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Pastures New…

I have decided that I really like this blogging malarky and as my old website is up for its costly renewal in a few weeks I thought I would make the step over to a self hosted wordpress.org blog.

I have done a little work on WordPress.org sites in the past for some clients and like the additional flexibilty that it gives over the wordpress.com sites and am really happy with how my site is looking at the minute although there is a lot more to get done!

It has enabled me to separate out the Project 365 Blog posts from the other blog posts too which is a bit of a godsend as I was running out of idea how to streamline this page and I really did not want to have a 3rd and possibly forth web based reository to update on a regular basis

I guess that the only thing to say is that if you have been kind enough to follow me here and comment on things then please pay a visit to my NEW WEBSITE, unfortunatly self hosted blogs are npot as “connected” as the wordpress.com blogs are but I have tried to add as much functionality as my ability allows so you can leave comments with everything from your wordpress.com ID through to the usual suspects of twitter and facebook as well as open ID whcih means you can comment from your blogger account.

Thanks Folks

Brian

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Another year in paradise!

2011 was a fantastic year for us, it seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye and it is hard to believe that we have been in our rural paradise for over 3 1/2 years!

January


Rainbow in the back garden

January is the month when Winter really hits home for us we have generally spent 3 months relaxing and we are chomping at the bit to get stuck in out on the land. However as is normal, January 2011 was a cold and frozen month with the exception of a couple of days when I managed to take a picture of the complete rainbow above, we had no idea at the time but we had a fair whack of winter left ahead of us! However life was good, we still had a fair amount of food that we had grown in 2010 left in storage (despite the poor harvest due to terrible weather) and we had plenty of planning to dig through for the coming year ahead, I cracked upon the idea of selling some of my photographs through Stock agencies and we also made contact with a couple of clients that wanted some other freelance work doing which helped keep us from twiddling our thumbs!

February


Snowdrops

Usually by February signs of Spring are starting to show and the first of those are the snowdrops that we have in front of our window, the first of which in 2011 started to poke through the snow back at the end of January. But that snow never seemed to disappear and whilst this winter was not as cold as some we had experienced over here it still dropped to -20°C on several occasions, the length of Winter was a bit of a shock to us, we had almost 5 months with daytime temperatures below freezing point. Ordinarily we would be out planting our first crops in our poly-tunnel by the middle of February, this year we had to wait another 3 or 4 weeks which certainly affected some of our crops.

March


Cherry Blossom

Finally by the middle of March things had started to improve and it was almost like someone had flicked a switch and it went from mid winter to mid spring in a single week, our fruit trees in the garden changed from a collection of twigs to being full of blossom, it is a glorious time of year and the noise of humming wasps and bees after the pollen is nothing short of remarkable. March also marks the passing of another birthday for me which in it’s turn means that it is time to break out the rotovator and clean up the lawn mower and really roll up our sleeves and return to the world of work, Mother Nature has become a tough old Mistress to us and we have to work really hard from March right through till October to reap the rewards over winter. This march was no different to the others we have spent here so far, we go from slouching around doing nothing to back breaking manual labour day in and day out and there is no time to ramp up, everything all needs to get done and get done right away so that you are not working all hours in the day in the baking heat of summer!

April


St Georges Day in Rural Hungary

By the time we had got through to April we had planted out in all of the plots that we could, 2010 was a very wet year by Hungarian standards and the long and frozen winter had not really helped us out any so the bottom part of our land was still very much water logged. We still were, as you may very well expect, very busy indeed but there is a single day in April that we always set aside, the village we live in is home to some 400 folk and it’s name literally translates as New Saint George and it would be simply rude of two English folk not to attend a St Georges Day Celebration! Now I’m not really much of a patriot and I can think of just about as many reasons to be ashamed to be British as I can to be proud to be British but we ambled along to this little “festival” a few years ago when it was first held and it was tremendous so we make a point to make the “long” walk down to the “heart” of the village every year. It is an odd old experience, folk dancing in traditional dress, good hearty gulyas, mind numbingly dull tombolas, odd comical soliloquies that we do not understand but they seem to go down well with the locals… The list could go on, but it is just one of those days where you amble around scratching your head not quite sure what is happening other than a really great time!

