburpt end of university life and comencement of 9 to 10 minutes to bed time, working life which is glorious in its own right. I started work imeditly after finishing uni and then went on holidays for a Month and a good bit, half of which was spent with naomi touring france and half of which was doing other stuff back in norn ourland, making decions or at least trying to make decions! its been a really decent one but a wierd one at the same time... it didnt really seem like a summer more like a porlonged spring.... getting ready for the actual summer which came and passed without being noticed....

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

All I can say is .... Im off to france!!!




Has been abit crazy getting MOT and the likes but were off tomaro with or with out it! Heading to france by boat and bombin round for 3 weeks.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

a response to molly's blog entry...'Developers developing what exactly'

In order to make any sense of the following you may need to read 'Developers developing what exactly'...


Hhhhmm..... interesting statments made there, something that i am all TOO aware of from my work, though none of the stuff comin out this office is to replace old victorian houses i have been involved [i didnt design it, just the planning ap] in the production of plans for such a scheme as you mentioned where a site formerly a large familly ouse with large garden is replaced with a massive 2 storey 'victorian' style house squeezing in 9 apartments, the house being knocked down is hiddeous 70's house but it is about more than just what it is replacing. Its alot of the reason why im interested in going to amsterdam to work. i think there are several issues,

A> there has never been any empahis on Good design and well thought out and socially aware stuff from the planners or government, as people will aways try to make as much as they can an will not care what is left so long as they get a worth while cut. It has to start at the top so that the whole market changes.

B> probably the worst thing is 'reasonable' reason, where ask 200 people if the think its 'nice' theyl prob say "oawh its louvely isnt it" because they think it is, they have no presidents of anything other than. an so there reason has been reformed to agree and think this is nice

C> northern irish people especially prods have NO respect for Hertitage, its rare to find anywhere in northern ireland old buildings that have been renovated, it doesnt happen, because there is a culture of knocking down and rebuilding, its deep into the culture, just look at the average age of the cars on the road, youl find it hard to find one over 6 or 7 year old [thats ever used].

its a major issue.... i think though theres much more to it than you have mentioned in your blog. it is sadly the case i think that the majority loves it....

Its always hard to remeber saying anything quoted in articals....

This was the story online the UU website, after graduation.

Aparently im from ballynahinch.......


Micah Jones, from Ballynahinch, who graduates this week with BA Architecture First Class Honours at the University of Ulster summer graduation ceremonies at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, used the Peaceline as his inspiration for his final year design project.

Micah who was among the first cohort of UU students to graduate with BA Hons Architecture also picked up awards for Best Design and for highest aggregate mark in Year 3.

For their final year project students had to design a Northern Ireland Cultural Centre in Amsterdam.

“My aim was to design a building which expressed certain aspects of Northern Ireland’s culture, both positive and negative,” says Micah.

The inspiration for his project came from a plaque he saw on the peaceline wall, which said people were unable to talk about it.

“I decided to use this concept to try and remould something negative that people couldn’t take about into something positive. I wanted to make this a wall that people can talk about, an open discussion point. The other aspect of the project was to look at different aspects of culture in Amsterdam like artists’ accommodation using compact barge living.”

Following his graduation, Micah hopes to spend some time in professional practice, both in Northern Ireland and in Amsterdam before returning to York Street to do his MA in Architecture and continue working towards becoming a fully qualified architect.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Nail clippers will fall....

Ok, so were on the balcony and im cutting my toe nails...as one does in such circumstances, but no sooner had i finished one set of nails and moving on to the big toe of the second foot....the nail clippers flew from my hand and began a decent...now at this point i will add some further facts about this dubious situation.
I live on the fourth floor with three balconies between my self and the ground...further notes would be the the floor of the balcony as with all the balconies in the building have metal grid floors....so returning to the clippers...on their triumphant decent they fell through my floor and 307's but after taking severe beatings when passing through the 307 balcony it was thrown to its final resting place...207's window ledge a sad state of affairs for any clipper, tent poles were assembled and glorious a contraption contrived...this was then lowerd down past the windows the hopfully uncoupied 07's and there proceded a 5 minute jabbing session upon the threshold of 207, after much near missing and wrong way senarios the clipper was indeed dislodged from its procarious position and collected.

These events are TRUE and occured upon sunday the 15th of summer 2007. All is well....

Monday, July 09, 2007

On the WEB!

Check out the University of ulster front page stories!!!

will prob only be on for a few days so you may have to search for Micah Jones.... glorious!


www.ulster.ac.uk

http://news.ulster.ac.uk/grad/2007/summer/

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

well this is the plan....



