hornedjitef (bm)

This is the Mummy of Hornedjitef - I took this picture in the British Museum last week. To hear about this mummy in the BBC program "The History of the Word in 100 Objects" click here.

you again (bm)

I took this same picture of Octavian, later known as Augustus, last time I visited the British Museum (view image here). It is hard to describe how I feel when I stand before this object, but the BBC manages to sum some of it up for me in their program "The History of the World in 100 Objects." To listen to the 15-minite episode that makes this bronze statue come alive in its historical context click here.

a rose by another name (bm)

This is either Venus or Aphrodite, depending on whether you are Roman or Greek. As seen in the British Museum.

england goodbye

A shot I took last night as I was leaving England - sunset at Frinton on the Essex coast.

d80 finds new home

The Nikon D80 that I once sold to James, which he sold back to me Christmas in part-exchange for a D3100, has now been brought by my sister J. This is a self-portrait of my niece H trying the D80 out. I will miss the D80 and the excellent CCD sensor. Nice though that it has gone to a good home.

(update November 2012 - my sister sold the D80 and now has a point and shoot).

temple wanderer

Wandering at the temple on the top of Mount Emei, China at about 3,099 metres (10,167 ft). This was, I believe, on of the Shaolin Monasteries where Kung Fu developed.

keep calm and carry on

I really like these mugs saw for sale in London. This sign, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” was an official poster produced in 1939 by the British government instructing the public what to do immediately after the declaration of World War II. For the most part, that is exactly what people did!

historical mystery (bm)

I have taken and posted a picture of Tara at the British Museum before. In fact I always drop in to see her when I am in London. She is described as a "popular goddess," but the reason for her popularity remains a historical mystery.

british museum (bm)

Today - I went to the ritish Museum with my sister - one of my favorate places.

no toffee nose history here (bm)

What I like about the British Museum (BM) is not just the quality of the exhibits, but that the entire building feels like an extension of the street – almost like bustling lively mall with a street-corner or market place feel. Unlike my local museum in Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), with their highbrow attitudes, high prices and never-ending regulations about cameras, bags and food etc in the whisper quiet galleries, the BM has no fees, minimal regulations about bags, and if you forget lunch they will even sell you one to carry around and eat as you look at the busy exhibits! The BM attitude seems to be that museums are about “the history of the world,” so rich and poor alike should feel welcome and able to simply wander in and take a glimpse. Whereas the ROM attitude seems to be that its fees, regulations and silent galleries need to convey the feeling that museums are the exclusive preserve of the classes with the power to write history – or to use an old English historical term – a place for the “toffee nosed.”

different moments

For fellow photographer rrz who travelled to the same place in a different time.

happy new year

Fengmei a couple of days ago before heading back to China - happy New Year Daniel and Fengmei - it will be an eventful one!

the long goodbye

This was the scene last night dropping Daniel and Fengmei off for a 1:30am flight. This morning however, I got up to find Daniel and Fengmei back home again! Due to technical problems the flight was cancelled (nothing to do with the snow storm – there was a problem with the luggage hatch on the Boeing 777 closing) and the airline paid for a cab to bring them back home (while I was sleeping). So this morning I made another trip to see them off all over again. From my perspective it was really nice that they were delayed and came back, for some reason the second goodbye was easier than the first: Pictures to be posted soon of course.

countdown

So the countdown to Daniel and Fengmei leaving has started. As Elton John once said:

Daniel is travelling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading to China again
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

Too sad.