UK 2016 Glossybox Review: February

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I had enough reward points to receive a free Glossybox this month. Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription box, and subscribers receive the box delivered to their door with approximately five beauty or skincare sample and full-size products. Last year, I received the February Glossybox and loved the items. (You can read last year's review of the February Glossybox here.) The Valentine's Day touch made it feel a little more special as well, so I had high expectations for this box. Unfortunately, I was left completely disappointed with Glossybox. I'm glad it was technically a 'free' box. As the previous month, I received repeat items. In fact, I received the exact same item as last February's box! (And it came with a card last year where there was a buy-one-get-one free offer, so I now have four of the same item.)

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The design of the box did not disappoint this month. The theme is "Love is in the Air" and has pictures of watercolour balloon hearts on it. The products this month are a selection of make-up and beauty accessories. Read below to see what I have received.

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Nicka K New York 24hour Waterproof Eyeliner in dark brown: This product includes a little brush on the end to make it easy to achieve the cat-eye look. The tip of the brush allows it to draw a precise line and blend.

MUA Powerpout Glaze in allure: This gloss provides a subtle colour to the lips. Apparently, there were six random shades received. I would not normally have gone with this reddish-purple-pink shade, but at least I did not receive another bright red lip product.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company tweezers: I received the floral design of the tweezers, which has a vintage rose pattern on it. I like the design.

NAOBAY hair mask volume conditioner: I have used NAOBAY products before, and I've found them to be a good quality. This hair mask promises to condition hair and protect it. It contains organic ingredients.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor: This is the item that I received in last February's Glossybox. You can read my review there.

After the annual subscription I bought from the middle of 2014 to the middle of 2015 and a couple of odd boxes to use my reward points, I am well and truely done with Glossybox.

Magical Lantern Festival @ Chiswick House

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On Saturday, a group of friends and I spent the evening at the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House (London). The Magical Lantern Festival had only just launched on the Wednesday (February 3), so last weekend was the first weekend for it. This is the first time that the festival has been in the UK, and such festivals are ultimately a Chinese tradition. The Magical Lantern Festival celebrates Chinese New Year, which falls on February 8 this year. 

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The festival contains approximately fifty lanterns and include monkeys, antelope, elephants, peacock, flowers, tigers, zebras, kangaroos, fishes, flamingos, mushrooms, pandas, a dragon, and various Chinese symbols and scenes. All of these were created in China and sent over to the UK. The main lantern is a large Chinese dragon, but a special Monkey King sculpture was also made for the "Year of the Monkey" this year. According to the website, some of the lanterns are interactive and accompanied by music and theatre.

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Our access to enter the trail was at 5:30pm. When we arrived at 4:30, we were greeted with a long queue to enter the grounds. I thought that it may be a good idea to arrive early and to get some street food first. I didn't realise that the grounds only opened at 5:00, so we were waiting for a little while to get in. Originally and at the time of booking, Chinese food and gifts were meant to be on offer, but this was changed. I think they missed a trick as I am certain a small market of food and gift stalls selling Chinese items would have been popular. Instead, we had a choice of crepes or game burgers. I gave it a miss and we planned to visit Westfield for our food later.

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That Saturday was very windy, and we did have sprinkling of rain, which made it annoying to take photographs but which luckily was not bad enough to prevent a nice time. However, due to the foul weather, none of the lanterns were playing music or moving. I have seen in the promotional video that some of them do move, but we were unlucky to see them in their full glory due to the weather conditions.

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One of my friends is from China, so she told us about the sculptures. In the sculpture above, the symbols represent wealth and happiness. The red bag is a money bag, and the little boys on the left are carrying a large peach, which represents good health and happiness. Many of the sculptures around the festival had the peach symbols in them. 

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After having a warm tea to warm us up, we started the trail. The trail bushed were covered with light netting with smiling stars on them.

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Beyond this, the trail was covered with beautiful and colourful lotus flower lanterns overhead, which led us into the next part of the trail.

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I think that these beautiful flowers are meant to move with music being played, but they were stationary due to the wind. The backdrop of the obelisk, pond, and little building at the back was a perfect and magical composition.

