Site for Sore Eyes (Pt III)

The third and final jaw dropping moment I experienced in Sicilian churches was not in one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed buildings; it was the Jesuit Church of the Gesú in Palermo. This is not Arab Norman (hence its exclusion from the list), and being constructed during the 17th and 18th centuries is … Continue reading Site for Sore Eyes (Pt III)

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Beningbrough Rule Bending Pt II

So back to this new fascination with macro photography that I mentioned in part one. Though none of my nudes have ever been explicit, it seems far less controversial to shoot close-ups of sex organs when they belong to plants, and so I've spent a good many hours this summer getting up close and personal with … Continue reading Beningbrough Rule Bending Pt II

The Second Elizabeth.

For centuries England had been ruled by kings, and then Henry VIII produced two daughters who would each sit on the throne. Mary's rein was relatively short and largely forgotten by many but for her persecution of religious dissenters. Her sister Elizabeth's era is legendary by comparison. She was an exceptional woman.  And yet there … Continue reading The Second Elizabeth.

The Good, The Bad, and The Not So Ugly (Enna I)

It's shortly after lunchtime in a Sicilian hill town when the predators begin to gather in the otherwise empty streets. A stiff breeze blows eddies of dust and detritus into neat circular deposits.  A soundtrack by Morricone is required. The common lizard that hurries in and out of the cracks in the pock-marked wall of … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and The Not So Ugly (Enna I)

Let’s Talk

When I was driving in Sicily I opted for listening to podcasts rather than music as I found them less distracting at those times when the challenges of navigating an unfamiliar vehicle, on the opposite side of the road to the UK and with handbrake and gears similarly on the right rather than the left. … Continue reading Let’s Talk

Blindly Navigating Feminism

I wanted to write about something that has been niggling me for a while; a niggle given greater weight by the events of 2017 and the reactions that continue in 2018. What's more, because this is a personal cause for rumination I run the risk of becoming self-indulgent. Bear with me if that's the case, … Continue reading Blindly Navigating Feminism

S.P.Q.R.

Four letters that bring to mind the Roman Empire and which are equally commonplace around the modern city, but how many of those familiar with the abbreviation know what it represents? Even forty years after my school years I remember Senatus Populus Que Romanus, which simply means The Senate and People of Rome, and for … Continue reading S.P.Q.R.