the petronas twin towers

it seems an absolute age ago that was i very very briefly in kuala lumpur, or KL as some like to say. it was indeed a fleeting visit at just over 48 hours, but with an hour to spare before we had to head back to the airport for back on our flight home we zoomed over and up the petronas twin towers that were just in front of our hotel.

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shoreditch street art – june 2015

june kicks off a lot of blogging events. some of which i have been to before, some of which i wish i had gone to but couldn’t. next year i tell myself, next year. this year however i decided that i wouldn’t attend one that i have for a few years now but still take some time out to wander around the wondrous streets of shoreditch catching up on what has happened to the vibrant walls over the last couple of months. this totally included a sit down with a glass of prosecco at the end of it, with some wonderful blogging friends who had attended the event.

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street art, fine art, book art

yesterday evening i attended a book launch at the pace gallery in soho. street art, book art. it is the follow-up book to street art, fine art, which was published in 2014 documenting the extraordinary dulwich outdoor street art gallery. 15 of the original street artists that took part in the project with ingrid beazly, were given copies of the book with blank white covers. they were left to their own devises.

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istanbul

on our way home from denzili, we stopped in istanbul. a very fleeting visit, but a few hours to get inspired by the rich colour, pattern and architecture to be found all over the city.

i had never been to instanbul before, but i sure know i’ll be back. such a wonderful place, so much to discover.

we had only hours, in reality you need days weeks years!

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pamukkale

recently on a trip to turkey, we were lucky enough to be literally just down the road from a simply amazing place called pamukkale.

pamukkale translates as “cotton castle” a name given for the cotton looking travertines that are formed from the calcium oxide-rich thermal waters that flow from the cal mountain. pamukkale is one of the most important thermal centers of turkey, and it is truly truly incredible.

in ancient times religious buildings were often built nearby water sources, including baths, fountains and churches too. pamukkale is no different with the ruins of the ancient greco-roman and byzantine city of hierapolis built on top of the “cotton castle”

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shoreditch street art – april 2015

the beginning of april didn’t start so well. nanny minnie had another fall. a bad one too. she broke her hip and her wrist. she is 94 next month, so the mere thought of a double operation was frightening, the reality pretty sickening. hanging around the hospital waiting to see if she got through the op was just too much, so i picked myself up and went for wander around shoreditch to give me a distraction, clear my thoughts and build my strength for when i returned. street art always seems to have a calming effect on me.

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kano – the HPMcQs learn to code

well that was fun!

today we finally got to open our box of orange computer goodness. we were sent it from the good people at kano and we’ve had it for a week or so, but we wanted to save it for the easter holidays when we could give it our total and undivided attention. now i’m not a particularly techy kinda girl, the fact that i manage to upload photos to this blog is pretty impressive for me to be fair.

i don’t understand computer talk, it totally baffles me. tell me how to do stuff in simple terms, great, i’m good to go, start telling me about processors, storage and solid state drives then you have lost me. yes that does mean you Mr HPMcQ.

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