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Ibis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Egyptian Ibis mummy

The British Museum is full of curiosities. Here’s the Easter-Egg like sarcophagus of an Ibis mummy. It’s made of gilded wood and …

Cat Mummy - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cat Mum

I love all the plunder in the British Museum. Some of the debate about returning treasures is so emotive it’s difficult to …

Fish and Bicycles - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Like a fish needs a bicycle

I remember hearing the phrase “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” many years ago. The standard response …

Rome - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A teeth-chattering experience

Previously in Rome, I tried a bike-sharing scheme. It wasn’t the success I had hoped for: Similar bike schemes have failed in …

Rome - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A modern ancient art

Rome has many modern examples of a very ancient art; graffiti. I have no idea what this is all about: He’s got …

Rome - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Briscola

When the weather is fine, and after having their coffee and reading the local Rome paper, the older men at my favourite …

Rome - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dogs, dogs and more dogs

Walking through Trastevere in Rome I see a group of dogs tied to a railing. They’re such a perfect group I risk …

Rome - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Graffiti

It’s not often you hear the singular of graffiti which is graffito. Perhaps that’s because one graffito attracts another. Graffiti actually means …

Rome - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Little St Peters

Sampietrini are the tiny cobbles used in historic areas of Rome. They’re particularly common in my favourite area, Trastevere. They’re great because …

Columbia Road Flower Market - The Hall of Einar - photograph 9c) David Bailey (not the)

Eat more British cheese

At the Columbia Road Flower Market I couldn’t resist these two people and the lettering in the shop window. Eat more British …

Columbia Road Flower Market - The Hall of Einar - photograph 9c) David Bailey (not the)

The flower market

A trip to London to stay with my son gave us an opportunity to walk to Columbia Road Flower Market. It’s in …

4 Organic Food - a glossary of environmental euphemisms

Organic food – a glossary #4

“Is organic food any better for you?”, people ask, as if that’s the only worthwhile question to ask. A follow up question …

2 Biodiversity - a glossary of environmental euphemisms

Biodiversity – a glossary #2

Biodiversity is a pretentious term used by people who want to sound as if they understand something that you don’t. Usually, using …

1 Conservation - a glossary of environmental euphemisms

Conservation – a glossary #1

Conservation sounds like it should be a good thing, a thing with which everyone agrees. We all want to conserve the natural …

Edward Everard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Edward Everard

I worked in Bristol for several years and frequently diverted my route across the city to see the Edward Everard building. Everard …

Tivoli - The Hall of Einar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Tivoli view

I loved our trip to Tivoli. This view through the ancient doorways of the Renaissance masterpiece is particularly effective, especially when you …

Tivoli - The Hall of Einar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tivoli

I love this photograph from our trip to Villa d’Este in Tivoli. The breathtaking 16th Century gardens are enough to take the …

Drops on the railway bridge - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Under the bridge

It’s raining so we take shelter under the bridge. No, not the multi-million pound club in the grounds of Chelsea Football Club; …

Antonella Papa - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Grotesque

It was my birthday this week and unusually I’ve been able to see my birthday present being made in front of me. …

War Memorial - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The woman with sausages

Listen to artists. It doesn’t matter that you don’t understand them yet. Listen to them; then do what they suggest. They have …

Teignmouth - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Teignmouth evening

I’ve been coming to Teignmouth and Shaldon in South Devon since I was a child. We would have two weeks holiday in …