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We are so sorry that we have been so lame in posting anything on here in such a long time that it seems like I have not been on here, in like, forever. So what have we been doing? One of us has got a traineeship in Italy whoop and will be moving there soon so thats exciting whilst I am creating new art and freelancing. So all in all very busy, speaking of art check out the new work below, let me know what you think? Its called Borghese Speculation, pencil on paper, 2012, and its part one of a triptich exploring the boundries between individualism and collectivism, Self and other. Furthermore it investigates recent social events within the media, i.e Murdoch’s Hacking scandal which brought up a quite nasty side to todays new’s industry. Below that is some music, Enjoy

 
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Borghese Speculation, Pencil on Paper, Paul Harrison, 2012
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Dancehall Hobby – Mr. Williamz by MAFFI

The God Particle other wise known as the Higgs Boson after physicist Peter Higgs the guy who coined the term for the particle that supposedly completes the standard model of particle physics. The Standard Model explains that the universe is comprised entirely of matter (Fermions) and force (Bosons) its brilliance is derived from being able to explain nearly all experimental physics. And until very recently there has been a gap in the model of an atom and that is what creates mass otherwise known as the Higgs Boson. I find that the discovery of its existence could account for all the unexplained mass in the world as utterly mind melting it will be interesting to see what effect this has on religion society and art.

So whats next for the world of particle physics well one answer is Supersymmetry, Supersymmetry  says that for every particle we know about – things like electrons, quarks, and neutrinos – there is a corresponding superpartner of higher mass. I don’t know about you but we are living in a really exciting time, boundaries are literally being passed into unknown areas and questions the year 2012 is making me want to know more. . . .

“Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man’s struggle for good and evil seems inadequate.”

-Richard P. Feynman

 

My first post of the new year! Looking at recaps of everything that happened in 2011 makes you realise just how much happened, which is reassuring as it all felt rather slow-paced to me. Let’s see, there was:

– The Arab spring: a fruit vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire and sparked revolutions in the Arab world against autocratic, corrupt governments 

 

 

– One of the world’s greatest inventors and entrepreneurs died at a young age of cancer

 

 

– An earthquake in Japan had far-reaching consequences

 

 

– Athens inadvertently takes centre stage in discussions around the future of the euro (see the EU altogether)

 

– University tuition fees in the UK are as much as tripled and a Youtube song about the Lib Dem liars is released 

 

– A moose got stuck in a tree after eating too many fermenting apples 

 

My own new year’s resolutions include:

– limiting my cooking with meat to once a week – a decision taken based on my personal reflection on the world’s growing food policy issues. Also realising that cow flatulence is even worse than CO2 to our atmosphere, and producing meat is more resource-intensive than vegetables

– getting a meaningful job (working on that one! A painstaking process)

– staying in touch with people

– throwing out clothes that I haven’t worn in the last year.

York york york, we are going to walk amongst your old buildings and cobbled streets tomorrow both the Romans and Vikings have long since left leaving behind a city full of character. It has remained the centre of the region known as Yorkshire primarily because of its association with Christianity. However its small population and highly rated university maintain a sense of beauty and longevity that is likely to remain. On a tangent we recently saw Transformers 3: Dark side of the Moon and although the storyline is somewhat predictable, the special effects continue to amaze and inspire. You can really see and sense the quality of these animations and computer generated imagery every time a machine transforms you find your self concentrated on the mass of moving metal. ImageImage

Its truly awe inspiring when you have one of those moments when you take a step back and are reminded just how much has been achieved by humanity. The louvre in Paris houses some of the greatest objects ever created by human hand, you look at some of these paintings and they are bubbles of information whole worlds are contained on their cracked surfaces. The works of Da Vinci, Raphael, Carravaggio, David, and Delacroix are all marvels as they support a representation of a moment in history. Its almost like revisiting the past you can look at the faces, the expressions and envisage a world far removed from a modern existence. Another thing i saw recently at the Musee De pinacothèque is an exhibition of watercolour’s by an artist called Hugo Pratt, who is responsible for one of the most famous comics or hero ever created. Corto Maltese is one hell of a hero based upon sound facts found in the real world no superpowers, more magic. One could say that the fluidity and expressiveness of his paintings where bewitching and inspirational and is something I plan to return to when I get back to England.

