Saturday, 23 January 2010

Friday, 22 January 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday

I have a confession to make ...shhh...I Collect Toy Cars!
"OK, nobody's perfect!" (I patented this saying same as Paris Hilton patented "It's hot!")
I just saw those models in the latest issue of DIECAST COLLECTOR and as it's Friday again they are just ideal for PFF. For those who do not know PFF stands for Postcard Friendship Friday, it's a fun event hosted every Friday by the one and only Marie - The French Factrice. It's easy to join the fun - as easy as licking a stamp, so why not scoot over to her place where you will meet postal bloggers from around the globe.

More Toys...

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And a Postcard

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Francis Bacon 1909 - 1992

Untitled (Figure with Raised Arm), c. 1949 by Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty celebrates the centenary of Francis Bacon's birth at 63 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin on 28 October 1909. His father, a former captain in the British army, moved to County Kildare to breed and train racehorses. Following a disagreement with his father, Francis left home at the age of 16 and after a stay in London he travelled to Berlin, but it was in Paris that he found a new sense of purpose. An exhibition of drawings by Picasso at the Galerie Paul Rosenberg inspired Bacon to become an artist. On his return to London he achieved some success as a furniture designer, but soon rejected this path and turned to painting. He first gained recognition as a painter with Crucifixion in 1933, but it was not until the mid- 1940's that his artistic career took off. The critical success of his Three Studies for Figures at the base of a Crucifixion, c. 1944, established Bacon as a new force in post-war art. Apart from periods spent in Monte Carlo, Tangier and Paris he spent the rest of his life in London. His high spirits, ready wit and exceptional generosity attracted people from a wide variety of backgrounds including artists, writers and Soho eccentrics. Many of these individuals feature in his portraits.
The artist himself was nothing if not eccentric and the Hugh Lane exhibition include some of the work that he destroyed after exhibiting or if he was not happy with it, by cutting pieces out of the canvas with a knife.
Francis Bacon died in Madrid in April, 1992.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Jeanie Johnston

The Jeanie Johnston is a replica sailing ship which was built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the GreatFamine which devastated Ireland in the 1840's.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday

Postcard Friendship Friday is the brainwave of the lovely Marie, otherwise known as the French Factrice. It's easy to join the fun - just post something - anything, with a postal theme on your blog every Friday, link it to Marie's site and meet lots and lots of other postal minded bloggers from around the world. Easy isn't it?
For my PFF this Friday I have unearthed this postcard of some well known Dublin Pubs. Very appropriate really as I spent half this week in Molloy's of Talbot Street. All in the name of research of course!

Steps 2,3,4,5 and 6

2. Write card
3. post it in green pillar postbox
4. An Post van collects
5. Postman on old reliable bike begins his rounds
6. Mr Postman delivers.

From a series of stamps issued by An Post (Irish Post Office) in 2009 to commemorate 25 years of An Post.
(The quaint bicycle belongs to the postman in Arklow)

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Molloy's Pub Revisited

I featured Molloy's Pub in Talbot Street onTuesday's blog and my good blog friend Stephanie over at A Little Birdie Told Me So enquired about the sculpted heads above the windows outside. My initial enquiries were unsucessful so I went back to Molloy's today (for another Cappucino) and the helpful Barmaid was able to throw a little bit of light on who were the mystery figures. Apparently Molloy's was originally a tea merchants and not a pub at all. And the clue was in the figure that I actually missed on Tuesday and is that of a Chinese man (pictured in todays collage). The story goes that the Sculptor created his figures from some of the tea merchants who frequented the shop which is now Molloy's Pub. However we may never know their exact identity!

A pint of plain is your only man

And I wouldn't change it for all the tea in China!

Guinness, also called porter or stout was sometimes referred to in Ireland as "plain porter". A pint of plain is your only man is a well known line from Flann O'Brien's poem "The Workman's Friend"

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

From This...

To ???
Leaving the Med and heading for???