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We passed by some beautiful flowers and illuminated peach trees before we came to perhaps the highlight of the evening: the Monkey King. The Monkey King sits on the mountain, and the bottom symbol in Chinese is 'mountain'. Other monkeys climb over a giant peach. This is the Mount Huaguo monkey, which was created for this year. This is a real place in China that is a popular tourist place and has connections with the monkey and has a waterfall.

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A little further along, we came across these beautiful swans.

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Next to the swans was a rainbow bridge, which we had to be careful walking on because the covering was slippery. From the top of the bridge, I saw a beautiful view of lanterns along the river. They reflected on the water - flamingos, ducks, flowers, and fish.

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On the other side of the bridge, a beautiful and colourful mushroom kingdom with squirrels emerged. 

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Then, I saw the pandas amongst bamboo lanterns. These pandas probably stole the hearts of so many people.

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Behind them, I saw a safari of lantern animals. They included the kangaroo, monkeys, zebras, deer, antelope, giraffes, and other animals. 

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The peacocks were further along the trail and looked beautiful.

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After the peacocks, we came to the half-way point in the trail. In this area, we could stop for a hot drink and marshmallow. The weather was cold with light rain, so we welcomed a hot chcoolate from Beltane & Pop, which was essentially liquid chocolate. Flavours, such as orange or mint, could be added to the chocolate. There was also the choice between milk, dark, and white. I had dark chocolate with cream on top. They also serve eclairs, but they were out of them sadly. After  the hot chocolate, we went next door to The Marshmallowist. Here, we could buy marshmallows in different flavours (champagne & strawberry, raspberry & gin, toasted coconut, etc) and toast them on the fire pits nearby. I had the toasted coconut marshmallow, which was tasty. However, it did take an age to melt and it was a little difficult leaving the fire.

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But, we did have to leave the fire in order to see the rest of the trail. Back on the trail again, we met up with giant peaches and a lot of beautiful flowers and plants.

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These peacocks were pretty.

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We also managed to look onto the opposite side of the trail that we had just come from to see the other side of the animals. I got some better monkey photographs.

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This trail then led us along the river, where I captured a photograph of the pink flamingos, fish, frogs, and other plants.

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A little further along on the river, I captured these ants/bees. We actually were not sure what they were - ants or bees - but they looked friendly enough. I think that they are also intended to move on their playground toy, and I imagine that there may be music as some of them are carrying horns.

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The elephants looked stunning as well.

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I also loved the green swan on the opposite side of the bank.

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Finally, we started to see some of the finale lanterns on the other side of the bank. This gave us a taste of what was to come. One is the pagoda, and the other is the massive lantern dragon.

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We headed around the river to get to the bridge. The below shimmery mushrooms (or jellyfish) looked pretty.

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On the other side, we saw a spinx, Cinderella carriage, and more colourful animals and mushrooms.

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This lantern was also beautiful, and it was one of my favourites. I think I read that it was made using real porcelain.

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We continued to walk around to the main area where the dragon was, but they had shut this due to the winds. So, we gazed longingly down to the far side where we could see what looked like a terracotta army of lanterns and some bright colourful flowers and the pagoda.

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The trail looped around underneath the archways, but it was closed off and no one could enter to see the beautiful display on the other side.

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Through the other archway that we could not access, we saw a range of Chinese New Year zodiac animals. This was the best photograph that I could take.

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I was able to zoom in to get a photograph of the dragon's head.

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And I absolutely loved the flower pot lantern.

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Everyone was directed to go down a different part of the trail, off to the side, which meant that we could not see the other lanterns. They were switched on, and the closest I could see is through zooming in on my camera at a side angel through a barrier. I also took a photograph of some flowers I saw in the distance, and there were a couple of Chinese fans. 

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I also managed to zoom in to get some details of the beautiful floral archways.

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The pagoda was well in the distance, and this was the best I could do using my zoom. It's a pity that we were not allowed along this finale of the trail in order to see these amazing pieces. Surely they could have had a queue so a few of us could go in and then a few more could enter after they had gone. 

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After this diversion, the trail came to an end. 