May


Fresh Strawberry

May is the time when things got exciting in 2011, just 3 months before our plot was a barren waste land into which you sunk 15cm in your wellies, by May we were watering every single day and we were drowning under fruit and vegetables. The strawberry season may only be 10 weeks long but we harvested some 70kg of them in 2011, some went to make a cheeky strawberry wine alongside the more traditional jams and syrups, we even have some frozen up as they make a superb winter crumble with a little balsamic vinegar (sounds odd but it tastes amazing and is a fantastic treat in the depths of winter). It is difficult to know which way to turn at this time of year you can almost do two harvests per day on Strawberries and Peas and you have to be careful not to neglect the Elderflowers as having no Elderflower Champagne on a summers afternoon would be terrible… Cherries, don’t forget the cherries they are also in need of harvesting. Did I mention May was a busy old month 😀

June


Baby Chick

As the temperature rises then the work rate drops and by June this year we had a nice little schedule worked out, we were up early watering the land and getting work done and pretty much chilling in the afternoon preparing tomatoes for soups, pasatta or ketchup or some other type of vegetable that had ripened. June 2011 though was really rather special, we may have pretty much taken our shell of a house and built it into our house, taught ourselves to grow and rear our own food, brew our own alcohol and largely be able to communicate with the locals, in an albeit cack handed manner… But nothing compared to the pride we felt when our egg laying device (chickens) started sitting, we were interupting the poor old bird everyday checking on the eggs but when we went in and found our first chick words cannot describe how giddy we were with excitement. Those that have met me would attest to the fact that I am not the “giddy” kind and as for being “giddy” at the site of something sweet and cutsey they would almost certainly scoff! I have only one thing to say to that scoffing and that is guilty, you should have seen me when the chicken hatched a duck egg 😀

July


Raspberries

July 2011 saw our worst weather of this summer, although it was nothing compared to the dramatic storms of 2010, but it did coincide with a visit from a couple of friends from the UK who we hadn’t seen since we left the UK. Their journey was quite the eventful one, they had planned to come over on a motor bike but the plan was scuppered in France when the sump of the Goldwing was torn by an entrance to a car park at their first overnight stop, so their journey, after some fraught re-jigging continued in a Peugeot Bippo. It may very well have been fortunate in the end as their two week road trip around Europe saw them traveling through some pretty serious rainstorms that did not really stop for us until they had landed safely back in the UK after a pit stop at a wedding in Italy. For us it was a frantic 2 weeks work to get ahead before they arrived and a frantic 2 weeks work after their short stop to get back on top but it was fantastic to catch up with great friends although we really should learn to advise against ordering both a starter and a main course in a rural Hungarian restaurant!

August


Harvest Time

By the time we got to the middle of August we had already harvested in excess of 500kg of fruit and vegetables and the harvest was getting pretty intense, everywhere we looked something needed collecting and either preserving, cooking, drying or setting aside in a cool dark place. 2011 was sure to become the first year where we would be able to grow and harvest all the fruit and vegetables that we could eat and have plenty left aside to try and hand off to our unfortunate friends and neighbours. Our female duck was also firing out an egg a day so I spent several afternoons on pasta duty and when temperatures are in the upper 30’s it aint fun, it also lead me to the conclusion that I am never going to challenge an old Italian woman to an arm wrestle, boy does it take some work to make pasta properly!

September


Wine Grape Harvest Time

The temperatures began to cool a little by September this year, still above 30°C but only just and we just about managed to harvest our grapes and get them crushed before Julies Mum arrived for her second visit of the year, we did the same thing as we tend to do when we are expecting guests… Work all hours to try and get as far ahead as possible before they arrive and then do the same after they have gone so we can actually relax and chill out and enjoy ourselves. Since we got rid of our car in December 2010 we have been on public transport and I am impressed, we live in the middle of nowhere but we can do all we want to do by using our local buses and trains. We met Julies Mum in Budapest and spent the night in the City and I used it as an opportunity to head out at stupid o’clock in the morning to take some stock photographs before heading back home and relaxing for a week enjoying the local Thermal Spa’s and towns.

