January 07, 2015
Je Suis Charlie
The paint brush is mightier than the sword. #JeSuisCharlie
December 12, 2014
EAPC & Azadi Tower
Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co. Ltd. (EAPC) Logo & The Azadi Tower in Tehran
Israel owes Iran $100m compensation for oil pipeline losses, rule Swiss arbitrators.
Preliminary ruling relates to Tehran’s losses from a joint oil-pipeline venture after the 1979 Revolution. It comes after two decades of arbitration, would pay the value of a 50% stake in the Iran Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company.
Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co. Ltd. (EAPC) was formed in 1968 when the two countries were friends as a joint-venture company that would bring Iranian oil from the Persian Gulf to Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat and ship it to terminals in Ashkelon — avoiding the Suez Canal. From there the oil would be sold and shipped to Europe.
September 23, 2014
Metamorphose: 1999 documentary on the life and work of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972)
August 06, 2014
Lawmakers & Tooth Puller
Ukrainian Lawmakers and a detail of The Tooth Puller by Caravaggio
Goya & Freud's despair
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters is an etching by the Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya. Goya imagines himself asleep amidst his drawing tools, his reason dulled by slumber and bedevilled by creatures that prowl in the dark.
The image on the right is an old photograph of the artist Lucian Freud. In the picture, Freud sits on a bed, holding his right hand to his forehead in a gesture of weariness or despair.
MoMA New York is currently hosting a new exhibition entitled Jasper Johns: Regrets, which displays works by the American artist inspired by this photograph.
July 24, 2014
My photo is on the cover of Sissinghurst: Der schönste Garten Englands
June 09, 2014
Max & I - 2001 & 2014
Max & I, 2001 & 2014 — at Regent's Park, London.
April 16, 2014
Teeth on the cliffs near Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.
April 03, 2014
Map of a writer’s mind & Iran
The map of the modern writer’s mind by Joe Dunthorne and the map of modern Iran
March 28, 2014
Florence 1837 & 2013
Detail of a painting View of Florence from San Miniato 1837 by American artist Thomas Cole.
March 25, 2014
RIBA & NIRT
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) & National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT)
National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT) was the first Iranian radio and television organisation which started its work in 1966, and operated up until the Iranian Revolution in 1979, after which NIRT became the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
March 10, 2014
Levers Water, a turn on the Coniston fells 1923 & 2011
A few years ago I bought a watercolour painting by Cuthbert Rigby RA, RWS (1850-1935) titled "Levers Water, a turn on the Coniston Fells 1923". I visited the same spot in 2011.
Cuthbert Rigby was born in Liverpool and initially apprenticed to an architect at the age of 15. He had his first painting accepted by the Royal Academy when he was 25. He was also a book illustrator and published his own book "From Midsummer to Martinmas - A West Cumberland Idyll" in 1891.
Levers Water in Cumbria is a naturally occurring tarn, but was enlarged by a dam in 1717 to provide water and power to the coppermines below. It now supplies water to Coniston and the surrounding villages.
The Walk: Levers Water from Coniston - Length 4 miles
- Commencing at the Co-op store in Coniston village, follow the lane between the shop and the hotel, passing through a gate.
- Follow the track, which turns to the left after passing the youth hostel and rises by the side of a series of waterfalls.
- Above the top of the falls the track zig zags to the right, at the 2nd bend, turn at the path to the right, continue along this path for a short way until reaching an almost level section, turn left.
- The route then begins to climb steeply via a rocky step to meet a water channel. Turn left and continue upwards. Old mine workings will be seen to the right
- Continue uphill until the dam at Levers Water comes into sight. Return via the same route.