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Last, but not least, we entered another area where a cafe was set up and a small courtyard contained a "Love" heart lantern. As the Chinese New Year festivities happen on Valentine's Day in London this year, I think it was appropriate to have a heart for photo opportunities. The Magical Lantern Festival is also celebrating a special day for people who visit at the weekend. 

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And that draws our time at Chiswick House Magical Lantern Festival to a close. We left in just the right time too as the rain started to get harder and pour down even more.

In total, we spent two hours walking around the trail. I will mention this because the website mentions 75 minutes is the recommended time. Of course, we stopped for photo opportunities and probably spend thirty minutes having the hot chocolate and marshmallows as we had to wait in queue for the hot chocolate. We could have easily spent another thirty minutes in the cafe at the end or if the other part of the trail had been accessible.

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The Magic Lantern Festival is available to view at Chiswick House each day until March 3. Tickets can be bought from 5:00pm until 8:45pm, and it is better to book in advance to avoid disappointment. There is not enough available parking at the venue, and Chiswick House is not the easiest place in London to get to, but you can get there using public transport. For those who are a little more inconvenienced by the location of Chiswick House, there are parking areas near the venue or you can use a website to book a private space from an individual. (I used JustPark and was able to park at a school less than five minutes' walk from the main gate, but do make sure that you give yourself enough time as it took us longer than the 75 recommended minutes to get around the trail.) For more information or to book your place, visit: http://www.magicallantern.uk

Happy Pancake Day!

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This year, I was unable to see the Spitalfields Great Pancake Day Race as I have done the past three years. You can see last year's post here, which also has links to the previous two years before that. I also was not around any venues where Pancake Day races take place, so I had to settle for having an afternoon pancake lunch. I must say that this really hit the spot. By the time I got to go out for my lunch break, I was pretty hungry.

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The venue that I went to was Balan's Soho Society in Westfield Shopping Centre (Shepherd's Bush). This is a chain, and they did have a special pancake of the day which included caramel sauce and rum. I opted for the traditional classic - pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. I gobbled them up as they were so delicious and not too filling.

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I also tried two of their cocktails. The Texan Fruit is a vodka-based cocktail with raspberries, cranberries and kiwi. It was easy to drink. The second was a new cocktail, which I thought tasted of medicine. I mentioned this to the staff on exit, and they agreed that they didn't like it either. It's so new that I cannot even locate it on the menu, but it contained tequila. 

I enjoyed my pancake lunch and must give this restaurant a try in the future. Happy Pancake Day!

A little over a year ago, I went on a city break to Nuremberg, Germany. You may have already read my posts about Nuremberg Trials Courts and the museum at the former Nazi Rally Grounds. This post covers the main cathedral building in Nuremberg (St. Lorenz) and the National Museum. I spent nearly a day at the National Museum, and visiting St. Lorenz was done in about thirty minutes, but some people may wish to spend longer.

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St. Lorenz is dedicated to St. Lawrence. It is a medieval cathedral and was damaged in World War 2. The building's artwork was donated by wealthy citizens and remains. The church can be visited daily from about 9:00am until 5:00pm with reduced hours on Sunday.  

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If you are planning to visit the National Museum, I suggest picking the areas of the museum that you wish to visit first as it is not possible to see everything. You can make a day out of it, but it is a lot of walking and information overload. The museum is on several floors with some outdoor areas. I did walk through most of the museums, but there were some areas that did not interest me. The museum is built around a Carthusian Church. The collections range from paintings, musical instruments, armoury/weaponry, prehistory/ancient history, Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, science, medicine, fashion/clothing, everyday culture up to 1700, art, folk museum, middle ages, and toys.

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I spent the most time in the prehistory and ancient history sections as I find it fascinating. These include ranges of pottery, stonework, and gold items buried in hoards, as well as items found in burials. After that, I did browse through the Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages and the Carthusian Church (which mainly contained sculptures). I am not really into religious artwork, but they did have a nice selection of books that were beautifully decorated and illustrated. One of the stars of the show was a gold ship.

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I walked around the other exhibitions as well, including the art gallery and folk art. I enjoyed the folk museum section with its replica life-size German buildings filled with furniture. The art included everything to the modern day.