October


Debrecen Nagytemplom

And relax, unusually we got to October this year and we had all but finished, the plots were harvested and tilled and set away for 2012, in 2010 we were still working hard on the land right through until the middle of November. It would seem that we had largely cracked this whole “grow yer own” malarky, admittedly that “Harsh Mistress”, Mother Nature had been very kind to us this year but other than our pepper crop we got it nailed… Not bad for a couple that used to drive computers for a living and in the space of just 3 growing seasons too, the interweb is a wonderful place. It was great to spend the late Hungarian “Summer” relaxing and getting out and about to places like Debrecen with friends (above) which is something we only usually do in early spring or winter as time in summer is too precious!

November


Infinity Bridge Stockton on Tees (UK)

If you have been following my blog you know that November 2011 saw me taking my first trip back to the UK in over 3 1/2 years, my Mum had an accident so I went to visit. She seems to be getting a little better know although still has on wrist in plaster and looks to be staying that way till well into the New Year, whilst it was great to catch up with friends and family the journey was horrendous with delays to pretty much every form of transport I took after hitting the Big City! It did not really come as a surprise but the trip was somewhat overwhelming and other than catching up with people was not particularly enjoyable and more than anything else I missed my wife like crazy, who would have guessed that 6 days could feel like an eternity.

December


Christmas Chestnuts

That pretty much brings us right up to December and Christmas, a time where we lock the doors and hide and spend time doing even less than we usually do in winter, most of which you can catch up with in my recent blogs. Christmas itself though was a little odd, we were only chatting to a friend in Budapest a couple of weeks ago about how we never get ill, well didn’t you just know that was going to come back and bite me on the backside! I had been feeling a little groggy, just a little cold, but I could not sleep on Christmas Eve (not due to excitement) and when it got to Christmas Day I was in a proper state although it amused Julie that I had lost my voice, in fact I think it was her favourite present 😉

Looking back 2011 was a fabulous year for pretty much everything and hope that you all have a 2012 as enjoyable as my 2011 was and I am looking forward to whatever 2012 has to offer!

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What happened to late nights?


Budapest Danube Panorama

A couple of weeks back my wife started suffering with a bit of toothache that started getting a little worst so after an unsuccessful trip to a local dentist we bit the bullet and took a trip into the Big City! Budapest is an incredibly beautiful city and a place that we used to enjoy visiting a lot, however our 3 1/2 years in our rural paradise has turned one of Europes most vibrant, beautiful and interesting cities into a noisy, smelly and sprawling monstrosity. As you can see from the image above, the beauty certainly has certainly not left the city so I guess the changes must be within us, despite both myself and my wife being bought up and living in and around large Towns and Cities for most of our life trips to the big city are now viewed with a sense of trepidation rather than excitement!

St Stephens Basilika Budapest

The major difficulty that we had with our local dentist is that of communication, the English language is rarely spoken in the East of Hungary and even less so in rural communities and although our Hungarian has vastly improved in the time we have spent here we still find it difficult and as neither of us have found a need to converse with a dentist it proved very difficult. However Budapest has a thriving “dental Tourism” market with many dentists catering to British visitors due to the cost of British Dental treatment, so we made an appontment at a dentist recommended by a friend booked our favourite budget hotel and left home a stupid o’clock tohead to the city to get my wifes tooth fixed up, get some Christams shopping done and by chance, catch up with an old friend who was in Budapest on business.
After spending the morning shopping and consuming a cheeky pint in my favourite Budapest pub we went along to the dentist followed by a brief trip to a walk in X-Ray centre, which can only be described as an oddity. The X-Ray place was fairly well hidden and when we went in everyone who worked there seemd to be dressed in “scrubs” and had an average age of 15, boy does that make me sound old! However the process was exceptionally quick and the surroundings whilst sparse were comfortable, clean and modern, I think I did work out why the staff were so young though, the staff took the patient into a room and then zapped them with an xray and stood just the other side of a plain wooden door. The entire process took just 10 minutes and we were out, there was a steady stream of folk coming in to get the teeth X-Rayed and it got me wondering how many of these things they would do each day; hundreds, probably more like thousands… I guess by the time the staff have reached their twenties they have grown an extra arm!

