Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey will give pleasure to a lot of people who have a chance to visit the park again this year, 2016 and the years to come. We still remember the good times we had in the previous years and the Cherry Blossoms of 2011.
Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
This year Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020 and was Friday, April 22, 2011 but my “Earth day” is every day of my life. I love nature, I am part of nature. Here is some of nature that I enjoy, captured to share with all of us. The photographs are the walking steps that I treasured and captured of the Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey, USA in my memory and my camera. I am not a photographer but I love to take pictures to record history as I go through my life. I enjoy the beautiful flowers of Cherry Blossom trees and I also enjoy the tall trees that are absent of leaves, having only the limbs of branches spread out just like our blood veins. The gorgeous Cherry Blossoms will be so lonely without little children running around under the trees. The parents took snapshots to keep forever with love. Young couple with children and without children came out to enjoy the Cherry Blossoms. Some young couples took pictures in different possess of his or her admirer. The young girl who dresses in a pink kimono is posing for her young man to capture her moods and movements as if she is part of the Cherry Blossoms herself, announcing to her lover to come closer, as if to say, “I am a nature, I am beautiful, enjoy me and love me”, as the young man comes closer to snap the photos with a heart beating faster and faster with every step that he takes toward her. One can make up all kind of love stories when we walk into Cherry Blossoms land. Now please enjoy more than one thousand pictures that I have captured from the most beautiful Cherry Blossoms that Newark offers to everyone. I captured these pictures on Saturday, Sunday and Friday, April 16, 17 and 22, 2011 and previous years.
Branch Brook Park is a county park of Essex County, New Jersey in the United States, located in the North Ward of Newark, between the neighborhoods of Forest Hill and Rose ville. At 360 acres (1.5 km²), Branch Brook Park is the largest public park in the city of Newark. The park is noted for having over 4,000 cherry blossom trees in more than fourteen different varieties, collectively called Cherry blossom land, as well as its spectacular Cherry Blossom Festival each April.
Branch Brook Park is currently in the midst of $25 million, ten-year, restoration program. In 2004, the Park Avenue bridge was repaired, as were the ball fields in the center of the park. By 2010, there will be more than 5,000 cherry trees in the park due to a $650,000 grant from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund in 2006 and private donations.
In memory of my mother, father, my mother-in-law, and father-in-law.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
I miss visiting the Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey in Spring time. We usually started our trips from the beginning of the month of April, almost every year for more than forty years. We enjoyed strolling under the cherry blossom trees, and seeing children running around with parents watching, while wearing their best dresses and suits to welcome the cherry blossoms in spring. Some Cherry trees often have just started to open the little buds of flowers and some are in full bloom with white, light pink, dark pink and red of little flowers in clusters on every branches of the cherry trees. It is so beautiful!!
I was in awe when I saw the cherry blossoms the first time, and I promised myself that I would visit this magic and beautiful land of cherry blossoms every year. It was such a happy time that we looked forward to with our family. There was always a special lunch, on a blanket under the cherry trees with the comfort of spring temperature, and baking the warm sun in the afternoon. We enjoyed seeing other families and people that came to admire the Cherry Blossoms. Even though we did not know them, there was the feeling of community, we smiled at each other and said hello to the people who passed by us. It was a time of happiness, harmony, and peace as humanity celebrated nature that provided us peace and comfort in the spring time.
John with Hunter, our neighbor’s son who came to see me every Saturday to study beginning math lessons.
As we know that most of the country is locked down, we can go out only to get food and in emergency situation. I have been in our apartment since March 12. On March 10, I went to the hospital for our second grandson’s birth. Then I stayed two nights with our four-year-old, first grandson. Since then I did not go out anywhere. My husband, John Watts are my provider, he went out to get food and necessity items that we need for during this lockdown of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The whole world is in the same situation as US. From the end of December 2019, the coronavirus took place in Wuhan, China and the coronavirus has been spread out all over the world, up to today, Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2:08 P.M.
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I went to view my Cherry Blossom posts in my website and in the photograph files of the Cherry Blossoms that we took for many years. I enjoy viewing the photographs. They remind me of happy times we had together with family and the community. I decided to select some of the photographs to post on my website. I hope that it will give the viewers some smiles or pleasant feeling that Cherry Blossom in Newark, New Jersey faithfully give pleasure to the community every year in Spring.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, April 4, 2020
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The Halsey Street Festival,
Part 3, Thursday, September 19, 2019,
On Halsey Street between
Bleaker Street and New Street, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA
John Watts demonstrated
Ing’s Peace Project, Ing &
A lot of Merchants, Food, Music
and Fashion Show
Photographs by Ing-On
More people came to enjoy the activities that
The Halsey Street Festival presented. I brought my Peace Poster offering
to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does
Peace mean to You?” or to them.
brought Kai’s books for the boy to look at in case he got tired of adult
was very glad to see more people were willing to record their thoughts on
People were lined up to see john
throwing a large pot.
I was glad to see the group of young
women who are studying at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) where I
graduated with a master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry in 1980.