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I didn't get to make it to the toys area, which is a separate building. The bloke was tired and the museum was a little bit like a maze; even with following the map, it wasn't clear where the exits to other exhibitions were. It took us a little longer than anticipated to find the way to the folk museum section, for example. However, this did mean that we were able to walk through most areas to get a flavour of the musuem. Of course, some areas I had zero interest in so could ignore them and spend my time in another area.

Have you been to Nuremberg and paid a visit to the museum or St. Lorenz cathedral? What did you think?

Street Art Round-up: Winter 2015-2016

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I've not posted many street art posts recently as I've been busy with other areas at the moment, but I have made a couple of trips to east London since the beginning of January, and I thought that it was due time to include some good street art in a round-up on my blog. Hopefully, I will be able to keep more up-to-date with the street art scene this year, but it's not as easy as it was before last year when I was working with the street art on my doorstep. I post it because I enjoy seeing it and street art is only around for a limited time before it is replaced. I also love learning about the artists and identifying their work.

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Olivier Roubieu is a French artist currently based in London. He has been painting a series of portraits with a splash of paint colour on their faces. According to the artist, the splash of colour adds another dimension to the painting. I also saw some of the artist's work at last summer's Bristol Upfest, covered here.

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Hunto is an Italian artist who continues to paint in London regularly. His work is abstract and often features amourous people. Additional work by the artist can be seen in my post here

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Size92 and Mask collaborated on the blue and purple piece and the black and white pieces above. 

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NoMoreLies created this postal stamp with endangered species. This is a part in their series, but I could not locate any additional work from them in London. This piece highlights the cave bear.

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Neist and Asebueno are the artists who painted the high-profile wall on Hanbusy Street recently. The work is a grafitti-style and a slightly different take on what is normally painted on the wall.

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Otto Schade is always a firm favourite and adds a lot to London's streets. For more of the artist's work, see my post here. Someone decided to turn the artwork into a peace symbol, which breaks the message a little bit. The message displays a never-ending story about war or killing and how it loops back to the beginning. The artist always uses the circle with typically orange or purple to get his political and social messages across.

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Squirl painted these whimsical robotic creatures. The artist paints often in London, and I've covered some of the work previously here.

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I'm not sure who created this little sculpture, which reminds me of the doctors from the black plague.

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Annatomix painted the above running horse. I saw the artist at work during Upfest in Bristol last summer (click to see my coverage of the work here). She paints animals using shapes, and they end up looking like oragami creations.

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Waleska painted the above mural near Old Street, and it is titled "spreading the love".

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Anna Laurini, an artist who studied art in London, has spent the past three years covering London in colourful positive messages and street art. I originally covered her work when she started to paint the streets back in 2013, and you can read more about her here. The work on the shutter reads "live fully, love fully".

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Richard Wilson's tribute to singer Josh Milan is painted above.

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The above works are by Artista. I love her cute and colourful work. She paints a lot of abstract and floral symbols but has recently expanded to create toast with legs and bottles with legs. I have covered her work previously here.

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Giusi Tomasello has been busy so far this year. This is her second mural on Blackall Street; a few weeks ago, she painted in a paint jam with an all-female group of street artists. I covered her work in that paint jam here. This time, she pays tribute to David Bowie.

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Gary Alford created the above murals; he is an artist from Margate.

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Kapesex and Bismer One created the above mural. I couldn't capture the whole mural as it covers several parts of scaffolding on Blackall Street.

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Float and Pang collaborated on the above mural. The most recent mural that Pang collaborated with was one with Nagel on Hanbury Street, which I covered here.

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Mutiny uses street art to draw attention to endanged species, and this mural draws attention to the golden-shouldered parrot. The artist painted another mural in the same spot earlier in January, which I covered here.

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Gent48 

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PrefID has painted in this area of London before, and his pieces are fun because they form a phrase or a couple of words that you need to spend time trying to make out in two-dimension. This one says "say hi from me". The colours and style of the text helps to pick it apart.

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Greek street artist SER has painted in London before, and this recent and colourful piece appeared a few days ago. I have previously covered a different style of work by the artist before, which you can read about here.

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Saturno The Creator created the above piece.

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Zina painted the above piece, which spells out "recognize".

