Urbex in Berlin

Wild Places

Urbex is the acronym for urban exploration and means the photography of urban decay in lost and wild places like abandoned ruins. Often these buildings are entered illegally. But for some of these places it is possible to get a permission for exploration and photography either by booking an organized tour or by direct contact to the owner. I visited three urbex places near Berlin using the following tour operator: go2know.de.

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False Freedom and Free Will

PERSONOCRATIC SEEDS

L uckily, I live in Canada, a free country. Canadian citizens are guaranteed rights and privileges that the inhabitants of many other countries envy. Yet, with worsening working conditions, increasing taxation, crumbling public services, lowering food quality, and an ever-increasing national debt, my old rose-colored glasses cannot hide the truth anymore. Despite the six million laws regulating Canadians, I have never had fewer rights, and my privileges have never been that expensive to hold on to. Is life in Canada that perfect? Am I as free as I am told?

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FALSE FREEDOM

Napoleon talked about freedom in the following way:

Stupid people, cowardly people, since the continuation of oppression does not give you the necessary energy, since you content yourselves with useless complaints when you could be roaring, since you are millions and you let a dozen children armed with little sticks control you as they wish…

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History Channel Vikings Collectible Cards 1-14

Love this show!

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About Vikings Television Program on the History Channel on Sunday 8/9c.:“The HISTORY® original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.

But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a…

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A Mad Exuberance

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With the romantic pressure of Valentine’s Day well behind us

(but hopefully still a few chocolates left) we can move on to something truly important;

 FASHION!!

Between trying to keep up with the Winter Olympics, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘House of Cards’ (husband; finished, me; Fail) and, lest we forget, plain old RealLife, staying on top of all the shows during NY & London Fashion Week this season required a supremely valiant effort.

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

You strap on that (hand painted) helmet and forge ahead.

There were oh SO many heart-stopping collections but one of my favourites took place just a couple of days ago at “Burberry Prorsum”.

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Christopher Bailey knocked it out of the park for me with his “Bloomsbury Girls” Fall 2014 collection.

A couple of months ago I was asked to weigh in on what trends I…

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body of work

Beautiful homes

finding home

Each house we design and draw is a work of art, handcrafted in its detail. We often refer to the houses we design as bespoke, like a custom tailored outfit: a dress or a suit. Just as every house needs a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen, every suit has sleeves, buttons and collar. Each bespoke suit is made to fit the wearer and every house we do is crafted for each of our clients.

We often find ourselves taking the analogy further. Each house can be discussed in anthropomorphic terms – relating it to the human body or figure and even how we dress our bodies.

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When you are out on a porch, enjoying the view, the porch roof should sit down low, like the brim of a baseball cap over your eyes. Perfect for a sunset and a cool drink.

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An animated thatch roof sits on top of a…

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A Hat, an App and The Fab Four…

Slim Paley

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It’s Friday and

I’m in love…

with a new App that I must share, in case you haven’t discovered it yet.

 It takes your photos, like the one above

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and does this.

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and this. In like 10 seconds.

It’s called

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 Here’s the link;  WATERLOGUE

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The Amanwella hotel, Sri Lanka

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The watercolour I did not paint when I was there.

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A very blurry and rushed iPhone photo

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just became a little more interesting.

Here’s Waterlogue’s story;

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Original iPhone photo

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makes its way onto ‘Instagram’

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and then ‘Waterlogued’

I’ll admit it’s a bit of a cheat, and certainly doesn’t come close to a real hand-done watercolour (except, ya it does!) but it’s so much fun!

Perhaps it might even inspire one to really paint.

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Our kitchen counter

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becomes a sweet little vignette

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A bedroom at the beach house (photo via House Beautiful)
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Ta-fricking-da!

There are plenty of options to play with; depth…

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