Monthly Archives: July 2018

Sparks

I’ve just received my copy of Sparks – Adventures in Street Photography by Stephen Leslie – I subscribed to its publication through Unbound.  This can be a slightly risky way of buying books as you rely on the final publication … Continue reading

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Dunwich

The Medieval port town of Dunwich has long since been washed away by storms and spring tides – the tower of All Saints’, the last of the ancient churches, toppled over the friable cliffs in 1922.  A local legend says … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 8

‘At Shingle Street we strolled towards the sea, our feet setting up a slow rhythmic, percussive rattle in the shingle. Valerian, sea kale and horned sea poppy bent in the wind, their muted red, green and yellow blending with colours … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 7

There have been buildings and people living at Shingle Street since the early 1800s.  The Martello towers, the coastguard cottages and the massive shingle bank give it an air of permanence, yet this is the most mobile of coasts.  When … Continue reading

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A Surfeit of Blue

Holy Trinity, Blythburgh, has 15th century poppy heads representing the seven deadly sins – Gluttony holds up his ample pot belly.  The architect Morris Lapidus called his autobiography Too Much is Never Enough in honour of his monuments to excess.  … Continue reading

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Entomophobia

Entomophobia is an excessive or irrational fear of insects, more specifically, apiphobia (bees), myrmecophobia (ants), lepidopterophobia (moths and butterflies) and spheksophobia (wasps).  A traumatic experience with an insect may trigger the phobia.   In addition to bites and stings and the … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape 34 – Flaming June

“Thermometers crept as high as 33C last week, with the mercury rising highest in Porthmadog in north Wales on June 28 … Scotland also recorded its highest EVER temperature last month – 33.2C in Motherwell, also on June 28 … … Continue reading

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Still more I that E!

Unwisely took part in the Royal Academy quiz, ‘Which great British artwork are you?’  Depressingly predicable results! “You are: John Constable’s A Boat Passing a Lock!  People might see you as a lovely and peaceful person, but that doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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Surrealism

I’m reading In Montparnasse – ‘The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali’ – by Sue Roe.  It has been read on BBC Radio 4 as book of the week, somehow appropriate given how frustratingly short of illustrations … Continue reading

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