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Elno was another female artist who painted in the all-female Blackall Street paint jam in January, covered in my post.

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In addition to the above, Rioter painted a new mural after her contribution in January.

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I came across Jim Vision finishing a new mural in the location where he had previously painted (but had not changed for a long while). London's streets have seen a lot of his work over the past several years.

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London Gdansk painted the above graphical lines, which reminds me a little of the technique that Dan Kitchener uses for his city scenes.

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Dave the Chimp painted the above mural on the Village Underground Wall. I walked by when it was in its very early stages of conception. The artist highlights the importance of education, particularly in Iran where certain groups of people do not have equal access to education. 

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Tizer, who often paints a more urban and grafitti style in London, painted this birthday tribute. I've previously covered some of Tizer's work here.

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The work above is a collaboration between Artista, who I covered above, and Attai. 

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Attai paints bird houses, and I covered the artist's work previously. The artist has painted quite a lot in London over the past year.

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Rolling People

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Neoh is well-known for painting ballerinas. I've previously covered his work here

The below works were taken over the course of last year, and I've liked them enough to include them here.

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The Simpsons in Shoreditch

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John Lennon 

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El Jerrino

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Rich Mix

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Unknown

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Misterpiro
 

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Goms

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Mark Airbourne

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Leo el Duende

I was keen to see the recent Donald Trump artwork by Furia (whose work I previously covered here), but that has been painted over now.

Next weekend is Chinese New Year, and I celebrated early by visiting Yauatcha in Soho. Yauatcha, established in 2004, is the only Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant in the UK, and its founder also founded Wagamma's, Busaba Eathai and other similar chains. The main restaurant is located on the lower floor, and Yauatcha's Patisserie is located on the ground floor. The desserts could be seen through the windows, and they all look amazing; this would be the perfect spot to indulge. As this year is the 'Year of the Monkey', the restaurant have a special 'Year of the Monkey' menu with cocktails, desserts, and dim sum.

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The restaurant decor is stylish and modern. The exterior walls were lined with inset flickering candle lights, and the black ceiling twinkled with tiny lights that reminded me of stars. The main feature, however, was the bar. The bar is transformed into an aquarium with dozens of tropical orange and yellow fishes. To celebrate the monkey year, several paper oragami monkey decorations were hanging around the restaurant and patisserie.

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We received an appetiser when we arrived, and it consisted of soy sauce and two other sauces.

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We had the duck roll dim sum, which were very filling and quite large in size. The rolls came with the sweet plum sauce and were crispy on the outside and cooked perfectly. The duck was also not too over-powering, and the ratio of duck to vegetable to the crispy batter/coating was perfect.

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To celebrate the 'Year of the Monkey', I ordered the gin cocktail flight known as "Monkey Flight". This contained three cocktails made using Monkey 47 gin. Each were created to be paired with the special menu (which we did not order any food from) and well-presented. The first, "Saffron Gin & Tonic" was created in front of me. The Monkey 47 gin was in the bottom of the glass, and the tonic water was poured over a strainer of saffron into the glass. The cocktail changed colour from clear to a pale gold. 

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The second was a paler pink colour and known as "Pomelo Fortune". It contained gin, velvet falernum liqueur, pomelo, grapefruit, cranberry and orange, and mandarin bitters. This was the fruitiest of the three cocktails.

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The last cocktail was a darker pink (almost red) colour, and it was known as "Pink Kumquat". It included sloe gin, rum, ginger liqueur, cranberries, and rice syrup.

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The bloke, who was born in the year of the monkey, had the beef with black bean sauce and found it to be very enjoyable.

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I opted to try the Thai style chicken, which was cooked with onion, mango, papaya, and chilli. The batter was crispy and tasty, but I should have asked for it to have extra spice as it did not taste spicy to me at all.

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We shared egg fried rice with beans, and this was also delicious.

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At the end of the meal, I asked for the six macarons that were created to celebrate the year of the Monkey. These are meant to be slightly discounted when ordering all six together, but the restaurant forgot to adjust the price for me. The flavours on the plate below included Camomile and buttercream, bitter orange almond, and (I think) juniper berry. I'm not sure on that last one because the macaron tasted like it had chocolate ganache on the inside, but I don't think I've ever eaten a juniper berry to know what one tastes like.

