May: Picture A Day

I skipped Tuesday spin today. I did fully intend to go, I woke up early and everything but upon getting out of bed and putting some weight on my left foot it instantly hurt and I realised that I was best off resting it this morning. Hopefully I will be in top shape for yoga tomorrow morning. 

It’s another beautiful day over London Town (incidentally why do people call it “London Town” when it is clearly an enormous city?) and I came to work feeling rather spritely. I walked from Holborn tube, through Lincoln’s Inn Fields where the dappled light coming through the trees was dazzling, through historical and magnificent Lincoln’s Inn which makes my heart ache, behind the Royal Courts of Justice and along the Strand onto Fleet Street. I am lucky indeed to work in such a beautiful place, steeped in history and tradition, constantly filled with a buzz of excitement. I absolutely love London. 

Currently I have a little photo project going on, having taken inspiration from a friend of mine who did the same thing a little while back. It’s called “May: Picture A Day” and the idea is to take a picture of something every single day for the whole month. I’m using my Blackberry and uploading each shot directly to Facebook. So far it’s a lot of fun because I enjoy looking out for something nice to capture and share. It’s a great way to find more beauty in the world, to make new memories and to preserve little moments that would otherwise be lost in the sands of time. 


It’s 5/15/2015, and in honor of the 515 area code and the Hawkeye State, here’s a look at some Sundance Institute projects with connections to Iowa–including one commemorated by its own omelette! 

Something about the state–maybe it’s all that corn–seems to inspire unique and offbeat stories. Take Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond’s musical Iowa, supported by our 2012 Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA (top pic), and just off its successful run at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Iowa takes an absurdist look at what happens to a girl named Becca when her mother finds her soulmate on Facebook … and he lives in Iowa.

Miguel Arteta’s Cedar Rapids (SFF 2011) stars Ed Helms as a naive insurance salesman who’s introduced to the wild side big-city life at a convention in the film’s eponymous city. For a true but no less surprising story, check out Lincoln Ruchti’s documentary Chasing Ghosts (SFF 2007), which follows the rise of the Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, as it became the official score-keeper of the video game world.

And then there’s the film about making a film in Iowa, about cows. Evil cows. The Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre brought Zadar! Cow From Hell to the 1989 Festival, and the world was never the same. At least, that is, the edible world: with an omelette named after it at Iowa City’s Hamburg Inn No. 2, it might well be the only Festival film ever commemorated in breakfast form!

#VitaminD after work! Done for the day! Did so many #workstationassessments today #teaching people how to optimise their working environment And reduce their discomfort whilst at their #job.

Now I’m #Chilling before I do a a crazy #workout in the #spin studio!

#snphysio #chillaxin #park #picnic #relax #r&r #physio #physiotherapist #aldo #shoes #sunbathing #4dayweek (at Lincoln’s Inn Fields)

#Repost @muttropolitan_philly ・・・
While walking the zoo today on #ForbiddenDrive, we encountered this amazing high-spirited, #90yearold, spunky woman named, Doris. Doris told me she used to walk from the Inn to Lincoln Drive every day for 22 years. Now she only gets out when the weather is nice like this. She guesstimates a 2 - 2 ½ hour hike ahead of her. We chatted for five minutes or so and she brightened my entire day. Wow, what an inspiration! Walk on, Doris…walk on!!! #philly #philadelphia #peopledelphia #muttropolitanphilly #muttropolitan #igers_philly #igphilly #myphillypark #phillylife #whyilovephilly #discoverphl #lifeisgood by brittjames07

Lavinia Fenton

Sometimes the best tarts are the products of tarts themselves. Lavinia Fenton was the result of her mother’s late night rendezvous with a sailor. Things were rough growing up in Charing Cross in the early 1700s. Lavinia, like so many young women, turned to prostitution as a child. From there, she took the usual prostitute promotion and became an actress.

Her first recorded appearances on the stage happened while she was still a teenager. It was when Lavinia joined the production at Lincoln’s Inn Fields that she became noticed. Of course, this could just be because she was a pretty face. Either way, people flocked to see the divine Miss Fenton on stage. One of those people was Charles, Duke of Bolton.

The Duke was in a loveless marriage and much older than Lavinia,but that wouldn’t stop the two from shacking up, nor would Lavinia let shacking up get in the way of her career. It was her performance as Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera that earned Lavinia the most success. It also earned her a depiction in a Hogarth painting portraying the play. Now Lavinia was a full-out star. The papers followed her, prints were made of her, and she became the reason people would see the play.

After her initial success as Polly Peachum, there was a demand for Lavinia to play the character in just about any production of The Beggar’s Opera. In the meantime, she had three sons, all with the Duke. It wasn’t until the death of his wife in 1751 that the Duke made an honest woman out of Lavinia. Nine years later, Lavinia died, having lived her celebrity life with a happier ending than its beginning.