Nov 07

Stourhead National Trust Wiltshire Garden

Pop by 'n say hi!Stourhead Stourhead is a National Trust managed Palladian mansion house and landscaped garden in Wiltshire, South-west England. The name Stourhead comes from the house’s location, close to the source of the River Stour. British banker Henry Hoare created Stourhead. The landscape paintings of Claude Lorrain provided his inspiration. Hoare returned from his Grand Tour (an 18th century equivalent of the Gap Year, reserved mainly for upper-class men and restricted to Europe) with a Lorrain painting. Consequently, he set about landscaping his Stourhead garden to resemble the Baroque master’s work. Stourhead was one of the first ‘picturesque‘ English landscape gardens. Probably the most famous English landscape gardener of all times was Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Brown was better known for the ‘beautiful‘ style, which tends maybe not to be as dramatic as the picturesque style. While beautiful gardens feature rolling pastoral designs, picturesque gardens are replete with dead trees, artificial ruins and gorges. Your Stourhead Visit Don’t just visit Stourhead once, while it is both ‘picturesque’ and beautiful in autumn, either Winter, Spring or Summer have something equally splendid to offer. Entry is £15.60 (less without gift aid). Leave a bit of time to walk over to Alfred’s […]
Nov 05

Key to Success in personal and professional life

Pop by 'n say hi!Key to Success What is the key to success? While some, like motivational speaker Denise Hill, say success is down to just two qualities. Others list further qualities, though there are recurring themes in the keys to success often given. Ambition and Work Ethic The Key to success lies in ambition and work ethic according to Denise Hill. Each is a necessary key to success though neither alone is sufficient. Someone who has a good work ethic while they lack drive can achieve high output but be inefficient at reaching personal targets. Contrarily, someone with ambition but reliant on luck to help them reach their goal may end up disappointed. Law of Attraction Australian spiritual writer Rhonda Byrne believes that the key to success lies in four qualities: Positivity: positive thought is a powerful success magnet which identifies and externalises your internal strengths and weaknesses, she write in The Secret. Talent : everyone has something they excel at, being artistic, having a charismatic personality, having beautiful eyes or a nice smile. By focussing efforts on your talent you accelerate your journey on your path to success. Determination: being able to get back on the horse after […]

London Photography Exhibitions November 2016

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions November 2016 This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London photography exhibitions to start November include a comprehensive show at the Photographers’ Gallery in Soho on the Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970’s. While over at Somerset House, on The Strand, Mali’s most influential photographer has an exhibition showcasing Malick Sidibé’s renonwed black and white photography. Finally, photomonth festival continues on in East London; we have a list of exhibitions below. Read on for more information on these November London photography exhibitions in addition to opening times and closing dates of these and all the other November London photography exhibitions. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions, with information on opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions. Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali Free admission. Malick Sidibé, probably Mali’s most famous photographer, rose to fame by producing his black and white captures of popular culture in Bamako, which is Mali’s largest city. Sidibé won many awards during his life, most noteworthy are the Hasselblad Award for […]
Nov 02

Best workout time: before work, lunchtime or after work?

Pop by 'n say hi!Best workout time Best workout time really depends on what type of person you are and the type of training you want to get done that day. As modern life is so busy, it can be tricky to fit a regular exercise routine into our day. You may not have to worry about putting a lot of time into it though. This is because Norwegian research shows just twelve minutes’ of high intensity exercise three times a week was enough to stay fit, decreasing blood pressure and glucose levels in volunteers. That said what is best workout time to get the most out of those 12 minutes’ exercise? Muscle growth The best workout time for muscle growth could be afternoon or evening. That is because muscle strength increases from a low point in the morning, according to U.S. Sports Science research. Circadian rhythms mean peak performance can be achieved when your body is warmest in the evening, other research suggests. Finnish research at the University of Jyväskylä showed that less muscle was built when training in the morning compared to when training in the evening. This is all about muscle training though, what is the best […]

Best Retouching App: Facetune, Portrait Pro or Photoshop

Pop by 'n say hi!Best retouching app What is the best retouching app? Many photos seen online and on photo sharing apps like Instagram have been edited or retouched. There are many apps available to retouch photos as a result, it is difficult to know which is the best retouching app to go with. Some apps are quick and easy to use. These are fantastic for getting your photo posted as quickly as possible. While other full feature applications like Photoshop probably require a little training. In addition to Photoshop, we look at Facetune and Portrait Pro, in this best retouching app piece, weighing up the pros and cons. Disclosure: We have not received compensation from the companies whose products we mentioned in this post. Facetune Facetune is a powerful yet simple to use premium smart phone app (available for iOS and android). It is great for concealing small blemishes because you can easily select which areas of the image to edit and to what degree. Portrait Pro While Portrait Pro has many powerful features, it is not that difficult to use making it a good contender for the best retouching app. Rather than run on your smartphone, Portrait Pro […]

