What did you see on your run today? #443 stars Banksy!

What did you see on your run today? #443 stars Banksy!

The lovely Kathakoli Dasgupta has been sharing, day by day, her UK holiday, since Covid-19 put paid to Vietnam, where she & Dave had planned to be right now.

So instead they are touring southern England, and Katha is running and sharing the sights & her interesting discoveries with us here.

Yesterday we were with them in Bath.

Today it’s Bristol.

And – as happens every day – I learn something new about the ol’ home country 🙂

Over to our intrepid blogger-at-large:

What I saw during my run today… Banksy, Boats and Balloon

Leg 3 of our holiday… in Bristol.

I thought I’d take a break from history and covid. But neither seem to leave me be.

No complaints though.

A run along the harbour after a whole day of walking turned out not just refreshing but very interesting. Here’s why.

Bristol born Banksy’s rendition of Vermeer’s painting called The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum (owning to the clever use of the outdoor security alarm to replace the pearl earring in the famous Vermeer painting) has been given a face mask in keeping with the times!

That is STUNNING!!

The SS Great Britain, one of the most important historic ships in the world. The world’s first great ocean liner that served as cargo ship for a few years before it sank and was abandoned for 33 years in the Falkland Islands before it was recovered and brought home to Bristol in 1970.

Bristol is known as the hot air balloon capital of the UK.

So naturally, I stopped and looked up to see the bright orange balloon floating past. At that time I didn’t know that it was special. Apparently the Wallace & Gromit (Dave tells me they are popular cartoon characters) Moon Rocket Balloon was set off today in support of a local charity that aids critically ill children.

Katha, I LOVE the Banksy – that’s such a great photo.

Today’s new info for me is that Bristol is the hot air balloon capital of the UK. That I definitely did not know.

And by the way, I’m jolly glad that Dave has brought you up to speed on Wallace & Gromit, who are indeed popular. Very popular.

As ever, thanks a ton for such fun posts.

#keeprunning #keepinspiring


      1. Christine Pemberton it is brilliant, isn’t it? Nobody knows who ‘updated’ the graffiti. Apparently, banksy had been approached for comment, but the newspaper article didn’t say any more than that. Oh and it’s actually not painted—it’s a massive fabric face mask! X

        Kathakoli Dasgupta
        1. I don’t think Banksy does interviews! In the days when I regularly went up and down the M4 there were balloons very regularly… I hate to say it – I remember the excitement when the Great Britain came back!!

          Jane Binstead

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