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Experience of Jack White Live at Merriweather Post Pavillion (September 14, 2014)

Related Posts: October 2010: VAMPS at Roseland Ballroom, NYC and Experience of SPX 2014.

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Out of the blue, my childhood friend Kristen’s mother Carla invited me to come with them to a Jack White concert! They had an extra ticket since Kristen’s husband Matt had no idea who White is and wasn’t particularly interested in going. I, on the other hand, was freaking out! I’ve been a White Stripes/Jack White fan since 2001 and have always wanted to see them/him live. At first, I wasn’t sure if I could go since I was busy with SPX, but my mom agreed to cover my table for a few hours so I could (Thanks again, mom!).

Even though I don’t own a record player, I’ve been coveting White’s Lazaretto Ultra LP — a unique vinyl with everything from hidden tracks to something called dual-groove technology, to amazingly a hand-etched hologram (more information here)!!! So I was very excited to pick up a copy of my own at the concert venue (even though the people selling them had no idea what they were).

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To my surprise, the opening act was Olivia Jean, lead singer of The Black Belles who’s starting her solo career. I guess I should have known she would be there since she’s under White’s record label Third Man Records, but it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. She played mostly songs from her upcoming album Bathtub Love Killings, which comes out October 14th. I was ecstatic because the one and only song from The Black Belles’s self-titled album she played was my favorite entailed “Not Tonight”:

Nursing the lies that make you bold
By deterring everything you’re told
And now you’re using mercy as bait
To catch a chance to compensate

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

Treated my troubles as your own
Walked right into my burning home
And as you watch the flames arise
I sweep up ashes you expect a prize

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

And now you realize you’ve threatened
All the sympathy you ain’t getting
Cover you tracks and leave no trace
Strap a mask on your face

Cause I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

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Jack White’s performance was absolutely inspiring! He’s the kind of artist who needs to be seen live. He had such amazing energy and was flying all over the stage. You could also tell he had immense respect for the talented musicians in his band. He was sporting his new haircut (Kristen and Carla barely recognized him at first) and a dapper suit that he sweated through almost immediately. He had some issues coordinating with one of the roadies, which provided some unintentional comedic relief. The concert took place in a surprisingly intimate setting (I didn’t know the Merriweather Post Pavillion is relatively small) and featured a wonderful balance of old and new songs.

1. “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”: I was delighted to hear this White Stripes classic as the opening of the show! I always think of Michel Gondry’s music video with footage eerily projected across the walls as White wanders through the  various rooms of a house in London. “If you can hear a piano fall / you can hear me coming down the hall…”

2. “High Ball Stepper”: This is a very fun song live and the audience seemed really into it. :)

3. “Lazaretto”: This very funky single was great to hear live. “And like the dough I don’t fall down / I’m so Detroit, I make it rise from the ashes…”

4. “Alone in My Home”: One of my favorite non-single songs from Lazaretto! An upbeat song about a haunted house, or maybe its the singer who’s haunted? “Lost feelings of love / Lost feelings of love / That hover above me…”

5. “Hotel Yorba”: This was the first White Stripes song I ever heard. Personally, I’m not at all into country and/or folk music, but I can almost stand it when it’s Jack White.

6. “Temporary Ground”: My other favorite non-single song from Lazaretto!

On a floating lily island
Moving over slowly sideways
Rested temper and the creatures
Spending all of their days

Praying for the floor to
Buckle down below their belts
Crashing into yet another
Drifting continental shelf

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

The old explorers had it easy
They discovered nothing new
But returned on home with answers
Of sad existent clues

All the creatures have it hard now
Nothing but god is left to know
And while he left us all here hanging
We’re barely losing off our home

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

7. “Cannon”: This is the intro for “Another Way To Die,” the song White wrote for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. I always forget about that song…

8. “I Think I Smell a Rat”: This was a great treat since my mom and I occasionally sing this to each other.

9. “I Cut Like a Buffalo”: I’m not particularly familiar with The Dead Weather, but I plan on fixing that when I have a chance.

10. “Blunderbuss”: I’m honestly not that familiar with this song. Clearly, I need to go out and buy a copy of White’s first solo album Blunderbuss.

11. “Three Women”: This is the catchy opening song of Lazaretto. “Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy lordy lordy Lord…”

12. “Missing Pieces”: Another reason to buy Blunderbuss. “I woke up and my hands were gone, yeah / I looked down and my / legs were long gone / I felt for her with my shoulder / But there was nobody there…”

13. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (first half of the song): Somehow I do not own the Icky Thump album either. I think I own all The White Stripes albums except for that one.

