We were here and this is what we saw

New Mexico

Santa Fe: A Place for Dreamers

“Santa Fe, it’s a place for dreamers” a local artist told me as I bought one of her prints called ‘Beginnings’, its colours as vibrant and stark as the surrounding landscape that inspired it. She’s right, the centuries old high altitude city of Santa Fe is a place for dreamers, romantics, writers and outsiders of...
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Paris Women's March

Paris 19 – 23 January 2017 : Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States 

I hadn’t intended to march. In the weeks leading to Trump’s inauguration day I’d asked myself repeatedly how to mark a moment. A moment in time. A moment in history. A moment when before becomes after. A moment to be afraid, angry, excited, confused, empowered. Do you throw yourself into such a moment? Run and...
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Nashville shop window

Nashville: 21 April 2016: the day that Prince died 

“Whatever you do, don’t be afraid of it. Don’t let history down” Sam Phillips, the man credited with inventing rock ‘n’ roll I was waiting for a bus in the foyer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville, making use of their free wifi, when the news came through to...
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Elvis at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon May 2016

‘You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book, or you take a trip, and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating…. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves...
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Wellington Yes image credit: Richard

Into Tomorrow: the Scottish Referendum: September 2014

Into Tomorrow: the Scottish Referendum: September 2014 18 September 2015. Facebook reminded me that a year ago today I posted a picture of my polling card for the Scottish Independence Referendum on my timeline, along with the comment to my online friends, Scottish and otherwise, “see you on the other side of democracy”. At that...
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St Ninian's Isle

Shetland Easter 2013

Shetland Easter 2013 Live always at ‘the edge of mystery’ – the boundary of the unknown. J.Robert Oppenheimer The subarctic archipelago of Shetland lies 130 miles north of the Scottish mainland and is the most northern point of the British Isles. The 60° north line of latitude passes through south Shetland, but warm ocean currents...
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