Thursday, June 30, 2011

London lurch

BBC tells me that my High Street staples are almost no more. Goodbye Woolworths. Goodbye OddBins and goodbye my dark moody Thortons. Can't believe that one. Pizza Express also edging down the shute with mozarella. Unbelievable. HMV. Waterstones. Jane Norman. The landscape of London's High Street; may it ever be the same again? Reality-fantasy's love-hate relationship with Primark is fuelled further.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011


When everything and nothing
seem to merge into mess,
and coming and going
seem both grotesque
sometimes a teaspoon of jelly
is all that's needed
to make things stand;
go slow and still
to pause the clock
to enjoy the thrill
that in that unsuspecting moment
in the very ordinary
a teaspoon of jelly 
makes for the very best.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

BKK the return

In short, I set out to do the things I wanted to do and would like to return in the future. However, there is a difference between sitting in the equivalent of a chair on the elephant's back and riding an elephant. There is also a difference between touching a tiger that's drugged sleeping and playing with one that knows you.

Thanks to McDonald's, 7-Eleven and Starbucks, one can live almost anywhere in the world without feeling too far away from home and so to a certain extent tourism could simply be a name for an alternate reality of a lifestyle one is already familiar with.

Next stop, Bali.