nour tour bus

One of the pleasures of the autumn months is the Nour Festival of Arts, now in its fourth year.  The best of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture is divulged throughout the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.  As well as exhibitions, films, talks, workshops, performances, literature, music and poetry, there is also a Souk and a Tour Bus.

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sebastião salgado in london

The familiar walls and arches of Paddington Station merge with Sebastião Salgado’s photograph of the Nenets of Northern Siberia, in a poster advertising the Brazilian photographer’s epic exhibition, Genesis, shown at the Natural History Museum earlier this year.

Os Nenets de Siberia, numa foto de Sebastião Salgado, refletindo os muros da Estação de Paddington.  A grande exposição, Genesis, estava no Natural History Museum.

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off the map

Pudding Lane Productions won first prize in Crytek’s Off the Map challenge with their 3D video game based on 400 year old maps of the City of London from the British Library map collection.

Voe por Londres no video game 3D criado por Pudding Lane Productions usando mapas do século 17 achados no acervo de mapas da British Library. Eu quero!

the gunpowder plotters


The Gunpowder PlottersA Contemporary engraving of eight of the thirteen conspirators, by Crispijn van de Passe the Elder. Missing are Digby, Keyes, Rookwood, Grant, and Tresham.

The Gunpowder Plot was a failed assassination attempt against King James VI of Scotland and I of England by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. Their aim was to blow up the House of Lords on 5 November 1605, while the king and the entire Protestant aristocracy and nobility were inside. The conspirator who became most closely associated with the plot in the popular imagination was Guy Fawkes, who had been assigned the task of lighting the fuse to the explosives.

Since then, effigies of unpopular figures have been burned on bonfires on 5 November. Children used to make ‘guys’ out of old rags stuffed with paper, ready for burning. They would parade their guys through the streets, asking passersby for “a penny for the guy”. The paper masks the children used to wear were an earlier version of the stylised Guy Fawkes mask, designed by illustrator David Lloyd, that has now been adopted as a symbol for anti-establishment protests around the world.

5 de novembro – o nosso “dia de são joão”; com fogueiras, fogos de artifício e quentão.