Museum Week at Tti ! Our Staff tells us about their favourite museums in London!

Here at Tti , we do love our culture and in honour of Museum Week here in the UK , our staff have put together a list of some of our favourite places to peruse great art, creepy exhibitions and ancient treasures!

1. Victoria & Albert Museum (South Kensington) 

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Our Sales girl , Mel,  adores the Victoria and Albert museum. In her spare time , she works as the Creative Director for East London Radio , a community radio station based in Hackney. This February , they were invited to set up a pop up radio booth inside the V&A ! Here she is in action in her favourite museum!mel in action

 

 

 

 

 

2. British Museum (Russel Square):

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Our teacher John says…

I love getting lost in the British museum, even though I’ve been there over 50 times! It’s my favourite museum in London because it contains so many stories of the human condition. It is the most concise history of the world ever collected. But it also reveals the history one culture’s dominance over the rest; the conquests, sacrifices, journeys and tragedies. From Egypt to Australia, every room and every object informs us that the human story is long, rich and has many lessons to tell us today. We should learn from them.

3. Hunterian Museum – Inside the Royal College of Surgeons (Holborn Station) 

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Our teacher Sam loves the Hunterian Museum! This museum explores the history of surgery with lots of strange things in jars! There is a giant skeleton and different animals on display!  It’s free to enter and you can find the Sir John Soane’s Museum across the way and it is inside the Royal College of Surgeons so it’s not a big tourist hot spot! Find out more here – http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian

Sam took his class out to explore this London secret spot this week !

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4.Tate Modern (St. Paul’s Station) 

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Our teacher and Social Programme Coordinator, Marianne , says that The Tate Modern is one of her favourites because she is a big fan of all the contemporary and modern art. She also loves the book shop and the view you get from the 4th floor cafe! It is a must if you are in London and not to be missed! In the summertime, there are also concerts and events on the front lawn so it is a great way to be near the Thames and to get your fix of culture!

5. Natural History Museum (South Kensington Station)

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 The Natural History Museum is a sight to behold! Our DOS, Camilla, says she loves this museum for all the pre-historic horses you can find and the dinosaurs of course! The museum has a great cafe and is beautiful just to see the golden arches and grand staircase.  We took a trip there this week for our Social Programme and the best part is it’s free!

Flamenco Festival in London – Sara Baras “La Pepa” Written by Maria Jesus Privado

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Our former student turned Intern, Maria , writes about her experience at the Flamenco Festival here in London . Maria, Sonia (our Registrar) and some of our other former Tti students went to Sadler’s Wells in Islington to check out the 11th season of flamenco dance and music! Here are some of her thoughts on the show and its meaning !

Sara Baras to me is one of the best flamenco dancers and watching her perform is always a pleasure.  Flamenco for us, or at least for me, is not just a musical style, it is an art that touches your heart with feeling strength and passion!

When I found out she was going to perform in London.  I told my friends to go see the show together and it was very exciting to see her outside of Spain !In London , she is a real star! 

Her show is called “The Pepa” and is full of magic and charm.  It commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Spanish constitution (promulgated in Cadiz 1810 to 1812) . In the performance of the play Sara Baras is accompanied by a group of wonderful dancers and the show was decorated with the beauty of Andalusia and the importance to create a unique constitution in the world, hope and freedom! Image

La Pepa is defined by Sara Baras as a feeling , an attitude , a way of feeling , a way of being , a character…something we carry inside , something that brings the sea and La Pepa is the voice of the village in the form of women and freedom!

Maria has been an enthusiastic student and intern at Tti for more than 2 years! Check out what she has to say about her experience at Tti in this video we took of her last year!

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‘I can resist anything but temptation’ – O. Wilde – A Creative Writing Post by Bruno Teixeira

Creative Writing from Brazilian Student, Bruno Teixeira

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Inspired by Matt’s Creative Writing Workshop.

(Matt is a teacher at Tti who recently graduated with a Masters in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University .)

A couple of weeks ago, I ran a creative writing workshop as part of the Tti social program. It was quite well attended, with 14 students turning up to flex their creative muscles. The exercise was to draw a map of a familiar journey, adding adjectives, feelings and colours after I gave prompts. Students swapped their maps and then interviewed each other to understand the journey fully. They then had to find a quiet space in the school and write each other’s journeys beginning with the word ‘I.’

 I love this exercise since, as well as developing their writing, it’s a good way for students to make friends with each other and do lots of talking. A week later, Tti teacher Marianne handed me a story written by one of her students. She had given them the task of using a quote from Oscar Wilde to start and end a story. Below is the result:

‘I can resist anything but temptation.’ When I first read it on the internet I felt such identification with this quote that I made it my MSN phrase. It stayed there until I identified myself even more with another one. But it doesn’t matter right now. What does matter right now is the choice I am about to make and, by the quote I started with, you can tell it will be the wrong one.

In this case the wrong choice – or temptation – has a name: Millena. She is as sinuous as her name suggests and twice as clever. Millena is the kind of woman who only dates rich guys whose fortune was made in shady businesses that probably involved cards and broken knee-caps. However, every so often she makes an exception and dates a ‘not-that-promising’ artist. This, of course, wouldn’t be a problem if such kind of guys (the ones who are rich and break knee-caps) knew how to cope with rejection and the ‘not-that-promising-artist’ wasn’t me.

From Millena herself I heard that Batter (her former boyfriend) would like to have a small talk with me. As Batter was no exception in Millena’s book, I sent my dignity for a walk and panicked. Right in front of her. Before I started to cry, she told me her plan, handed me a gun, gave me the key, made me a promise; and here I am. In Blatter’s flat, pointing a gun at the front door.

I’ve made a promise. Just two shots and I can stay with Millena for the rest of my life – or as long as my hormones last (whichever comes first). All I need to do in order to get the money and the girl is to shoot Batter in the chest, two times. I who have never fought anyone, Batter who has broken dozens of knee-caps. I start to shake… I remember which quote has replaced the one about temptation on my MSN…

Then I put the gun in my back pocket and leave before Batter arrives. I’ll leave town never to come back again. But first, I’ll stop at my house and tell a perplexed Millena through Facebook that I’ve just recovered my imagination. Meanwhile, in my status, a last quote:

‘Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.’

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