Category Archives: things visual

Best wishes for 2017

2016 was a year in which the world turned upside down in so many ways. And nothing seems to sum it up better than this shop window display I spotted this morning in Belgrade with its astonishing juxtaposition of icons. … Continue reading

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Weeds

Flying into Belgrade on a clear early April day a couple of days ago, I was treated to an amazing spectacle, glimpses of which are shown here, of the heavily farmed agricultural landscape of this part of the Danube valley. … Continue reading

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Starting the new year with a bit of decay

I used the image in the last post as my greetings card this Christmas (changing the title to ‘knock, knock’ because people found the existing one rather obscure). I took the picture in Budapest several years ago when the sight … Continue reading

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Found Art (or the delights of negative entropy)

A sophisticated awareness of graffiti is now part of the essential intellectual armoury of any East London resident or visitor with pretentions to hipness or gentility. Tourists take guided tours of the street art of Shoreditch, Islington home-owners trying to … Continue reading

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Stuck in the head

Whether it is because the synapses transmit more randomly to each other in an ageing brain or perhaps just because I am exposed to fewer auditory distractions, I have recently found that songs are getting stuck in my head for … Continue reading

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Early Christmas greetings

I spotted this Father Christmas in Thailand six or seven years ago. I particularly liked his old-style mobile phone and the grubby meringue-like foam on his beer. But I also liked the way the sculptor had captured the unfocused bleariness … Continue reading

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Courtauld

I have not thought much for many years about the Courtauld Institute, where I was a student from 1966 to 1970, at a time when it was situated in a beautiful Adam-designed¬† house in Portman Square. Then last week I … Continue reading

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Evening sky in Dalston

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Birthday surprise

I woke yesterday to the sound of seagulls – these days more an indicator of proximity to rubbish than proximity to the sea but still evocative of my years in a convent school in Llandudno, to which they formed the … Continue reading

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Serendipity

I have always liked the word ‘serendipity’. It trips off the tongue with a light, uplifting quality. ‘Seren’ in Welsh means a star, but the word also evokes ‘serenity’ in English. While ‘dipity’ conjures up dippity-dooh-dah and, by association, other … Continue reading

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