/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
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
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
'It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.' Ursula K. Le Guin (2000) The Left Hand of Darkness
Not so long ago and not so far away, my father was my teacher. I learned from him in different ways; through lesson, observation and emulation. Amongst so many other things, he taught me to swim, I watched him work, and I copied his writing. His was a glinting calm presence, a wordless reassurance that … Continue reading Barefoot in the City.
'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 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