27 listopad 2011


Pebble Shower Floor Pictures

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  • A pebble is a clast of rock with a particle size of 4 to 64 millimetres based on the Krumbein phi scale of sedimentology. Pebbles are generally considered to be larger than granules (2 to 4 millimetres diameter) and smaller than cobbles (64 to 256 millimetres diameter).

  • a small smooth rounded rock

  • A small stone made smooth and round by the action of water or sand

  • (pebbly) gravelly: abounding in small stones; "landed at a shingly little beach"

  • A brief and usually light fall of rain, hail, sleet, or snow

  • A large number of things happening or given to someone at the same time

  • a plumbing fixture that sprays water over you; "they installed a shower in the bathroom"

  • spray or sprinkle with; "The guests showered rice on the couple"

  • A mass of small things falling or moving at the same time

  • lavish: expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns; "He was showered with praise"

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

One rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his own donkey self makes a story that is beautifully tender and perfectly joyful.
Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this winner of the 1970 Caldecott Medal is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Now reissued to celebrate the discovery of the original artwork, this deluxe edition contains painstakingly careful color corrections made from those watercolor originals -- the color you'll see within this book is as Mr. Steig had originally intended it to be. It also features his moving Caldecott Medal acceptance speech.
The New York Times Book Review wrote of Mr. Steig that "everything he does is magic." This deluxe edition of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble truly recaptures that magic for a whole new generation of readers.

Imagine all the happiness and wealth you could achieve if you found a magic pebble that granted your every wish! Sylvester Duncan, an unassuming donkey who collects pebbles "of unusual shape and color," experiences just such a lucky find. But before he can make all his wishes come true, the young donkey unexpectedly encounters a mean-looking lion. Startled, Sylvester wishes he were a rock, but in mineral form he can no longer hold the pebble, and thus cannot wish himself back to his equine trappings. His parents, thinking he has disappeared, are at first frantic, then miserable, and then plunge into donkey ennui. Meanwhile, Sylvester is gravely depressed, but tries to get used to being a rock.
In 1970, William Steig won the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble--the first of his many Newbery and Caldecott honors. In this donkey's tale, Steig imbues his characteristically simple illustrations of animals sporting human garb with evocative, irresistible, and heartbreakingly vivid emotions. The text is straightforward and the dialogue remarkably touching. Children will feel deeply for Sylvester and his parents, all wishing for the impossible--that the family will one day be reunited. Sylvester's sweet story is one that endures, reminding us all that sometimes what we have is all we really need. (Ages 4 to 8)

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Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art

Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

My most favourite museum.

I know, this is a double superlative -- but it deserves it! There is nothing about this museum that I could fault, not the tiniest thing. And everything it has to offer, I enjoy. This museum is definitely “Vaut le voyage” -- it is worth travelling to Japan just to see it. At least, that is what I think.

For me, it was worth travelling to Nikko just to enjoy the Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art again. I arrived here last night (that is a story waiting to be told) and set out this morning to visit what I most wanted to see, knowing that I had only a day for this lovely town, when in other years I have a week. I had opted not to take the hotel breakfast so that I could sleep a bit longer, and so, I was already looking forward to the museum cafe.

Cafe en Reve...

And so, I entered the museum via the cafe on the lower ground floor and settled down immediately to enjoying the atmosphere. It was total bliss. I hope that the architect of this museum (I really must find out who this was) has been showered with accolades. In the cafe, you can see the surrounding garden / park / arboretum, as well as the lovely star-shaped domed ceiling of the main hall above. You have a choice of cakes, hot and cold drinks -- not a huge choice, but everything is exquisite.

As soon as you sit down, the first thing you admire is the vase on your table with seasonal flowers (today, it was pansies). A simple vase, quite possibly a yoghurt jar, with a few coloured glass pebbles at the bottom -- that is all. A friendly lady arrives with the menu and a glass of iced water. Each glass is unique -- they were made specially for the museum. And as, like me, many people must have admired them, the glasses are now for sale in the shop above -- and I have been the owner of two for the past couple of years. This year, a smaller version has been added to the collection.