This artwork is my – Finished
“Peace” artwork 8
Shadow of Peace and La Asociación de
Barranquiteños de NJ Inc., Puerto Rican Festival in Newark on August 6, 2011,
organized by Carlos Maldonado Pastrana, President of La Asociación de
Barranquiteños de NJ. Finished artwork, after the written comments
by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Link to Peace Comes to 5th Annual Arts Music Fair
Elwood Park Page:
“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, & Other people
were watching John demonstrate pottery.
I brought Kai, our grandson’s desk
chair, and an Alphabet spelling board to the boy and offered him some
drink. He seemed to enjoy playing with
the Alphabet spelling board.
100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of the year P 3, 4 & 5
at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the Streetart360 team to do a
retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals painted in 2019. We’ve
selected 100 murals from around the world, some by renown artists and others by
new talents. We based our selection on the number of likes and shares they have
received on the StreetArt360 social network pages (Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to give us your feed back
and remember to visit the artists social networks or websites. Thanks for
sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.
Den Extralargos aka Eva Mena in Puerto Del Rosario, Canary
This year’s Amsterdam Light Festival, running November 28, 2019, to January
19, 2020, lights up the European city with illuminated art installations. The
festival, now in its eighth year, attracts tourists and engages locals at a
time when the city is cloaked in darkness for about sixteen hours each day.
Visitors to the Light Festival use a phone app to guide themselves through
Amsterdam’s city center, perusing twenty light works by artists from around the
world. This year’s show theme was “DISRUPT!” and artists reflected the concept
in pieces that ruminate on climate change, national history, technology, and
more. See some of our favorites here, by Masamichi Shimada, UxU Studio, Sergey Kim and others. You can explore the full line-up and
programming on the Amsterdam Light Festival website.
“Neighborhood” by Sergey Kim.
Photograph courtesy of the artist
“Nacht Tekening” by Krijn de Koning
“Atlantis” by Utskottet
“Surface Tension” by Tom Biddulph
and Barbara Ryan
More people came to enjoy the activities that The Halsey Street Festival presented. I brought my Peace Poster offering to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does Peace mean to You?” or to them.
Thanks to this person who was willingly to record her
thoughts on Peace.
John started his performance with a
People love to take John’s pictures
as he is making his magic pottery.
I love the way John produced his pottery or anybody who can have control and discipline enough to achieve making beautiful objects. I love to work with clay making my sculptures where I do not have to follow the rule and be well disciplined. One of these days I am going to ask Master John to teach me how to throw on the wheel and produce the controlled pottery.
More people were interested in
recording their Peace comments on my Peace Poster.
People seemed to enjoy taking
pictures and watching John demonstrate pottery.
It is so lovely to see a mother
holding her child, who shows the happiness and comfort of being embraced by his
mother with joy.
“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, stopped
her tour to write her comments about Peace.
Beautiful flowers and beautiful
people made the atmosphere of the festival vibrant and Peaceful. This is the kind of harmony we need when
people get together to celebrate life. (No
Fighting, No Conflict and No More Wars)
Please continue to view The Halsey Street
Festival Part 3
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Sunday, February
Link to Ing & John’s Street Art & The
International Street Art Part 15
TOP 100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of
the year P 1 & 2
We’re at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the
Streetart360 team to do a retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals
painted in 2019. We’ve selected 100 murals from around the world, some by
renown artists and others by new talents. We based our selection on the number
of likes and shares they have received on the StreetArt360 social network pages
(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to
give us your feed back and remember to visit the artists social networks or
websites. Thanks for sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.
Set within a district
of Victorian industrial buildings, the Toronto Light Festival is
a free 45-day festival occurring during this year’s winter months as a way to
creatively draw the city’s inhabitants out of their homes. Featuring 21 diverse
light installations built by local and international artists and thousands of
glowing bulbs, the festival covers a total of 13 acres in the city’s Distillery District. Installations range from a series of
lit figures appearing to jump from the roof of one of the historic buildings to
two red, geometric cats prowling an included alleyway, with several
multi-colored works in-between.
You can catch Toronto’s first ever
light art festival until March 12, or follow the festival on Instagram to catch snapshots of the glowing
to Ing & John’s Street Art & The International Street Art Part 16
I discovered the Russian street art scene a few years ago,
when some murals by P183 were becoming popular on social network sites More
recently I met Zmogk in Vitry sur Seine while he was busy painting an amazing
mural for a small urban art event.
I have also had the pleasure of interviewing both Yulia
Vanifatieva and Julia Volchkova, two up-and-coming Russian street artists. They
impressed me with their creativity and originality which was so different to
anything I had seen before.
Russia is currently one of the most creative urban art
hotspots in Europe. It is such a shame that so little is known about many of
these artists outside of Russia. I have therefore decided to publish a list of
the most interesting and creative artists. I Hope it will help you discover and
fall in love with their art, follow their social networks and promote their
work around the world. They deserve it!
Pavel or Paul (P183) was born in Moscow in 1983 and died
aged 29 on 1 April 2013. P183 is probably the best known Russian street artist
and has been dubbed as the ‘Russian Banksy’ by the British press. This artist
was one of the creators of the street art movement in Europe and his untimely
death was a major loss to the urban art scene.
