Archive for November, 2012

Big Jet Plane

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Mindfulness, Travels

[music: Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone] ~ acoustic version 🙂

As the pilot applies full throttle, the jumbo jet accelerates down the runway. Moving at 300 kilometers per hour, they approach the end of the runway and the overrun area comes fully into view, the nose begins to lift. It’s too late to abort.

Some decisions are like this. Once you start down certain paths and set things in motion, changing your mind comes with serious consequences. People make these mistakes, managers make these mistakes, nations make these mistakes.

Air travel gives us a new views of our planet and allows us to reach places we might never had had the opportunity to visit. It also prevents us from discovering the land and people below, obscures opportunity. It’s fast, easy, cheap… modern?

Sometimes we can jump on and off and take a breath in somewhere new.

Not all decisions require commitment, not all journeys require defined destinations, and it’s useful to understand the difference.


PCE Brunch

Posted: November 25, 2012 in Brussels, Photography

[music: Life in Technicolor II – Coldplay]

Here are some photos from the Plebeians Cosmic Elevenses Brunch yesterday. I used my Lightroom Presets as much as possible but I realise now the limitations of my Canon S90.

11 November 2012

Posted: November 12, 2012 in Change

[music: Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits]

I don’t think too often of the time I spent with the Canadian Armed Forces, the 11th of November is an exception.  I remember one year I participated in the commemoration of a young solider, Private Thompson, the sole Canadian bestowed with the Victoria Scarfe for tending to the wounded during the Battle of Paardeberg. He died a decade later in a hospital from appendicitis.

Once democracy was “a question of voting whether or not to go to war with Sparta, and then going there in person, perhaps to die.” (Tiziano Terzani, A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East, Chapter 16).

I learnt much during my time with the Forces. Most importantly, I learnt that there are few ‘just wars’, but Democracy’s Paymasters & Leaders are also masters of invention, rationalisation and propaganda. I am glad that I was never asked to go to war, I never had to commit crimes in the name of an ideological cause none can question, and I didn’t arrive home in a box labelled ‘hero’… or send ‘heroes’ home in their own boxes.

Terzani’s observation leads us to a rather common sense conclusion: that the world, and democracy, would undoubtedly be better served when those who clamour for war have to serve on the font lines themselves – and send their sons and daughters as well.

“There’s so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones…

…Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We’re fools to make war
On our brothers in arms”

-Dire Straits

The Brooding Solider, photo taken 11 Nov 2011.

Here’s a more personal photo, gone are Kennedy O’Brien and Steve White.

Brussels Colours II

Posted: November 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

[music: Comets – Cocoon]

Playing with colours, contrast, vibrancy… this time near the Wiels Centre of Contemporary Art. We didn’t head down there to visit the Wiels, but to see the photographs of Judith Roy Ross; I was particularly interested because she does portraits, and this is what really interests me as well. We stopped in the Wiels because it was a nice place to have a coffee – and take some photos.

Brussels Colours

Posted: November 3, 2012 in Brussels, Photography
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[music: Happy – Mazzy Star]

There are none of those obvious autumn colours in Brussels. It’s been raining here for days, so instead of ingesting a few thousand mcg of Vitamin D, on Thursday I went out looking for something to brighten my day.

Here is what I found: