how to deal with critics

someone said my uk pictures and the captions for them were boring.

here’s a picture of someone:

Hamish the Highland Cow, Scotland


we ignore these warnings

Javier Marías:

‘In Your Face Tomorrow, the main subject is the near impossibility of knowing what a face, in a metaphorical sense, can bring us tomorrow. We tend to believe we know what to expect from the people around us, the people we love. Even if we have hints of things we don’t like, we ignore these warnings. One of the things Sir Peter Wheeler says is that people do not want to see any more, they do not want to be alert.’

sicilian lemons


Ferrero’s (creator of Nutella, Tic Tacs and Kinder Eggs) latest invention is a dessert tasting of Sicilian lemons called Gran Soleil which, when put in the freezer and shaken, turns into a kind of ice-cream.

qui peut dire où vont les fleurs

Columbia Flower Market, London, November 2009

till death

Patrick Stewart:

And every week two women are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales, and 10 women take their own lives as the only way they know how to escape a violent partner.

emotional education

David Brooks:

For reasons having to do with the peculiarities of our civilization, we pay a great deal of attention to our scholastic educations, which are formal and supervised, and we devote much less public thought to our emotional educations, which are unsupervised and haphazard. This is odd, since our emotional educations are much more important to our long-term happiness and the quality of our lives.

cleanse my lips, here i am

Hyde Park, London, November 2009