RIP P183 you wrote some amazing letters on the wall of
Street Art and graffiti history. True art lovers will never forget you.
street art in Russia by P183
Marat ‘Morik’ Danilyan is a street
artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Russia. He went to art school but
then went on to complete degrees in philology and economics from the
Novosibirsk State University. With the rise of the Internet in the late 90’s,
Morik developed a passion for graffiti through Hip-hop culture. He started to
develop spray-painting skills and a love for experimenting with letter forms.
Piotr Gerasimenko (Petro) was born
in Zhukovsky in 1984 and is a member of the crew called Aesthetics. He’s been
painting on walls for more than a decade and, while developing his style, has
gone through many different stages to become one of the most prominent and
respected artists on the Russian graffiti scene.
Sergey is a Russian graffiti artist
from Ekaterinburg, who specialises in abstract lettering. He paints complex
murals showcasing many techniques. He loves to paint vegetation combined with
abstract lettering and typography.
Vitae Viazi are a street art crew
(art-collective) from Moscow. The name “Vitae Viazi” comes from the Latin word
“vitae” (“of life”) and “viazi,” which is the name of a special ornamental
Cyrillic (old slavonic) script. This decorative script was their initial source
of inspiration. The name of the crew should be written with characters of two
keyboard layouts “VITAE ????” but it is too tricky to google, so they choose –
my grandson, Kai to Washington Park for his outdoor activity on Wednesday,
September 11, 2019. I thought Kai was
eager to see his little friend, named London that he played with last
time. We did not see her, but we saw a
music band performing at one end of the park.
I suggested to kai that we go to the Library because she might be there,
and if not, we can come back to the park because she might be here later. Kai agreed, and we walked to the library
which took about five minutes. We stayed
in the children room of library for an hour or so, then kai and I headed back
to the park.
and I walked past the music band that was still performing.
the Ballantine House and Newark Museum on Washington Street, opposite the park.
musicians had stopped playing, and were ready to end their performance for the
was searching for his little friend, London.
He carried his blue ball intending to play with her.
He saw her little body standing behind the red
bush. He ran as fast as he could to meet
seemed to be as eager to see Kai as Kai was to see her.
played ball with London.
and Kai enjoyed playing football together.
London was so glad to see us as she told us about what was she doing
before we arrived.
was teasing London by stealing the ball from her hand and letting London
on the ball so that London could not get the ball. I told London “Take the ball out from the back
of Kai!” So, London tried to pull the
still teasing London. Then London said
nicely to Kai “May I have the ball?”
tossed the ball so that London could run and get it. Then Kai went to played with the pole.
London tossed the ball up high and Kai tried to catch it.
London showed her cleaver foot work with the ball like an experienced athlete.
look at this!”, Kai said to me loudly.
He knows that Grandma loves Butterflies.
both enjoyed playing with the poles.
and London ran to the lady who brought her dog to walk in the park. She was nice enough to let the kids play with
the little cute dog.
and London had a good time playing and jumping between the round seating
showed me the artwork at the base of the pole.
went to the other pole and showed me the bird design.
and London were having very good time playing with each other.
ran to under the tree and tried to catch the lower leaves.
they played hide and seek.
played and ran all over the park until they both fell down on the grass.
they found some wood and played with the dusty earth.
a twig to write his name.
to exchange his sticks with London’s piece of wood and a brick. Kai took London things without her agreeing. I told Kai to return London’s belongings.
Kai a little book that I brought with me for Kai to read to London. Kai gave the book to London to see and then
he took it back. He went to sit at the
base of the tree and looked at the book by himself.
and London went to see the line of students that came out of the North Star
Academy Charter school of Newark, located opposite one end of the park.
Kai that we had to leave because Mommy will come to pick you up soon. We walked London back to where her mother and
family were sitting. They seemed to be
sad to say good bye.
we left London, Kai asked me to go back.
He said he want to say something to London. I took Kai back to see London again. Then Kai and I walked back home. While we were walking, I asked Kai “What did
you say to London?” Kai said I forget to
tell her, “Thank you for playing with me.
I really had a good time.”
felt a bit sad that I had to take Kai away.
They had a very good time and got along with each other quite well. This occasion reminded me of when I was young
playing with my sisters. Everything seemed
to be bright and nice, with no worries and nothing to be afraid of, as the world
happily belonged to us. We did not know much how our parents or other adults had
to go though in their lives to survive day by day. This innocence and ignorance of the future gave
us a simple happiness that I long for once again.
Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, November 2, 2019
Ing and John’s Street Art, Downtown
Newark, New Jersey, USA- Part 3
Photographs by Ing-On
On Monday, August 28, 2019 John
added his work to the display. John’s artwork is on the far left,
“Impossible Dreamer”. “Gandhi Man of Peace”, in the middle is my artwork,
which I produced in 2010. The far right is John’s artwork “Beneath the
I am very happy to have an
opportunity to display our artworks in public. There were people asking
some questions about our artwork. Some people took pictures of our
artwork. It seems to be a positive reaction from the people who view
them. People comment about the beautiful plants and unique artwork.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John
Watts, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Since October 2014, the streets of
Upper Manhattan have become an unexpected destination for rare sightings of
some 314 endangered birds. The Audubon Mural Project is a collaboration between the National Audubon Society
and Gitler &_____ Gallery to commission murals of climate-threatened birds
surrounding the old neighborhood of John James Audubon.
