Feb
2016

The housing crisis & States of Mind

Walking, Protesting, Tibet,&  States of Mind

On my last post, I mentioned that I was going on a Demo about the current housing crisis we are facing in the UK, more specifically London. It was a short walk which started  from Kennington and finished in Westminster outside Downing Street. It was  a bright but cold day.  Getting out and about is vital for health ; Attending both the Housing crisis Demo and The  states of mind Exhibition complement each blowing away the cobwebs.

Two guys carried this all the way to Downing Street from Kennington. Stopped here for a rest!

Two guys carried this all the way to Downing Street from Kennington. Stopped here for a rest!

 

Will there ever be enough social housing in the UK?

 

At Downing street a friend tells documentary maker why we need social housing.. go Deborah.!

At Downing street, a friend tells documentary maker why we need social housing.. go Deborah.!

 

Although I see houses and flats being built daily all over London, at what price?

Walking to Westminster from Kenningto to protest about the lack of social housing.

Walking to Westminster from Kennington to protest about the lack of social housing.

 

women in red pushing poodle carrying a placard kill the bill

THE WELLCOME COLLECTION- Euston Road

A friend and I were both feeling frazzled, she was recovering from liver surgery, and I was feeling wiped out from my job in the NHS. We met at this exhibition “Tibet’s Secret Temple” in the fantastic  Wellcome institute Euston.

I managed to see it and it was well worth it. I had seen a poster for the Tibet exhibition and I had always had a fondness for the Tibetan culture. See the enclosed  You tube video showing an edited preview of the exhibition, which will give you an idea of the tranquility of their Culture.

Once upon a time I volunteered for The Free Tibet Campaign.
My role was to see their magazine to Booksellers. It was a short-lived career, but interesting all the same.

Hover and click over the title below for video. Tibet exhibition come on in

Sitting in a dark room with the sound of the water, was so soothing. Anybody who knows Euston Road will know what a nightmare of a road it is.  We sat for hours talking about escaping the humdrum of life.

Full of enthusiasm for the Wellcome Foundation, we met up again to see another exhibition which was called States of Mind; exploring brain damage among other illness’s.
 

Exhibition at The Wellcome Foundation Euston Road London

Exhibition at The Wellcome Foundation Euston Road London

 

Exploring phenomena such as disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition examines ideas around the nature of these subjects.

In particular, what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined. Some fascinating studies had been done on the effects of anaesthetic as the patient undergoes anaesthesia to unconsciousness. 

A study based in a Unit based in  Tel-Aviv worked with severely brain-damaged patients  & it showed how animals such as dogs and rabbits could bring comfort to some patients who otherwise are emotionally unable to communicate. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the mind.

I Can Not Help the Way I Feel’ by John Isaacs, 2003 Wax, polystyrene, steel, expanding foam and oil paint

I Can Not Help the Way I Feel’ by John Isaacs, 2003
Wax, polystyrene, steel, expanding foam and oil paintFurthermore

The Wellcome Foundation
Have a permanent exhibition, cafe and amazing book shop; where you can browse free of charge;an antidote to the horror of Euston Road!

This is taken from the permanent exhibition called Medicine Now. Obesity’ explores a condition dominantly affecting developed nations and compares it with a disease mostly associated with the developing world (malaria) 

 

 

 

until next month

Keep on Keeping on.

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