"Born in Shanghai in 1948, Qiu Deshu, one of the few artists to have inspired international recognition since the 1980s, studied traditional ink painting and seal carving when he was a child.
But his career in art was interrupted by the Cultural Revolution when he was sent to work at a plastics factory. When the turmoil ended, he picked up ink painting again and co-founded the Grass Painting Society (cao cao hua she), one of China’s first experimental art societies in the post-Mao period. In the early 1980s, he developed his signature style of works called “fissuring” (liebian).
The concept of “fissuring”, which literally means tearing and change in Chinese, is a pictorial metaphor for the artist’s life and as his artistic career, both of which have experienced dramatic disruptions and setbacks. In these works, he applies vivid colors to xuan paper, which he tears up and mounts the fragments to a base layer, often leaving space between to create a pictorial field with the “cracks” that he feels are symbolic of life’s journey."
So that's for the introduction.
His work is a nice balance between contemporary and traditional.
For the first time Qiu Deshu’s work was displayed in the UK. A large number of private buyers and museum curators planned their visit.
Art in general can be perceived differently. Some people struggle when it is time to enter a contemporary space - feeling lost and unsure whether this is for them.
But like everything, it is about trying to understand what is actually showing in the work and the story behind it! An artist usually represents an artwork according to a specific state of mind or inspiration. It is not just a line of paint on a canvas.
"...Decade of Health and Wellbeing is about encouraging people to build
these ways into their daily routines and potentially add 7.5 years to
their life expectancy..."
When you are sitting down 7.5 hours a day by a desk you need to exercise. They are various options and it doesn't need to be intense.
Some people would rather go for a Yoga or Pilates session, which boost energy and make your muscles relax and stonger at the same time. Of course, it is also a spiritual activity...but some prefer more powerful activities and like to feel the benefit of it straight away.
Creating a community is important. It is not a club but a social meet-up where usually all are welcome to bring ideas and participate.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle - it should be natural thinking - but having regular physical exercises would complete the entire process. Everyone’s needs are different, of course! Health insurance is also there to give you the right cover in case treatments are needed after a fall or just a light injury.
More and more cycling clubs and groups are emerging. Is this a consequence of last Summer sporting event based in London? Probably... but it is not a trend but more a movement related to wellbeing, efforts, exercising and having fun with others in the open air.
Being fit is good as long as it doesn't become an obsession and an extreme activity. It should stay a way to have fun and keep in good shape in the first place. Becoming expert in a category is good too so newcomers would have an example to follow - reaching a goal. But never take it too seriously or you would fall in this section where you could be seen as a body workout fitness fanatic. Like everything, it is about finding the right balance between effort, wellness and relaxation.
Finally, it is up to you to pick the sporting occupation which suits you the best. It could be indoor climbing, trekking, bike polo, cycling, swimming...anything as long as you feel good aftwards.
Sunday mornings see some pelotons of 4 to 8 cyclists all wearing specific jerseys. It is becoming a great social day out too. Meeting and chatting about bicycles parts and accessories, tips and mainly having fun on 2 wheels. There are new dedicated magazines too: Peloton and Rouleur!
Both are beautifully produced.
In the past, taking the bike for a ride was almost a hassle and torture. Nowadays, frames are very light and the entire culture has changed attitude. It is not only a means of transport but also a way to create a team spirit and an outdoor workout, instead of just staying indoor and having dull & lonely occupations.
Unfortunately, there are some kind of frictions between drivers and cyclists.
Maybe something is unclear somewhere. What is acceptable, can be done or shouldn't be done by cyclists?!
Drivers seem to be frustrated to see cyclists being first at the traffic lights - but why? This is the point of having a bike: being able to jump the queues and going faster than all metal boxes on wheels.
However, some (bad) cyclists are also crossing the road when there is a red light - not too clever! This gives bad reputation to all other riders.
Remember a tiny hit from a bumper and your wheel, legs, head can be injured. And all that can have irreversible consequences too. Even if it is worth a claim, this is not and shouldn't be the right solution to the problem. Because, such things keep happening over and over again.
A mutual respect is necessary and the roads signs should be respected too whether you are a vehicle owner, a biker or a cyclist!
With the increase of cyclists, it could create a real tension on the urban roads.
It should be silly to see a kind of anger going towards road rage! No one wants to see this!
This cost a lot of money to re-arrange the entire infrastructure; but there is a positive side to it concerning the reduction of CO2 emissions and the protection of the planet, as climate change has been in the news headlines for sometimes.
Despite of all this support, cyclists have to be vigilant to avoid any unwanted shocks.
There is no magic armour to protect their bodies - so all road users need to start to think differently and stopping/banning the usage of smartphones when moving, should be a first step to improve everyone's life, heatlh and safety.
There is a significant fixie (or fixed gear) scene in Bristol and FixednChips is there to prove it!
A race which is not about speed but about strategy! Forget all the stereotypes about hipsters on bikes. You don't have to be a hipster to be part of it - it is more about being part of a community without going on a power trip.
According to the reports, 79 riders took part of this unreal race.
30 minutes after the start saw the first cyclist at the finish line, however he wasn't the winner as such.
There was something in place to get extra points: having either mushy peas or a battered sausage at each check point.
All happened peacefully in a well-organised manner...all racers made it back to Queen Square with no cycle accident claims! Most cyclists had decent helmets...just in case something goes wrong. A few scratches and flat tyres but no injuries
It is always better to anticipate and think ahead...this is also the way to ride a fixed gear bike.