Notti delle Dolomiti
#palazzo del #governo #bologna
Cycle free in Bologna on Flickr.
Cycling Bolognese style!
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South Ayrshire sunset over the Firth of Clyde
Photo: Bar 25, #Berlin psychedelic foam party
My friend Henry owns a lovely little bar in central Sanlitun, which was attracting a lot of people who would come to work there during the day. Along with another friend, Mark we thought it would be a good idea to create a more structured coworking environment within the bar, with the idea of building a community of freelancers (or anyone who needs a desk and a few friendly faces around them) who can pull each other’s resources, network and meet new people. We called it Bright Sparks.
We had our official opening night and launch party on Saturday which went really well, not a huge turn out but lots of new faces and support. We have spent up until now getting things organised, spreading the word and expanding our community. It is only a small cafe/bar with space for about 8 workers a day, but we hope once we have a bigger demand and community to find a bigger space with better facilities. I have of course be in charge of all the design and branding, as you can see above I have created business cards, leaflets and posters, its’s great to see my design being used in the ‘wild’ and to receive lots of positive feedback.
We have set up a membership program, you can simply drop in for only 40rmb (£4) a day or buy a 5 day pass for 175rmb (£17.50) (2 for 300rmb £30) which is valid for 5 working days during 1 calendar month. Or you can work for only 25rmb a day with the month pass for 500rmb (£50), get a dedicated desk and unlimited access to the space Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm. All our membership passes include 1 free cup of coffee a day and as much tea and water as you can drink. All membership holders receive discounted drinks from our bar after 5pm too!
On friday evening Cmune (the company Lee works for) had a party in their office to test a new release of their game, lots of beer and pizza were consumed and then a group of us went to KTV, a karaoke ‘bar’. I use the word ‘bar’ with caution as it was more of a complex and on a completely different scale to any karaoke establishment I was previously familiar with. Massive white corridors with little private rooms coming off them, each themed differently, ours was aeroplane themed and came complete with a (mannequin) air hostess, little round porthole windows, plush leather sofas and a fancy fruit basket. The poor mannequin looked a bit worse for wear by the end of the night.
On saturday the weather was a bit pants, very overcast, humid and quite high pollution so we wanted to do something inside. We decided to go to the top of the highest building in Beijing, the China World Trade Center which along with offices and a hotel, has a luxury mall, ice rink and cinema in it. It was fun walking around looking in the windows of the posh shops, I’m getting so used to seeing their counterfeit equivalents in the markets. Going to the tallest building in Beijing on a day with low visability was maybe not the best idea, as when we finally got to the top we couldn’t see all that much, although what we could see was quite impressive. After living in Scotland all my life it’s sometimes quite hard to believe I’m actually living here surrounded by sky scrapers, for once it was nice to look down on the city rather than up.
Beijing has gone a bit British for the olympics, well Raffles City (a mall) has. But I have no idea what Angry milk tea is…?