Sweet Temptation

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“Tempted by the fruit of  another

tempted  but the truth is discovered

what’s been going on

now that you have  gone

there’s no other

tempted by the fruit of another 

tempted but the  truth is discovered”

    – Squeeze, ‘Tempted’

 

Temptation.

It’s been going  on since Adam offered Eve off-the -menu fruit in the Garden of Eden.

And like an insect entering the above tropical plant, some forbidden things look alluring, but could lead to a sticky end.

The Squeeze song (still have the 45 single from back in the day!) was in the soundtrack to a movie I watched recently, and was played right at the end in a party scene, where are the characters nicely resolved all their sneaky affairs and tortuous relationships.

But that was a movie.

Tread carefully if tempted –  sweet nectar is isn’t always what it appears…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terror Facade (When Buildings Scream) II

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Yesterday’s post picture revisited and re-imagined.

There’s been something bugging me about it and I feel the need to inject a touch more terror into this architectural mishap.

Somewhere in the back of my mind is that classic horror short story by Edgar Allan  Poe, ‘The Cask Of Amontillado’,which I read a number of times as a teen .

Brick by awful brick ,the victim Fortunato is walled into a niche in a cellar.

I used to wonder how long he lasted, yelling for help, screaming with fear maybe.

No one to hear him.

Like this old building’s silent scream…

 

Terror Facade (When Buildings Scream)

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Downright disturbing turn of the twentieth century building façade espied on an Auckland walkabout this week.

What was the architect thinking?

Or thinking of, to be more precise?

Sheer bloody terror frozen in stone and plaster.

Oddly, the 1905 building was originally a gymnasium.

Which might explain my take on it: few things are more frightening to me that being trapped in a crowded gym amongst heaving, sweating, exercising, bodies.

Give me a walk in the fresh air, anytime. I think I need some…

 

The End Is The Beginning

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Auckland’s narrow Okahu Bay Wharf  (seen from a different angle in the previous post Above The Wharf, Over The Sea ) tapers to a point in the distance.

Where it ends,the sea begins.

An end is always a beginning of something.

“You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.” – John Irving, ‘The World According To Garp’

(Questions tossed up by the tide: So we know the pier ends, but does the sea have an end?… and if  it does, what begins after the sea?)

Above The Wharf, Over The Sea

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This was one view I had today.

Above a wharf stretching out over the sea.

Elsewhere on this blog is a series of pictures entitled “Under The Wharf, Above The Waves”. About being between worlds; neither/nor; other.

Not today. Things must be better and my outlook more optimistic for me to take this photo, make this picture.

Progress.

A different perspective from before.

Stretching out, and over…

 

Not One, A Thousand

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Red Lanterns, Penang, Malaysia    2016

 ” You are not one, you are a thousand. Light your lantern.”

   -Rumi

A multitude of hanging lanterns covers a ceiling in Penang, one of my favourite cities.

Spectacular and uplifting (or down dangling ,take your pick)!

If it is not too much of  a cultural mish-mash to attach a quote from a Persian poet and philosopher to a Chinese icon such as these lanterns, I’ll tell you why:

Sometimes the world is just overwhelming, and we feel that we are insignificant in the face of it.

But when we project our true selves and passions, we can connect with those around us .Somehow,and this is sort of mysterious, we become “bigger”and grow. As we ourselves are lit up and inspired, we have the power to inspire others too.

Soon the whole ceiling is covered…

The First Day Of Spring

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“With the coming of spring I am calm again”

 – Gustav Mahler

It has been a tumultuous August in Auckland, wet and windy for the most part.

But to be expected. That is what August brings. And I don’t mind really.

Spring ,according to the calendar anyway, has arrived today. Sunny and calm!

Thought I would mark it with this image of a flower from my garden that appears around this time every year.

Not quite sure what it is, but it doesn’t matter.

It is a signal of spring, of renewal, and anticipation of good things to come.

And, like the weather this morning, I feel calm. I struggle with generalised anxiety,so gladly accept that feeling!