Saturday, October 26, 2019

Little Red Hat - But Which Photo?

Good news!  Little Red Hat has been published by Hedgehog Poetry Press as one of their Sticklebacks - a series of micro-pamphlets - and my copies just arrived!  So, of course, I need to take a photograph to show off this little beauty to the world.  And it's a gorgeous autumn day, so ...

I took five.  The only problem is, I don't know which one I like best.  An in-house poll has produced 2 votes for One and 1 for Three.  But let's spread the net a bit wider.  Please cast your votes in the comments below.  And if you hate them all, I'll go back out and take some more.   

Thanks!  (And remember you can click on the photos to make them bigger.  You probably knew that, but I sometimes forget.)






Sunday, October 20, 2019


This week I'm over on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure tackling in an incisive, maunder-free manner the question of distraction. Join me!

Charlie Chaplin Pay Day (1922)
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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Several Delicate Flowers

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Sea Pink - Holy Island (1901)
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Why am I thinking about delicate flowers?  Because I've just had my flu jab and it is being brought home to me, once again, that I am a delicate flower.  An image of me feeling sorry for myself is not all that entertaining, however, so instead I give you Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Sea Pink, which I have a copy of on the wall behind my desk.  What I didn't know, though, was the full title, which is Sea Pink - Holy Island, which is where I was with Jamie not that many weeks ago.  If I had known, I would have tried for a photograph of Holy Island Sea Pink, but I didn't.  So here's the castle instead.

Kind of the opposite of delicate flowers, which is my plan for next week.  Less pink and more epic endeavour.  

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Beautiful Voices

Three versions of Faure's Pie Jesu from three beautiful voices:

Philippe Jaroussky

Cai Thomas


P.S.  And if you ever worry about what happens to these boy sopranos when they hit puberty, sometimes (like Aled Jones) it's good things.  Here's Aksel Rykkvin age 14  (ignore the audience shots, if you possibly can):

And here he is age 15 (or possibly 16) -