Anyone who has spent anytime with me in the last 6 months will be fully aware of THE PLAN! but anyway this is the scheme, starting in belfast city Naomi and me will take a flight to Krakow in poland where we will find ourselves a glorious Fiat 126, and set off on an epic voyage across europe through slovakia, hungry, croatia, slovenia, austria, Switzerland and france. The plan has many flaws and many many ways which it could fizzle, but always the optimist i am very excited at the proposal. will be documenting the trip via the blog while were away.....

......wouldn't it be class if......

....you have to dream or you die....


Thursday, June 28, 2007

The end of what was an amazing but yet unsustainable time!!


Didn't get round to posting this for a good while; Lastnight was my final year degree show, it was seriously good craic place was stiff with architect and crazy characters from Belfast's architecture world, its funny because degree show is really the main event in the art college experience and it didn't disappoint!
It was with with very mixed joys in which I entered the day the exhibition, marks were still NO where to be seen and i had slowly as the time for them to be revealed neared realized just how important they were to me, throughout the year i had meantained a strong stance of "marks...who needs marks...pppowff" but when the shit hits the fan as the say things change! I have never worked so hard for anything and enjoyed it thoughorally throughout, but it was much more than that, much deeper, i realized that under the surface.... this was the first thing which i both enjoyed no end and was good at, having never particularly excelled at anything i sudenly became aware in those final days of how desperate i was to win something...to feel that there was something that was decent at. So getting a first and then collecting two awards great. Was a great night, its taken a good while to even get this on!

Bite the Big one...



So three days after the exhibition, myself and pete started work in Big design Architecture in Antrim, so for the next few months until naomi and i head to europe for a month traveling across europe, working life is all around, its kinda weird its quite hard to get use to the idea that you have to be in everyday at the same time, but a the same time at a moment in my existence when after being VERY concentrated for a long time there is an element of security from just being emptied out into nothing, like being squeezed through a wee hole into space the contrast is too much. After a dodgy first week, work has become very enjoyable and the slow but joyous metamorphosis back to a person from machine is decent. so the foto above depicts the new behind micahs head scene from big.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

One sunny day at the docks....

It always happens, you find your self in a piece of waste land on a sunny day feeling glorious and over confident! This was several months back now but the story has gone relatively untold so it now will be extradited.... after a further exploration of the now gutted H&W old head office building in the docks we thought we'd take a walk over to the nearest crane in serach of any derelict buildings to explore, but to no avail.... in stead we came across a series of cazims which to the naked over confident eye seem very JUMPABLE [about 3m across]... no....no... not at all so after we got the camera setup and pete unhappily positioned in the cazim with the image of a glorious shot of a massive leap and the crane in the background and rough reinforcement bars and broken concrete....


......testing with rocks.....


......can i just say at this point i jumped further than this cazim of death before atemping the run....... but on cazimless areas.....


.....the coast is clear.....


.....enter micah stage right......


......AH crap [confidence makes a shock exit by the next point] theres no way im gona make it..... its sure that i WILL be killed to death......


.....no no its too late for decisions now, im a meer passenger not enjoying the ride......


.....feet first into a sound mix of oil and water and death....


.... and in......


....and stumble...


.....aye and sure why not take a seat too......


leap and photo of the century leave by the nearest exit.

ah what would we do with out continuous shooting cameras

Friday, June 08, 2007

the end...




Its Degree show!

Please feel free to come down on thursday night, 6pm in the main foyer of the new building..... everyone who ever reads upon this roll of blog is welcome!

a small momento from the art college days....


A good chair in these times can be a hard one, everything is so perfect and brand new it restricts the use, but a gloriously bummed up old chair found and liberated from the art college is just what is required. In essence lovely as perfect 'suites' of flumptious sofas are a man needs to be able to just USE it. Anyway the chair has been recieved and understood and been installed into the apartment. When your transport is a bicyle furniture removel is on the the hard side but by no means impossible....
The crack of course was in the response of the royal avenue'ers or lack of, it is known that belfast is to put in the polietest term not really very open to unusal goings on, so when a couple of characters come walking down royal avenue [main shopping street] with a large armchair perched on top of a bicycle the response is mixed, the wierd thing is that people either love it laughing and making comments or else stone dead zero acknowledgment not even a slight smile! The best responses were when people are just sitting minding there own business at the traffic lights and a chair come rolling by...

Monday, June 04, 2007

Degree show!!!

The main Art college degree show starts tonight but Architecture will not bee part of it, final internal assenemt and external has still to be done, so we will be having a glorious last laugh exhibition on the 14th of june of everything that has been going on this year, in the world of architecture at uub. All people are welcome details will follow at an earlier date...

glourious...

check out the video on mojos blog...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sleep....What is Sleep?

