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Nursery Rhymes reworked

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This may lose something in the retelling but we discovered (I’d like to say invented but that might be overstating things slightly) a funny game this weekend. Phone calls with nursery rhyme characters.

It goes something like this.

Pink plastic disney princess phone starts ringing 

“Hello? Who’s that?… Oh Little Miss Muffet! How lovely to hear from you. Where are you?….

“… Sitting on your Tuffet? That’s nice… are you eating something?…”

“… your curds and whey? Mmm yum yum…”

“… oh… what’s happening… calm down Little Miss Muffet, what’s going on?…”

“…what!… a spider – you say!”

“… what!… it’s sat down beside you???”

“… hello… hello… Little Miss Muffet… are you there??”

“Oh dear, the spider has frightened Little Miss Muffet away”

End of phone call.

Pink plastic disney princess phone starts ring again.

“Hello?… Oh hi, Jack, where are you?… you’re with Jill?…. you’re climbing up a hill?!? What are you doing that for”

“You’re fetching a pale of water?”

“Oh… what’s happened, Jack, are you there, are you OK?”

“You fell down?… and you broke your crown?… well, where’s Jill?”

“She’s fallen down as well???”

The story went on through calling for an ambulance, going to hospital, getting your crown fixed, recuperating in a house made of spiders webs (we were really freestyling at this point).

And then we continued on; the three little pigs and their lamentable house building techniques, Bo Peep and her scatterbrain approach to shepherding, the hapless king’s men and their inability to reconstruct Mr. Dumpty, that infamous burglar-cum-squatter, Goldilocks, and the frightful parenting skills of the woman living in the shoe.

We covered them all. They’re a rum bunch, these nursery rhyme characters, when you really get down to it.


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October 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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African Sunset

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A kuche kuche by a croc infested river.  Can sundowners get any better than this?

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October 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Arteries in Trees

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Relating to my previous post on Things like other things, this picture either proves or disproves my theory. I will leave it up to you to decide.






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October 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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Things like other things

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Funny thing I discovered the other week. If you lie in a dark room and press the palms of your hands into your eye sockets (not too hard, mind, if you’re trying this at home) the interior world of your eye starts to transmogrify into elements of the exterior world around.

So for example, the landscape of the iris, with its myriad of networked capillaries starts to resemble the cracked earth of Bolivian salt flats or the arid clay of a drought ridden river bed. The soft tissue around the pupil becomes a breathing anemone or spongy, multicoloured moss. The star spangled tingling cause by minor blood loss to the brain begins to look like constellations in the night sky.

(honestly, the more I write this, the more bonkers I think I sound – there were no drugs involved I can assure you)

Anyway, it got me thinking about how nature reflects back elements of ourselves in unexpected places as well as reflecting other seemingly unrelated things. I found myself exploring this notion a little bit whilst in Malawi. How elephant skin magnifies the patterns in our own skin but also resembles the texture of ancient tree bark. How the branches of a leafless tree can look like a map of our own spaghetti arteries and veins.

How a monolithic baobab face planted itself in the ground somehow somewhere down the ages and continues to grow upside down for ever more – roots becoming branches, branches becoming roots.

Well you get the picture…

And if you don’t, I’ll post a couple more pictures that may or may not make me make sense…

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October 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Boy George Hologram

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October 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Miniature monkeys and cartoon clouds

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I had a dream the other night that I spotted what I thought at first was a bed bug on the duvet (why I had bed bugs on my mind we won’t go into). But it was travelling at such speed across the duvet, I realised it couldn’t be a bed bug and must be a tiny money spider instead.

When I looked more closely at it though, I realised it was a tiny monkey, the same size as a money spider, galloping (do monkeys gallop?) across the bed. However, there was something odd about its feet. It looked like it had little puffs of white cotton wool attached to each of them.

When I looked even more closely though, I realised that tiny little puffs of cartoon smoke or clouds were appearing each time one of its feet touched the duvet.

I like this picture I took in Malawi of a monkey and her baby a lot. She was sneaking down a hotel corridor trying to make her way to the breakfast buffet without being spotted by the staff. I liked her cool stare, getting the measure of me before deciding that she could probably still make a run for the cereal and fresh fruit despite my proximity. She didn’t make it. Not this time anyway. No doubt she’d come back and try again. It was a daily battle of wills between man and monkey up on the Zomba plateau.






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October 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm


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October 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm