Daily Archives: May 18, 2011

Stephen Wiltshire – the Cityscape artist

Stephen Wiltshire – the Cityscape artist

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes.

He has a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.

Stephen was born in London to West Indian parents on 24th April, 1974. As a child he was mute, and did not relate to other people. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world.

At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London, where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing. It soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings. These drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line, and reveal a natural innate artistry. read on

Stephen appeared on ABC News Good Morning America on the 13th of February 2008.  (shown in this video)

Stephen wowed the viewers with a quick sketch of Piccadilly Circus after a 10 minutes glimpse of the landmark. Stephen has also been named as Person of The Week on ABC World News with Charles Gibson. Nick Watt and Olivia Sterns reports.

His  website address is: http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/index.aspx

Stephen Wiltshire YouTube Channel

You can always watch Stephen’s videos on his YouTube channel too. Click here to watch this video on YouTube.

You can also see his videos on his website here: http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/videos.aspx?page=1

VICTORIA VILLAGE PETITION – Media Release

VICTORIA VILLAGE PETITION – Media Release

18 May 2011:

 ANCESTORS TO BE HONOURED FOR HISTORIC CONTRIBUTIONS

The bold, unprecedented, and courageous act of the eighty-three (83) former-slaves who conceptualized a future away from the sugar plantation, associated with slavery and dehumanization, will be formally acknowledged in the country’s highest institution when The Victoria Petition is read on the floor of the National Assembly tomorrow.

 The occasion comes almost one hundred seventy-two years after the 83 ancestors of Victorians pooled their resources and purchased an abandoned cotton plantation at an exorbitant price and transformed it into an orderly and prosperous community.

The subject and summary of the Petition states:

“In the matter of recognizing the historic and extraordinary contributions of the “Group of 83” Proprietors who Purchased an abandoned Plantation and thereafter Established the First Village in post-emancipation Guyana; who pioneered a system of self-governance and introduced an economic system founded on the principles of co-operativism; and who thereby made lasting and significant contributions to the development of modern Guyana and emerged a model of global significance and continued relevance:”

The Petitioners note the appropriateness, significance, and timing of this event coming a few days before the forty-fifth anniversary of Guyana’s attainment of national independence. They reference that national achievement to the purchase of plantation Northbrook, the emergence of a constitution for the good order of the community, and the installation of a governance system which served as the precursors to national self-determination.

In their humble Petition, the descendants, residents, and heirs of the Proprietors of Plantation Northbrook (renamed Victoria) make request for the recognition of the historic contributions of their Ancestors, the “Group of 83” Proprietors who established the First Village in post-emancipation Guyana and thereby catalyzed the Village Movement with its significant, indelible, and transformational contributions to the development of Guyana.

While it is the distinct honour of Victorians to make the Petition, the act associates all the ancestors and descendants of those who purchased lands and established villages in the three counties of post-emancipation Guyana signalling the formal closure of the dark night of human degradation under slavery and representing the dawn of a new phase in the long quest of the Guyanese people for social and economic justice, freedom, and human dignity.

The Leader of the Opposition Mr. Robert Corbin, MP will present the Victoria Petition.

18 May 2011:

Conference Leadership & Planning Committee: Secretariat: Victoria, East Coast Demerara, GUYANA, South America:

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Petition for Parliament:> THE VICTORIA PETITION MAY 19 2011

“Jamaica In My Head” Flash Mob in Union Square, NYC

“Jamaica In My Head” Flash Mob in Union Square

10 May 2011

The Jamaica Tourist Board and Flash Mob America teamed up to give New Yorkers a taste of sun, sand and sea at the Jamaica Reggae Flash Mob in Union Square, NYC on May 9.

Featuring an exclusive dance remix of Ziggy Marley’s “Jamaica In My Head” the flash mob commemorated Marley Week and the 30th Anniversary of the passing of Jamaica’s music legend Bob Marley.

Over 200 reggae enthusiasts performed to a choreographed routine, which included Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s signature “Bolt to the World” dance move. The crowd also witnessed surprise appearances by notable Jamaicans, including Devon Harris, a member of the first Jamaican bobsled team, which inspired the movie Cool Runnings, members of the Jamaican national women‟s basketball team, Jamaican chess master Maurice Ashley, among others, who walked down a Jamaica-branded runway.

The event took place in New York City’s Union Square on the south side at 14th Street.

(Submitted by Godfrey Meertens)
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