We are the robots

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I was walking past Conway Hall the other lunchtime and saw this poster for a brilliantly named talk in a couple of weeks time by computer expert Dirk Gorissen.

It’s on a Sunday lunchtime and it’s as cheap as chips and sounds well interesting if you like all that “will the robots take over the world?” and all of that sort of stuff.

The question on everybody’s lips is “Will they?” More on the talk here.

Will the Robots Win?
Sunday 18th September @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Ethical Society
25 Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
Phone: 020 7405 1818
Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs. Autons: 12 Units
Free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members.
And as it says on the poster “Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available” but please let’s hope they’re not served up from a machine! P

No man is an island

No man is an Island

Walking across the Millennium Bridge this morning I came across a box type thing upon The Thames with a model of a child on the top and what looked like a travelling bag at the bottom.

It was only later tonight while writing this post that I found out it’s an installation called Floating Dreams from South Korea’s Ik-Joong Kang and a memorial to the millions displaced during the Korean War of 1950-53. I imagine it has more impact at night but it’s still very impressive by day. Around until Friday 30th September and well worth seeing. More details hereP

Some yellowing, slight rusty staples but no rips

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There’s a couple of more days left on this exhibition of fanzines at The Barbican Music Library, Barbican Library, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS.

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It’s a collection of various fanzines in three or four “Library style” glass cases. It’s a shame there weren’t no zerox reproductions of the actual fanzines so you could flick through and read about William Burroughs, Doctor Who or god forbid Terry and the Idiots. Sadly no copies of Ded Yampy or Steroid Abuse though. 
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So if you’re interested in self-publication throughout the years, go and have a butchers. But please, no spitting or swearing while viewing the Punk fanzines, this is a public library you know! P

Big gold dream

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Following on from the Gold theme in the last post here’s a couple of dream jars that are plonked here and there around the capital and worth looking out for on that lunchtime stroll. It’s all to do with The BFG film and for more on these oversized jam jars, have a butchers here. P

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Golden years, gold

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Yesterday lunchtime while popping to Fleet Street for some “Friday bits” I passed by the Law Society of England and Wales’ Chancery Lane headquarters and noticed some brand new looking shiny lions on top of the black railings there.

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Thinking they’d just been painted, I went over to tell the painters how good a job they done (and get some tips!) instead, discovered  a couple of friendly “gilders” in the process of covering the lions with gold leaf. They were only too glad to talk about it and gave us a quick rundown of the gilding process (good blokes!) The work looks a bit painstaking and takes a bit of time but boy, those lions look good! P

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Attack of the oversized director’s chair

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Seen walking over Waterloo Bridge this morning, an oversized chair outside Somerset House looking onto the river. I take it it’s something to do with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick – An exhibition of art inspired by the film maker at Somerset House, rather than a fishing chair for an angling giant. More on the exhibition here. P