Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hi Silicon Roundabout

Starting with a new job tomorrow I can't help remembering my earlier experience of looking for a job after relocating. This time the process was much smoother, in two weeks after publishing my CV because of pure curiosity and not even applying myself I got two offers I had to choose from and probably more in progress. Can't be too proud of myself though as despite the continuous problems the economy is obviously in a better state now than it used to be two or three years ago. Also my improved language proficiency have made some difference, I suppose, but anyway that was a pleasant surprise.

These were nice two years though: I was lucky to work with good people and had a chance to get back on engineering track after my romance with managerial roles, which, as I now understand, were not really my cup of tea. Will see how it goes.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sketching at The Wallace Collection

I didn't expect the attendance to be free as the interior of the place is unusually luxurious for a public gallery. Visitors are also different:

Haters gonna hate

Paintings, furniture and decorated vases don't make the best sketching material, but the enormous collection of medieval armour provides quite a few opportunities:

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Norman Cornish and greyhounds

I've been puzzled for a long time by greyhounds on Norman Cornish's paintings - those subtle creatures don't represent the breed you can easily imagine as a pet of a hard-working man whose life is trapped between a pit and a pub.

Visiting an exhibition today I remembered my question and I was kindly given an answer - those dogs were actually more than pets providing additional income and entertainment by racing. If you skip to 6:00 in this video you can see what that looked like in 80s.

While this tradition didn't completely vanish, there's a lot of buzz about illegal dog fighting and banned breeds owned by working class people today. Racing is still questionable in terms of animal humanity, but it definitely was a better alternative.