Budapest Christmas Market

The day and shopping done and refreshed after a pitstop at the hotel we headed into the City for a night of food and drink and obligatory photographs, our first target was naturally the Christmas Market, we have incredibly fond memories of the Birmingham Christmas Market in the UK and in comparison the one in Budapest is a little disapointing, the food though is remarkably good and a meat eaters paradise! From the superb array of Hungarian sausages through to whole smoked ham hocks, of course all this needs to be washed down with lashings of Gluhwein and mulled apple cider 😉

Csülök

Of all the scrumptious goodies on offer at the market, the smoked pork knuckles or Csülök (pron: chewlook) pictured above are my absolute favourite, we use them all year round and as well as being cheap and tasty they are incredibly versatile. We ambled around the market munching and drinking and of course taking photographs, I had restricted myself to my 50mm lens as it handles low light situations so much better but had also taken along a flash gun to try and light the shots a little better, I found the focal lenth in the market itself a little restrictive and reinforces how much I would like a fast lens in the 30-35mm range but I do quite like the shots I took, I have posted a selection below but if you click on any of the pictures you will be taken to my website where you can peruse at your leisure.

Christmas Market Food

We then took the short trip from Vorosmarty Ter down to the River and my 50mm really did me proud, I had bought my tripod and set up on the banks of the Danube as I wanted to take some long exposure panoramic shots, it took a while to get used to a much longer focal length but once I had my composition sorted it was a revelation. I had previously used much shorter focal lengths for my panoramas (18-20mm) and always been disapointed with the results, using the longer focal length allows objects much further back in the shot to become prominent like the Matyas Templom behind the Chain Bridge (Lanchid) in the image below or the full panorama at the top of the page. The image sizes when you are processing them are ridiculously large but the results are fantastic and they are images that I am really happy with and because of the file sizes they could easily be printed out at 2 meters wide, infact I am thinking of having the top image printed to go above our bed as the tones match the furniture in the bedroom!

Budapest Christmas Market

All made up we ambled back in the direction of the hotel thinking we would spend a couple of hours in a lively and friendly, though not too loud bar before we headed to bed ready for the journey home the following morning. In the UK both myself and my wife were no strangers to late nights out chatting and drinking and it was a rare night out when we got home before 1am but things seem to have really changed, walking back to the hotel we were discussing our options as to where we were going to set up camp for the evening. I guess country living really has changed us as neither of us were ready for anything other than an early night, the party folk seem to have become the stay at home folk and we were tucked up in bed at our hotel before 10pm…

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Expat Food


Curry Time

One of the undeniable truths of being an expat is that there are just some foods that you yearn after and I am no different, I would not necessarily describe myself as a “foodie” but I love to eat and I love to cook and as we grow some of the most fantastic produce it has ever been my pleasure to consume it is only natural that I eulogise it here.

Traditional Hungarian food is wonderful, it is rich and hearty fare that serves as fantastic fuel for a day working the land, but there are flavours from your upbringing that you dearly yearn for and there are but two options; “Red Cross” parcels from family and freinds or you step up to the plate and recreate those flavours and textures from back home! We really do prefer the latter, it may sound odd to the folk reading this that have never visited the UK but Indian food is incredibly popular back home, they are flavours that are part of food memories going back as far as I can remember and I have spent many a day working on getting the flavours I recognise into my attempts.


Sausages

We do not stop at a good old “Ruby Murry” though, I was bought up in a family of butchers and the good old fashioned British “Banger” or Sausage is something that life would be much poorer without. The Hungarian sausage is a very varied beast, from the Hurka to the Kolbasz they are all very tasty but still not what you would choose to have on a sandwich when you have a hangover, although they do make a great “toad in the hole”. Naturally there is only one thing to do, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, the picture above is my effort at the Great British “Banger” and they are superb, the quality of Pork that we buy over here is quite simply spectacular and you can buy natural sausage skins in any village shop. Fortunately I had a great teacher in the shape of my Uncle George to show me how to link sausages when he paid us a visit and I may very well be biased but these are the best sausages I have ever eaten 😀


Hand Raised Pork Pie

My latest creation from “Blighty” is the traditional hand raised English Pork Pie (above), how difficult could it be right, the perenial picnic favourite of Britain? You would be surprised, I made a large one a while back for my wifes Birthday as it is one of her favourites and it takes a couple of days to get it right, at least a day making the stock for the jelly, then the preparation of the 3 cuts of pork, belly, shoulder and some nicely smoked bacon and finally the hot crust pastry (I hate making pastry) combining lard with butter, boiling water and flour.


