Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

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For Music Monday this week I present a track that moved us from Punk to New Wave (originally labelled post-punk).

Love Will Tear Us Apart (click on title for YouTube video) is a song by English band Joy Division. It was written in August 1979, and first performed in November 1979 when the band were backing the Buzzcocks. Fans, like myself, could relate to sensitive lyrics by Ian Curtis, which reflected the problems in his marriage, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his tragic suicide in May 1980.

We were shocked. Following new wave sounds remained very dark – everyone seemed to wear black in the early 80s. Ian’s wife Deborah Curtis had the phrase: “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian’s memorial stone. His stone was stolen and had to be replaced later.

When routine bites hard
And ambitions are low
And resentment rides high
But emotions won’t grow
And we’re changing our ways, taking different roads

Then love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Why is the bedroom so cold?
You’ve turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect runs so dry
Yet there’s still this appeal
That we’ve kept through our lives

But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

You cry out in your sleep
All my failings exposed
And there’s a taste in my mouth
As desperation takes hold
Just that something so good just can’t function no more

But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again

Power Games Mash-up

Tony Blair

House of Cards

In the House of Cards

The road to power is paved with hypocracy and casualties

God deals us different hands

But power without compassion

is the worst kind of evil there is

You may think that…

But I couldn’t possibly comment

 

Michael gove

Macbeth

All Hail! Thane of Cawdor

Fair is foul and foul is fair

Look like the innocent flower,

But be the serpent under it.

Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane

Confusion now has made his masterpiece

Is this a dagger which I see before me?

 

Nigel_Farage

Game of Thrones

Nothing burns like the cold

When you play the game of thrones

you win or lose

There is no middle ground

The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever

than the men who laugh at them

Winter is coming

You Know Nothin' Jon Snow

You know nothing Jon Snow

July 5th 2016 – Southampton Old Lady

 

 

Yan Pei-Ming at CAC Malaga

Last year I visited the CAC Málaga, a contemporary arts centre in the city of Málaga, in southern Spain, not far from the Málaga Centro subway station. I love Málaga for art galleries, from the Museo de Picasso to the new Pompidou Centre. This vibrant city has something for every type of art lover.

In homage to Picasso's self-portrait, Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Goya's The Third of May 1808 - Three large canvases by Yan Pei-Ming at CAC.
In homage to: Picasso’s self-portrait, Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Goya’s The Third of May 1808 – Three large canvases by Yan Pei-Ming at CAC.

 

The main exhibition was “No Comment” from Yan Pei-Ming.  He is a Chinese painter, born in 1960 in Shanghai, China. Since 1982 he has lived in Dijon, France. He paints epic-sized portraits, the most famous one being of Mao Tse Tung. His large mono-painted canvasses in No Comment had a theme of symbolic paintings by Spanish artists. But as the title suggests there were no word or titles to accompany them. One is left to form their own opinions. Here is a further selection of his work that I took snaps of, with my observations:

In homage to Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X. The portrait was also a muse for Picasso and Françis Bacon.
In homage to Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X. The portrait was also an obsession for Picasso and the English painter Françis Bacon.
Homage to Picasso as a young man, by Yan Pei-Ming
Homage to Picasso as a young man, by Yan Pei-Ming
Pei-Ming's mono-painted take on a section of The Third of May, 1808
Pei-Ming’s mono-painted take on a section of The Third of May, 1808, by Goya.

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CAC Malaga, a Contemporary Arts Centre near Malaga Centro subway in Spain, 2015 © Southampton Old Lady
CAC Malaga, a Contemporary Arts Centre near Malaga Centro subway in Spain, 2015 © Southampton Old Lady

 

For current exhibitions visit cacmalaga.eu

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

Architect Charles Barry's country house Highclere - better known now as "Downton Abbey"
Architect Charles Barry’s country house Highclere (view of back)  – more famous as the “Downton Abbey” filming location.

Highclere Castle was designed by Charles Barry (1795 – 1860) who, in the same style,  remodelled The Houses of Parliament in London.

Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style, in a park designed by Capability Brown.  Located near the village of Highclere, in Hampshire, England, UK – It was the seat of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon.

Carnarvon, along with Carter, famously discovered the Tomb of the Pharaoh, Tutankhamun.  The Castle itself houses one of the most important collections of Egyptology in Britain, outside the British Museum.  It is open for public viewing during the Summer.  However Highclere has become more of a tourist attraction in the last few years because it was the main filming location for the period drama Downton Abby.   Before that it was the film set for the British comedy series Jeeves and Wooster with acting duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Click on the photo for a close up look of the ornate frills.  Or click here to see more challenges or enter one yourself:  weekly photo challengeOrnate by The Daily Post

 

TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now

TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now was an Element Arts exhibition during Southampton’s SO: To Speak word festival. It took place for two weeks inside some shipping containers located in the port city’s main ‘O2 Square’.

The exhibition transports you 500 years into the future, to the year 2515, and looks back at every day objects as relics from now.

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TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now exhibition was devised and carried out by these two artists from Element Arts, Southampton.
TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now exhibition was devised, collected, written and executed by these two artists from Element Arts, in Southampton.

 

 

Cameron’s Legacy – Reformed Pork

“Once, just once, I f***** a pig …”

REFORMED PORK - resampled photo by Southampton Old Lady. Original photo by David Hartley/REX
REFORMED PORK
– resampled photo by Southampton Old Lady.
Original photo by David Hartley/REX

Sadly for Cameron, in his legacy, he will not be remembered as

“The Great Reformer” in quite the way he had hoped.

FYI:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3242550/Cameron

http://theleveller.org/2015/09/british-really-laughing/

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