Monday, December 17, 2012


"There is a way to be good again"
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

I enjoyed the Kite Runner as a movie, not because of the plot necessarily ( I found some of the final scenes a little unbelievable) but rather because it was shot in a city I had the honour to live in for almost ten years. Watching an ancient Silk Road city in the wilds of North West China being invaded by DreamWorks was amusing if a little bizarre. The local population took a few months to realise that their city was playing host to an extremely wealthy guest, then they wised up and started to cash in.
I'm still not sure what the reaction would be of the more conservative elements in the town if they had realised what the theme of the movie was let alone some of the scenes it showed!

Watercolour on paper.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Suleiman's Press

The rains have arrived. The roads are clogged with traffic as streams flow down the hills and overflow the drains. The venture capitalist umbrella sellers are out touting their poor quality wares as if to prove that the laws of supply and demand are ever with us. Public buses are crammed with depressed commuters and crawl along in the diesel and rain with their windows steaming up. Cars barely travel faster than buses though at least the drivers can smoke whilst they wait in the traffic.

As I've remarked before, whilst this weather is somewhat depressing for me, the locals are thankful to God for rain and never cease to point out to me that it cleanses and revives. Their connection to an agrarian society is maybe a generation closer than mine, they maintain a hobbit-like love of the land and it's produce.

The collection of artifacts I discovered in an old Ottoman market place continue to fascinate me, the above item is some kind of press.

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