14. “Top Yourself”: I’m also not particularly familiar with The Raconteurs, but I plan on also fixing that when I have a chance.

15. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (second half of the song)

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16. “Icky Thump”: “White Americans, what? / Nothing better to do? / Why don’t you kick yourself out? / You’re an immigrant too?”

17. “Sixteen Saltines”: I admit, I was screaming and jumping up and down when this song started. “I’m hungry and the hunger will linger / I eat sixteen saltine crackers then I lick my fingers…”

18. “Love Interruption”: This is such a brilliant song. “I want love to: walk right up and bite me, / Grab a hold of me and fight me, leave me dying on the ground.”

19. “We’re Going to Be Friends”: Another classics from The White Stripes. It always makes me think of Napoleon Dynamite.

20. “Would You Fight for My Love?”: This is by far my favorite Jack White single and it was absolutely amazing live!!!

It’s not enough that I love you
There’s all these things I have to prove to you
You use the sun to erase the past
But you think it only raises for you

Well I’m afraid of being hurt that’s true
But not afraid of any physical pain
Just as I am always scared of water
But not afraid of standing out in the rain

The last person in the room she hugged
Was the person that she loved the most
Nobody noticed that I was down on the rug
I’m getting better at becoming a ghost

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

And I’ve hurt you before
But can you ignore
My love

You’re walking out my back door
Looking back for
My love

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

People do their best to not let passion begin
It’s dead before it has a chance to start
And so then there I am, the caretaker of sin
To your abandoned and malignant heart

It’s such a pleasure, to sing with you together
Making love when there is nobody home
But I can’t kiss you ’til you lift up your chin
You have to want to stop being alone

I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love

21. “Just One Drink”: Another fun song, upbeat with a tinge of classic Jack White melancholy. :) “You drink water, I drink gasoline / One of us is happy, one of us is mean / I love you, honey, why don’t you love me?”

22. “I Fought Piranhas”: “Well you know what it’s like/ i don’t got to tell you / who puts up a fight / walking out of hell now / when you fought piranhas / and you fought the cold / there’s nobody with you / and you’re all alone…”

23. “Seven Nation Army”: The real crowd pleaser! I was over the moon! Such an iconic song! The perfect way to end an exceptional concert!

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Tons of Zine Reviews!

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Many thanks to Robert Mitchell Jr. for his enthusiastic reviews of The Poet and the Flea and The First Reich! It was wonderful meeting him at D.C. Zinefest and I look forward to reading his zines too. :)

Originally posted on Robert Mitchell Jr.:

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Some of the ‘zines I picked up at DC Zinefest

Now that I’ve had a chance to sit down and actually read the zines I picked up at DC Zinefest last weekend, here are some quick reviews (clockwise from upper left in the photo).

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 Mt. Olyphant is a graphic novel in eight parts — only the first installment is available just yet — written by Zack Ziemba and illustrated by Christine Skelly.  This is the tale of Paul Tomarchio, a mythology scholar who wakes up in a mental hospital  only to find that the doctors, patients and staff are all figures from Greek mythology.  Is Paul frightfully insane, or is he seeing the machinery behind the curtain of reality?  The production value is perfect and professional, the writing is skilled and original, and the artwork is inspired.  I was blown away!  If the quality holds up until the…

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Cannes/London 2013: Compilation

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Here is a compilation of all the posts regarding my Cannes/London 2013 trip. Please enjoy!

  1. Pre-Travel Planning
  2. Bon Voyage, See You in June!
  3. Saturday May 11th
  4. Sunday, May 12th
  5. Monday, May 13th
  6. Tuesday, May 14th
  7. Wednesday, May 15th
  8. Thursday, May 16th
  9. Friday, May 17th
  10. Saturday, May 18th
  11. Sunday, May 19th
  12. Monday, May 20th
  13. Tuesday, May 21st
  14. Wednesday, May 22nd
  15. Thursday, May 23rd
  16. Friday, May 24th
  17. Saturday, May 25th
  18. Sunday, May 26th
  19. Monday, May 27th
  20. Tuesday, May 28th
  21. Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain
  22. Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain, William Blake Rooms
  23. Wednesday, May 29th
  24. Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery
  25. Thursday, May 30th

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Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 30th

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Eros in Piccadilly Circus.

Today — Elena, Laura and I explored the William Blake historic sites. We met at Piccadilly Circus and walked over to Saint James’s Church, where Blake was baptized. The baptismal font is still there, with very intricate carvings of Adam and Eve. It’s amazing to think that Blake was once a baby who could fit in that font!

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St. James’s Church.

