Winter Lights 2019

Canary Wharf is hosting it’s Winter Lights event again this year and last night was the first night it was on, so I, along with my sister and niece, went to see what colourful, creative displays would be on show.

Stepping out of the station we were greeted with one of the most popular displays. This consisted of coloured light balls hanging on wires in neat rows, changing colour in time with the rhythm of the music that was being played. It was quite surreal standing in the middle surrounding by these lights and really fun one. I did, however, find it really tricky trying to get a good photo.
I also thought the recycled plastic insects were interesting which didn’t have any light but the fluorescent paint made them glow. And the lit up hopscotch game made me think of when I used to play when I was younger (and yes I did have ago!).

Some of the installations had music or sounds to go along with them, like the lines making up the shape of a whale, which emitted whale noises and moved like one too. The fountains had playful music along with varying shapes and colours the shooting water made which I quite enjoyed.

One thing I noticed was that there was a lot of colourful pieces this year. The lit up, colour changing maze was one, and was quite fun, but the other piece I really liked were the beautifully colourful prisms, that you could spin to create a reflective effect. These were also tricky to photograph as people kept spinning them really fast but I finally got a decent shot. Next we walked up to the square filled with glowing, colourful trees making them seem almost dreamlike. This one was nice just to sit and look at, giving us a chance to have a little rest.

I think one of the most clever and interactive installations was the colourful bench that when you put your hand on the sensor showed your heartbeat in lines and patterns along where you were sitting. I also liked the animal silhouettes that walked along the water edge with corresponding animal sounds playing around you, something simple but effective.

It took us a few hours to find all the installations, by which point we were pretty cold and tired, but we did all really enjoy the event. The Winter Lights event is on for 2 weeks and I would definitely recommend if you happen to be around. Just remember to wrap up.

London Muslim Lifestyle Show 2016

This weekend my sister and I went to the London Muslim Lifestyle show in West London, which was an event bringing together different products and services that are available for Muslims. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I was looking forward to finding out.

There was a wide variety of things on offer; from different kind of foods, to jewellery and books.

My favourite things were the beautiful pieces of Arabic art, the stunning bottles of attar/perfume and tasty food on offer. I learnt lots of new things and was genuinely impressed by all innovative ideas that were presented from new phone apps to products that filled gaps in the market.

It was tempting to buy everything I liked, which was too much, but I managed to hold back and stick mainly to window shopping and tasters, treating myself to a few lovely things.

As you can tell I got a bit carried away with my photos, but there was just so much to see. As well as stalls there were fashion shows, singers and workshops that you could attend. My sister and I also had a lot of fun having our photos taken in photo booths wearing silly props. I thought it was an interesting event and meeting a diverse range of smiley people people, both Muslim and non created a great atmosphere.

Comic Con London 2013

Last weekend in London there was a Comic Con event, and being a bit of a self-confessed geek I just had to go. I’ve been meaning to go to one of these events for a few years now but have never managed to get round to it for some reason or another. This year I knew my brother-in-law was going so asked him to get tickets for me and my sister.

Now I wasn’t sure what to expect from an event like this; I know the main and biggest one is held in San Diego, USA, which I hope to go to one day, and I’d seen on American TV shows and films, conventions and events such as this that always seem to attract a large following, but I’ve always felt that these kind of events would be a bit more toned down in Britain, with people enjoying such an experience but being a bit reserved about their passion for comics and films…boy was I wrong!

When we got to the Excel Centre in London where the event was being held there were so many people, outside and in, with many of them dressed as characters from comics, films and other popular shows – I thought it was great

There were stalls selling original drawings of comic characters, as well as classes you could attend to show you how to draw in different styles. There were several actors there for signings and photos and just lots of quirky things to look at and buy

I really hope to go again next year and maybe even be brave enough to dress up myself, but for now here’s some photos which I took on my digital camera. I found the lighting at the venue not quite bright enough, so some photos aren’t as clear as I would have liked. Maybe I’ll take my DSLR next time.

I would love to hear from others that were at the event this weekend or have been to similar events in the past, and hear what you found interesting or any tips that you’d like to share