Brazilian artist L7M (previously)
depicts owls, ducks, sparrows, and other birds materializing from a chaotic
swirl of dripped paint and flourishes of spray. The graffiti birds not only
contrast urban and natural elements, but also depict a distinct clash of both
abstract and figurative techniques. According to Street Art News the artist was recently in Rome where he completed several
of the pieces you see here. Check out more of his latest mural work on Facebook.
For more information please visit
the following link:
How do you fix broken public
systems? You spark people’s competitive spirit. In a talk about getting people
motivated to make change, public sector strategist Abhishek Gopalka discusses
how he helped improve the health system of Rajasthan, a state in India home to
more than 80 million people, using the powers of transparency and public
accountability. “Motivation doesn’t just appear,” Gopalka says.
“Something needs to change to make you care.”
This talk was presented at a TED
Institute event given in partnership with BCG. TED editors featured it among
our selections on the home page. Read more about the TED Institute.
Every year, TED works with a group
of select companies and foundations to identify internal ideators, inventors,
connectors, and creators. Drawing on the same rigorous regimen that has
prepared speakers for the TED main stage, TED Institute works closely with each
partner, overseeing curation and providing intensive one-on-one talk
development to sharpen and fine tune ideas. The culmination is an event
produced, recorded, and hosted by TED, generating a growing library of valuable
TED Talks that can spur innovation and transform organizations.
Watching a flower bloom is peaceful
and calming. Relax while watching a stunning 4K time lapse of blooming flowers,
while listening to soft, gentle piano music. Blooming flowers are mesmerizing
to watch, especially in 4K. Piano music is wonderful for stress relief,
meditation, relaxation, and sleep.
Butterflies and Flowers – 1 Hour Nature Meditation
with Soothing Music
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video di YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/editor)///////… GORGEOUS
BUTTERFLIES AND FLOWERS FOR MORE THAN 1 HOUR NATURE RELAX, JOY AND HAPPINESS
////////////////////////////////////// SOOTHING MUSICS FOR RELAX, YOGA,
MEDITATION, TAI CHI, HEALING, REIKI, DEEP RELAX =
If you’ve been
looking for an opportunity to download free high resolution images of 435 bird illustrations,
you’re finally in the right place. The National Audubon Society has recently made John
James Audubon’s seminal Birds of America available to the public in a
downloadable digital library (signing up for their email list is a
Birds of America was printed between 1827 and 1838, and was filled prints
created from hand-engraved plates based on Audubon’s original watercolor
paintings. In addition to the prints, each bird’s page also includes a
recording of the animal’s call, plus extensive written texts from the period of
the book’s printing.
Audubon is widely lauded as the
individual who brought an awareness and appreciation of birds’ beauty and
fragility; the National Audubon Society has been active since 1905. Explore
more of the Society’s current conservation efforts, as well as ways to get
involved, on their website. (via Open Culture)
A biochemist by
training, photographer Linden Gledhill is fascinated by the beauty of
infinitesimally small aspects of nature and science, from capturing the flight of insects to exploring the beauty of magnetic ferrofluid. Among his most jaw-dropping images are macro photographs of butterfly wings that reveal complex patterns that look
like perfectly organized flower petals. These tiny protrusions are actually
scales, similar to what you would find on reptile, though extremely small and
fragile. Gledhill’s photography recently inspired an episode of Smarter Every Day where Destin Sandlin learns how to
shoot similar photos. (via awkwardsituationist.tumblr.com)
McCarter Highway Murals, Newark, NJ & Kai in the Park
McCarter Highway Murals, Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 And Ing took her Grandson Kai to the Park on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Kai is shopping at Whole Food Super Market.
Human Behavior in Military Park
Kai was biking along the walk way around the playground to search for kids to play with.
Kai was biking a little faster when he saw some kids on the bench far away.
Kai was passing by a young man.
Kai was glad to see two kids and a man sitting on a bench.
He had to bike harder against the wind while a lady walked by his side.
Kai came up to the two kids he saw from far away.
He passed the two kids and a man.
Kai found an empty bench and parked his bike near the two kids. “Grandma can I have the ball. I would like to ask those kids if they would like to play ball with me.” Kai asked me for his ball that we brought with us. Kai walked toward the two kids and the man on the bench. Then I saw the man get up and walk away, followed by the two kids. I was not sure that Kai even had a chance to ask them.
I was sad to see the disappointed look on Kai’s face.
I told kai that there are some kids playing at the other end of playground. They might like you to play with them. Kai did not hesitate, he marched to the group of kids with his blue ball.
Kai found a young boy to play ball with him.
Kai joined in playing with the other kids.
Bubbles were floating in the air!!!
Kai was talking to a girl.
The young boy returned Kai’s ball and he said, “I like you.”
Kai helped the girl to ride on his bike.
The girl probably said, thanks, or goodbye to Kai.
