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My third weekend

Life is only as beautiful to the eyes that see through the blindfold of emotional burden.

This is going to be a great weekend. Due to the coincidence of the Bank Holiday, I'm getting a free public holiday on monday = longer weekend. Friday evening's started with a film, the RUSSIAN ARK. It's a brilliant film, a single 96 minute long take, with no edits! It was entirely filmed at the Russian Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. It was a little overlaced with Russian history, but it definitely does offer some respite from X2 and Matrix and all those mainstreamers. And the ending was poetic. Very poetic.

Then came pubbing (under influence from Buzzcut) and beer-guzzling. How does 4 bottles sound? Not too drunk but light headed to smile at every tom, dick, harry and linda on the streets. And then we had to go to a retro club. Everyone was dancing to music of the 70s and 80s! Eek! But it was an experience; kinda reminded me of that time while I was in Taipei and the clubs dedicated a whole hour to folk dancing. That was certainly amusing!

I was sober enough to walk back, and we talked about life and love and the same ol' philo-stuff and ended with half a piece of banana walnut.

Today's gym (!) then Saatchi's Gallery.

I've been dying to see the gallery after reading it from Frommers. Instead of the usual masters, it's a collection of deeply thought-provoking art in its best form. Maybe not too deep, but thought-provoking nonetheless. Fancy seeing a cow cut up into 10 slices and then each piece in encased in formaldehyde?

Damien Hirst
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
1991 tiger shark, glass, steel, 5% formaldehyde 213 x 518 x 213 cm

I need not say more.

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Its so beautiful .......

Make me so wanna go to Uk :).... I badly need that kind of fantasised distraction....

Why is there a Ferris Wheel beside the museum? It just struck me as odd. A playground beside a museum?

It's the London Eye.

More details?

It would be the largest observation wheel ever built and the only cantilevered structure of its kind in the world. It would also be the largest structure ever hoisted into a vertical position in one operation. Over 1,700 people in five countries would be involved in building it. The population of an entire alpine village would test the embarkation procedures. Almost every component and construction technique would have to be invented from scratch. Glass for the capsules would have to be double-curved and laminated. And transportation of the components would take on a scale reminiscent of pyramid building: delivery would have to be timed to co-ordinate with tides in the River Thames, so that large parts could be safely negotiated under London's bridges. Clearance under Southwark Bridge would be as little as 40 centimetres. One of the world's tallest floating cranes would be needed to lift the massive quarter sections of the rim onto eight temporary platforms floating on the river. Each of the 32 passenger capsules would have to be designed to be just within the maximum width allowed on the French roads over which they would make their way to the English Channel and up the Thames. And it would all happen in just 16 months....

Today, the British Airways London Eye has become, quite literally, the way the world sees London. It is one of the most spectacular and popular attractions in the world, drawing visitors from far and wide. Its success is unquestionable, as is its popularity with tourists and Londoners alike. Yet it was conceived, designed and built against considerable odds. Of all the remarkable facts about the London Eye, perhaps the most astonishing is that it was ever built at all.


32 pax capsule~ *whistle

thanks for the info. informative, and a place which I will definitely visit in london. :)

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