So it would now seem that i am NOT dead after all but just been sleeping for a while... tuesday afternoon was for me the biggest day and crux of three years, it went superbly, it was partly to do with a liter bottle of kick[cheap and very nasty tesco version of red bull] which when mixed with the adrenalin of standing up in front of 7 or 8 architects/tutors caused an almost loss of voice usability. There was much panic, the presentation had been printed on to foamex[sort of plastic stuff] and had to be mounted on the wall with wooden batons which took til about 3 on monday night then a quick blast home and started exporting the 3D walk thru[see post below], first atemp said it would take 33 hours so it was reduced abit but still took from 4;30 to 4;30 12 hours! so it was finished just 20 minutes before it was required, glorious! So needless to say tuesday night and much of wednesday morning was spent celebrating. Now a small stint of hibernation will occur and then i shall rise and become Micah once more.....

Walking through....

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The day the Northern Ireland cultural center stood still...

This is the day, 3 years in the making, my last final review, 3 oclock my moment will arrive endure and depart. Glorious! Good times have been had by all, its crazy that this is it... computer 3d model is still being exported [panic] but is all on the wall the work spead out on display ready to be consumed in the final feast.... A return to the blog roll can be expected!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

End Times...

As the last weeks of my first stint of university come to an end, things have become serverly dodgy, three essays and an interm review in a week, but never the less here i find my self on the morning of another review, having had about 3 hours sleep and now eating a mars bar. It has been a long time since the joys of my life have been disclosed upon this very electronic manafestation, so i shall begin.
In essence the reason for the lull in the blog roll is partly due to the fact that life has consisted of very little other than work, and work does not provide the nesseary.[+lack of time i must confess]But alas it has not been dull in any way, it has been an existance ravaged by irregular goings on and happenings. but the purpose of this juncture in blog is to make known that i am alive and well, as my family and friends in the majority has not laid eyes upon my weary soul in some weeks.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hole in the wall....

I was amazed to find a door in the peace line, its crazy as you walk up the falls road and try and cross through any of the side streets to get over to the Shankill area each time you are meet with huge locked gates, some of which are only open during the day time on weekdays, some streets are no-longer streets but dead ends as road which once bought you from the falls to the Shankill been built over or the wall cuts across with no gate. It is actually not as simple as it may sound to get from one side of the wall to the other, it took us nearly an 30min of walking to find away across, eventually getting through the huge automated gates up past Clonard, which automatically close at 10 or 11 each night. It seems to be a forgotten reality in belfast... when i discovered they still closed the gates I find that uncomfortable as to me the troubles are very much over, to some it is the harsh reality. i recently discovered that peace line walls are still being built, another 300 meters....today... as Jerry and Ian start talking, sectarian [a word which makes our ear go deaf very time we hear it] divides are not diminishing...there is though a door in the wall, it may be welded closed [literally welded closed].

No Entry...


Welded and shut...where does it lead?

Over the wall...

the space between....


Locked and uninhabited....the space between their gate and our gate....closed for the weekend.

ROAD CLOSED

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ahh... dissertation complete.

Ahh... the joys, to say "it is finished" is to breathe fresh oxygen. For it is true, the writings of 2007 are complete, the dissertation handed in. heres a small extract....

.....Yes, the house has become a commodity, an investment, like the ‘American dream’, a way of bettering our situations. It drives the prices of our housing up and up, making them so inaccessible without a mortgage. A mortgage that ties us to a place, to a job, to an existence, which we maybe didn’t even choose. A mortgage that drives us deeper into the social mould of buying into a pre-packed lifestyle; it is no longer about home or place, but market value. It creates the atmosphere that makes our choices for us and drives out all personality from our houses. Squeezing us all into a conformity of known values, this works, so it is so. It is a cycle, which keeps it
The house as a commodity drives us into materialism; a place where I have no desire to go, driving everyone somewhere, they all want to go. But I think in some ways that is the harsh reality, that money is what is driving the commodity machine and it money that’s driving the people.....

“Money does talk, it swears” (Bob)

...The evolution of a house from shelter to commodity is the cause. It has driven personality from it, and has made the house rigid and un-dynamic by making those changes ‘bad’ for resale, these are all attributes that the house here once held, but no longer. It’s not about regaining the past but renewing the present; finding a new place in which these needs can be met. If we side step the moulds of conformity and commodity then we would find a place fertile for the growth of diversity and personal identity, somewhere where houses can reflect people and can change as people change. These three issues I have laid out are only my own perspective, the perspective of one who stands at the gate and looks into the garden, not as no who stands in the garden and looks back, so for this reason I cannot answer my issues but I can only know them....

