Mirage

/ˈmɪrɑːʒ,mɪˈrɑːʒ/ Noun: mirage 1. An optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions 2. An unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be achieved Origin - early 19th century: from French se mirer 'be reflected', from Latin mirare 'look at'. (With thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary). Lately, although I have felt that much appears unreal and that … Continue reading Mirage

All Is Mended

Last week, on the last day of July, I said goodbye to a dear friend at her funeral service in Southwark Cathedral. The site has been a place of Christian worship since c. 606 AD, when the first church was erected there, and the current building became a cathedral upon the creation of the diocese … Continue reading All Is Mended

High and Low

One of my favourite buildings, St. Paul's Cathedral, in one of my favourite places, the City of London. Ground level pictures were taken on 12 July from Paternoster Square, the elevated shots on 24 July from Madison on the rooftop terrace at One New Change. Even in extreme summer heat, some places always keep their … Continue reading High and Low

Jump!

'When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump. Otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life and that I can't do.' J.C. Chandor, Screenplay - A Most Violent Year (2014)

Tuesday Evening

Tuesday evening on the University of Essex campus, at Wivenhoe House, before going in for dinner. In 1759, Thomas Reynolds was commissioned by Isaac Rebow to build this, now Grade II listed, property. Later, in 1816, Rebow's descendant, Major-General Francis Slater Rebow commissioned John Constable to paint the house and grounds. That painting became part … Continue reading Tuesday Evening