Below are photographs of the interiors of three Cathedrals.
Take your pick.
Above is a painting by Sir John Lavery held in Crawford Art Gallery.
Below are photographs of the interiors of three Cathedrals.
Take your pick.
This blog post has been rambling around my brain for over two years – hopefully it will not be as long when you get to the end.
I do like visiting cemeteries. I do like mosaics.
It is not often that the two combine but they did so in Castlebar a few months back.
I had an early morning stroll around the cemetery. I stopped to ponder at the ceramic mosaic.
It appeared to be a triple grave but if anyone else was to be buried on the left section, it would mean destroying the mosaic.
Briefly I wondered as to whether that section was full; whether a decision was made that no more would be buried on that side; or even none buried at all on that side. Then I walked on and it was mentally filed away as a potential blog, sometime.
Over the Christmas break, I spotted a tweet from GraveyardDetective where he had spotted a headstone in Anfield Cemetery upon which was engraved the message that the grave was not to be reopened after the couple were buried.
It did add a sense of mystery and intrigue.
I have seen similar messages only relating to Irish Republican Memorials but to effect that gate/wall remains until Ireland is fully free. I have never seen such a message in a cemetery.
Back to Anfield - Why? Why was it necessary to have engraved? Was it obeyed?
I have no answers so your imagination is probably as good as mine, if not better – let it loose on that for a while.
A final reminder to self – better upload those mosaics that I have spotted around Cork. Until then, a taster.
In Liverpool a few months back, I spotted an old building with mesh on the façade.
My initial thought was this was an effort to restrict any loose material from falling onto passers-by. I thought that the Building Control in the Council were very proactive in reducing possible risks.
But then, I spotted more and more buildings with mesh. They were all old buildings. They all had decorative elements – ledges, scrolls, carvings, or parapets.
All of these decorative elements would provide a spot for birds to rest and watch the world go by. I now suspect that the mesh is to prevent birds – bird netting. I am not sure I share the marketing spin that it is discreet.
It got me thinking that this might well be an argument for architects and designers to avoid decorative details on building facades, especially in port cities where the extent of birds may be greater.
That then got me worried that the flat plain glass façades that are so prominent in the buildings of today are likely to continue.
‘I have seen the future and it is of regular surface with no features’ does not really give much hope. Does it? Or is it just me?
MacMillan prefers Mossy to Mossey, which is does not list. Microsoft Word also objects to Mossey.
Chambers and Collins, similarly list Mossy but do not have an entry for Mossey.
Mossie or Moss, or even Mossy, have been met as shortenings of Maurice.
Until I was in Telford last month, I had never read of ‘Mossey’ but even now I am unsure if it is an adjective or whether it refers to a Mr. Green….
It has been a while since I attended the Cardiac Rehabilitation classes – so some of the details may have faded over time.
Even with a restricted recollection, I am fairly certain that they did not recommend a breakfast as healthy when consisting of grilled bacon and sausages; waffle; hash browns; poached egg; beans; tomato; toast or bread & butter; and, tea or coffee.
Maybe the grilling and poaching makes things healthy.
Or maybe it is healthy in comparison to the others at Midway.
I have blogged about the love locks on Shandon Bridge in Cork and those subjected to sea spry at Lahinch.
Last month, we spotted a section of the quay wall in the Docks Museum area which has become a Love Locks zone. But when in Co. Clare, I spotted a new twist on the Love Locks.
In Ennistymon, the metal mesh protecting the shop window has been designated a Love Locks zone – but subject to payment to charity.
I suspect that my make-up dictates that I am not the target audience – even for the free option.
We spotted this outside Lime Street Station in Liverpool.
There were a good number of paving slabs with similar engravings.
I assume that they are computerised/automated engravings from original sketches.
I do like the image as well as the inclusion of co-ordinates. Anything that makes a streetscape, building or place unique is good in my opinion.
Compliance with regulations and need to meet CE, or I.S./B.S standards are such that I believe they are encouraging a small number of manufacturers and a smaller range of products in all construction materials.
It could be argued that shopping centres and main streets are similarly affected with stores from the same chains occupying the centres of cities - each city turning into a version of the other.
I am definitely fed up with standardisation. I have long since determined to support to support the local independent over the branch of the chain.
These paving slabs are just another reminder as to the value of difference and being unique.
I read of proposals for art on the pavings in The Liberties in Dublin, and smiled. Well done, The Liberties.
I have not seen or heard of a similar address in Ireland.
In the week since I spotted the sign, it has been running around my head. In the Celtic Tiger years, with so many new developments all competing for a memorable name, I do not think anyone tried this.
Maybe there is time yet for it to be used.
“Every Man’s Work Shall Be Made Manifest. For The Day Shall Declare It.”
This morning, I was reminded of this anniversary by Stair na hÉireann, Irish History Links and Don MacRaild .
An interesting tweet this morning included a photograph of notice offering a reward for discovery of a body of a Lusitania passenger, Robert Preston Prichard.
A few weeks back, I blogged about the statue of Robert Emmet in St. Stephen’s Green. This was made by Jerome Connor who also made the Lusitania Memorial in Cobh. This week, we were well impressed with the exhibition about the Lusitania at the Liverpool Maritime Museum.
As well as a poster from the White Star Line agent in Caherciveen – John Dennehy, the Museum had a map showing the addresses of those travelling on the Lusitania. William Lawrence was originally from Wales but his then address was Whitegate, Co. Cork – the only Cork address and one of only six from Ireland, Hugh Lane was not among them.
All of these connecting dots were prompt enough for me to put together the photographs from different places linking the Lusitania.
If you are looking for any expertise in what defines Art, modern or otherwise, the screen in front of you now is definitely not the correct place.
I am no expert in what defines Modern Art but I did understand it to be work that went beyond what had become the norm; work of a style that challenged the viewer as to interpretation and meaning; work that went beyond the limits of acceptability. A quick web trawl gave me comfort that I was not very wrong with my understanding as to Modern Art.
Terms that come to mind include ‘stepping outside a comfort zone’; ‘challenging the norm’; and, ‘pushing boundaries’.
On Tuesday, I smiled when at the Tate in Liverpool. Of all the places to discourage ‘crossing the line’, the Tate was not top of the list in my mind.
I watched many others pass the art installation. Not one smiled. No one appeared to see any humour in the message on the floor.
I did mention that I was far from an art expert.
Marketing people could well argue that there is no such thing as bad publicity and that it is ‘the message’ that is the most important thing to be communicated.
For T. K. Maxx, they achieved those objectives.
This pedant accepts that he is in a (very small) minority that is discouraged from shopping where the shop cannot be bothered with accuracy. I am most likely not their target audience…..
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