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Alexandre Duret-Lutz’s planets

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Church of Auvers-sur-Oise, Paris

Photograph: Alexandre Duret-Lutz

It looks like this lawn has become a tennis ball and wants to hug me.  The church is more reticent.  All three, the church, the lawn, the trees have made themselves mondial, the whole world.  Like some people I know.  Or maybe, like most people I know?

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Written by Peter Rudd

March 23, 2009 at 12:29 am

sony photographer of the year awards

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Dustin Humphrey won first prize in the Advertising category for this image entitled ‘NUTOPIA’

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Iranian tourists visiting Persepolis in Iran by David Watts.

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Written by Peter Rudd

March 23, 2009 at 12:03 am

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nicholas hughes suicide

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Nicholas Hughes was the son of the great poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.  His mother was made more famous – for no benefit to anyone – by  the scandal of her suicide when he was just one year old. 

Sylvia describes Nicholas’ birth —

“You are the one

Solid the spaces lean on, envious.

You are the baby in the barn.”

Read the whole poem.

After his mother’s suicide, his father writes that Nicholas’ eyes —

“Became wet jewels,

The hardest substance of the purest pain

As I fed him in his high white chair”.

I just started reading The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison, a memoir about children who live their lives under the enormous burden of family betrayal.  It seems betrayal haunts for years if not a lifetime.  Nicholas took his life four days ago. 

Nicholas Hughes, Sylvia Plath’s son commits suicide from the Times Online.

Written by Peter Rudd

March 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm

goa goa gone

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Goa Goa Gone video by Kurush Canteenwalla.

A documentary about mining in the small state of Goa in South India, just south of Bombay.  Apparently, mine owners, who also happen to be politicians with a lot of influence, have been given the power to strip mine the plains between the western ghats and the arabian sea.  And this will destroy pretty much everything, starting with the rivers that carry fresh water from the ghats.

From the website:

Mining is Goa’s second-largest industry after tourism. 8% of this state’s land is already under mining, mostly for iron ore. Now, mining activity is intensifying across the state. So is the opposition of citizens to this unregulated industry. This Infochange documentary explores the impact of mining on Goa’s environment – one of the world’s 12 biodiversity hotspots — and livelihoods

Written by Peter Rudd

March 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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juliana cidade tiradentes

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Juliana Cidade Tiradentes from Urban Age and Vimeo.

A short documentary about life in a planned community in Sao Paolo city.  The commutes, infrastructure and built environment seem less than ideal, but the humanity percolates through.

From Urban Age:

Juliana lives in Cidade Tiradentes, the largest planned social housing development in Latin America. Winner of the first Miss Tiradentes competition, Juliana spends over five hours on public transport each day to get to her job in a pharmacy south of the city centre. Life in the extreme eastern periphery of the São Paulo Metropolitan Region is only beginning to improve, thanks to recent cultural initiatives aimed at creating a safe and inclusive community for the area’s nearly 200,000 residents.

Written by Peter Rudd

March 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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commuting in mumbai

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A fashion producer in transit in the maximum city.  From Urban Age

Train, rickshaw, scooter, taxi, Mahalaxmi, Bandra, Khar, all in a day’s work.   That’s why I love this city, everything gets done really fast, no arguments, no fuss, she says.

Written by Peter Rudd

March 21, 2009 at 1:23 pm

third culture club

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Third Culture Club, By Chris Lenton in Janera.

I am third culture, which means I grew up between worlds, India and Canada.  Apparently, this experience has identifiable results which are increasingly common in the world as more and more people grow up between places. 

Here is a good article on what it means to be third culture, by Chris Lenton in Janera.  The observations are piercing if you have lived third culture but have had trouble understanding the implication for your life. 

From the article:

“They are the most interesting people because their rich inner lives belie their often bland… and sometimes wary, presentation of themselves to others.” TCKs are also, studies now show, bright, and courted by employers.

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On the flipside, argues Professor Useem, these same qualities may lead to what psychologists call a “prolonged adolescence.” Over 90% of the people surveyed report being out of step with people of their age group. TCKs change jobs frequently and marry and have children far later than the average North American. They continue to move around a lot. They have trouble identifying what they want to do with their lives and most attest to having changed their course of study numerous times.

Written by Peter Rudd

March 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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