Narnia in Belfast

NARNIA – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Clive Staples Lewis (known as Jack), the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, was born in Belfast on November 29th, 1898 to the comfortably off Albert James and Flora Augusta Hamilton.  He grew up happily in a house called Little Lea, a house that is generally…

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Sculpture Saturday: Jimi Hendrix

Statue of Jimi Hendrix in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight Festival had rightly taken its place at the pinnacle of music festivals by 1970. On this small island off the south coast of the UK the August 1970 event welcomed over more than 600,000 people to tune in and freak out. It…

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My Tale from the Vienna Woods

Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Srauss was playing in the background as I worked and my thoughts drifted to the trip I’d had a few years ago through that lovely green space outside Vienna, designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  The Woods are not as portrayed in the two films I’ve seen: rather…

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Silent Sunday: Peaceful River

Silent, if you ignored the scoldings of the howler monkeys from the river banks, the splash of nutrias as they slipped into the river and the background clicks of cicadas, but these noises being way outside normality for me, I took it for silence.

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Sculpture Saturday

The Irish wood-carver John Haugh is not much known outside his own country but he has exhibited and sold many works in the USA. I was privileged to interview him many years ago and this sculpture “Dancing at the Crossroads” is one of my favourites of the many I saw in his studio in Carlingford,…

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Silent Sunday: The Mumbles

A quiet Sunday in The Mumbles, Wales, looking across the bay towards Swansea.

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Sculpture Saturday: Cyprus

This group of bronze statues shows the release of Greek Cypriot prisoners, peasants and clergy, from British colonial rule during the fight for independence on the island of Cyprus. The statue is in Nicosia but I was unable to find a date for it. I photographed it sometime in the 1970’s and I think it was…

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SILENT SUNDAY

It is always sad to see deserted villages and town and even though they are being given status by UNESCO, they still harbour a feeling of meloncholy. There is no escaping the fact that young people will no longer work at back-breaking, low-paying jobs on farms, and abandoned villages like these are a familiar site…

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