Koruku was privately of the opinion that all this dithering stemmed from an inborn flaw in his brother’s character. Being a student, he could not comprehend how precious his brother’s Sundays were to him, how many hopes and wishes had … Continue reading
Aoyama Cemetery, Tokyo, March 2013
‘I am not enjoying myself very much.’ Winston Churchill, Cromer, 1885
Saturday afternoon in the old port of Batavia.
After we had finished our coffee, I retired to the edge of my bed and attended to what little toilet I could while the beduin squatted in the smoke of the fire. Sa’id II sprawled in a corner, playing with … Continue reading
When the evening came, and the sweet shrill cry of the kites, that fills the daylight, stopped, ‘Awiz appeared with three paraffin lanterns, which he dotted about the floor in various places, and, having given me my supper, departed to … Continue reading
The camel is an ugly animal, but, like some plain women, has lovely eyes, brown and soft with long lashes–often the only gentle things to look at in its sun-hardened world : but this one beauty is little noticed, for–though … Continue reading
Australia: an end of the world warehouse of nature’s experiments. Willi Ley
A weekend away in the Blue Mountains.
Every day trivial bits of local gossip increased her disgust and lowered her opinion of mankind. The Couillards’ daughter had just had a child and was going to be married shortly ; the Martins’ maid, an orphan, was pregnant, so … Continue reading
We shall not cease from exploration And at the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. TS Eliot Four Quartets Pictures taken in and around Le Mas … Continue reading
The inside of Husain’s house was cold and dark. We climbed three flights of steep stone stairs to a bare little sitting-room furnished with a single rug and a few cushions. Puffing my way up, I thought how odd it … Continue reading