Manchester

Yesterday we went to Manchester. After the meetings we went for a stroll in the city center.

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Manchester’s China town, full of Chinese restaurants, guarded by a gate. In Liverpool there is a similar one.

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Albert square, in front of the city council.

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Brazennose Street

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Lincoln Square

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This is John Rylands Library.

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In the center there was a big screen and people were watching the football match between Germany and Italy.

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This will become the football museum.

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West Kirby Beach

Yesterday we had a great day at West Kirby Beach and Marine lake. We saw Hilbre Islands, they look beautiful.

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You can click on the panorama to see it bigger.

The Hilbre Islands are situated at the mouth of the Dee Estuary and they are important as a stopping-off point for the twice-yearly migration of birds along the west coast of Britain.

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West Kirby, from the path between the Marine lake and River Dee.

The Marine lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the UK. It was build in 1899 and reconstructed in 1985. It is home to Wirral Sailing Centre.

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It was a strange feeling to walk between a lake and a river on a small path. But I can’t wait to do it again.

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Obviously I got an ice cream, with forest fruit topping and flake.

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I loved it! It was a great day out with a lovely sun and a great landscape. I hope we’ll have many beautiful days, so we can go there again. There are 200 place of free parking, but if it’s crowded you can go in the pay & display parking lot.

Tate

Hubby had a meeting near Albert Dock, so I took advantage to visit Tate. I took some pictures, but the quality is not very good because I wasn’t allowed to use the flash.

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Africa…

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Sawdy, 1971 by Edward Kienholz

The exhibit presents a violent scene of racism, viewed through a car window. In the photography the black man is castrated by the group of white men. By using this frame, Kienholz implicates us in the scene. Is like we are watching the events from one of the pickup trucks.

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A larger view of the picture. Very interesting piece.

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Knock Knock, 2005 by Eva Rothschild

A lovely construction that evokes native American arts.

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The triangle door. I really love this door, is so creative.

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You can see Mersey and the docks thru the door.

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Michelangelo’s ‘David’?, 1987 by Eduardo Paolozzi

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Torsion, 1928-36 by Naum Gabo

Gabo created a sense of defined space with no delimitation by using transparent materials. The piece was conceived in 1928 but was constructed in 1936.

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A small view of Birkenhead from Tate’s windows.

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Roughly 92% Angel but about 8% Devil, 1982 by Edward Ruscha

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Sleeping Girl, 1943 by Balthus

His son described his father’s paintings of adolescent girls as “untouchable archetypes of purity”. In this painting the woman appears to be asleep, but in the same time, aware of her sexuality.

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Self-Portrait as a Businessman, 2002 by Pawel Althamer

On the night before the exhibition in 2002 in Berlin, Althamer appeared in this businessman’s outfit in the city center. He undressed and then walked away naked, representing the corporate role that he played but was able to dissociate from.

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VB47.364.DR, 2001 by Vanessa Beecroft

The performance that lead to this piece took place at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. The models wear woven masks designed by Philip Treacy. This masks transformed the models into living sculptures.

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Philip Treacy’s Hat Blocks

A hat block or hat mould is a wooden block carved into the shape of the hat. All this blocks are made by Renzo Re (La Forme). He transformed the 3D designs made by Philip Treacy using wood and cotton into wooden forms. Every hat produced by Philip undergoes this process.

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I love this exhibit. The hats are very interesting and next time we’ll have a meeting in Manchester we have to visit the Hat Museum.

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Woman in Feather Hat, 1991, hat by Philip Treacy

Kites in New Brighton

This weekend New Brighton hosted an interesting event: Kites Over The Mersey. It was lovely to see the kites and other lovely things, like the Lighthouse and Fort Perch Rock.

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In a pool there were remote controlled boats. They look very nice, realistic.

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On the way to the fort.

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You can see the Lighthouse in the background.

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Today was a Vintage Fair, so we couldn’t see the Fort properly, but we will visit it again soon.

Diamond Jubilee

We aren’t Brits, anyway, not yet. But we celebrate today the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with an Union Jack cake and some sparkling wine.

Hubby was very happy with his favorite kind of cake: fruits and whipped cream.

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Long live the Queen!

Olympic torch

On Friday, 1st June, the Olympic Torch arrived in Liverpool. We waited for the torch on Edge Lane and ran along with the crowds, like usual :)

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This 3 old ladies were running as well, they were so nice, full of energy.

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We went to the event organized by the City Council. When we got the tickets 2 weeks ago, we hoped it will be nice, but I must admit we were disappointed. Anyway, we got a picture with the Olympic Torch, so at the end of the day it was ok.

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