The Unfinished Painting

May 26, 2015
Rock painting from The Lascaux Caves, France

Rock painting from The Lascaux Caves, France

“And now I think the things that matter are unfinished paintings that everyone creates and no one owns. Rather we are created each time we touch the breath of being, and we are connected to everyone who ever lived each time we add a stroke. And sometimes we are briefly aware that we are living parts of the most elemental community of all, the community of life force that moves through everything.”

— Mark Nepo: “The Unfinished Painting,” from Parabola, Volume 36, No 4., Winter 2011: “Many Paths, One Truth.”

Art belongs to all. Copyright kills creativity.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

May 26, 2015
freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

The place in Protaras for freddo cappuccino, patisserie amelie.

They need though to up their game, quality beans from an independent roaster, grind beans fresh for each coffee.

Pirates trying to kill someone

May 26, 2015
gate left open at end of Protaras Pier

gate left open at end of Protaras Pier

gate at end of pier closed by member of public

gate at end of pier closed by member of public

An accident waiting to happen.

Each day, the pirate boat leaves the gate open at the end of the pier.

A child could fall off the end of the pier and drown.

To make matters worse, they leave ropes to trip over.

Other boats, not only close their gates, they lock them.

What are we waiting for, someone to drown before any action taken?

The only time the gate is closed, when members of the public close the gate.

Enjoying the view

May 26, 2015
enjoying the view

enjoying the view

Stunning girl enjoying the vew over the beach.

A room with a view

May 26, 2015
a room with a view

a room with a view

a room with a view

a room with a view

29C, clear blue sky.

Afternoon at Sirena Bay

May 25, 2015
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

No 101 bus to Paralimni, alight at Crystal Springs Hotel after passing through Pernera, walk past villas down to the coast, walk along the coast to Sirena Bay.

Sirena Bay is a beautiful unpsoilt spot on the coast.

Somewhere to relax and chill out.

Ideal spot for live concert Jewelia.

The bamboo thickets were burnt and destroyed by the cretins at the Town Hall, who seem to hate anything not covered in concrete. Habitat to a rare water snake, an EU listed endangered species, whose endangered status now serves as protection for its own habitat.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

May 24, 2015
freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

The place in Protaras for freddo cappuccino, patisserie amelie.

They need though to up their game, quality beans from an independent roaster, grind beans fresh for each coffee.

The truth about Riga

May 24, 2015

Originally posted on Yanis Varoufakis:

It was the 24th of April. The Eurogroup meeting taking place that day in Latvia was of great importance to Greece. It was the last Eurogroup meeting prior to the deadline (30th April) that we had collectively decided upon (back in the 20th February Eurogroup meeting) for an agreement on the set of reforms that Greece would implement so as to unlock, in a timely fashion, the deadlock with our creditors.

During that Eurogroup meeting, which ended in disagreement, the media began to report ‘leaks’ from the room presenting to the world a preposterously false view of what was being said within. Respected journalists and venerable news media reported lies and innuendos concerning both what my colleagues allegedly said to me and also my alleged responses and my presentation of the Greek position.

The days and weeks that followed were dominated by these false stories which almost…

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Madrid the buzz on the streets

May 24, 2015
Podemos four years ago

Podemos four years ago

If I devised a system, where a tiny percentage owned and controlled all the wealth society produces, where the overwhelming percentage of the population were poor and getting poorer, would such a system be tolerated?

If the answer is no, then why do we tolerate such a system, as that is what we have now?

Indeed it is even worse. We are destroying the planet to keep the system in place.

Why then do we tolerate it, why do we not rise up and not only remove the corrupt politicians who keep the system in place, why do we not replace the system with a fairer system of open coops, open commons, sharing, of participation?

In Greece they are doing, in the little Somerset town of Frome they are doing, in Spain this Sunday they went to the polls and we can but hope Podemos and citizen groups have overthrown the corrupt system.

The Sunrise

May 24, 2015
ghost city of Famagusta seen from the sea

ghost city of Famagusta seen from the sea

1974 Turkey invited Cyprus.

Today the island of Cyprus is still under Turkish military occupation.

In 1974 the tourists were oblivious to what was going on, as they are today.

Cyprus was betrayed by many people. Greek Cypriots who were killing fellow Cypriots and mounted a coup against their own government. Greece under the control of a Fascist military dictatorship that helped to mount the coup. The British guarantors of the independence of Cyprus failed to intervene.

The Sunrise tells the story of these turbulent times from the 1960s when Cypriots were killing each other, the 1974 invasion, as seen through the microcosm of a hotel in Famagusta and three families associated with the hotel.

Turkey used the coup as a pretext to invade, they were there to protect the Turkish Cypriots (most of who have subsequently fled). Prior to the invasion Cypriots lived together, not separated by a Green Line guarded by the UN, the island divided, one half under illegal Turkish military occupation.

Famagusta is a ghost town, sealed off by razor wire. It can be viewed from the sea from one of the boats that sets sail from Protaras Pier.


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