London Photography Exhibitions October 2016

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions October 2016 This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London photography exhibitions this October have an international feel. The black and white social documentary images of Mali’s most influential photographer feature at an exhibition at Somerset House. Meanwhile, documentary photography is the theme of an exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea. Controversial Japanese photographer presents recent work at Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair, while around the corner, Osborne Samuel displays iconic fashion photography by Erwin Blumenfeld. The two industrial landscape Edward Burtynsky displays continue at Flowers Gallery in Shoreditch while the Photomonth festival runs on in East London. Read on for opening times and closing dates of these and all the other October London photography exhibitions. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions, with information on opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions. Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali Free admission. Malick Sidibé, probably Mali’s most famous photographer, rose to fame by producing his black and white captures of popular culture in Bamako, which is […]

London Photography Exhibitions October 2016

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions October 2016 This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London photography exhibitions this October are fantastic. Visitors to London’s photography galleries can see works from top photographers from this and last century. Controversial Japanese photographer presents recent work at Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair, while around the corner, Osborne Samuel display iconic fashion photography by Erwin Blumenfeld. Landscape photography enthusiasts will love the two Edward Burtynsky’s displays at Flowers Gallery in Shoreditch. East London is also houses the continuing Photomonth festival. Read on for opening times and closing dates of these and all the other October London photography exhibitions. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions, with information on opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions. Araki Free admission. Araki is a Japanese photographer who is best known as a prolific author of photo books (he has released some 450 photo books). As well as being one of Japan’s most famous photographers, he is possibly aslo one of her most controversial photographers. Nobuyoshi Araki’s generates intimate, snapshot-style […]

London Photography Exhibitions August 2016

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions August 2016 This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London photography exhibitions this August include Edward Barber’s exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. Lovers of London’s architecture will appreciate the Historic England London photography exhibition at Central Saint Martins College in Kings Cross. William Egglesgton’s fine exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery also continue. Read on for opening times and closing dates of all exhibitions. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions, with information on opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions. Edward Barber Free admission. Imperial War Mueseum presents acclaimed documentary photographer Edward Barber’s work. This London photography exhibition captures the anti-nuclear protest movement in 1980s Britain. The Imperial War Museum is on Lambeth Road, close to Elephant & Castle underground and mainline stations. Free admission. Where: Imperial War Museum. Ends: Sunday, 4th September. See the London Photography Galleries list which compliments this London Photography Exhibitions post and is regularly updated with information on opening times and maps. More information: Imperial War Museum. Return to […]

London Photography Exhibitions August 2016

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions August 2016 This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London photography exhibitions this August feature abstract exhibitions at Flowers gallery in Shoreditch and the Tate Modern. The Flowers exhibition is titled ‘Out of Obscurity’ and is inspired by Alfred Stielglitz’ Equivalents series of abstract clouds. Meanwhile a little further south and across the Millennium Bridge Texture and Photography explores three different perspectives from twentieth century photographers, including Guy Bourdin. The Royal Geographical Society will be closing the Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition in South Kensington this week. Read on for opening times and closing dates of all exhibitions. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions, with information on opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions. Out of Obscurity Free admission. Out of Obscurity is an exciting exhibition focusing on abstraction in modern photography. The display is a speculative answer to Alfred Stieglilz’s 1920s symbolist series Equivalents. Equivalents was a series of abstract cloud captures which reflected Stielgtilz’ own experiences, thoughts and emotions. He held true […]

London Photography Exhibitions August 2016

Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions August 2016 This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London photography exhibitions this August include the fantastic group exhibition at Beetles+Huxley: An Ideal for Living. If you liked Martin Parr’s ‘Strange and Familiar’ selection of photographs of the British by foreign photographers earlier this year, An Ideal for Living will be right up your street. The exhibition features Martin Parr and work from other British photographers as well as those from beyond these shores. There are photographs from this sceptred isle and beyond at the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition. Note it has moved east, to Greenwich this year (details below). Read on for details on each of these London photography exhibitions. Note that some exhibitions are closing soon, so check closing dates below to make sure you don’t miss out. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions, with information on opening times and maps for the London photography exhibitions. An Ideal for Living Free admission. An Ideal fro Living: Photographing Class, Culture and Identity in Modern […]