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In the image below, I had the gin and tonic macaron, the rose macaron, and elderflower ginger macaron. All macarons were decorated beautifully.

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The "Year of the Monkey" menu at Yauatcha will run until February 21. The branch of the restaurant in the City will also host cocktail classes with Monkey 47 gin on the 6th and 20th of February. The restaurant is located in Broadwick Street in Soho and Broadgate in the City.

I would like to return to the restaurant to try some of the other dim sum dishes and also to eat in the patisserie on the ground floor.

(Note that this review is my own and I was not asked to go to the restaurant to write a review.)

New Street Art by Mr. Cenz

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One street artist who was very active in the London street art scene last year is Mr. Cenz, and I previously covered this artist's work here. The newest mural by the artist was painted in Soho last autumn, and managed to photograph it last month. The work features the portrait of a woman in the artist's trademark grafitti-style with the use of abstract angles and bright colours. The green woman appears with blue sky in the background and covers quite a large wall.

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In addition, I have used this post to show other photographs of Mr. Cenz's work to have appeared over the past year that I've not yet posted. The murals below appear were on the same wall on Curtain Road and replaced with a fresh piece (the top image). 

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Off Brick Lane, the artist painted this beautiful green and purple lady with whimsical angles and shapes.

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My favourite piece is one on a building near Shoreditch High Street Station that the artist refreshes now and again. The green portrait has an almost-cyborg resemblance with the woman's eye. This is a stunning work.

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Another road off of Brick Lane also has a wall where the artist refreshes his work. 

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I also discovered an early mural near Bethnal Green station.

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The artist has also painted on scaffolding a lot last year, and I managed to capture the two images below before they were painted over.

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I will be posting more work by Mr. Cenz when I find them on the streets of London.

UK 2016 Glossybox Review: January

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Glossybox is a monthly beauty and skin-care subscription box service. Subscribers receive a mixture of full-size and sample-size products in each box. I signed up to receive the February box, but instead, they sent me the January one, which I was not keen on (I saw spoilers of it beforehand) because I have tried three of the products and was not keen on trying another body lotion or primer product. (I wanted to subscribe to February and get March's box for free as I have enough for a free box.)

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January's box had two sample products and three full-size products. The box came with the following products:

Royal Apothic body lotion: This body lotion promises smooth and hydrated skin. It has a floral smell and does not leave the skin feeling greasy. The lotion is absorbed. The product is a good one if you're looking for a lotion or hand cream. I am using it as a hand cream.

Emite Diamond Heart Primer: This primer claims to boost skin radiance and colour before applying make-up.

Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick: I received this bright red shade of lipstick, which does add colour and absorbs into the lips without leaving a greasy and clumpy feeling on lips. I already have this brand of lipsticks that I've received previously. I am not a fan of bright red lipsticks and feel that they make me look washed-out, so this one will be added to my stash of unused red lipsticks.

Nails Inc in 'Uptown': I've got a stash of different colours of Nails Inc products, and I am not at all keen on this shade of salmony-pink, which I seem to have received a tonne of. I'll be finding this one a new home.

Nicka K Airbrush Blending Sponge: This sponge helps achieve a flawless liquid foundation cover. I've used similar products. This one has a unique shape to work around the different contours of your face.

As said, the January box never wowed me at all. I am looking forward to February's box because it was a great box last year.

Amy Winehouse Sculpture in Camden

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In September of 2014, a bronze statue of singer Amy Winehouse was revealed in Camden Stables Market. The singer was from Camden and lived there until she died aged 27 from alcohol poisioning in the summer of 2011. The statue portrays a life-size Amy. It shows her with her signature beehive hair style and high heels. A real flower can be placed in her hair. When I visited, it was a red flower with a red band, but it was traditionally a rose when the statue was placed in the market.

Amy would have been 31 years of age when the statue was placed in Stables Market. The plaque at her feet commemorates a framed birthday photograph, and others have placed woven bracelets on her wrists and a flower at her feet.

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I love her music and her death was such a big loss. I miss what other hits she could have made that I and others would have listened to. Rest in peace, Amy.

