Australia, blogging

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future

Over half a century ago this happened: It's Friday 13th, one October, in the early seventies and it's raining hard, in torrents, as it does in summer in a tropical country, like Australia. Construction had started on the Sydney Opera House, (it took 14, instead of the predicted 4 years to complete) and Apollo 16… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future

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Friendly Friday – The Colour of Purple Prose

Purple prose is flowery and ornate language. It sacrifices plot and clarity for indulgent detail. A piece of prose can be entirely purple, or it can have ornate bits sprinkled throughout. We call cases of the latter “purple patches. Purple prose is like showing up in stilettos to go on a hike. The language doesn’t… Continue reading Friendly Friday – The Colour of Purple Prose

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blogging

Flashback Friendly Friday – A Journey to Delft

DELFT Delft is a Dutch city renowned for its history of painting. So well preserved since the 17th Century, Delft is also famous as the birthplace of the painter, Vermeer, and home to the exquisite ‘Delft Blue’ earthenware. I took an English speaking tour at the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, the Delftware factory dating back to… Continue reading Flashback Friendly Friday – A Journey to Delft

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Australia, blogging

Security

Germaine Greer is a legend in her own time, a leading feminist in the 'burn the bra,' era, yet Germaine has something to say about security. "Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life." - Germaine Greer If we think about those words, to live… Continue reading Security

blogging, Painting, Traditional Art

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Time Capsule

Tãby Church, Stockholm Almost a decade ago, I was wandering around the backblocks of Stockholm's upmarket outer suburbs and discovered a place of significance in Viking times. A living Time Capsule. Rune Stone Causeway in Stockholm At around 100 metres long, the so-called Jarlabanke's bridge, in Täby, Sweden, is a causeway or bridge, lined with… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Time Capsule

Environment, Photography

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Recycling

Japan is a very clean country. You won't see or find litter in the streets. Why? No litter anywhere in Tokyo and Kyoto Several years ago in Japan, a bomb placed in a busy commuter station waste bin exploded and this on top of a 1995 domestic terrorist attack using deadly Sarin Gas also in… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Recycling