I laughed out loud when I saw this t-shirt in a store in Toronto. The poor moose looks so confused! The cherry on top is the perfect touch.
The ANZ building in Martin Place, Sydney, is undergoing a revamp — although “revamp” is an understatement in this case. The existing building was stripped back to nothing but the grid of its steel skeleton, then a new structure was built onto that. Unusually, it was not swathed in scaffolding and netting during the dismantling stage, which gave the public a rare insight into how such buildings are constructed. I walk past this building to get to and from work, and was fascinated to see more of the skeleton revealed each day. Now that it’s just one more shiny-sided glass office tower, however, I’ve lost my interest.
Here it is during the Vivid light festival in May 2014, lit in rather lurid purples and magentas.
This is the apartment building across the road from me. I took this from my balcony while watching the sunset, shortly after I moved in.
This was my first view of Grand Canyon: a monochrome world of washed-out blue-greys. To say I was disappointed would be gross understatment! I did not even leave the bus. Click here to see another monochrome photo taken a few minutes after this one, but of vibrant greens and reflections caught in a raindrop hanging suspended from the tip of a branch.
New month, new bench theme! For September, Jude is looking for metal benches. This one in Sydney has a warm golden radiance in the light of early evening.
Connections: what does being connected mean to me? John Donne wrote, “No man is an island.” Today, that phrase would be excoriated as sexist, yet the sentiment holds true.
No matter which of our planet’s countries you are in, all the other countries are just a click away via the Internet. Direct connections are possible between any two of us, anywhere. WordPress itself is an example of how we connect via the Internet. Isn’t great to look at your site stats and see that, say, one person in Jersey indulged in 112 views of your blog in one session (as I see was the case on 5 September on this blog!)? Or to catch up with fellow bloggers from other countries, people you’ve never truly “met” yet with whom you feel a connection nonetheless?
But this magic doesn’t happen like, well, magic. You need hardware, software, electricity, electrons, and the genius of people such as Tim Berners-Lee. I can’t capture images of electricity or electrons or even software, nor of the inventor of the World Wide Web, so, instead, here is my hardware. Without it, I could not connect with the world.
Imagine our small blue-green planet without the Internet. I can remember that time, and it’s not something I want to go back to. “No man is an island”; I know I’m not.
Airports are one of my least favourite places on earth. Whoever believes “Getting there is half the fun” has not spent 14 hours crammed into economy class, followed by more hours wandering in a bleary daze around an airport while waiting for another bout of economy purgatory on a connecting flight. So it’s a pleasant surprise to encounter something that gives a humanising touch to otherwise soulless international mega-airports. The butterfly enclosure at Singapore’s Changi airport is one such delight, as is the artwork installed at San Francisco airport. I love the wit and whimsy of this saxophone wall installation.