Archive for the ‘UK’ Category

Flight of Fancy

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Art photography, UK

Does a paradox stimulate creativity?  I was thinking this morning of the teacher who said, in seeking enlightenment, you cannot fail.  Unless you think you cannot fail…    but the enlightenment is already within you, so…



Abstract Four

Posted: August 29, 2016 in Art photography, UK

Some towns in England boast Banksy murals,  but Dover has outclassed them with these four Mark Rothko abstracts…

Show’s Up

Posted: August 16, 2016 in Art photography, Events, Photography, UK

Opening night
The event in Dover this summer.  Don’t miss the premier of this exciting show. See some of the featured images @


UK flags - Photo by Paul Dagys

“Brexit, or NO Brexit; that WAS the big question,

Whether ‘tis be nobler to leave this ‘Club of Europe’ or remain & suffer.

These bureaucratic & doctrinall of outrageous EU budgetary fortune,

Or take arms to a sea of immigrants,

And by rejecting end it, to fiscally wither, to weep;

No more Johnny Foreigner; that I say is the End!”

~Ray Russell
“More the Tragedy of Cameron, the Prince of a muddled Parliament”

Cherry tree

Kearsney Abbey in Dover

Here is  a little creative poetry editing,  when A E Housman wrote this he was about 20, since I’m a bit older…

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my fourscore years and ten,
Sixty will not come again,
And take from ninety springs three score,
It only leaves me thirty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Thirty springs are little room,
About the woodland I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

Mind Strumming

Posted: March 20, 2016 in ideas, Photography, Travel, UK

guitar strum
It has been a busy three months. Paul made a pilgrimage to Amerika and returned to the UK with a boodle of images. I have been to South Carolina, Mexico, and four trips to rural Missouri. Fitting, I think, that on my last little excursion I was checking on sunrise/sunset times and they were both 7:09. Yes, Winter is behind us and this post represents a bit of mental Spring cleaning. So much for the rambling preamble; here are a selection of observations/activities from the last few months.

  • No car – sold my vehicle, bought a replacement and sold it – for now I am done owning a car
  • Moved from Apple’s abandoned Aperture to Adobe’s addictive drug Lightroom for photo processing and cataloging
  • Playing with Photomatix HDR and realize I know next-to-nothing about colour theory (my earlier photojournalism career was 90% B&W) and learning about colour is the “teach the old dog new tricks” conjure for this year
  • Read a lot, and between sub-par thrillers and mysteries, I have hit on a few reads I think are worth sharing…


No Buy is a Good Buy

Posted: December 7, 2015 in Art photography, Photography, UK

Canterbury empty store
When I go to the shops, I try to buy nothing.  Nothing is perfect.  Nothing lasts forever.


London Calling

Posted: November 18, 2015 in London, UK

Wei Wei

“Grass roots”  project, 770 hand carved pieces, clumps of grass and a marble baby carriage by Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most influential artists. At the Royal Academy of Art through December 13th.


Selfie – No Exclusions

Posted: November 14, 2015 in Art photography, London, Photography, UK

Laura Knight self portrait
In the National Portrait Gallery in London, we were attracted to this self portrait by British artist Laura Knight, who painted this partly out of protest from being excluded from classes with nude models because she was female.


Boo to You

Posted: November 2, 2015 in Delmar Loop, London, Photography, UK
Singapore girl

Singapore bat-girl and ghoul friend in London

scary girl London

Scary little Londoner with “halo”Halloween Saint LouisHalloween revelers in the Delmar Loop St. Louis

Here is our Halloween wrap-up. Paul was struck that the old concept of British ‘reserve’ still seems to be with us. Compared to celebrations in New York, New Orleans, Memphis, and Chapel Hill, those in the UK have not embraced the opportunity to display their inner demons or fantasies.  John took a quick stroll through his neighborhood and found few participants as well (might have  had a different result if he hadn’t sacked-out at 8pm).