Lost in Translation :: Japanese to English :: A Poem

A Japanese blog called Ach & Pfui posted a little write up about Pete and Bellerby & Co which translates online as below. Are they really calling Peter an old man? Will have to get a second opinion…

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Something for the kids..

We found this cute lesson plan yesterday on Teaching Ideas based around US. We love the idea of children aged 5 – 11 making up imaginary conversations with Peter and writing his biography. Someone needs to actually do this and show us what ideas and artwork the kids would produce!

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The Globemaker Vimeo Spreads Around The World!

Since Vimeo kindly chose us as a Staff Pick and put us on their front page (as well as tweeting their 121,855 followers gasp) the video Peter Bellerby – The Globemaker has spread far and wide. We are up to 35,500 views!! We are humbled by the response and positive feedback.

The short film has been shared on twitter over 100 times. It has been written about by Huh. MagazineDevour.comThe Worlds Best EverThosewhomake.com, South Africa’s Cherry FlavaThe Documentary NetworkMental FlossArtnau, Little Green Footballs,
Curiosités de Titam (for our French readers), and the brilliantly named Socks on an Octopus in New York to name a few. Wahhay.

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Dubbed! Il Fascino Peculiare Dei Mappamondi

We had a little visit at the studio from RSI La 1 and the great Head of Map Collections – Peter Barber from The British Library – to talk about what they dubbed…. the peculiar charm of globes.

Click to watch us on Swiss-Italian TV!

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New Year, New Cheer!

From a frosty London studio, crammed with radiators and heaters we write our first blog post of the year. Festivities seem long forgotten now, but we are still eating Christmas cake and a few left over chocolates here at the globemakers, and the weather certainly reflects the wintery mood – it’s set to snow all weekend, much to the excitement of Meredith our in-house artist who wants to build a snowman on our roof.

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We’re very excited to say that 2013 has so far been a busy one. Plentiful orders are keeping us busy, with grand new globe plans to be unveiled in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled!

In the meanwhile you can see our artist edition globes as we have just added them to the site.  They are truly beautiful pieces, and absolutely stunning up close, when you can really  appreciate the craftsmanship and detail. See more photos here.

One of our new year’s resolutions is to write a blog update every 2 weeks.  As well as to drink red wine by the fire in the winter, white wine in the sunshine in the summer, and a nice hearty beer in the autumn.  It’s going to be a good year!  See you in a few weeks. x

The Opening Reception…

Week one has drawn to an end, and we have been blown away by the response to our globe exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society.  During the day, you can observe globes being made, painted, gored and varnished in our workshop space, as well as many models, maps and interesting reads to while away the day. Find us at the end of Exhibition Road, Kensington, in the glass fronted Pavilion Space of the RGS, it’s free entry and open from 10am-5pm daily.

On Tuesday evening we held an opening reception at the Society, to celebrate the first ever exhibition of it’s kind at the RGS.  A whole bunch of lovely people, from doctors to Princesses, cartographers and artists, battled the wind and rain and made it down to the event, where globes were scrutinized under magnifying glasses, spun, caressed and adored. A big thank you to everyone who made the night a huge success.  A selection of photos below!

Detail from the magnificent Churchill globe

The Mini Desk Globe in Blue, The Churchill in the background

The beautiful hand-painted globe by Fiona Owen, “Terra Incognita”

The Curve model, from The 80 Series

The stunning hand drawn piece by Meredith, “Creatures from the Depths”

The Perano Terrestrial free standing edition

The Mini Desk Globe, in Olive with 1951 Base

The Perano Celestial Model, featuring over 100 hand drawn constellations