Today I slept in- hopefully I am completely adjusted to the time now. I decided to go to the Tate Modern to get some culture to make up for my unproductive morning. Okay… I feel some unhappy people coming my way after I say this, but the Tate is awful. Massive concrete, dark, and cold building filled with depressing art I could have mastered in kindergarten that leaves you wondering, “why?” To be fair, I have never been a fan of modern art. However, the MOMA is in a beautiful historical building and the Pompidou Centre has awesome inside-out features so I don’t mind visiting them. Anyway- I’m done talking about the Tate. The rest of my day was wonderful- I walked over the Millennium Bridge and had lunch at the same Pizza Express as the last time I was in London with Emily and Madison! Memories =)
I walked around Fulham and Chelsea for a few hours and as I explored, I overheard some funny English phrases. I thought I should share some of them:
Happy Days! = Awesome
Snogging = Kissing
Tramp = Homeless person
Tube = Subway
Alight here = Get off tube
Uni = College/University
Rubbish = Trash
Lou = Bathroom
Bollocks = Darn it
Cheers mate! = Thank you/ Goodbye
Mental! = That’s crazy!
When in doubt, describe things as “brilliant!” and don’t eat the black pudding.
PS: I’d like to leave you with the Tate’s description of a mirror hanging on the wall: “Since the Renaissance, painting has often been likened to a window upon the world, with central perspective given the view a sense of surveying what is contained within the picture frame. In a bold gesture Art & Language turn this century-old convention upside down by replacing painting’s surface with a mirror. Rather than look at an image of the artist’s making, viewers are now confronted with themselves, thereby questioning the long-held notion that painting transcending reality.” Although I can’t say I felt confronted, it was nice to make sure my hair looked good!