Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

March Flower Power

I attended the Sister Snog Floral Friday Lavish Lunch at Kensington Place restaurant with other business women in London, yesterday.

I captured this picture of one of the members who is a picture of arrangement. The event asked us to wear floral attire and bring flowers. Natalie is Miss Ballooniverse and sculptures balloons to cleverly create floral arrangements and other shapes.

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You can see others wearing the arrangements she has created out of balloons. These include corsage, brooches bangles and headbands. I particularly like the flowery prints on tunics and frocks that we all were wearing. Each outfit depicted some kind of floral arrangement.

Indeed the picture is a living arrangement of a flowery theme and prettily epitomizes our delightful business lunches.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Saw these telephone boxes through the window of the seminar room I was lecturing in today.  I thought, better take a closer look at lunch time.

When I approached the boxes I began to appreciate how Westminster Council inserted benches through the gap the boxes were making. Now that more people have mobile phones London telephone boxes are a rare sight to see.  Seeing three in a row is even rarer.

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A pedestrian also walked through my composition and might have spoiled the picture if the theme had not been about through. More importantly the benches help people sit out and have lunch through a lovely Saturday afternoon.

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West London Spring

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No I don’t tell of the uprising from pleasant Fulham folk demanding their need for a free independent territory (understandable though that is ). This post presents pictures of the flowers coming to bloom as I walk around this week. All are indications that spring is on the way. Hooray!

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Magnolia Tree at Maggie’s Breast Cancer Care Wing at Imperial College/ Charring Cross Hospital

The Apprentice EP 1: Toy Stories and Tantrums

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The most dramatic of this first episode in the series was the boardroom stand-off. Billiana was articulate but it didn’t help her this time. Chaz and Dave’s lyrics sum up why I think the first person was fired in The Apprentice this week. To be honest I only managed to see bits of it on Wednesday. But after viewing the the playback version I see I was nearly right.

Indeed  Belyana could have ended up as another Jim character from season 7 (last year) if Lord Sugar had let her carry on through the show.

I found Allan Sugar’s question to her about singling people out as weaker prey was pertinent. But her response to  his query was even more interesting. I’m not sure she got the point of why Lord Sugar was asking her and not the person the audience believed was actually being singled out. Good job protecting the weaker despite what he says about not wanting any namby pamby types.

The woman in the Primrose Hill shop’s reaction to being cornered to buy the poultry printed materials was powerful, because she resorted to getting her husband to give the girl gang of Regents Park a thorough telling off, sending them away with a flea in their ear and something serious to consider about the bullying sales tactics.

Perhaps everyone encountering an apprentice on a trip for Lord Allan should respond by assertively saying.

“No I don’t want to do business under such pressure”

Such a great sentence and tool to use to stave off any chatterbox sales person. I’m certainly going to try that one.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

These images were taken at a restaurant in London’s Trafalgar square. It was very unusual to see they held an exhibit of ancient Thai puppetry underneath their counter. 

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The Apprentice 2012: Is about to begin…

A hum of excitement is in the air. All want to be the first to read, like, retweet or share?

The British version of The Apprentice is shown on Wednesday. As fans or critics we’re ready to engage in vigorous after show debate and sometimes praise or pour scorn on those characters we disapprove of most.

International readers recall that the US version focuses around Donald Trump’s whims. But in the British production of The Apprentice the candidates work hard to convince Lord Allan Sugar that they are the best people for the job or lead his new venture. Some succeed on the tasks through charm while others tackle their projects deploying one or two dastardly deeds.

But what I love most about The Apprentice is that it beautifully films London and seems to capture the iconic architectural delights of the city. The creators also put a jazzy soundtrack over it, making it a stimulate the senses more. But best of all, the show to me is a comedy about the reactions of ordinary London folk (who can never avoid acting up to the camera) when encountering the often frantically searching tribe of Allan Sugar’s protégée.

I’ll be regularly posting fresh review posts here after each episode. Look out for The Apprentice 2012.

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Silicon Hackney

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I’ve just discovered the term ‘Silicon Hackney’. And I was delighted to hear of the borough being thought of in a positive light. In fact it is the title of a 400 strong group of  technology workers who work in businesses around the Hackney area of London. As my family lived in Hackney during my early years I’m filled with a sense of pride. I certainly hope that the local people will benefit from this new concentration of business types.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

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Happened across these contrasting roof lines. Another example of architectural teams needing to converse more so that they unite ideas.I think the jagged roof jars quite harshly against the smooth calming contours of the roof on the right. Such a contrast seems to spoil the aesthetics somehow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

It seems that a screen shot can nicely present distorted photographs too. Or is screen shooting a distorted from of photography?

All week I worked hard to compose some distorted images for this week’s challenge such as switching  colours or  prolonging the exposure as seen here.

It then dawned on me that I had been the queen of distorting photographic images, over the past few days.

My new website is being uploaded and I was in liaison with my web-building team who are all working flat-out to a deadline while trying hard to not let the new website’s images, text and processes appear squishy, odd or distorted.

I realised that because the site is based around six photographic images, the innovative overlays of menus – text and other design work could be judged by some photographic artists as a distortion of their original image.

Indeed I recognise that the application of photography might seem like a distortion of a creative artist’s work but I think the creative outcome of my team’s efforts in working with images on my new web site is in fact beautiful.

Thank You Team!