but is it art?

Kids all access… The Tate Modern

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 | 4 comments

Kids all access… The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern art gallery is an ex-power plant. It is the most visited art gallery in Britain, by people of all ages. And, of all the art galleries, it really is perfect for families. Its cavernous rooms are easily negotiated by a stroller or wheelchair. There are numerous lifts and disabled toilets on every floor. High ceilings swallow up both screaming children and parents yelling, “Don’t touch… oh no, too late.” Of course, being an art gallery, some people may not be as eager for your children to race around the gallery space. (What do they know?) These people...

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NOW that’s what I call music! 3 1/2 years old

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 | 1 comment

NOW that’s what I call music! 3 1/2 years old

May – the anti-establishment, punk, performance artist that she is – has broadened her taste in music since last year’s introductory NOW that’s what I call music! 2 1/2. A bit of gangsta rap? Yes, please! says May. And, okay – it may be true that she has better taste in music than her mama. But, I’m 40 years old now. It is completely against my decade to try new things. May enjoys a good tune (see I can’t even sound cool when I write about it. You should see me dance – it’s like a crocodile being wrestled to the ground.). Yesterday, as we...

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Yes, May, but is it art? The London Symphony Orchestra EDITION

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 | 2 comments

Yes, May, but is it art? The London Symphony Orchestra EDITION

May’s gone all high-brow on us. This wasn’t her first time at the Barbican. We also took her to see an exhibit where little birdies flew around and landed on instruments. May, are little birdies landing on instruments art? No. Categorically no. I thought she’d love it, but she was rather bored and finally we just left and had a snooze in the lobby (see photo, circa 2009). We love the Barbican. And – you may have heard – May LOVES music. And, so, we returned for the Family Concert this Mother’s Day. (Sorry, I’m a bit behind the times here. I blame a...

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NOW That’s What I Call Music! 2 1/2 (VIDEO)

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 | 3 comments

NOW That’s What I Call Music! 2 1/2 (VIDEO)

Throw away your mass market trash, people. May has compiled her own list of essential tunes. Top hits from the past year. Listen and learn: 1. Happy Birthday – This track is a classic! I bet you thought it was just for birthdays? Nah-uh. 2. ABCs – Another classic that’s also not just for birthdays. This tune stopped May’s seizures when seizures were king. 3. David Bowie – too many to mention. Needs a whole post. 4. Andrea Bocelli – I don’t get this one, but May’s Nana swears it’s true. 5. The telephone ringing – technically not a...

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Yes May, but are plants art?

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 | 2 comments

Yes May, but are plants art?

I love Kew Gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew are wondrous – a playground for the imagination. There are plants with leaves that stretch longer than your body. Trees whose branches form a dark cave to hide within. Swirling trails leading to where? Who knows? Kew is a place to get lost in. It is totally immersing. Kew is a rare jewel for disabled people and I see loads of them every time I go. You could walk around the grounds for hours and never get caught out because your wheelchair couldn’t manage it; the gardens are almost entirely flat and the paths well maintained. It...

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