This picture is of the Löwenbräu tent at night at Oktoberfest.
My work colleagues briefly discussed going to Oktoberfest next year as one of my work colleague went this year.
Our group of buddies are technically alcoholics anyway, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we all end up going - especially for beers and to see a bit of Germany.
Oktoberfest is an annual German Beer Festival held near Munich in Germany. It lasts between 16 - 18 days and is held in late September to early October.
Maybe next year, eh?!
If you want to find out more about Oktoberfest - here’s the link
And if Munich looks like that at night. That’s quite stunning…
*Photo taken by Softeis via Wikipedia
I spent nearly 3 years of my life near and around this building. Some of my friends worked there, and I was in Docklands twice a week. It’s such a beautiful if not captivating building which takes a special place within London’s current skyline.
You know you can see it, the sun sets and rises behind or near it and seeing mornings and evenings like that near the docks is absolutely stunning.
I miss Docklands and this iconic building as I used to see it every morning on the way to work. My eyes were always drawn to it and I always knew where it was on a dark night down to the flashing light situated at its highest point.
To find out more about Canary Wharf here’s wikipedia - Canary Wharf
*Photo courtesy of Dave Pape ‘Canary Wharf at night from Shadwell’ via Wikipedia
Who said a shameless amount of advertising couldn’t go a long way?! You’d be so wrong when watching this movie.
Morgan Spurlock who brought you ‘Super Size Me’ (the film in which he eats McDonalds 3 times a day, every day for a month) now brings you ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’
The docu-movie follows Morgan Spurlock as he attempts to pitch a film idea to various companies about a movie that essentially gets funded by the companies that agree to sponsor it. Some ‘big boy’ names are dropped in while some medium to small companies contribute too. Most if not all the major companies turn down the opportunity and some of the small town corps refuse too.
The movie is undoubtedly the most shameless piece of advertising ever - its light shines positively as it follows the process of how big bucks movies and films get brands into their film. Examples used include Iron Man and Mission Impossible - with undoubtedly brand upon brand of advertisement possible. Iron Man had approximately 14 brands featured in the whole movie. There’s an interesting fact for you.
To be honest, I thought it was going to be ridiculously boring initially ‘cos I wanted to see ‘One Day’ instead - but ended up seeing this film. And I was impressed - especially on an Orange Wednesday (2 for 1 Cinema tickets - for Non UK bloggers) - so at £6 not bad really.
I had realised that the process in putting brands into movies was lengthy and ludicrously difficult, but the contracts, by-laws, the 4.1.2.b’s of the small print and the option of trying not to ‘sell out’ was overwhelming. If you’re a fan of Morgan Spurlock see this film - it is pretty cool and somewhat thought-provoking - especially in Brazil where they banned public advertising altogether. I know, crazy - but you’ll see why and how companies still keep their credentials intact.
It’s a good film and if you’re a fan of a good dollop of brand dropping as well as the odd celebrity (including Donald Trump, Quentin Tarantino and Outkast’s Big Boi) then this movie is for you.
As part of 1 of 300 exhibits taking part in the London Design Festival 2011, Beyond the Valley took one dimension of the media and design and turned it – interactive.
Part of their exhibit at the LDF situated at the Victoria and Albert Museum consisted of their interactive app – used for the IPad and for the IPhone – Granimator. This app gives users the opportunity to create wallpapers which can be downloaded from a gallery. They create a wallpaper or image using a design pack (there were various – consisting of animals, birds, scenery and wildlife) and these elements can be turned, rotated, made bigger or edited in some way so that you can move them around the page to create an picture. It is like a mediocre version of MS Paint – but with additional elements.
The app and the use of fun interactivity is done in its simplest form so that it is easy to use and can be grasped easily. The techniques used are not advanced – anyone can use it -the only thing that holds you back is imagination!
You can download the app for the IPhone and/or IPad from the app store and to look at the various designs visitors posted on the Beyond The Valley website gallery then check out the website > http://beyondthevalley.granimator.com/
And for the general Granimator site to have a look at the other packs that maybe included in the app download and different designs app users, visitors or others have done – click on this link > http://www.granimator.com/
The Shard at London Bridge is one of London’s biggest ‘eyesores’ amongst it’s ever continuing skyline. The other one is a random block of modernised flats in Elephant & Castle, South East London.
The Shard has been in development for some years now and it has come a long way from what it used to be. The building is covered by thousands of glass window representing the tall pyramid it is today. To accommodate the building they’ve renovated London Bridge Rail Station which at one point had no roof and half of the shops had disappeared off the face of the Earth.
The modernisation of the station now looks so different and it anything spacious. It’s accommodating to new trains and more trains and can handle the amount of people that travel through it everyday.
It’s something I am getting used to. When the Shard is complete and the rest of the station is completed – it will be less of an eyesore to look at – but will be more of a spectacular piece of architecture that the London skyline will be perfect for.
Until then – the skyline is just going to have to stay as it is. It’s still as beautiful whatever the weather.