Odds and sods

I unearthed a few photos of paintings and sketches over Christmas.

The very top image was a commissioned cover for the progressive rock band Janison Edge album released in 1999.  The work was directed by band member Sue Element and contains imagery based around the lyrics and ideas within their musical work.  It won an award from a French Canadian radio station for best artwork.

America’s Cup 2011

This was originally a Page, but owing to a bit of reorganisation, I’ve decided to make this a Blog post instead…. which has completely destroyed any kind of chronological order.


Botanical and astronomical

A visit to the Botanical Gardens was first today, in sunshine, actual sunshine!  Clear skies and a very brisk west wind meant that both the butterfly and palm houses were very welcome after a brief look in the geological museum.

Back to Torvehallerne for the second glass house and to gaze at more foodie delights.  Then a bite to eat and some more Christmas shopping, which of course had to include the Lego store.

Finally, to The Round Tower, finished in 1642, built by  Christian IV as an observatory and the oldest still functioning in Europe.  We held out and were rewarded with some gaps in the cloud.  Mars!  At least, it was small, slightly orange and not nearly as big as the clock tower!

Apparently Peter the Great rode up to the top of the tower on horseback.  Now there is an annual unicycle race up and down again!

Den Blå Planet, Torvehallerne & Tivoli


The aquarium is shaped like a whirlpool with different aquatic life in each of the five ‘arms’.  Probably the most fascinating were the two sea otters Agnes and Mojoe, watching them either lying on a bed of ice, picking up the cubes and crunching them into their mouths, or slipping through the water with silky smooth ease.  The tropical arm yielded some enormous Amazonian fish, pirhana and a bat and the coral arm, some weedy sea dragons.

The food hall at Torvehallerne consists of two indoor food stall markets under glass and an outside flower, fruit and veg market.  Copenhagen has been voted the number one city to visit this year by Lonely Planet and in the last decade has become a culinary hot spot.

Tivoli comes alive after dark and is a true family attraction; there’s something for everyone.  From old fashioned shoot to win stands to the horrors of the ‘Vertigo’ ride, shops selling Christmas baubles, light shows and every kind of food you can imagine, oh and of course, plenty of roasted nuts, hot chocolate and gløgg stalls.  Hurrah!

Art and Photography