Lightleading-Light

The new January Squares challenge, hosted as ever by Becky, the Queen of Squares,  is all about ____light. That’s words ending in light. In this often dull month light of any kind is what we all need to lift our spirits as we wait impatiently for spring to begin. Click on the link to find out more.

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leading-light (noun) or range-lights are usually navigational lights in a harbour used by vessels to manoeuvre into harbour at night. Or it can refer to the pattern of lights at night on the mast of a vessel to indicate its size or in the case of a tug boat, the number of barges it is towing.

I have gone slightly off-piste here to use a (made-up) word lightleading-lights which in this instance are showing the way through this entrance/exit in the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

January Squares | Day Twenty-Six

The National Museum of Australia

The National Museum in Canberra preserves and interprets Australia’s social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation.

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As designed by architect Howard Raggatt (design architect and design director for the project), the museum building is based on a theme of knotted ropes, symbolically bringing together the stories of Australians. The architects stated:

“We liked to think that the story of Australia was not one, but many tangled together. Not an authorized version but a puzzling confluence; not merely the resolution of difference but its wholehearted embrace.”

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The building is meant to be the centre of a knot, with trailing ropes or strips extending from the building. [source of information from Wikipedia]

The design is not everybody’s ‘cup of tea’, but I love it! And on a rainy day it is the perfect place to spend a few hours inside where there is a rather good café with a view of Lake Burley Griffin from the terrace.

Travel Theme: Close-Up

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” is looking at things in detail this week. Getting CLOSE-UP. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

On a visit this week to the British Museum I was thrilled to get close up to some very interesting objects.

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Hieroglyphics from the Egyptian Rooms and Enlightenment Gallery. Excessive Zimbabwean currency notes from the Money Room, an Anglo-Saxon helmet from Early Medieval Europe, a beautiful ceramic bowl from Algeria and colourful painted decoration which was once painted above the column capitals of the Parthenon.

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(Above) Man’s Cloth – recycled foil bottle-neck wrappers, copper wire by El Anatsui, Ghana, 1988 – 2001 (A traditional narrow-strip woven silk kente cloth of Ghana)

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(Above) A close-up of a gold cape from Mold, Wales made from a single sheet of gold (c 1900 – 1600 BC)

I can’t believe that it has taken me until now to visit this astonishing museum and can’t wait to return to London and continue exploring the range of cultures, periods and objects it contains.

K for Kafka

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This exhibition on the life and work of Prague’s most famous literary son, entitled ‘City of K’, is the third in a series of exhibitions about world writers and their cities.  It explores the intimate relationship between the writer and the city that shaped him through the media of documents, photography and video.

Read more: Lonely Planet

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 The fountain in the courtyard of the Franz Kafka Museum  in the Lesser Quarter, is created by artist David Černý.  Two urinating men stand opposite one another above a lake in the shape of the Czech Republic. An electronic device turns their hips and raises their penises in a way that the flow of water traces the letters of several quotes on the water’s surface. But since Kafka wrote in German I’m afraid that aspect of the fountain passed me by.

I find it very amusing, but I’m sure some people are extremely shocked when they suddenly find themselves face to face with this – what do you think?