Entries by simon

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Full of … Grace

Grace Kelly – The Monaco Years, an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of her death, eclipsed attempts by all others to do the same, which was, of course, the point. Her dresses were later passed to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, but Monaco’s most memorable and moving exhibits were letters that the then Princess Grace […]

Je crois…aux Anges

Shot at dawn, midwinter, as I walked along the Promenade des Anglais. I noticed the gulls’ wings stirring as they fed at the water’s edge, and was ready with the camera by the time they’d taken flight. Other than sharpness and white balancing, this image has undergone no colour adjustment . Images such as this […]

Cherpumple: If I knew you were coming…

The Cherpumple, where cherry, pumpkin and apple pie join forces in one dish, to make you fat. In Americana, where necessity is not always the mother of invention, you really can have it all, all at once. Even if it tastes kinda weird. On the same note, here’s a link for those of you wondering “WTF […]

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From Russia with Love

The domes of La Chiesa di Cristo Salvatore, Santa Caterina Martire e San Serafino di Sarov (Church of Christ the Savior, St. Catherine the Martyr and St. Serafin de Sarov) are its most beautiful and distinctive attributes.  They featured fleetingly in the 2009 movie Io Sono L’amore (I am Love), whose heroine, Emma Recchi (Tilda […]



Palondromic primes, like today’s date, are said to be auspicious for new beginnings and also to represent the cyclic nature of existence . Here, in the olive groves of Imperia, Liguria, the fruit is famous for its sweetness, and is handpicked to prevent bruising, (the oil becomes bitter if the fruit is hurt). The olive […]

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The sweet taste of Halloween

American Halloween is about, yes, all things American; pumpkins and parades, Trick or Treat, getting dressed-up and getting made-up. In the UK, Halloween is about importing all things American, but isn’t nearly as much fun… …and in Belgium, where life is sweet, Halloween is all about…chocolate.

Victim Support? Say it with flowers instead

Here in the UK, we have this thing called Victim Support. (I’m not going to credit it with any kind of gravitas by using ‘ we have a service’). Think ambulance-chasers, dishing out lukewarm sympathy rather than the promise of compensation. This Saturday morning, at 9:30 BST, I was roused by the sound of a […]


Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille: The Good Mother

The ornate gold mosaic is typical of (Neo) Byzantine architecture, which was popular during the mid-late 19th century; cf London’s Westminster cathedral. Notre Dame de la Garde (Our Lady of the Keeper) dominates the city’s skyline and is known fondly by the locals as la bonne mère. Consecrated in 1864, it predates London’s basilica by […]