I ordered matcha (tea ceremony tea) and a piece of apple pie. The tea arrived in a lovely ceramic bowl and was prepared to perfection. Even just the scent of the tea was delicious, and the taste was as good as the scent promised. It is amazing how different matcha can taste, depending on the quality of tea and the skill in preparing it. This one was as good as the best I have ever tasted. It came with two small sugared sweets, beautifully presented, which are to take away the bitterness of the tea. If the tea is so good, and the bowl so beautiful, it comes naturally to drink it carefully with two hands, and to hold up the bowl and admire it once finished. You are taught to do this in tea ceremony class, but today I felt I would not have needed to be told. The apple pie too was delicious.

I sat in the cafe for another while, enjoying the atmosphere, and then walked up to the shop, where I usually find good presents and all too often good items for myself too! The shop is located in the main hall, a fine tall space, with rattan chairs facing the garden, where visitors may also see a video on Kosugi Hoan’s life and art, with many scenes from the seasons around Nikko. The film is accompanied by music which I particularly enjoy and would not find annoying, even after hearing it for hours on end. The shop supports various local crafts, including textiles, glass, jewelry and stationery. I have never seen any of these items elsewhere, and many of them use the motifs of Kosugi Hoan’s paintings.

Kosugi Hoan lived from 1881 to 1964. He was among the initiators in Japan of a Western style of painting, but also kept up the Japanese style as well as calligraphy. After enjoying my wander round the shop, I set off for the current exhibition in an adjacent hall, basically a large square room which has been skilfully divided into non rectangular spaces. This was the first time when I was in there unsupervised, and I was able to take a few photographs of the works of art. It was also the first time in several years that the entire exhibition consisted of only Kosugi Hoan’s works, and I saw many that I had never seen before. He delights in drawing and painting the scenery, and he places the human activities of the season within this wider scope. In his pictures, humans often seem to blend into nature -- something which is no longer quite as easily achieved in reality nowadays.

After the exhibition, I walked around the building to enjoy its exterior (a lovely shade of orange brick -- see the picture above) to look at its arboretum of local shrubs and trees, most of them well marked, and to take pictures of the many paths through the garden. This space is not enormous, but a great mix of nature growing wild, and human intervention making sure that it looks beautiful, with paths, large stones, benches and spacing. The garden has many entrances, and local people just walk through it, many with their dogs, because it is so pleasant.

Do come and enjoy this place! Even just the matcha and the glassware make it worth the journey... :)

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The Hijra Pain Is Eternal

The Hijra Pain Is Eternal

image courtesy Dr Huda

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why do i shoot hijras
a karmic curiosity
that makes it so
hijras follow me
wherever i go
east west north south
as the winds blow
hijras wizened skin
wrinkles pain littered
on their brows
hijras nubile sensual
top heavy but androgynous
as you all know
biologically enslaved
as men but female
all the more
a sphincter
like a hymen that
accidentally tore
from within
like a sore
the hijra beggar
the hijra dancer
the hhijra bawa
the hijra rafaee
the hijra whore
i shot them all
as the evening wore
their strle
ther success
their failure
part of my
pictures core
a silence
a paina
a roar
a testicular
hijra folklore
the hermaphrodite
the transgender
the transexual '
the cross dresser
the transvstite
the shemale
brimstone and gore
when death came
the hijra corpse
standing erect
gaped at you
from the hole
in the floor
a hijra heritage
a blog has in store
as thy clap
both hands
it sounds
like an encore
haji malang
ajmer sharif
park site
peela house
as i entered
their doors
a pebbled
on their

when you
googe search
hijras hijdas
on my Flickr stream
you hit the source
a kinetic force
of hijra despair
hjra eternal pain
hijra remorse
as it showers
the more it pours

pebble shower floor pictures

pebble shower floor pictures

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