Hand Raised Pork Pie

I used a recipe from the River Cottage Meat book by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall which is an absolute must have for devout carnivors, at almost 550 pages long and not filled with pointless pictures it contains fantastic recipes and great background information! I changed up the recipe a little so that I could hand raise two individual 1lb (450g) pies but essentially the recipe is as follows:

Pastry

  • 450 grams plain flour
  • 150 grams melted lard (blood temp)
  • 125ml boiling water
  • 75 grams Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 600 grams pork shoulder (5mm cube)
  • 150 grams fatty pork belly (chopped as fine as possible)
  • 150 grams smokey bacon (chopped as fine as possible)
  • Seasoning… salt, pepper, sage, bay leaf, cayenne pepper

Jelly
Many people do not like the Jelly in a pork pie and find the concept of a meat jelly odd, but it is nothing more than a very good meat stock, we never throw any bones away from our roasted meats and save them in the freezer for making stock. All good stock really should end up being a jelly when it is cold and only turns to liquid when it is heated a little so for me it it is not all that strange.

Cooking
Bring all the elements together, egg wash the pies then cook them in an oven at about 200°c for about an hour then let cool a little, you need to heat the stock so it is pourable and then feed it into the cavity of the pie through the hole you create in the top to allow the steam to escape it is full.


Hand Raised Pork Pie

All you have to do then is try and wait until it is cooled properly and you have a Melton Mowbray style, or Magyar Mowbray Hand Raised Pork Pie, time consuming but another triumph for the expats not able to get food from home in their corner of Hungary and we will be consuming with our Anglo Magyar/Indian pickled Cucumber and Damson Chutney which wipes the floor with anything Branston produce. Unfortunately a lack of patience to tuck in meant that the pie was not perfect, my laboured stock did not have chance to set but there is another one in the fridge that hoefully will be good, still tastes great though!

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Teaching is tough!


Debrecen University

Winter is meant to be a time for rest and relaxation for us but as yet this year we have not stopped and this last week I embarked on an unexpected foray into the world of teaching photography.

If you have been following me on either Twitter or Facebook you may have seen that I was approached a few weeks ago to give an individual some photography lessons. It was somewhat of a surprise e-mail to receive, but it was an enquiry from a guy who is from Buenos Aries in Argentina who was spending winter in Debrecen and wanted to spend some time improving his photography skills but was struggling to find lessons in a language other than Hungarian. We arranged to meet up in Debrecen for a beer over lunch to see if we could formulate a plan that would work for both of us as I live 100km from Debrecen.


Tracks

Martin described himself as a casual photographer when we met who wanted to be able to take better photographs with his shiny new Canon 60d (which proved to be a fantastic camera), much like most people he said he had read countless books and watched endless hours of videos but much prefers to learn by doing things rather than reading about them.

Now my camera goes with me pretty much everywhere I go, much to the chagrin of my wife, and I love taking pictures but I have never had any formal training and have never really formulated what I know and how I work into a process. So after I agreed to spend sometime with Martin and show him some ideas that maybe able to help him in getting a little more out of the camera my thoughts very quickly entered the realm of “what on earth have I done”!


Marbles

The weather over here in Hungary at this time of year is a little unpredictable which made formulating a plan really difficult, so I had opted to try and do a few product type shots like the marbles above to try and show the links between shutter speed, aperture values (F-Stops) and ISO settings and how taking control of the yourself rather than allowing a camera to make decisions opens up a whole new avenue of photography and really is not as complicated as it sounds.

So the morning of Martins first lesson arrived and I had a fairly restless weekend trying to put together in my own mind what I do and how I do it. The weather had seemed to take a turn for the better and the skies were amazing, lots of textures and shades and a really interesting light which meant we maybe able to head out in the afternoon, unfortunately the moment Martin arrived in the village it started to rain and the skies darkened considerably. After a brief coffee we started taking some simple product shots with some off camera lighting and it was immediately obvious that teaching someone something that you do on auto-pilot is really difficult. Having said that we quickly worked out a way to communicate ideas and got some pretty cool work done and Martin seemed really happy with what he was learning.


