Weekly photo challenge: Mirror

Cones. Bert Flugelman (1923-2013) created them, and the National Gallery put them out under the blue Australian sky in the Sculpture Garden. Flugelman produced a number of stainless steel sculptures in Australia (where he lived), not to be confused with Austria (where he was born). Children and adults alike love the 20 metres of image-distorting… Continue reading

The Mandrake

‘The Mandrake’, my translation of ‘La Mandragore’ by Jean Lorrain – about a princess who gives birth to a frog – has just been published in a new literary journal, Belmont Story Review. I missed its appearance in May in this first issue, and discovered it one afternoon this past week when searching randomly online.… Continue reading

Weekly photo challenge: Face

If you’re looking for some mild amusement, and you have an Apple computer, check out the Faces option in the ‘Apple Photos’ application. It collects images of faces, that is, anything that resembles two human eyes above a nose above a mouth. It doesn’t always get it right. Sometimes it finds sculpted faces, though they… Continue reading

The sleeper wakes?

There are times when a gallery visit can be dull, and others that are unforgettable.  When I walked into this room of old Australian art, I experienced a moment of consternation as the walls leapt out from behind the turn-of-the-century artworks.  All four walls were painted in a red and black chevron pattern, clashing with… Continue reading


Authors today are encouraged to promote promote promote their work on a blog (and on other popular elements of social media that I don’t use).  One promotional activity which hasn’t been too time-hungry and is even enjoyable is the creation of a Pinterest board with images associated with my translated works.  I’ve recently read articles… Continue reading

Weekly photo challenge: Intricate

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is for something ‘intricate’.  The Oxford Dictionary defines intricate as ‘very complicated or detailed’, from the Latin intricat- ‘entangled’, and from in- ‘into’ plus tricae ‘tricks, perplexities’. Tricks and perplexities. When I read about the challenge, I was in Barcelona looking at intricate architectural details on buildings all around me. … Continue reading

August Endell: in praise of bark

I recently read a quotation by August Endell (1871 – 1925), a German self-taught architect who designed in the era of Jugendstil, or, in English and French, Art Nouveau.  Here’s what he said in Berliner Architekturwelt, volume 4, 1902: “I believe it is not generally known that, in the bark of our own native trees,… Continue reading

One trip EVERY month: September

I haven’t left town this month, but I have visited the National Museum which gave me plenty of opportunities to snap photos. Ours is a museum of social history.  Neither the content nor the architecture is traditional, which is obvious even before arriving at the car park:  the introduction to the building is this giant… Continue reading


From Éloge de l’oranger by Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) Orangers, arbres que j’adore, Que vos parfums me semblent doux ! Est-il dans l’empire de Flore Rien d’agréable comme vous ? My translation, wherein I change the plural orangers to a single orange tree, for the sake of rhyme: Orange tree, my desire, How thy… Continue reading

Weekly photo challenge: Window

A window to this artist is not just a transparent barrier between him and the weather.  It’s a place for colours and picture tiles and wooden shutters and an iron grill.  The plaque says:  “In this house the painter Willy Mucha lived and worked from 1940 to 1995.  Friends of Willy Mucha.”  See how he… Continue reading