Late with Blake

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A new exhibition of William Blake works has just opened at the Ashmolean Museum

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and so a Live Friday was held to mark the occasion, we met up with friends David and Yuan Yuan, first for a fantastic meal at Shanghai 30s and then to experience the late night delights.

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And what delights there were! The most frightening being the angel/devil pairs that wandered the halls:

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Clearly a few of the Angels had been watching the Blink episode of Doctor Who…

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Having successfully run away from them we headed to the basement where there was the opportunity to make our own shadow puppets inspired by Blake.

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I went for a fork carrying devil.

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As you can see operating him was great fun!

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Yulan also made a shadow puppet

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Although she also had a go with my devil as well.

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While I think our puppets were awesome, the professional ones were exquisite, just proves what you can do with paper, split pins and kebab sticks!

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After tracking down a few more angels

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and trying to avoid the dark figures that lurked in the shadows

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We succeeded and there was time for one more paper activity, but with a dark twist. Making ingots of dead money to be burned and take into the afterlife.

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As expected Yuan Yuan was a natural

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But thanks to the excellent tutorage we all emerged with an ingot

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And so exhausted from our exploits it was time to bid the Ashmolean goodnight.

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The Blake exhibition runs until 1 March 2015. More information here.

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