Month: februari 2008

Oscars

The 80th Academy Awards were held yesterday. Here’s a list of the nominees and winners on Wikipedia.

I’ve very much wanted to see winner There Will Be Blood for quite some time now, but I’m told it won’t be shown anywhere local anytime soon. Which quite annoys me. I don’t understand why movies continue to premiere on such vastly different dates across the world.

New Opeth announced

Just read an item on Blabbermouth, on the new Opeth album. It’s to be released early June and will be entitled “Watershed”.

“Watershed” combines elements of modern metal, prog rock, free jazz and hints of European folk music, all of which come together for a seamless, unique collection of songs that will leave an indelible mark upon all who listen.

Can’t wait!

Shaolin

I’m going to see a preformance by the Shaolin Kung Fu Group next week in Lucent Danstheater (Den Haag). They’re performing ‘The Seasons and the King’. Though not really sure what to expect, I am quite looking forward to it.

The topic, the concept and the exercises: everything originates directly from the famous Shaolin temple in China. The Kung Fu monks know this Temple and the famous exercises like no one else. This production gives a picture of the daily practices during the four seasons. Beside the spectacular exercises we see components, which have not yet been shown not yet earlier in the west.

Jewellery

I’m not really one for wearing a lot of jewellery. Usually a pair of nice earrings will suffice. So I’m always on the lookout for new shiny trinkets. So I was pleased to stumble upon the St Justin shop, which sells handmade pewter jewellery. I ordered the following items:

  • Lindisfarne spirals oval earrings The Lindisfarne design on these earrings comes from the famous Lindisfarne Gospels, created in the early eighth century CE for ceremonial use at the monastery of Lindisfarne in the northeast of England.
  • Love knot long earrings The Celts used knotwork to decorate many of their artifacts. To them, the intricate patterns woven into spirals and knots symbolise the continuity of life.
  • Kells bird earrings The chevron lends itself to many designs with its often delicate and subtle detail. Animals best portray the Celtic spirit of change, recognising the importance of oneness with nature. The Celts believed birds to be celestial messengers and bearers of magical power, prophecy, good fortune, peace and love.