365 Unusual Things: 260-266

260. Looking for a café in a country town today, I found one that’s vegetarian, vegan and rawist. I’ve never heard this last word. Didn’t go there. 261. Had family photos taken today on an old Rolleicord film camera. 262. Just watched 3.5 hours of the Queen’s funeral. The first and last time I’ll haveContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 260-266”

Black and white fruit

Since I was small I’ve loved a photo in my father’s World War Two album of an Egyptian weighing fruit in a market. Recently I went to some fruit and vegetable shops and international grocery shops to try to catch someone weighing fruit, though I knew it would be on a modern set of scales.Continue reading “Black and white fruit”

365 Unusual Things: 253-259

253. A magpie came and stood on the balcony railing holding a live, kicking lizard in her mouth, showed it to me for 20 seconds, then flew away. 254. Saw an orange and black sunrise over the ocean at 5.20 am. 255. On the beach this morning someone had made some sand art with aContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 253-259”

365 Unusual Things: 246-252

246. Outside the back door of a local art gallery today I saw a neglected statue of the Madonna and Child. The gallery owner says someone gave it to him to restore but he’s too busy with his exhibitions. 247. Walked to the end of a small island in the middle of a pond thinkingContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 246-252”

365 Unusual Things: 239-245

239. In a grocery store I’ve never been to, in the fruit and veg section, I saw bananas hanging from a frame of metal branches like a banana ‘tree’. 240. After weeks of watching episodes of a survival series, Alone, where people have to build a shelter out of branches and a tarp, I stumbledContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 239-245”

Black and white animal handlers

In my album of photos from Egypt, taken in 1941 and 1942, there are some photos of a monkey named Kan-Kan performing in the street, muzzled and held on a leash by a handler. When I went to my local zoo a couple of years ago, I took photos of animal handlers, such as theContinue reading “Black and white animal handlers”

365 Unusual Things: 232-238

232. There’s a guy living in his car in my street, parking often outside my house. The morning temperatures here are mostly below zero Celsius. This morning he started up the engine at 4 am, sat there a while, drove off, probably to warm up, and by 7 am he was back. 233. Saw anContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 232-238”

365 Unusual Things: 225-231

225. I was looking over the railing of this small bridge when an old man came to me and said ‘Don’t just look, you should jump’, and he made a diving gesture with his arms. He again said ‘Jump’, and when I said ‘No’ he said ‘Why not?’ 226. Today I read an obituary forContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 225-231”

Black and white ruins

A few years ago in Les Angles, France, near the Spanish border, I came across a collapsed cottage, its roof shingles caving in, door hanging off, woodwork tumbling to the ground. I took a photo of it, not because of the decrepitude but because of the colours. Every one of the dark grey shingles wasContinue reading “Black and white ruins”

365 Unusual Things: 218-224

218. Went to the new Nepalese café in my street and saw a painting of dancers in Kathmandu, signed Painter Krishna. Also saw a large photo of the Nepalese royal family who were assassinated in 2001. 219. Watched a band rehearse this morning where the woman at the microphone was singing and knitting at theContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 218-224”