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Iranian smiles

yellow ribbon

For all the smiles I’ve captured in photos there were many more from chador-clad women who, in some cases, would brush past and beam timidly as they swept by. It would be nice to think these gestures were reciprocated were they to visit Europe.

A little bit of colour peeping out the back of a hijab is like a ray of sunshine. No verbal language is needed to express those sentiments.

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Tropical rainstorm in Burma (listen and watch)

Tropical forest

Tropical forest

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Have a look through these photos and imagine you are sitting right there, on that little veranda overlooking that lake in Inle, Burma as the evening unfolds…

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A brief rant about sexist behaviour

Sartre existential cooking
I don’t suppose Godfrey Bloom would empathise too much with these sentiments expressed here by the American cartoonist Roz Chast

Who IS Godfrey Bloom?

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Spanish political graffiti

Catalan flag, below the serrated peaks of Montserrat

Catalan flag, below the serrated peaks of Montserrat

With overall unemployement around 27% and under 25 unemployment at over 50%, it is not too surprising to see an emergence of political graffiti spray painted across walls in Spain.

This is a selection we came across while driving through various provincial towns in Catalonia.

Malcom X

Malcom X

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Art for Art’s sake?

Tomek at work

Tomek was walking along a street near where he lives in London when he saw a tree stump. Next to it was a sign the council had left informing passers-by that the remainder of the tree would be sawn off and removed in early February.

Hm, this gave him an idea and a few days later he returned with hastily gathered supplies, a drill, a saw, a workmans tent and lots of batteries and got to work while a friend filmed him sculpting.

This is the result of fourteen hours of work, during which passers-by cheered him on, some taking photos, others offering to let him use their electric supply from their nearby home and all giving him the thumbs up for his artistic d.i.y. enterprising spirit.

Meanwhile, the council plan to chop down what Tomek calls his blob ealry next week. Continue reading

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Pumpkin blues

I was feeling kind of glum

indeed, I felt like jabbing my claws

into some innocent bystander, no reason

but, happily, I decided not to hide my head in the sand

… and to head out nordic walking along the beach instead

Following that I bought some pumpkin at my local market on the way home

and made this desert

Pumpkin pie with honey, cinnamon and walnuts

for which, what do you need?

-about one third of a pumpkin, chopped into three or four slices, with skin on
-a pinch of cinnamon
-a couple of spoons of good quality olive oil
-a few slightly crushed walnuts
-a spoonful of butter

You simply brush a little oil on the inside and outside of the pumpkin pieces and sprinkle a bit of the cinnamon over the flesh. Bake in a heated oven for about 45 mins. Meanwhile, melt the butter on a pan and when you’ve taken the pumpkin slices out of the oven, spoon a little melted butter over each portion, pour a little runny honey over the flesh and sprinkle the walnuts over.

Serve that as a dessert and then cuddle up with someone nice and a good book

All photos are mine (or Mirek’s) and the recipe is from:

http://confessionsofaspoon.blogspot.com/2012/01/roasted-pumpkin-with-honey-and-walnuts.html

I was spurred to present this post in this format after reading this incomparably more cutting edge presentation:

http://www.slideshare.net/oukearts/how-to-restrategize-your-company-in-an-economic-crisis-updated-and-expanded

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Happy Children’s day, wherever they may be!

child monks in Bagan, Burma

child monks in Bagan, Burma

Lashio, Burma

Lashio, Burma

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