Wednesday, 25 December 2013


Our skin ochered
With past actions,
Our hearts bathed
In oils that never dry,
We stand in the lee of walls
And think about the wind.


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Nomen est omen

“If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot”, John Bunyan (1628-1688)

Bunyan?  There's something afoot...

Friday, 13 December 2013

Wrong label

Decades ago, in a Dublin bar, I met a woman who thought that I, an Englishman, was Danish; I like to think it was due to my height or my flaxen tuft, but I have a feeling it was in reaction to my elided words (it had been a long evening).
A still more disturbing misidentification was that of the unfortunate “Ringerl”, pictured above. Ringerl was a female Olinguito wrongly classified as an Olingo, (Olinguitos were identified as a species only this year). Between 1967 and 1976, in an effort to get her to breed, Ringerl was paired to male Olingos in five zoos across the United States. Not surprisingly nothing happened. It would be the equivalent of expecting a woman to couple with a chimpanzee or even a fair-haired beanpole who's enthusing about “fayltaksidermi”.

Friday, 6 December 2013

More of my gaff...

All photographs by Valérie Thion.

Rocking microtome

Further evidence of droopiness chez moi

South America called them, but did they go?

Monday, 2 December 2013

My gaff...

... as seen through the lens of talented photographer Valérie Thion;

Dirty windows and fake jellyfish

Penguin's feet and starfish

(proving that a smile can crack your face)