Starbucks seems unduly hasty to declare it Autumn. Either that or lots of cups were left over from last year.
Melon season is here in Bucharest and piles of the juicy things are on every street corner.
Country folk bring them in from the farms and sleep by their stock at night so no-one steals the fruit.
They are sweetest and most delicious melons you will have tasted. Not the mention also the biggest.
Westboro Baptist Church are the gay-bashing congregation which keeps hitting the headlines. It’s odd, though, that they are so famous. Find out why in my latest piece for the Chrysolis website, here.
It’s said that Bucharest, the city where I live, is one of the most architecturally important cities in Europe. In the 1920s and 1930s waves of young Romanians studied architecture in France and came back to fill the city with modernist gems. When people visit these days they tend to have their eyes caught only by the communist-era concrete Brutalist edifices. This is partly because the surviving modernist pieces are often tucked away in areas visitors tend not to go. It’s also because age – along with the enormous increase in car ownership over recent years – has obscured the simple angular beauty of those inter-war architects’ vision for a new Bucharest. When you look at old postcards or photos of the city like the one above, though, you sometimes catch a glimpse of what they once had in mind for the city.
A little something for anyone who’s ever tried to teach a parent or grandparent how to use new technology:
What’s left to do on the book:
– Nine pages need revision.
– One chapter needs polishing.
– Two interviews need to happen and be written up.
– Five appendices need writing
– Thirteen chapter headings need finalizing.
Twenty days left to do it all!
Well, books take a while. Write a proposal (September 2013 – January 2014), write first draft (June 2014 – January 2015), have draft returned with twenty page list of suggested changes (April 2015), make revisions to the text (April 2015 – June 2015), first glimpse of book cover proposals (June 2015). Not that I’ve been spending all my time on any of these things (I have a job, moved across a continent and had a new baby in that time). Apparently we’re looking at a likely February 2016 publication date. The upside is that the book – and those who read it – benefit from this very thorough development process and the outcome is something of higher quality than would otherwise be the case. That’s the theory anyway!
“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Russian dissident who spent years in Soviet prison camps.
A Muslim woman has produce a beautiful new piece of artwork based on the names of God. It helps provide a bridge between Christians and Muslims as they talk about God. Here are my thoughts.