As a grandmother who love her grandson, I am delighted that Kai had friends to play with and even happier to see Kai’s generosity toward others. It is easier to raise a child to be physically healthy by giving the best healthy food to the child. It is important to nurture a child to be mentally aware and kind. However, sometimes it come from the person’s inner being. In some cases, even though the parents or people around the child show or teach the child to be good, we still have bad people in our society. If these bad people happen to be in high positions in the country, then trouble will come to a lot of people or even it will affect the whole wide world.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, May 12, 2019
🙂 Happy Mother’s Day Mali 🙂
Love, Mom and Dad Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
May 12, 2019, 9:41 PM
Happy Mother’s Day Mali Love, Mom and Dad Mali
May 12, 2019, 11:15 PM
Thanks Mom, I like your story a lot I felt so sad for Kai in those pictures Good thing you were there to help him move on. Thank you.
Mali From: Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2019 9:41 PM To: Mali
Subject: Happy Mother’s Day Mali Love, Mom and Dad
I am glad you like it. Kai is very smart and generous kid. He is very lucky to have you and Jim as his parents, including two sets of grandparents, aunt, and cousins. I will talk to you tomorrow.
Ing and John traveled to Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom on September 25 – October 26, 2017. Artwork at Newark Liberty Airport in the check in area of Air India. On the Chinese New Year, one can see the festival and celebration from the Dragon Dancing Parade. The Chinese love the dragon symbol in red, which is a favorite color of the Chinese. This artwork reminded me of a Welsh dragon. We had some time left before we went into the gate for boarding. I enjoyed taking photographs of this artwork. We selected Air India because it was the most economical ticket fare and John loves Indian food, me too.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, January 14, 2018
Artwork at Newark Liberty Airport, New Jersey, United States
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Ing & John Traveled to Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom on September 25 – October 26, 2017.
We arrived in Newark Liberty Airport, Newark, New Jersey at about 5 p.m. on Monday 25, for checking in which started at 6:30 pm. We saw a scene of nice sunset sky outside area of Air India’s glass windows.
The reflection of the television screen appeared in the sunset sky of the scene looking out of Newark Liberty Airport, Newark in the check in area of Air India.
Beautiful Sunset Sky, the scene looking out of Newark Liberty Airport, in the check in area of Air India.
John and I were busy packing again. This time we were heading to Swansea, South Wales, the UK. John was born in Swansea, and most of his family lived there for most of their lives. “No Place Like Home”, it is John’s beloved country.
Ing & John Traveled to Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom on September 25 – October 26, 2017.
The route from Newark Liberty Airport, Newark, New Jersey, USA To Heathrow, London, UK We boarded and the airplane took off at about 10:30 p.m. The flight attendants started to serve the food and drinks, after our bellies were satisfied by Indian food, John enjoyed checking the movies and I enjoyed learning about flight information. The airplane from Newark passed over Boston, Windsor, Bay Roberts, Montreal and crossed Atlantic Ocean heading to Amsterdam.
At one point, I opened the flight information. It showed that outside air temperature was -540 degrees Centigrade. I thought if any one drops out of the airplane; the body probably be frozen instantly.
“Heathrow Airport originated in 1929 as a small airfield (Great West Aerodrome) on land south-east of the hamlet of Heathrowfrom which the airport takes its name. At that time there were farms, market gardens and orchards there: there was a “Heathrow Farm” about where Terminal 1 is now, a “Heathrow Hall” and a “Heathrow House”. This hamlet was largely along a country lane (Heathrow Road) which ran roughly along the east and south edges of the present central terminals area.
Development of the whole Heathrow area as a very much larger airport began in 1944: it was stated to be for long-distance military aircraft bound for the Far East. But by the time the airfield was nearing completion, World War II had ended. The government continued to develop the airport as a civil airport; it opened as London Airport in 1946 and was renamed Heathrow Airport in 1966. The masterplan[clarification needed] for the airport was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, who designed the original terminals and central area buildings, including the original control tower and the multi-faith chapel of St George’s.”
This flight information showed that the airplane passed through Waterford and Wexford of Island, crossed the Celtic sea passing over South Wales. John said “We should get off here then we do not have to go to Heathrow, London. Save us time and money to ride the bus for five hours from Heathrow to Swansea. For better or worse, we have to follow the system, it was the flight route. We finally reached to our destination, Heathrow Airport, London. The trip duration was about six hours.
“Heathrow Airport is used by over 80 airlines flying to 185 destinations in 84 countries. The airport is the primary hub of British Airways and is a base for Virgin Atlantic. It has four passenger terminals (numbered 2 to 5) and a cargo terminal. Of Heathrow’s 73.4 million passengers in 2014, 93% were international travellers; the remaining 7% were bound for (or arriving from) places in the UK. The busiest single destination in passenger numbers is New York, with over 3 million passengers flying between Heathrow and JFK Airport in 2013.”
“Heathrow is 14 mi (23 km) west of central London, near the south end of the London Borough of Hillingdon on a parcel of land that is designated part of the Metropolitan Green Belt. The airport is surrounded by the built-up areas of Harlington, Harmondsworth, Longford and Cranford to the north and by Hounslow and Hatton to the east. To the south lie Bedfont and Stanwell while to the west Heathrow is separated from Slough in Berkshire by the M25 motorway. Heathrow falls entirely under the TW postcode area.
As the airport is west of London and as its runways run east–west, an airliner’s landing approach is usually directly over the conurbation of London when the wind is from the west.
Along with Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend and London City, Heathrow is one of six airports with scheduled services serving the London area, although only Heathrow and London City are within Greater London.
Heathrow Airport (also known as London Heathrow) (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL) is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom. Heathrow is the second busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic (surpassed by Dubai International in 2014), as well as the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the seventh busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic. In 2016, it handled a record 75.7 million passengers, a 1.0% increase from 2015.
Heathrow lies 14 miles (23 km) west of Central London, and has two parallel east–west runways along with four operational terminals on a site that covers 12.27 square kilometres (4.74 sq mi). The airport is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings, which itself is owned by FGP TopCo Limited, an international consortium led by Ferrovialthat also includes Qatar Holding LLC, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Alinda Capital Partners, China Investment Corporation and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). London Heathrow is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.
In September 2012, the UK government established the Airports Commission, an independent commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies to examine various options for increasing capacity at UK airports. In July 2015, the commission backed a third runway at Heathrow and the government”
We took the elevator to the Bus Terminal where we saw the Welcome Posters. I wonder after the Brexit, if the British will still welcome foreigners.
“Brexit (/?br?ks?t/ or /?br??z?t/) is the popular term for the prospective withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).
In a referendum on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the participating UK electorate voted to leave the EU. On 29 March 2017, the British government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. The UK is thus on course to leave the EU on Friday, 29 March 2019.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the UK would not seek permanent membership of the single market or the customs union after leaving the EU and promised to repeal the European Communities Act of 1972 and incorporate existing European Union law into UK domestic law. Negotiations with the EU officially started in June 2017.
The UK joined the European Communities in 1973, with membership confirmed by a referendum in 1975. In the 1970s and 1980s, withdrawal from the EC was advocated mainly by Labour Party and trade union figures. From the 1990s, the main advocates of withdrawal were the newly founded UK Independence Party (UKIP) and an increasing number of Eurosceptic Conservatives.”
“Brexit Historical background
Main article: History of Britain’s relationship with the European Union
In 1951, the “Inner Six” European countries signed the Treaty of Paris establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), followed shortly by the 1957 Treaties of Rome establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). In 1967, these became known as the European Communities (EC). The UK applied to join in 1963 and 1967, but was vetoed by the French President, Charles de Gaulle. After de Gaulle relinquished the French presidency the UK successfully applied for membership and the Conservative prime minister Edward Heath signed the Treaty of Accession in 1972,Parliament passed the European Communities Act later in the year and the UK became a member of the EC on 1 January 1973 with Denmark and Ireland.
The opposition Labour Party contested the October 1974 general election with a commitment to renegotiate Britain’s terms of membership of the EC and then hold a referendum on whether to remain in the EC on the new terms. After Labour won the election the United Kingdom held its first ever national referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Communities in 1975. Despite significant division within the ruling Labour Party all major political parties and the mainstream press supported continuing membership of the EC. On 5 June 1975, 67.2% of the electorate and all but two UK counties and regions voted to stay in and support for the UK to leave the EC in 1975 appears unrelated to the support for Leave in the 2016 referendum.”
“Brexit: Comparison of results of 1975 and 2016 referendums
The Labour Party campaigned in the 1983 general election on a commitment to withdraw from the EC without a referendum although after a heavy defeat Labour changed its policy. In 1985 the Thatcher government ratified the Single European Act—the first major revision to the Treaty of Rome- without a referendum.
In October 1990, under pressure from senior ministers and despite Margaret Thatcher’s deep reservations, the United Kingdom joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), with the pound sterling pegged to the deutschmark. Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister the following month, amid Conservative Party divisions arising partly from her increasingly Eurosceptic views. The United Kingdom and Italy were forced to withdraw from the ERM in September 1992, after the pound sterling and the lira came under pressure (“Black Wednesday”).
Under the Maastricht Treaty, the European Communities became the European Union on 1 November 1993, reflecting the evolution of the organisation from an economic union into a political union.”
We saw a lot of sparrows at the bus terminal welcoming the food given to them. Hopefully they were also welcoming us.
“Brexit: Consequences of withdrawal for the United Kingdom
Immigration was cited as the second-most important reason for those voting to Leave. However, some forecasts indicate that immigration ?ows to the UK will remain relatively high after Brexit. KPMG – based on a survey of 2,000 EU workers in UK – estimates that about a million of EU citizens working in the UK, see their future in Britain as over or hanging in the balance.
Official figures in March 2017 indicated that EU immigration to the UK continued to exceed emigration, but the difference between immigration and emigration (“net migration”) had fallen to its lowest for three years. The number of EU nurses registering with the NHS fell from 1,304 in July 2016 to 46 in April 2017.
Main article: Economic effects of Brexit
During the referendum, the economic arguments were a major area of debate. Most economists, including the UK Treasury, argued that being in the EU has a strong positive effect on trade and as a result the UK’s trade would be worse off if it left the EU. Others argued for the benefits of being free of EU “red tape” regulations and from going the full route of complete free trade. Additionally, not contributing to the EU budget would improve the budget and allowing tax cuts or higher government spending.
After the referendum, the Institute for Fiscal Studies published a report funded by the Economic and Social Research Council which warned that Britain would lose up to £70 billion in reduced economic growth if it didn’t retain Single Market membership, with new trade deals unable to make up the difference. One of these areas is financial services, which are helped by EU-wide “passporting” for financial products, which the Financial Times estimates indirectly accounts for up to 71,000 jobs and 10 billion pounds of tax annually, and some banks have announced plans to relocate some of their operations outside the UK.
On 5 January 2017, Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist and the Executive Director of Monetary Analysis and Statistics at the Bank of England, admitted that forecasts predicting an economic downturn due to the referendum were inaccurate and noted strong market performance after the referendum, although some have pointed to prices rising faster than wages.
Brexit requires relocating the offices and staff of the European Medicines Agency and European Banking Authority, currently based in London. The EU is also investigating the feasibility of restricting the clearing of euro-denominated trades to Eurozone jurisdictions, attempting to end London’s dominance in this sector.
Effect on academic research
Main article: Brexit and arrangements for science and technology
The UK received more from the EU for research than it contributed with universities getting just over 10% of their research income from the EU. All funding for net beneficiaries from the EU, including universities, was guaranteed by the government in August 2016. Before the funding announcement, a newspaper investigation reported that some research projects were reluctant to include British researchers due to uncertainties over funding.
Currently the UK is part of the European Research Area and the UK is likely to wish to remain an associated member.
As predicted before the referendum, the Scottish Government announced that officials were planning a second independence referendum on the day after the UK voted to leave and Scotland voted to stay. In March 2017, the SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon requested a second Scottish independence referendum for 2018 to 2019 (before Brexit is expected to take effect). The Prime Minister immediately rejected the requested timing (although not the referendum itself). The referendum was approved by the Scottish Parliament on 28 March 2017. Sturgeon is calling for a “phased return” of an independent Scotland back to the EU.
After the referendum, Nicola Sturgeon also stated that Scotland might refuse consent for legislation required to leave the EU, though some lawyers argue that Scotland cannot block Brexit.
The Financial Times approximates there to be 759 international agreements, spanning 168 non-EU countries, that the UK would no longer be a party to upon leaving the EU. This figure does not include World Trade Organisation or United Nations opt-in accords, and excludes “narrow agreements”, which may have to be renegotiated as well.
Options for continuing relationship with the EU
Main article: Continuing UK relationship with the EU
The UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the remaining EU members could take several forms. A research paper presented to the UK Parliament in July 2013 proposed a number of alternatives to membership which would continue to allow access to the EU internal market. These include remaining in the European Economic Area,negotiating deep bilateral agreements on the Swiss model, or exit from the EU without EEA membership or a trade agreement under the WTO Option. There may be an interim deal between the time the UK leaves the EU and when the final relationship comes in force.
Relations with the Republic of Ireland
The UK/Republic of Ireland border at Killeen marked only by a speed sign marked in km/h
The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a whole share, since the 1920s, a Common Travel Areawithout border controls. According to statements by Theresa May and Enda Kenny, it is intended to maintain this arrangement. After Brexit, in order to prevent illegal migration across the open Northern Irish land border into the United Kingdom, the Irish and British governments suggested in October 2016 a plan whereby British border controls would be applied to Irish ports and airports. This would prevent a “hard border” arising between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.However, this agreement was never official and was met by opposition from political parties in the Republic of Ireland, and there is still great uncertainty in relation to a ‘hard border’ between the Republic and Northern Ireland.
On 23 March 2017, it was confirmed that British immigration officials would not be allowed to use Irish ports and airports in order to combat immigration concerns following Brexit. A referendum for the reunification of Ireland was suggested by Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness immediately after the UK EU referendum results were announced. Creating a border control system between Ireland and Northern Ireland could jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement established in 1998. In April 2017 the European Council agreed that, in the event of Irish reunification, Northern Ireland would rejoin the EU.
Border with France
The President of the Regional Council of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, stated in February 2016 that “If Britain leaves Europe, right away the border will leave Calais and go to Dover. We will not continue to guard the border for Britain if it’s no longer in the European Union,” indicating that the juxtaposed controls would end with a leave vote. French Finance Minister Emmanuel Macron also suggested the agreement would be “threatened” by a leave vote. These claims have been disputed, as the Le Touquet 2003 treaty enabling juxtaposed controls was not an EU treaty, and would not be legally void upon leaving.
After the Brexit vote, Xavier Bertrand asked François Hollande to renegotiate the Touquet agreement, which can be terminated by either party with two years’ notice. Hollande rejected the suggestion, and said: “Calling into question the Touquet deal on the pretext that Britain has voted for Brexit and will have to start negotiations to leave the Union doesn’t make sense.” Bernard Cazeneuve, the French Interior Minister, confirmed there would be “no changes to the accord”. He said: “The border at Calais is closed and will remain so.”
Gibraltar and Spain
Main article: Gibraltar after Brexit
During the campaign leading up to the referendum the Chief Minister of Gibraltar warned that Brexit posed a threat to Gibraltar’s safety. Gibraltar overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU. After the result Spain’s Foreign Minister renewed calls for joint Spanish–British control of the peninsula. These calls were strongly rebuffed by Gibraltar’s Chief Minister and questions were raised over the future of free-flowing traffic at the Gibraltar–Spain border. The British government states it will only negotiate on the sovereignty of Gibraltar with the consent of its people.”
For more information please visit the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit
In participation of the OPEN DOORS CITYWIDE ARTS FESTIVAL
A glimpse of Newark’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity of artists, past and present.
Art by Esmeralda Vazquez, Grigory Gurevich, Ibou Ndoye, Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Joanne Leone, John Watts, Luisa F. Pinzon-Romero and Petra Lea
Wednesday & Thursday, 10/19&20, 6-9pm – General Viewing
Friday, 10/21, 5-11pm – Artists’ Reception [Refreshments Served]
Saturday, 10/22, 1-4pm – Poetry/Spoken Word Open Mic
4-8pm – Musical Performances
7-9pm – Dr. Law, Linda Everswick, Okestura
9-12am – Dance Party
Sunday, 10/23, 1-3pm – Informal Artist Talk
3-6pm – Closing Cocktails
August Agency <email@example.com>
August 1, 2016
I’ve been invited to participate in this year’s Newark Open Doors (officially) and will be putting on a group show entitled ‘Newark International’. I was hoping you might be interested in participating with 1-4 pieces. Let me know!
All the best,
August 3, 2016
It was nice to hear from you. Thanks for your earlier response on “Honor Killing”
I will be glad to participate in your group show entitled ‘Newark International’. If you do not mind I would like to have my finished peace project artwork exhibit. I posted most of them on my Home page website if you would like to view them.
John says thanks for your acknowledgement on his sister passing. Please let me know how your preparation for the exhibition is progressing. Where will the exhibition be held?
Look forward to hearing from you.
August Agency <firstname.lastname@example.org>
August 5, 2016
Thank you so much, Ing! It means a lot to me for you to participate in the exhibit. Yes, absolutely please bring the peace project. The exhibit will be in a commercial storefront on Broad Street, most likely one I’m assigned by Newark Arts Council (probably 744 Broad) or one I have in reserve at 889 Broad (diagonally across the street from City Hall). I will keep everyone updated on all developments.
One quick question: Can you please send me a picture of the Gandhi piece(s)? I need it for the Newark Arts Council’s promotional materials for the festival. Thanks! – Charley
August 5, 2016
I am glad to be part of your exhibition, thanks for including John and I.
The following are the things that I would like you to consider which is related to the exhibition:
2. For the artwork that I would like to display at your exhibition; please visit the following link to view some of them: https://ingpeaceproject.com/
3.If it is possible I would like to have a table or easel for my Peace Poster for people to write their comments on “What does Peace mean to you?” on the reception day.
Please let me know of your decisions.
August Agency <email@example.com>
August 5, 2016
Thanks very much for the link; it was the Gandhi #4 I was looking for. I’m already familiar with the project and you know I love your art work. Also, it won’t be a problem at all for the table and easels on the reception day. Feel free to contact me at any time with any other questions or concerns.
Gandhi: Man of Peace and His Words – Artist Ing-on Vibulbhan-Watts
Paint Me As Part Of The Universe After I Die, Said Iris – Artist Joanne Leone
Shadow of Peace and the International CranioSacral Therapists 2014, Iceland, comments on “What does Peace mean to you?” on during May and June 2014, organized by Joseph Giacalone Finished artwork, after the written comments by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Links to the finished Peace Project of the International CranioSacral Therapists 2014, Iceland artwork page:
Shadow of Peace and CLOUD CYPH Event 2014 in Newark, NJ, comments on “What does Peace mean to you?” on Friday, May 16th, 2014, organized by Them Cloud Kids. Finished artwork, after the written comments by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Links to Finished Peace Project CLOUD CYPH Event – Them Cloud Kids 2014 pages:
The Peace and Art Parade and festival run by the Barat Foundation in Newark on 10.23.2011, organized by Chandri and Gary Barat. Finished artwork, after the written comments by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
It took me a while to be able to complete this project. I spent some time to compose this second finished artwork for the Peace Project. The writings were the comments from the people on “What does Peace mean to you?” at the Washington Park and some of the people who participated in the Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade on Sunday, October 23, 2011, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Link to Peace Project and Creation Art Peace Parade Page:
Group Pictures from Newark International Art Exhibition on Friday, October 21, 2016
Ing with our best friend Patricia Meidel, our best friend and artist Joanne Leone and Artist/Photographer Luisa F. Pinzon
Artist/Photographer Luisa F. Pinzon and Artist Ibou Ndoye
At Friday’s opening (10.21.2016) for Newark International with 5 of 8 exhibiting artists (Ing’s not on FB, Grigory had just left, John and Petra were in England), plus the food artist, family and friends old and new. Thanks, Malcolm M. King, for the shot!