Category Archives: thought piece

National Treasures #dunkirk #graysonperry

(images from my trip to the Serpentine gallery) Is it just the Brits or do all nations collect National Treasures with such zealousness, bordering on the obsessive. For those not in the know these are not objects, artefacts or grand … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 7: Tales from the dark side

This isn’t a graphic post but the subject matter is terribly difficult so please be advised, it won’t be for everyone. The pictures are from, first S21 the Khmer Rouge’s prison and torture centre based in a high school and, … Continue reading

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Cambodia Tales, Day 2: glorious boating weather

Today’s pictures are from the villages adjacent to, and Lake Tonle Sap itself   I’m not sure when I saw my first house boat – probably in 1978 when I moved into a flat next to the Lots Road power … Continue reading

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Singapore and Stories Day 2: cultural dummies

A while back London did this thing with cows. Or was it Bristol did cows and we did bears? Large polyester figurines painted by a mix of artists, celebrities, ne’er-do-wells and schoolchildren and then auctioned in some worthy fundraiser. I … Continue reading

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Milling About #massonmill #findinghome

I pondered why we anchor to a specific place this weekend while visiting Derbyshire. I’m well established in a corner of South London where I’ve lived for over 30 years. Coming to London itself in 1979 was job-driven and my … Continue reading

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Duelling Gardens #gardens #competitiveurges

While this post wanders hither and yon, on the subject of my apparently dwindling competitive spirit, I’ll populate it with pictures from the garden today. There is a link – sort of – at the end… I’m a bundle of contradictions, sometimes. One … Continue reading

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The Urge to Splurge #affluenza

Affluenza (n) a portmanteau word fusing affluence and influenza and meaning a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. I wrote recently about my weight loss over the last … Continue reading

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