Archive | April 16, 2012

Rose Street Rose

Rose Street Rose by Webminkette
Rose Street Rose, a photo by Webminkette on Flickr.

There are so many things to catch your eye in Rose Street, in Edinburgh’s Georgian ‘New Town’, that you may not think to look down. Unfortunately, you would then miss these stunning mosaic flowers. It is often surprising where beauty exists.

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Paris in mind

Paris in mind by webmink
Paris in mind, a photo by webmink on Flickr.

To carry on the hilltop theme today, here’s a reflected view of a sublimely beautiful building. The fact the sunglasses are blue helps the sky look bright, but it was a gorgeous day at the top of the steps leading to the Sacre Coeur at Montmartre in Paris.

This photo is also by way of introduction to my new co-author Minkette, whose eyebrow can be seen above!

Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle

Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle by webmink
Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle, a photo by webmink on Flickr.

If you ever want to gain an understanding of the wealth and power that advertising can bring, visit Hearst Castle in central Califonia. This remote, extravagant palace, built at the start of the 20th century, symbolises many things – especially wealth, power and how neither can buy good taste of the kind that otherwise springs from a spiritually-coherent self.  It is especially saturated with the artistic artefacts of european Christianity, in what seemed to me like a shout of victory of money over faith.

This photograph shows one of the two big swimming pools. It’s dripping in classical forms, huge and immensely inviting on a hot day. The other, indoor pool is even more impressive, with its mosaic floor hand-tiled in Murano glass. Neither pool is effective at washing away loneliness or guilt, as you’ll know if you have watched Citizen Kane.

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