on reading

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
― Oscar Wilde

One of the advantages of being a frequent flyer is that it gives you precious time to concentrate on reading. And yes, I like to ignore the fact that many flights now offer the ‘benefit’ of in flight wifi. I prefer (vastly) the benefit of in flight disconnection from the world of work. It is (or was) one of the last few bastions of serenity and a place to hide from all those ‘whatsapp’ groups people seem to think aid communication at work. Don’t even get me started on that last one, it could become a post in itself and lead to unintended consequences.

Reading is one of the most precious gifts that we can give our children.

I remember when I was around about six years old that one of my favourite places of refuge was the ‘box room’ in my grandmother’s house in Rawtenstall. Actually, I think the box room had in fact been a place that my father was stored in as opposed to boxes but, no matter, it was a special place for me. It contained what at that age I felt to be an impressive library of books that opened up a whole world outside the (then) grim confines of Rawtenstall. The town’s buildings in those days were blackened with soot and the river that flowed behind my school stank of goodness knows what, concerns about pollution seemed a world away, and in many ways they were. The town at that stage was suffering from post industrial decline and its place in the world – defined by the dark satanic mills that once produced shoes and cotton for the Empire – was doubtful. And that is why those books were so important to me.

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belgradestreets in china


Delighted to report that an image from belgradestreets was recently featured in the January 2017 edition of Condé Nast Travel Magazine in China.

My book belgradestreets featuring a series of my photographs of Belgrade, Serbia is on sale in bookshops and online.

Each year, royalties from the sale of belgradestreets are donated to charitable organisations caring for children in need in Serbia.



(the cook’s companion – the complete book of ingredients and recipes for the australian kitchen – stephanie alexander)

red cooked pig’s tripe with ginger (page 977)

orange sorbet with tokay (page 653)

yellow beans (page 140)

green papaya and peanut salad (page 986-7)

blue eye cutlets with cumin (page 459)

indian inspired spice paste for small birds (page 814)

violet oon’s chilli lobster (page 873)

(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – roy g biv)

(and for  lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*shot right now with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens at 145mm, ISO6400, f/4 and 1/125s, no edits, no indigo food in index* 

roygbiv on belgianstreets

roygbiv on belgradestreets