Saturday, 23 December 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

THANKS FOR VISITING CHRYSALISM IN 2017.
AND THANKS TO THE FEW THAT REGULARLY STOPPED BY
TO COMMENT AND CONTRIBUTE.

HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS AND GOOD HEALTH IN 2018.


Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Festive St Pancras and some Novelty Festive Bus Tours.

THE ST PANCRAS STATION FLORAL CHRISTMAS TREE

Above and below is the rather impressive floral festive tree that
stands on display in St Pancras International Station.
The 47ft tree was designed by luxury florists Moyses and features
roses, petals and pine cones instead of string lights.

The tree will stay up until January 3rd.

 

Below: The John Betjeman Statue as well as The Lovers Statue.

 
Now here's a festive novelty. A private Vintage Bus Company is running a free vintage
bus ride service in the Capital on Christmas Day.
With all of London's buses taking the day off for the holidays, a 1950's RT double
decker will ply part of the 430 route,  from Putney Bridge to Roehampton.
Running from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, the route terminates at Danebury  Avenue in
Roehampton Village, close to a community centre which is hosting a free lunch
and dinner for those who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day on their own.

I do miss the old Routmasters even though one or two still run around the Capital,
but just not in my part of town. The current crop of new London buses still seem to
be having problems with their stop and start quick breaking. And any older passengers
navigating their way to a seat might just endure a touch of whiplash when these
new buses slap on those rapid breaks.

For more information on the Christmas Day Vintage Bus visit their website at....

THE VINTAGE CHRISTMAS DAY BUS


Below: Yet another London Bus novelty tour that takes in the sites
around the Capital while you tuck in to tea and cakes, but at quite
a hefty price.

LONDON BUS AFTERNOON TEA TOUR 


Below: There's even a special holiday Bus tour around some of the
capital's festive sights taking in the street lights and many
of the decorated Stores.


CHRISTMAS BUS TOUR & AFTERNOON TEA


Farewell My Sweet Jonghyun!

Yesterday's videos and images of Jonghyun's funeral are truly heartbreaking.
The former Shinee singer and frontman's departure has created shockwaves
in the world of Koren pop culture.

Jonghyun was the first ever k pop artist I was drawn to back in 2008 when Shinee
burst onto the k pop scene. Of course there was also Jaebum who near that time
sensationally walked out on 2PM. But Jonghyun was always my favourite.
And at times it was clear to see that he single handedly carried the group.
But it's still unclear to me if his early demise was due to his depression over the
constant heavy workload or if it was what we are now hearing that he was
uncomfortable leading a public life, never having that freedom to just go outside
when he wanted.
I notice that in his last instagram farewell video he was unhappy at having to do
his gym workout indoors once again, preferring to do it outdoors.
Several fans were mystified in that final video at why he kept referring to Taemin
and mentioning Taemin's solo career.

I read that Jonghyun was uncomfortable with fame and how it took his life away,
something we mere mortals don't suffer. Which begs the question why he even
entered the world of entertainment.
Are the novices and trainees of the k pop factories even warned about this. Are they
told 'Oh by the way you won't be able to go outside anywhere when you want.'
And yet so many young people today would sell their soul's for fame, little realising what
awaits them on the other side.

I see that today on Arirang UK tv service that all the usual K Pop tv shows are
coming on like nothings happened. The K Pop machine just keeps rolling along.

Above: The other members of Shinee Taemin, Key, Onew and Minho
carry Jonghyun's coffin to the waiting hearse.
The funeral will be a three day event.

Below:  Unable to hold back their reactions are Minho, Taemin
and Seohyun Hyoyeon.