Before Christmas, a little over a year ago, we explored Nuremberg Christmas Markets and Rothenberg-ob-der-Tauber. In addition to shopping and Christmas Markets, we explored the other attractions that the city has to offer. One of the major attractions, although not mentioned in my guide book, is to explore the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the museum on site. The museum gives insight into this era of history and details of the major events and ideals which started the second World War. It's an emotional experience, and I feel that it is an important and educational one that visitors should not miss if they wish to understand history and the the decades in between the two World Wars, which ultimately led to the second World War.

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The museum has exhibitions on how Hitler wanted to be portrayed, the importance of architecture and the role it played, how the masses were influenced by Hitler and his ideals, and a visual representation of an estimation of how many groups (including Jews, homosexuals, Communists, Romani, ethnic Poles, political prisoners, people with disabilities) were murdered by the party.

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Portraits of Hitler based on how he wanted to be portrayed and all released images of him had to pass certain aspects; various Nazi Party propaganda and images of Nuremberg and the Rally Grounds during the height of the party; 'My Struggle' or 'Mien Kampf' signed by Adolph Hitler; Albert Speer's architectural drawings; video/audio from the Nuremberg trials

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Representation of the number of victims taken to concentration camps and killed; Nazi toy soldiers

Nuremberg was the centre of the Nazi (National Socialist) Party, and the first rallies were held here in 1927. The grounds acted as a community with many events for everyone, including the young members of society. It was quickly adopted as a way of life and engrained into society for a variety of reasons that can be read in more detail at the museum. Albert Speer engineered the grounds to show off the power of the party and Hitler; the museum goes into how this was achieved using architecture and other methods (light, banners, sound, etc). 

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Lake and Congress Hall

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Zepplinfield

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Inner courtyard of Congress Hall

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Congress Hall

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Documentation Centre - museum. This is where the tram stops for the rally grounds

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Great Street

The Nazi grounds include the Zepplin field (named after a Zepplin that landed there in 1909), stadiums, Congress Hall, a zoo, cafe, swimming pool, an exhibition space, and a lake. The zoo was opened in 1912 with the help of citizens and was maintained throughout the war. It contained over 193 species. Albert Speer designed the grounds with the 'Greet Street' in mind. It was 60 metres wide and over 2,000 metres long, laid with granite slabs, and was aligned with Nuremberg Castle to show significance of the Nazi Party to past imperial Germany. (This glorification of the past imperial days of Germany was one of the psychological desires that Hitler played upon to capture and form his community of followers.) The street would be flanked with tall towers to portray the importance and power of the party.

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Zepplinfield

Hitler would have come out the back doors of the grandstand and went to the front and stood to address his crowd on the Zepplin Field below, which is larger than 12 football fields. With the structure around him and his height, the atmosphere and the whole experience of this place would have made him seem very powerful. In 1938, the "Cathedral of Light" took place here, which beamed floodlights into the sky and was probably spectacular.

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Zepplinfield

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Zepplinfield - speaker area

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When Germany lost the war, the US held its victory parade at this grandstand, and the giant swastika was blown up. The towers on both sides were removed because they were deemed unsafe. The US were stationed here until 1994. Today, the grandstand and track outside it is used as a racing circuit (Noris ring) and for concerts.

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Nuremberg trials courthouse

After exploring the grounds, we headed back into Nuremberg and got the subway to the court house where the Nuremberg Trials were held. The trials are of high importance in the world criminal justice system. The trials included representatives of different Allied countries (US, Britain, Russia, and France) whose purpose was to oversee the trials to determine if key individuals of the Nazi Party were guilty of crimes. These crimes were categorised into war crimes, crimes against humanity, and participating or planning crimes against peace. The trials were the first to be recorded with video and sound. We saw a little bit about the trials, including some original documents and recordings, in the Nazi Rally Grounds museum.

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Nuremberg Trials court room

We had an English guided tour of the museum at the Nuremberg Court House, and the guide highlighted some of the important aspects of the trials and those involved and the outcomes of some of those captured and their sentence. We then saw the interior of the famous room where the trials were held. As this court room is still used today, make sure to visit it outside of work hours to avoid disappointment.

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