Have you ever woken from a half-remembered dream, feeling like you've returned from a journey of a thousand leagues or more? I've just discovered the quirky, dark and playful landscapes of Jacek Yerka. Got to love his dreamlands, even if they make your head spin a little. Erosion Homestead Garden squared Brick and Stone
Yes, the wee lil fishies in the sea. And how half of the fish caught in the North Sea are discarded - their limp corpses thrown back into the sea thanks to some very dodgy EU policies. Not to mention all the turtles and dolphins that die a horrible death tangled in purse seine nets … Continue reading Won’t somebody think of the fishes??
A sweet act of solidarity by Egyptians following a horrific attack on the Coptic community on New Year's Eve. I only wish I was optimistic enough to believe that a hate-bomber might hold respect for any human life - Muslim, Christian or even his own. But that doesn't take away from this bravery - well … Continue reading Sweet solidarity against hate in Egypt
Far too often you read or hear something so stunningly daft that it leaves you blinking and wondering what kind of vegetable this person was using in lieu of a brain that day. This week I offer you: "Heels show the humanity burkas lack" - Joan Smith in The Independent applauds a Romanian minister who … Continue reading Moronic Quote of the Week
Fascinating article from the Boston Globe How the city hurts your brain ...And what you can do about it By Jonah Lehrer [...]Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending … Continue reading How the City Hurts your Brain
Extract from “I Saw Ramallah” by Mourid Barghouti "It is easy to blur the truth with a simple linguistic trick: start your story from 'Secondly.' Yes, this is what Rabin did. He simply neglected to speak of what happened first. Start your story with "Secondly," and the world will be turned upside-down. Start your story … Continue reading Perspective matters
I came across this article buried deep in the Middle East section of BBC News online: A report to the UN Human Rights Council on Israel's shelling of Beit Hanoun in Gaza almost two years ago says it may have been a war crime. The report compiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu casts doubt on Israel's … Continue reading ‘Possible’ War Crime in Beit Hanoun