Sunday, 31 January 2010

Howies - My One True Love

At long, long last my Howies hat arrived! This is SO much more than just a hat. It's one of those things that you contemplate over and think about and can't decide whether or not the price outweighs the amazingness of the item. Ever since I saw it in Carnaby Street in the New Year (above), I fell in love with it. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to only buy things that would last, even if it meant paying a bit more. Quality over quantity. My Student Loan may have taken a hit, but it took it for one hell of a hat! The sales are like a waiting game - you have to know exactly when to pounce - too soon, and you pay almost full price (what's the point?!) Wait too long and you may have missed out altogether. I'm hoping that I'm not going to find it even cheaper in a week or so. Either way, it's kept my ears warm in the harsh Welsh wind!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Beautiful Days

Sometimes I find it refreshing to just get outside on my own. Some people can't understand that - they need to always be surrounded by people. But it's sometimes very calming (especially after a night out!) to just go out, get some fresh air, and do whatever. I tend to find myself down at the beach, playing around with whatever I can find and messing about with my camera. I strongly suggest it.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Up In The Air

On Wednesday I went to go and see Up In The Air starring George Clooney.
The credits are slick, slightly 60's style with that extra techni-colour feel to them, predominantly of impressive pictures of the sky, and aerial pictures of the geometric American landscape.
The music is laid back but lets you know that there is a slight sense of mischief in the air at the same time; it reminded me slightly of Catch Me If You Can.
Since I've started doing my Geography degree (first year), I've been reading about the French Anthropologist Marc Augé. His work talks about this idea of 'non-places', places that could be almost anywhere in the world; airports, supermarkets, shopping malls, motorways.
This film beautifully depicts airports in a commercial, glamorous, functional and mundane way. For Clooney it is his Home. He has no roots, surrounded by people yet lonely (even though he doesn't yet know it) - as so many more of us seem to be experiencing in this inter-connected world (ironic isn't it?) He has no baggage (barely physical or emotional), and drifts from airport to airport like one of the many faceless people we pass everyday. As the film goes on, we see how this ruthless self-proclaimed shark survives, by isolating himself from real feelings.
Que a love interest.
I won't spoil the ending (it is a personal pet hate of mine for people who do that to me), but I must say that Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno) has directed another whimsical beauty that depicts the human race in another light.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Winter Skies

One of the best things about the winter months, are the crisp blue skies it brings with them. I've found that buildings work especially well beneath a back drop of blue. These are a few which I took on my Christmas travels to Bath, London and Weybridge.