what happens when you take The Teen and his

brother to the V&A on a Friday night? this:

he informs me that the quote. . .

"I am become death,
the destroyer of worlds"

is something said by Robert Oppenheimer in 1945 (a little bit of history here)

he didn't want to go (to the V&A) and neither did Teen Too. . . but they were with me for the evening, which was unusual, and I thought it would be fun to do something

obviously their idea of fun and mine differ somewhat - but I guess that the two different ideas don't really overlap, so somewhat begrudgingly they settled for my suggestion; we trudged around, a lot of the galleries were shut which was a shame, we spent ages chatting in the cafe and spent a small fortune in the gift shop; because they were so reluctant to go, I had told the boys that we'd only spend a couple of hours there and they might not see much that would inspire them (teenagers, eh) but hopefully they might see one thing that would make the evening worth while. . .
. . .they did

(well The Teen saw it and liked it, and that was good enough for Teen Too)

it was a huge Chinese woodblock print of ripples on water (subjects close to my heart, you might recall) (printing and water ripples)

I can't find it online, but here's a woodblock featuring water:

and this isn't Chinese, but I thought it was quite lovely:

Can it be a heron,
plum blossoms, or snow?
Tonight it is the moon.


and the ring? The Teen designed it in the Jewellery Gallery and then emailed it to me. .

. . .wonders will never cease. . .



Rimshot said...

Good Mr. Oppenheimer was quoting from the Bhagavad Gita.

from our good friends at Wiki

"J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and director of the Manhattan Project, learned Sanskrit in 1933 and read the Bhagavad Gita in the original, citing it later as one of the most influential books to shape his philosophy of life. Upon witnessing the world's first nuclear test in 1945, he quoted "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds" based on verse 32 from Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita."

I, Like The View said...

as you will have also discovered if you'd followed my "a little bit of history here" link - highlighted in red in the body of the text


mig said...

It sounds as though it was a brilliant idea.
the jewellery gallery sounds fabulous. I so love sparkly things and Lalique is one of my favourite artists.

Dave said...


Gordie said...

The V&A rocks. The Teen didn't appreciate all the half-naked Pre Raphaelite women, then?

I, Like The View said...

a lot of the galleries were closed gordie

Dave good morning

mig what was so sweet was that they came because it was where I wanted to go and they wanted me to do something I wanted and they wanted to do that with me

it is very sparkly in the jewellery gallery! his work is stunning

Mel said...



Mel said...

Hmmmmm......thinkin' I wanna steal the top photo and turn it into a job description for the cook!

Work hard.

Yup.....that about covers it!


I, Like The View said...



(and yeah, awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, big time!)

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the lad qouted a scientist and not some blood-and-guts video game. Under the teen turmoil there IS s lovely young man.

Anonymous said...

PS Small post on intaglio at my place.

I, Like The View said...

dinahmow he was so lovely until we split up. . . and has been so angry and so unhappy since. . . he plays blood and guts stuff on the xBox and is into metal (apparently that is a type of music)(must have passed me by!) but it was fascinating that he went with me in the first place (I've been trying to get him to galleries for a very very long time) and wonderful that he kind of enjoyed it. . . he's very artistic, but the way the school system teaches art here has bludgeoned his creativity - however, the one thing he wanted from the gift shop was a portfolio holder that said "I am an artist" on the front! will be over shortly