Ten Hours of Utter Pain

Col De La Madelaine

Switchback on the Col De La Madelaine

I’ve been through emotional turmoil in my life, but the things going through my mind on the final climb of this years √Čtape up to La Toussuire are not things I’ve commonly encountered before, my brain was in utter meltdown. In truth I don’t know how I found the mental strength to get up that last climb, I think I knew it was the quickest way to get it over and done with, although certainly the most difficult.
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Cy Twombly RIP

Rose Painting

Cy Twombly Rose

Very saddened to read about the death of the artist Cy Twombly, a painter whose work I really admire.

His death comes just as a show including his work, Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters, opens at the The Dulwich Picture Gallery which is local to me.

Really looking forward to seeing this show, I’ve seen some amazing examples of his work in galleries all over the place in recent years, there were some great ones from a series called Bacchus at Tate Modern last time I was there.

The Future of Flying

Airbus concept plane

Exterior of a concept cabin

Lets face it, travelling by plane a largely rubbish, something to suffer entirely because of what the journey brings. Although I’ve been fortunate enough to travel on those seats that turn into beds in business class courtesy of an upgrade the overwhelming experience of flying is shit, especially if you have to use Gatwick or Heathrow airports which I do frequently.
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Gil Scott-Heron RIP

Gil Scott-Heron performing

Gil Scott-Heron

I was really sad to read about the death of Gil Scott-Heron at the weekend, a true great and pioneer in music and, in my opinion, an absolute legend. It’s just over a year ago that I was excitedly blogging about the release of his last album, I’m New Here. Unfortunately it’ll be his last but he leaves behind a large and brilliant catalogue of music.
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Browser Wars

Firefox 4 - Internet Explorer 9 browsers have both been released recently

Firefox 4 versus IE9

The latest versions of the Mozilla and Microsoft browsers, Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 respectively, have both been released within the last couple of weeks and it appears that the latest incarnation of Firefox has been downloaded significantly more than IE in the first 24 hours of release. Around 7.1 million downloads for Firefox with 2.35 million downloads of the Microsoft browser.
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Rio Carnival

King Kong float at the Rio Carniaval

King Kong makes an appearance at the Rio Carnival

Just viewed an image gallery of this years Carnival in Rio de Janeiro on the BBC website, some extraordinary images and this one in particular sticks out.

The closest I’ve come to a ‘carnival’ of this kind is the Notting Hill Carnival which seems to put way less emphasis on the floats and much more emphasis on out and out hedonism.
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