101 DRUIDS (NOT DALMATIANS) – ON PRIMROSE HILL

There are many reasons why I love living in Hampstead, and being a half-hour walk from Primrose Hill is one of them. Apart from providing the finest panorama of London north of the river (with all due respect to aficionados of Parliament Hill) there’s a surprise in store on nearly every visit. For example, on the day these images were photographed there was a “gathering” of druids – not something you see everyday!

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A RAINY DAY IN CHENNAI

In 2003 my wife was invited to India to open an autism clinic in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. We flew into Madras where we also spent our first night. Unfortunately, our hotel was terrible (too terrible to go into details on this site) and with the monsoon in full sway, it all added up to a fairly miserable first 24 hours on the Subcontinent. These six pictures – capture something of the general melancholy (if not the aroma) – especially the one of Dido waiting in the hotel dining room for our taxi to arrive to take us to a coastal resort for a three-day holiday.

IMPRESSIONS – NETANYA BEACH

The Israeli coastal town of Netanya sits on high sandstone cliffs above one of the most spectacular beaches anywhere on the eastern Mediterranean seaboard. The 12 images presented here reflect the beach’s vivid and colourful mood over a time-span covering the last four decades.

SOME PEOPLE OF CHILE

Those of you familiar with my posts might already have seen my cartoon record of our trip to Chile in 1991. Well, here are some images from that same wondrous journey, from photos taken just months after the new democracy had been born. From the man moodily anticipating his bowl of chicken cazuela in a Santiago soup cafe to the gentleman posing dignified and proud before his humble Antofagasta home, the people of of this amazing country were an endless source of photogenic fascination. But of all the images here, the unfocused and shaky picture of two waitresses doing an impromptu cueca (Chile’s famous national dance) remains one my most cherished visual records from all of my many travels…

Gardens of Spain 1 – The Garden of the Alcázar of Seville

THESE IMAGES ARE FROM PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BACK IN THE MID TO LATE 80’S – TO THIS DAY IT REMAINS MY FAVOURITE AND MOST ROMANTIC GARDEN OF ALL THOSE I HAVE EVER VISITED – THE FACT THAT ON BOTH MY VISITS I WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A BEAUTIFUL GIRL MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT…