|A sign on the Cromwell Road|
West London Kensington/Earls Court area has a strong Arabic presence and it's good to see that there's a place (The Mosaic Rooms) for some of the art coming out of the Palestinian experience to be shown.
I am not clear, as yet (probably not alone in that) in seeing how Donald Trump the current US President will move a Middle Eastern process forward but it felt clear to me having looked at the work on show that there's a fair amount of despair and unhappiness amongst the Palestinian artists operating in the area.
|A flyer for the evocative exhibition|
|Inside the gallery -Part of Pattern Recognition|
I found Ruba Salameh's video project Open Sea quite insightful and recognise the nostalgia that is mentioned in descriptions of her work
Definitely the input from artists is welcome and the communication of the 2nd class nature of the existence of many Palestinians needs addressing urgently - hopefully progress can be made by positive pressure from good heart-ed people who wish for better for future generations of whatever their faith or race.
Listening to Radio 4 archive programme with the admirable Matthew Sweet (Lunch is for Wimps) about the demise of the 'proper' lunch hour I'm reminded of how it was when I started work - lunch even if only 30 minutes (and it was often far more) was pretty much sacrosanct often there was alcohol invariably there was wide ranging talk. I recall too my mother speaking of when she worked for in more relaxed times where bosses could have a 'nap' or time was spent completing crosswords.
More on Retail and Quality of life
The borders between work and leisure as well as between Public and Private have all but ceased to exist in the developed world - partly as result of technology but also as result of the monetizing of nearly all activity.
Is it good? Generally I'm saying no - 'standard of living' is so different from Quality of life - our direct interactions with others seem to be in terminal decline - I remember reading recently how we should consider the older person in front of us who takes some time as she makes her purchases, this might be her only human interaction for the day, she's dressed for the occasion and wants a degree of contact - soon as we move to more online and even in the physical world more of those efficient but soul-less self - check outs this will be all of us.
|£67 15p is where we are now|
Business rates are not just about preserving small traders they're about preserving something worthwhile in the continuity of communities.
There's a growth now in the Micro-Brewery as a social space for a drink - I suppose it's a cross between a Wine bar and a pub.
The door and grill to this one though brings to mind Caribbean Rum Shops I have seen!
|Back in Hanwell|
|52 (The Dodo Micro Brewery) is behind protective barrier|