You want it darker


I would tell you about the spring if I thought it might persuade you even now to return, but every bud and bird would only afflict you and make you sad where you are, so not one word of the robins, and not one word of the bloom, lest it make the city darker…

– Emily Dickinson, from a letter to Emily Fowler Ford, spring 1854


This is Cohen’s gift to music lovers: a realistically grim, spiritually radiant and deeply poetic worldview, generally spiked with a romantic thrum and an existential wink. Following a string of records that have each felt like a swan song, You Want It Darker may be Cohen’s most haunting LP. At 82, it might also be his last.



Dance me to the End of Love


…and pressed against me
like a great god and we bent together
like two lonely swans.

Anne Sexton – from “How We Danced” in The Complete Poems 


Good bye, summer.



I’ve never been very good at leaving things behind. I tried, but I have always left fragments of myself there too, like seeds awaiting their chance to grow.

Joanne Harris , Picture: Nicole Franzen

In truth each day is a universe in which we are tangled in the light of stars.



The Summer Holiday has started…. and so did the new Instagram adventure!

… Put quick creative energy into photos and get them out to people in seconds. Knowing they’ll be be published instantly from the camera changes our approach to photos a little, and it’s attractive.

It’s funny how hard it is to pick an interesting image from a giant grid on a web site. It’s also funny how many images we look at each day. What’s not funny is how much all that digital viewing numbs our senses and sucks our souls. I’m speaking in terms of science, of course. But when you display one image at a time in a series that’s essentially customized, based on time, something profound happens… then, it doesn’t hurt to have the images trapped inside a beautiful iPhone screen 🙂 Photography has always been all about the equipment, and not at all about the equipment (The quality of camera phone images and filters, whether you love or hate them, is now relatively high now.. I could notice that myself and the pictures posted here are the proof! they are all coming from my iPhone 🙂

Social apps have an ephemeral quality. We used to joke that sites like MySpace or Friendster were like night clubs. They are cool for a little while, but then people want to go somewhere else. Every once in a while, you have a club that endures, but it’s rare. Even my beloved Flickr seems a little deserted lately… Hopefully WP and Instagram will always be a great experience!

Wish you all a great summer!











Philosophy is best undertaken dancing


You are at once an outsider to the present and an insider of the past.

Or perhaps the other way round.


– Kapka Kassabova

Someone new

“It is, after all, not necessary to fly right into the middle of the sun, but it is necessary to crawl to a clean little spot on earth where the sun sometimes shines and one can warm oneself a little.”



It looks like Natalie Dormer is unveiling her bad girl side in Hozier’s new music video. 🙂

(She’s best known for playing Margaery Tyrell in hit HBO series Game Of Thrones.)

Speaking about why she took on the role in the video, Dormer said: ‘I find Hozier’s music always deals in the most visceral way with the contradictions that make us human.’

It was a joy to be a part of the Someone New video, which for me explores the struggle in all our heads between the Real and Imaginary,’ she continued, ‘it plays with ideas of how loneliness and isolation are two different things and the weight or lightness we can attach to loving another person.’
While Hozier said of the experience: ‘I was thrilled to be able to work with Natalie Dormer on this project. She’s an actress of incredible talent and intelligence, and a joy to work with.’


Complicate your life as much as you want, eventually it will simplify.

Like this.jpg


Tilda Swinton recites ‘Like This’ from ‘The Essential Rumi

Piano Jam

the thorn.jpeg

“The Thorn” by Cope Charles West, 1866 (detail)




How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.


– Jostein Gaarder

Nature’s wastefulness seems quietly obscene.


I am amazed at this spring,

this conflagration

Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth,

this blaze

Of growing



– D. H. Lawrence

I will survive


Hi, I’m Baxter! My last owner didn’t love me and I knew I just had to get outta there. At first I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without him by my side… Ahem, you know the rest.

That lot at Blue Cross are a really decent bunch. They took me in when I was on a bit of a sticky wicket, looked after me, and found me a fantastic family.

My new owners are amazing – they love me and we have a right laugh. But the ending isn’t as happy for all pets as it was for me. There are so many lonely pets who need your help.

Find out more about my story

And here’s a bit more about Blue Cross

Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on us since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.