Local Pub, Pusztakettos

The day then took on a bit of a twist that I had not planned but proved to be extremely productive, we started shooting some photographs in very testing conditions, initially with our log burner, playing with fire, which is always fun and then out at our local Pub at Pusztakettos (above). It really was about exploring the limits of how much light a camera can capture and how to maximise it and how much you can recover in post processing. We had a great discussion about moving to capturing images in RAW format rather than JPEG, essentially JPEG processes your picture for you and then discards a host of information that it does not think is important (hence the compression), unfortunately that means when you are working in testing conditions you have no way of getting back some of the dynamic range if you allow the camera to process into JPEG.


Reformatist Temple Kunhegyes Hungary

The teaching experience really was not what I expected and I doubt it was for Martin either however I think we both went away from lesson one with a little bit of something that we did not have before. My “student” is heading to France Skiing this week and is really enthused about getting some better shots from his camera on a consistent basis. I am looking forward to catching up with him when he returns and we are hoping for a little snow to head out to an old Communist Era Military airfield not too far from home and then meeting up with my wife and his girlfriend at a local thermal spa. It also spurred me on to get out and start taking some more pictures as I seem to have lost my enthusiasm over the last few weeks!

On a slightly different note we are hoping to head into Budapest one day next week for a wee sample of the Christmas market and maybe even some Ice Skating in the grounds of Vajdahunyad Castle, I am sure there will be plenty of pictures to come!

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Public Art-How do you like yours?


Stockton Infinity Bridge at sunrise

If you read my previous blog you will know that I recently took a trip back to the UK and thought I would take an opportunity to take some photographs of something a little different! Unfortunately due to travel delays, a lack of a Tripod and typically depressing weather I did not spend much time taking photographs however I did stumble upon something that came as somewhat of a surprise.


Temenos by Anish Kapoor

The image at the top of the page is the sort of thing I had planned to photograph whilst I was in the North East and it is the glorious Infinity footbridge in Stockton on Tees, however the marvelous Temenos (above) by Anish Kapoor took my by complete surprise! I have to admit I had no idea what it was at the time and stumbled upon it, if it is possible to stumble upon something that is longer than a Jumbo Jet and taller than Nelsons column, whilst I was taking some photographs of the 100 year old Transporter Bridge in Middlesborough. I have to say I was captivated and took dozens of images of this piece of work it is huge and dominating but in its own way almost delicate in its appearance. Anish Kapoor may not exactly be a household name but he is a tremendous and well known Indian born British sculptor who is arguably most famous for the Chicago Cloud Gate or Chicago Bean (pictured Below).


Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor
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Whilst I was processing my photographs it got me thinking about the role of public art,this piece, Temenos is the largest piece of public art in the UK (for the moment) and will form part of the worlds largest public art project once the other four installations are complete. Naturally something this big and costly is subject to a great deal of criticism, this for me is what Public Art really should be, there should be no ambivalence, there should be no way for it to be ignored. How many times do we amble around the towns and cities that we live in and not really notice what is around us, I guess it is just the “modern” way of being and things need to be loud, proud and brash to be noticed and this wonderful piece will certainly not be passed without you being forced to at least acknowledge its existence if not pass comment.


Temenos by Anish Kapoor

The only thing that is a real shame about this wonderful imposing piece is its location, sandwiched between the riverside Stadium, home of Middlesborough FC and the Transporter Bridge in an area of the city that would not make you feel warm and fuzzy after dark is a terribly shame. The area is apparently up for renewal and should look great eventually however this piece would look amazing perched in front of the town hall in Birmingham City Centre or spanning Trafalgar Square, but no it is hidden in a part of town that only gets visitors when a football match is on! I am sure many would disagree and prefer their “street art” to be a lovely statue of the good and the great of which ever particular town and city that it is positioned in, for me I find that sort of thing lazy it may very well be a fitting tribute but it certainly does nothing to challenge and engage the average passer by.


Temenos by Anish Kapoor

For me Temenos is beautifully proportioned, it fits right into its environment, it is surrounded by huge things like cooling towers, the Riverside Stadium and the wonderful Transporter bridge (below) and in its environment it is the thing that stands the proudest and shouts the loudest and I for one would love to see more of this and less of the lazy public art that swamps the towns and cities of the UK. Anish KapoorA has also been commissioned to produce a work that will dominate the London 2012 Olympic skyline that will no doubt draw more disapproving tuts from the naysayers and to Anish I say well done and more of the same please kind sir… I do however doubt that our little Hungarian backwater will be getting a Kapoor piece at any time in the future.


Middlesborough Transporter Bridge

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