All posts tagged: London

on language & finding home

Travelling

“Die Suche nach einer bewohnbaren Sprache in einem bewohnbaren Land”* The last time I travelled back from Germany to London – my Wahlheimat (which my dictionary translates with ‘adopted home’ but that doesn’t really convey that sense of warmth, choice and voluntariness of the German phrase) – was in late November, just over a week after the devastating attacks in Paris. I travelled with my friend Katharine; we had to change trains in Stuttgart and […]

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flags   what a surreal week this was: the bomb attack at the boston marathon at the beginning of the week with what almost seemed like an indulgence in playing different videos of the 2 explosions again & again & again for days in a row indicating the scale of trauma this might be. margaret thatcher’s funeral mid-week with journalists looking (hoping?) for signs of unrest & anger among the spectators and communities that still […]

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bike miles i don’t really consider myself a cyclist. i don’t particularly like cycling as a sport. i don’t repair punctures on my bike or do any maintenance myself that’s beyond greasing the chain. i can get quite fed up sometimes with the practicalities involved with cycling, i’ve pretty much given up on wearing heals or corduroy trousers or slim-fit skirts because it just doesn’t work. nevertheless cycling is my favourite way of getting around […]

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pause it is really impossible NOT to talk about the olympics here at some point… they officially closed last sunday night, with another glitzy extravaganza that was bright enough to get caught on the tower blocks around my home. my favourite moment of that evening was the ugandan gold medal – their first olympic medal in 40 years!… i was really very curious what would happen in the immediate aftermath of the olympics. i mean: […]

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Uncategorized / Weekly photo blog

surreal i can’t quite decide which of the things that hit me this past week i find most surreal: the picture that was painted of London at a public meeting in bow about the olympic missiles, which was one of a security obsessed Government (spending more money on the olympic security operation than it’s predecessor China!) that’s driven by politics of fear and promotes  the militarisation of our city in the name of “security”. or […]

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bikes i don’t know whether i could cope with the madness of london if it wasn’t for my bike. i absolutely love the sense of freedom & independence it gives me; and london immediately feels smaller when i tackle it by bike. it’s been great to see how cycling has become so much more popular in london over the past few years together with much better infrastructure (and more workshops!). from having been the odd […]

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deep:black / Weekly photo blog

only the beginning… … is the title of our new deep:black project that we’ve been working on intensively this past week. it’s based on our riot:lyrics series where we are also about to launch a riot:lyrics live recording on iTunes any day now. i had a week with lots of beginnings and surprising meetings & encounters including a little shop in Bermondsey that i only walked in because i wasn’t on my bike because that […]

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resilience when i read very quickly (which i do very often) “resilience” actually looks like “resilence” to me… i like the idea of resilience being about getting back to silence and it certainly goes with the discussion we at deep:black had about the whole notion of resilience this week. a place inside us that helps us coping with difficult situations, surely quietness must feel very much at home there? we’ve discovered it as our new […]

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the drama the weather was beautifully dramatic this week and i love how my fish eye pictures below look like everything is in turmoil, swaying, tossing, moving – except for the quixotic tower blocks. i’ve had lots of heavy conversations about oppression, sexual violence, faith and aliens with people that try to live a true life with all the turmoils that might bring. i came across this quote from arundhati roy which sums it up […]

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shedding light I was totally spellbound by this light installation near The Museum of London on Monday – and as I was staring & staring at the constantly changing colours this woman walked right into the scene with her impressive collection of lights, topping one light installation with another! After this rather light Monday, I was faced with a very intense week and lots of thought-provoking conversations and reflections on gendered relationships, father-daughter relationships, my […]

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Peckham Boy I cycled past this poster in a side alley of Peckham High Street on Wednesday – it was early morning, the sun was out, the sky was blue and Peckham High Street almost peaceful. I had just done a detour on my way to work through Peckham Rye Common to check the bench where I left my iPhone the previous afternoon – I didn’t really believe it would still be lying there now, […]

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left behind I went to for a walk in Epping Forest today to welcome spring, and all of a sudden in the middle of nature, blue sky and bird song I happened on a completely burnt out car – or whatever remained of it. I was really drawn to it like a nail to a magnet, and found it at the same time totally haunting, horrible and beautiful. Part of my imagination immediately went wild […]

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fragile this week a lot of things went wrong. the heating in the office broke down for a few days. the heating at home was down for a few days. i injured my back. then my RSI attacked me. all of this while the outside temperature dropped further and further – and continues to drop. it didn’t help that i attended a CND meeting on thursday about the aftermath of fukushima, and the questionable dependency […]

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be a lighthouse We drink a lot of Yogi Tea at home and go through phases with the little quotes on the labels – sometimes they seem unbearably dull & common place, and then they are really original and curious. This week I had “Walk Tall” on one of mine, and it did help on a day when I was having a lot of back and neck pain. But my housemate trumped us all with […]

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deep:black / Weekly photo blog

rich mix The last 2 weeks were all about getting ready for our deep:black event at Rich Mix, riot:lyrics live. It’s been a rich & enriching time where I was continuously blown away by people’s willingness to be involved and to offer support. The event was a big success on the back of the rich collaboration between a mix of organisations, professionals and artists who were all so very passionate to make this happen and […]