Another thing that I found stupendously uplifting is the story of Takeshi Kanno a Japanese doctor. On March 11 2011 the 33 year old doctor was on duty at the Shizugawa public hospital in the japanese town of Minami Sanriku when he heard the the tsunami alert. He moved dozens of patients to the highest floor saving their lives and refused to leave until the last of those under his care where evacuated. It had been three days since the earthquake and he finally made it back to his wife, just before she gave birth. The second child was named Rei which evokes two meanings, the first in English means ‘a beam of light’. Secondly in Chinese and Japanese ‘the wisdom to overcome hardship’ (taken from the Time article by Krista Mahr, May 2 2011).  I cant think of a story that epitomizes kindness, strength, and altruism in such a powerful way we should all be grateful to people who lead by example. Another message supporting kindness and compassion over desire and greed is that of the new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Starring Andy Serkis as CGI chimp Caesar who becomes super intelligent and brakes free from the shackles imposed upon him from humankind worth a watch.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha. “

With sunset Dub by Quarta 330 digitizing my eardrum i want to draw some chimpanzee’s in the Arctic, and a stubby. I love little stubby beers guaranteed value for money, easy to recycle they deserve a portrait, I feel very light headed, literally just cut my dreadlocks off. It feels good having the first haircut in five years I was struggling with the heat I had to do it, I love dreadlocks however the time was right and I fancy a change. Speaking of change what the hell is David Cameron doing attempting to appoint an American super cop as head commissioner of the Metropolitan police. I can accept advisory role but seriously I am happy that the job will go to someone born in the UK. As the problems we face in England with rioting go way way deeper than just gang and poverty related. We need someone who is going to look and observe how best to regain inner city community support for the police. I am all to weary that Cameron and his cronies will use the recent turmoil in the media and the rioting as excuses to gain more control over the public and population. Its scary because governments are becoming way more militarized and I can see bad things happening to good people becoming caught in the cross fire of harsh leadership, and a inherent lack of a stable future. For a young generation who are becoming, and are young adults what happens if we allow the only thing worth fighting for, the National Health Service and the ideal of the welfare state. To be changed in to a ghostly, privatized, nightmare of its self? It is a scary possibility for an increasing population one that i hope does not become all to real upon the 7th September.

Below is a quote from an article that i wanted to read in the independant newspaper here is the link to the new article.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-a-triumph-of-the-spirit-2299748.html

An hour later, filming done, she sits beneath a huge screen print of her father, General Aung San, the man who led Burma to independence before being assassinated in 1947, when she was just two years old. She is encouraged to hear news of the popular uprisings in North Africa. “When I see people in the Arab countries doing the same kind of things that our young people did in 1988, showing the same kind of needs and the same kind of courage and determination to change their lives, then I feel that we are all one, and this warms my heart.”

It was in 1988 that she arrived back in Burma to visit her sick mother, leaving her British husband and two children in the UK. She never returned, realising she had to stand alongside the saffron-clad monks as they led thousands of ordinary people trying to overthrow the military. Three thousand protesters were killed and 10,000 imprisoned, and despite further popular uprisings, notably in 2007, the generals still retain their grip on power.

“We have to work for change all the time,” she says. “There may be times when we feel that what we have done has not really achieved great results, sometimes there may be regressions, but that doesn’t matter. The world is not a static place, it shouldn’t be static.

“We should be moving all the time, moving to bring about better change, instead of just sitting there and letting things happen the way other people who are not so desirous of good change wish them to happen.”

No one alive today is a more recognisable symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of obdurate tyranny, and her passion for non-violent revolution is the more remarkable given the suffering of the Burmese people and the imprisonment of so many pro-democracy leaders. But her luminous conviction that working for the common good is our best calling is undimmed by any passing doubts. She wishes younger people were more politically active, even if some consider it “rather boring”.

“I don’t think it’s boring to work for other people. I don’t think its boring to think about how you might improve the lives of other people. I don’t think altruism is boring. I don’t think faith in freedom is boring. I would like young people to understand that: that these things are not boring at all, that these are the things that make this world the kind of place where you can shape your own destiny.’