'The best laid schemes of mice
and men often go awry'
(John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men)
and so Hope and I found out today.
We had a nightmare train journey up to London
due to repair work being carried out on the tracks
but we finally arrived at Tate Britain for the
Kurt Schwitters exhibition that I was
SO looking forward to.
But, oh no!
Tate Britain was shut, due to a sudden
and unexplained power failure.
The nice man sent out to calm the hoards
of visitors explained that it would be 'at least'
two hours before everything was up and
running again, maybe longer.
I had one of those moments when I wanted to
stamp my foot. Indeed, I think Hope was of
the opinion that I might just do that so she walked
me away from the door and talked me through
my repeated 'but I wanted to see it' wails.
Hmmmm, what else could we do?
I suddenly remembered that the
was still on at the
National Portrait Gallery,
which is very near to Trafalgar Square.
We agreed that this might be useful for Hope
and her Photography studies, and so that is
where we went. I'm so glad we did.
It only costs £2 each to see the exhibition.
The photographs are stunning, some are very large
and some of them are very thought provoking.
The winner is 'Margarita Teichroeb'
by Jordi Ruiz Cirera,
and it is spellbinding.
Cirera took his winning image while documenting
members of the Mennonite community in the
Bolivian lowlands. Photography is rarely accepted
in these communities, and is sometimes forbidden.
This 26 year old woman was asked to look at the
camera but that was a problem for her, hence, maybe,
the partial covering of her face. She looks so awkward
under the gaze of the camera, and very beautiful.
There are three galleries of photographs,
and if you can get to see it I'd recommend
you do. But you'd better hurry, it finishes
on February 17th!
After a restorative coffee,
Hope and I wandered along to Covent Garden
and spent some time looking at iPads and iPad minis
(we both want one!).
**Any comments about them would
be gratefully received.**
Next Saturday Hope and I are going back up to
London to go to a War Horse behind-the-scenes
'show' when all the puppetry will be explained and
there's the possibility that we will be able to get
'up close and personal' to Joey.
(Hope and I saw the show a couple of
years ago and ADORED it).
Tickets for this one off event were £4 each,
and it sounds brilliant!
After that, we'll try going to the
Schwitters exhibition again.
Keep your fingers crossed for us!