....In the end it not about how, but about why, who knows but God where life will lead me, all of my plans will not hold it, but I can believe in something, the why, believe in the why am I doing this and the story begins, the how is obsolete.
I can only bring the issues and not the answers as I am at the beginning of what seems to me the greatest venture of life, the quest of living, living a rich and full existence, fighting back the moulds and crushing arms of society driven existence. Trying to repel the conditioning winds of the world and hold tight to something worth believing in....

....In this dissertation I have only touched on three of the biggest issues I feel as a young character looking out of my window at the years ahead; at the hopes and the dreams, but now; now this is it. Those were the issues, this is the life, as only life can give the answer, it’s a life’s work...

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

sickness is rife in our land.....

It has become apparent in these last days that great sickness has befallen me. It struck like a hot iron without warring... leaving me in the arms of death fighting for my small and dear life [Ive Got so much to give!]... was feeling abit poor for a few days simple cold type thing then on monday there i was sitting at my desk at 407 and felt unable to continue, so i rolled of my chair into bed [which is happily situated within rolling distance from my desk] but the sickness which then insued was second to none... 15 minutes later my body temperature was rising fast and though i wasn't asleep i was having kinda nightmares, all possible fears were firing all around me, people were drowning left right and centre, shootings, murder, fires, everything that is possible, it was mental... so progressively getting worse and worse and the hallucinations getting more and more intense, serious fever was upon me....minutes became weeks and i was in a bad way... but alas naomi came bounding to my side... placing cold cloths upon me very few minutes but the fever raged on and stronger... was totally un-alive loosing all control of my body and mind i was a mere passenger.....finally at about midnight or after the decent was started though crazy wide awake dreams were still being had, the issue was that i was convinced that the hole thing was a book and it had photographs in it but they were all in the wrong place and squares of photo had got on other pages and pages were in wrong order and i couldn't get them right...but i was wide awake! Thank you Naomi for caring for me deep into the night.... was a night i will not forget in a hurry the worst of my existence.....oh the delirium!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Northern Ireland.....where are we going?

The new term has begun, the 'InfoBAHN' just a memory. So the new project is none other than a Northern Ireland Cultural centre to be based in amsterdam, its a project that ive been looking forward to all year, delving into questions of identity, why are some of us so proud of our identity and some so ashamed? Is there any positive perspective on the place that we live? Sure there is small tokens of light and hope, but what about the colective future of this place, how can we be proud of our land again? Ok there was no moment when we said, "the war is over!" there was no closure, just maybes, and weve all in this pattern of waiting, waiting for something to happen, well will it? Will it happen again? The world around us says yes unfortunatly, if there is nothing done. The wind has been beaten out of our collective sails, weve been robbed of democacy and freedom and weve taken it, and continue to take it from our own politions, WERE BEING HAD! We must seize this moment and stop settling for a crap deal. Were being robbed in public, in broad daylight!
Found this on the internet, i think it was done by jurgen one of my former tutors, a man who is very familar with walls in cities.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Reunited with with a pipe.....



During my tweed suit day [these were days when i wandered about in a full tweed suit] I carved myself couple of pipes which i used to smoke upon once every month or so, sitting in my shed in front of the stove smoking away, u could say i was maybe a little eccentric for a 16 year old, but they were glorious days........but some time ago the pipe went mysteriously missing...? but the discovery was made, mojo had not been enjoying it very often and it lay rejected and alone...... but no longer, ah the memories, the glorious summer evenings mowing the grass out in saintfield puffin away...........ah!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I owned 'Sunflowers' by Van Gogh for 12 seconds!

We spent about 4 hours wandering round the Van Gogh museum, which was totally amazing, they most of my favorite stuff, It was class to see one of the worlds most famous paintings in the flesh, to stand in front of it for just a few moments I owned it! The most famous painting in the world! I stood in front and was the only person[apart from pete who was standing beside me] in the world at that moment to be able to see it, so surely that means that it was mine for those few seconds? It was a great feeling, though slightly bizarre! He was truly an amazing man, the diversity and feeling in his work is just unreal, some are so bleak and dark and others filled with light, he only 'became' an artist 10 years before his death, and only paited for 8 years, in which time he painted over 900 paintings!

Yeshh Van Durijik isht Amsterdam!



Its been one of the most intense months of my existence, from a few days after christmas to now, Final review caused a lunar eclipse of all other parts of life until last week, then three days of severe sleep and rest then, to amsterdam[architecture study trip] for the most intense few day ever, walking til select muscles decided to leave by the nearest exit. But the trip was a serious eye opener, the shear scale and mass of the buildings, buildings that as you walk in you just go *****! The place is just so diverse and accommodating that it makes you feel just so normal. The buildings really do reflect peoples personalities and the identity of the country, unlike here where personality and identity is squeezed out of every building thats built by concerns over resale value etc, people here are more interested in fitting in, than singing their own song, and reflecting their own personality.