What a Happy Interactive Wall Tells Us WPC

Wall – Weekly Photo Challange

In Denmark, a wall spoke to the world, and the world spoke on the wall!

2000 wooden boards were used to create an interesting visual barrier, around a construction zone, in the center of the city. The purpose was to create an interactive pixel screen that could be personalized, by each member of the public, in an artistic way.

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The so called “Happy Wall” is made up of colored recycled card that would change colour by reversing the card. One could then leave one’s mark, on the wall, using statements or words, even a personal message. Or you could simply create a pattern using color.

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IMG_0134 (Small)How many scaffolds can claim to raise awareness of public issues, and boast they they are recycling materials, adding to public awareness and creating a public interactive art installation?  Add the social media aspect of the Happy Wall, and art has meshed with technology!**

The wall was the concept of Thomas Dambo, who used materials from the 2013 Roskilde Music festival in a creative way. His artwork is amazing!!!!

Something really inspirational to ponder about.

**Postscript: The Wall will be there until around April 2015

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Photo 101 – Home, Homeland, Hjem

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Home, Hjem, Homeland

It’s not my home,  yet I would call it mine.

I am not the owner, yet family lived there some time.

I’ve never been inside this ancestral home,

It’s my essence, my roots, and in my dreams I’ll roam.

I don’t know the new residents, they were out when I called.,

It’s the history, what went before, that has me enthralled.

I am ‘of ‘ this place, and it is so much ‘of ‘ me,

this continuing story of my family tree.

Home – Something to Ponder About

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Photo 101 – Bliss, captions and Solitude -Rule of thirds

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There’s a new photographic challenge on the WordPress Blogging University, explore the tag photo101 to find out more. This photo addresses four days beautifully. This photo was taken way before the photo challenge existed and it seems I followed the rule of thirds.

For me, most of Denmark and lots of Scandinavia is embodied in the word “Bliss”  and scenes like this encapsulate the atmosphere I feel in the Danish countryside.

This is the place where my great grandfather was born. There is a salmon ladder here and the red building is a water mill that dates back to a time in the nineteenth century when a ‘fabrik’ or cloth factory was located here. The factory was run by the Larsens and made uniforms for Danish soldiers battling their southern neighbours!

Those days are long gone and the factory building is now a teacher’s convention centre, and the grounds are used for picnics and recreation. I think great grandfather and his family would find some bliss here!

Day 2 – Street and Establishment Shots

Day 3 Water Orientation

Day 4 Bliss

Day 5 Solitude and Rule of Thirds

Something to Ponder About

Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

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I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.

Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

Two Danish perls of wisdom this week, although the proverb to me seems a little harsh!

 

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Danish Proverb

 

Den de vover, mister fodfæste for en tid. Den, der intet vover, mister sig selv.

He who dares, loses his footing for a time. He who dares not, loses himself

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Some Profound Wisdoms to Ponder About

 

Danish Spice Cake – an Australian Perspective

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I so love using cinnamon  in home baking as it is has so many health  benefits.

Cinnamon is a source of calcium, iron, vitamins, figre, and can assist with  a variety of digestive ailments such as gas and bloating and has a mild anti-inflammatory effect. Studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control by taking as little as half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving insulin resistance can help in weight control as well as decreasing the risk for heart disease. [Source:http://cinnamonnutrition.com/index.html%5D ]

So when Tidious Ted at Recipereminiscing posted this recipe just before Christmas, I jumped a the chance to make it.

In Australia, we do not have access to the wonder that is fermented milk products, so I substituted sour cream and plain probiotic yoghhurt (3/4 to 1/4) in place of cultured milk.

I also halved the recipe as it makes quite a large cake, used butter instead of margarine, and replaced the cloves with mixed spice.

I also added a few currants….. just because I could!!

Another tasty recipe I have made, using cinnamon to make Apple and Cinnamon Bread, is found here

Read More about cinnamon itself and its properties here 

Adding more cinnamon to your diet: Something Delicious and Healthy to Ponder About