Category Archives: Travel

Finger Licking Good

The human race has recently discovered what its thumbs are for. Texters and mobile emailers are becoming indigenously thumbidextrous; the nimblest communicating complex messages with the fluency of speech.

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Then we take Berlin…

The delicate dynamics of East and West no longer hold the city in aggravated tension. The no-go-zones and wastelands of divided Berlin are now crammed with generic curtain wall architecture, and gentrification of the old east has blurred all the distinctions I remember.

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Journey: final day

Over the past week we’ve heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories of people doing unspeakable things to people.

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Journey: day three

Most prosecutions have to rely on victims’ statements, and barristers for the accused love to destroy vulnerable people in the dock.

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Journey: day two

This final stage of the JOURNEY experience explores the faceless rhetoric governments and border agencies use to slag-off and dehumanise trafficked women. Many of the bureaucratic cultures that judge trafficked women are steeped in prejudice and prefer to think that women are playing at being prostitutes to get asylum.

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Sweetly mixed

The need to ensure that museum visitors ‘get’ everything first time is corrosive and limiting. There’s nothing wrong with captions and catalogues that stretch our understanding, that is what the process of learning involves, after all

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Unfinished conclusions

What is this obsession with finishing things? Does life really become more manageable with beginnings, middles and ends, or is ‘finished’ just a comfort zone? The point at which any act concludes is purely subjective. We are in a perpetual state of unfinished everything.

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Candid camera

When I look through the viewfinder I am not taking a picture of something – but about something.

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The Shops of Torino

Just back from a weekend in Turin to see the Shroud. I’m still mulling over the Sindone, so more on that at some point soon. One of the other astonishing sights in the city is the number of shops. We wandered on and on through the arcades and, at each turn, there was yet another […]

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Sneak peek

I couldn’t resist sharing these pics from my local, just-about-to-open station. It’s rather lovely inside if you like concrete, glass and all that (which I do). The overground orange livery is dandy too. If you’re in the Shoreditch area pop down to the station and speak nicely to the ticket inspectors – they have no […]

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