Hope and I visited London today.
Hope wanted to see the poppies at
before their final day of display tomorrow.
Grant and I saw them a few weeks ago.
Since Grant and I visited
the number of poppies 'planted' has
In fact the final poppy of 888,246 will
be symbolically planted tomorrow,
by the artist responsible for the installation,
(Edit: it was actually a 13 year old army cadet who
placed the final poppy).
There are now very personal
tributes and messages attached to the railings.
They are so moving.
It was VERY busy there today,
but even with so many thousands of people
trying to view the spectacle,
the atmosphere was still charged with emotion
and voices were hushed and respectful.
Is it just me or have there been less
people wearing poppies this year?
We then hopped on the tube and went to
Trafalgar Square. We wanted to see this chap,
'Every Man Remembered'
created by artist Mark Humphrey.
The Royal British Legion commissioned
the artwork to commemorate the centenary of
the First World War. The soldier stands 10' tall
and every couple of minutes the poppies,
representing the soldier's comrades,
fly around the soldier, together again.
He will be in Trafalgar Square
until the 16th November,
after which he will go on tour around the UK.
We then went to
to see the artwork created by
to accompany his brilliant television series,
This is a fascinating programme
in which Grayson explores the identities
of people from diverse backgrounds and
experiences, and then creates a
portrait, in the form of a pot, sculpture, tapestry
or painting. He very cleverly scratches below
the surface of the presented veneer and
discovers the truth of the individual.
There are 14 portraits and it was really
interesting to see them up close.
The exhibition is free and is open until
the 15th March 2015.
We had such a lovely day, and it was
a much needed break from the madness of both
Hope and Luke applying for University;
What sadist invented the Personal Statement
on the UCAS application form?!