3 March 2012

Jung and Easily Freudened

Visitors to Dublin spend a lot of time wandering round in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom. I have a fondness for the haunts of the young Stephen Daedelus, as they include some of the best sea views in the country.

Howth I tend to skip... too far out of town and with an over-windy climate, as the sea is almost all around. Useless if one wants to grow good happy fruit trees. ?

Despite the continuing international obsessions with James Joyce as a touchstone for our dirty 'auld city, I find his work self serving and old fashioned in the extreme. Did he ever really manage to rise above his writing, as the youthful hero of the "Portrait" would have wished?

Joyce was hailed as a European rather than an Irish writer by early critics and pundits. Does it really matter now that national identity is on the wane, if not actually obsolete? White Viburnum in Monochrome

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Luasing Up

The Luas Line, the Dublin light rail system has many well designed stops along the way.

Transport at the Luas Station

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2 March 2012

Birthday Girls

Several birthdays in early March.

You know who you are, dear friends.

Here's wishing you every happiness for the next year.

Happy Birthday! Wrought Iron Gate

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27 February 2012

Graffiti Blues

Graffiti in Dublin lacks the charm and energy of that found in Melbourne, I think.

This is a welcome exception. Dublin Graffiti with Canon Film Camera

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Atgetesque pastiche is not easy to do.

Digital technology lacks the subtle tones and magic of film, especially the antique tonings, based on chemicals, that make so much photography from the late 19th century more appealing than snaps from today.

However, one tries... Dublin Chic

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Blurry Dublin

Seen through the glass of the ferry window, Dublin can seem mysterious and very old fashioned. The Pigeon House, Faux Vintage

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