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A Blake quote welcoming visitors of St. James’s.

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Another side of St. James’s.

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The baptismal font.

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Closeup of the baptismal font.

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Inside St. James’s.

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A different angle inside St. James’s.

Then, we took a double-decker bus through the city all the way across the Thames to Battersea to visit Saint Mary’s Church were Blake and Catherine were married. We almost got lost since there were a number of similar churchs in the area, but we managed to find the right one. The ladies in the church were a bit confused at first by our presence. But when I told them that we are Blake enthusiasts, they immediately understood.

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Inside the double-decker bus!

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St. Mary’s Church Battersea

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View across the Thames.

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Inside St. Mary’s.

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Inside St. Mary’s: stained-glass window commemorating Blake.

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Detail of stained glass.

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Another detail of stained glass.

After that, we went to visit Blake’s grave at Bunhill Fields. It was a very old but charming cemetary, and it was fascinating watching them in the process of restoring some of the old crypts and tombstones. I left a simple offering at Blake’s gravestone — an apple — and also explored the green where Blake’s physical body is supposed to have been buried (I believe The Friends of William Blake are trying to raise money and/or petition for a special monument at Blake’s actual burial site).

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Bunhill Fields is quite serene.

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A memorial obelisk to Daniel Defoe.

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Blake and Catherine’s grave marker.

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A simple offering.

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Blake’s actual remains are somewhere around here, I think.

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Didn’t get a chance to go in… Next time!

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John Bunyan‘s tomb.

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Another angle of Bunyan’s tomb.

Then, we went to visit Westminster Abbey. Here, I unfortunately got separated from Elena and Laura, and we couldn’t find each other again. :( But I’m glad I went, even though it was a bit overwhelming to take in. I especially enjoyed the Poets’ Corner where I saw commemorations to Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll and Blake among others.

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Big Ben/Elizabeth Tower.

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Approaching Westminster Abbey.

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Westminster Abbey!

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I spy the London Eye!

The absolute highlight of my day — and possibly even my trip — was the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings. I didn’t get to see all that much of the museum proper, but inside this department I was allowed to handle and examine an original print of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. When I say “prints,” I mean a copy made by Blake himself on his own printing press!! I was able to see many of my favorite poems — “The Tyger,” “The Fly,” “The Sick Rose,” etc. The prints are indescribably complex and beautiful, and surprisingly tiny. It was amazing rereading these poems as they were originally meant to be read! After that, I enjoyed afternoon tea at the museum for a surprisingly reasonable price. And I ate every last sandwich, cake, and scone. :D

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Inside The British Museum.

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Afternoon tea is about to commence.

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Now I feel that my trip is complete.

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I ate every last crumb!

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Scones and clotted cream.

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That was fun!

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See ya’ later, British Museum!

Tomorrow, back to San Francisco!

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Above is the last entry of the journal I wrote during my Cannes/London trip.

Overall, this trip was an amazing experience and I’m glad I was able to do almost everything I planned to.

I met so many amazing people along the way and was inspired by everything I encountered.

I hope you all enjoyed reading these posts!

Best,

G. E.

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Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery

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Here are some of my favorite pieces I saw at the National Portrait Gallery in London during my visit!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images!!

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1. Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

2. Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

3. Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

Anne of Denmark by John de Critz the Elder

5. William Shakespeare by John Taylor

William Shakespeare by John Taylor

6. Queen Henrietta Maria

Queen Henrietta Maria

7. King George IV, when Prince Regent by Sir Thomas Lawrence

King George IV, when Prince Regent by Sir Thomas Lawrence

8. William Blake by Thomas Phillips

William Blake by Thomas Phillips

9. Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips

Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips

NPG 938; Sir Richard Owen by Henry William Pickersgill

Sir Richard Owen by Henry William Pickersgill

11. Lady Colin Campbell by Giovanni Boldini

Lady Colin Campbell by Giovanni Boldini

12. William Holman Hunt by Sir William Blake Richmond

William Holman Hunt by Sir William Blake Richmond

(c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Aubrey Beardsley by Jacques-Emile Blanche

NPG 1028; Robert Louis Stevenson by Sir William Blake Richmond

Robert Louis Stevenson by Sir William Blake Richmond

15. Louise Jopling by Sir John Everett Millais

Louise Jopling by Sir John Everett Millais

NPG 1325; Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan by Sir John Everett Millais

NPG 1078; William Morris by George Frederic Watts

William Morris by George Frederic Watts

NPG 1172; Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

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Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th

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Underground.

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Approaching Trafalgar Square.

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Trafalgar Square.

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View from Trafalgar Square.

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Elmgreen and Dragset’s bronze sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse.

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Statue of George IV.

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Statue of Shakespeare under renovation at Leicester Square.

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A favorite quote.

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I couldn’t resist The Cumberbatch.

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Along Leicester Square.

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Entrance to the National Portrait Gallery.

I began my day exploring Trafalgar Square and the surrounding area while waiting for the museums to open. I went from statue to statue, taking photos and reading inscriptions. Around the block, I found myself at Leicester Square where a statue of Shakespeare is under renovation.

I spent about an hour or so running around the National Portrait Gallery, which was a lot of fun since very few people were there so it felt as if I had the whole museum to myself. During this time, I discovered many interesting paintings and that sometimes the portrait is just as much about the subject as it is about the artist behind the scenes. I was particularly delighted that the portraits of William Blake, Lord Byron, and Lord & Mary Shelley were all in the same room. Also, I was excited to see Sir William Blake Richmond’s portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir John Everett Millais’s portrait of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Relate Post: Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery.

After that, I had an early lunch at The Chandos pub Opera Room — a cozy restaurant with fire places and stained glass windows — and ate the most incredible fish and chips I’ve ever had. Like the Portrait Gallery, I had this place too all to myself.

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The Chandos pub.

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Entrance to the Opera Room.

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Inside the Opera Room.

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Stained glass windows in the Opera Room.

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Nothing like a fireplace on a rainy day.

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Teatime!!

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Fish and Chips to die for!

After lunch, I tried to take the Harrods bus tour, but it was sold out — which was fine by me. Instead, I bought some chocolates and candies at Harrods for later and had tea time at Café Liberty, inside the Liberty of London department store.

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Harrods is quite over the top.

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Difficult to resist all the candy and chocolates.

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The famous Egyptian room.

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Liberty of London.

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Inside Liberty.

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Can’t get enough of this architecture.

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Can I film a movie in here?

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Inside Café Liberty.

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Teatime, again!!

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Aromatic Darjeeling.

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I have a weakness for lemon tart.

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See you later, Liberty.

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Green tea chocolate, marzipan, and Turkish delight from Harrods.

Around 7 p.m., I was reunited after three years with my great friend Elena and company for a Jack the Ripper walking tour. It was so wonderful to see Elena again and we all had a great time on the tour. The tour guide was very good, like an actor performing each character in every murder and theory. At the end, to rest our feet a bit before going home, we hung out at The Ten Bells pub — know as the Jack the Ripper Pub since the victim “…Annie Chapman may have drunk at the pub shortly before she was murdered.”

All in all, a busy but exciting day!

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An old city wall.

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A church where one of the Ripper’s victims was seen.

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The Gherkin.

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Along the Ripper’s path.

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Tracking the Ripper’s footsteps.

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My camera is making everything blurry.

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Very ominous.

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Not far from where the Ripper’s last victim was murdered.

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Christ Church, Spitalfields.

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Outside the Ten Bells pub.

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Our tour guide!

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Inside the Ten Bells.

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Another foreboding photo of the Ten Bells.

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Spitalfields Market at night.

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Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain, William Blake Rooms

Related Post: Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th.

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Here are some of my favorite William Blake pieces I saw at the Tate Britain during my visit!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images!!

(Click on images to enlarge.)

Elohim Creating Adam 1795/circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

Elohim Creating Adam

Newton 1795/circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

Newton

Pity circa 1795 by William Blake 1757-1827

Pity

The House of Death 1795/circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

The House of Death

David Delivered out of Many Waters circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

David Delivered out of Many Waters

The Blasphemer c.1800 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Blasphemer

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve c.1826 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve

Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils circa 1826 by William Blake 1757-1827

Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils

An Allegory of the Bible. Verso: The Shins of an Écorché Male Figure circa 1780-5, ?circa 1780 by William Blake 1757-1827

An Allegory of the Bible. Verso: The Shins of an Écorché Male Figure

The Inscription over the Gate 1824-7 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Inscription over the Gate

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car 1824-7 by William Blake 1757-1827

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car

Cerberus 1824-7 by William Blake 1757-1827

Cerberus

First Book of Urizen pl. 17 1796, circa 1818 by William Blake 1757-1827

First Book of Urizen pl. 17

First Book of Urizen pl. 15 1796, circa 1818 by William Blake 1757-1827

First Book of Urizen pl. 15

First Book of Urizen pl. 21 1796, circa 1818 by William Blake 1757-1827

First Book of Urizen pl. 21

The Ghost of a Flea circa 1819-20 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Ghost of a Flea

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