Saturday, 30 August 2008

Fruits of the Sea

This elegant shellfish lived millions of years ago when the west coast of Ireland was still a tropical swamp. Through the course of time it fossilized and languished at the bottom of the sea. Until yesterday. Now it's mine, all mine!
Photo: Annie

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

I Love Hotels...

... for those endless corridors of doors, each one leading to a different world and different secrets.
Photo: Annie, the Slieve Donard, Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Make No Concessions

Yves Saint Laurent's mother, the first woman he ever designed for, still looking soignée at 95. Her explanation of her son's sexuality was that "he's like an angel; they're neither one sex nor the other."

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Anonymous Protest

A few weeks ago, an anonymous animal lover taped a protest letter to the window of one of the houses in my Amsterdam neighbourhood. It reads:

"How long must this innocent little creature stay locked up in its tiny cage without a mate?

This is worse than locking up a criminal, who at least is let out of his cell occasionally.

Please listen to your heart. Buy him a larger cage and a mate. This will make him happier than he is right now.

Would you want to live like this?????

Imagine you have wings
and are not allowed to fly!!!!"

The letter was immediately removed. The bird is still alone in its cage.
Photo: Annie

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Irish Baby

Irish baby doll modeling the latest knitware in Achill Sound, County Mayo.
Photo: Annie

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Iris Apfel

The oft-forgotten fact that true fashion is ageless is demonstrated by 86-year-old Iris Apfel. Known for her trademark, owlish glasses and extraordinarily eclectic outfits, New Yorker Iris Apfel is one of the most stylish gals around. No surprise then that she features on Vanity Fair’s 2008 International Best-Dressed List. When asked which fashion item she cannot live without, she replied, “Do you have a favourite child?

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Another Baby

A different take on babykind; by the great photographer Diane Arbus.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Baby Martian

I find babies infinitely fascinating and infinitely strange...
Photo: Annie

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Before the Towers Came Tumbling Down

In August 1974, tightrope walker Philippe Petit gained a mythical status for his illegal walk between the Twin Towers in New York City. Clandestine preparations included shooting a line between the Towers with a crossbow before securing a 450-pound steel cable to both buildings. Then, at 7.14 a.m., Petit set off from the South Tower, clutching his 55-pound balancing pole. In 45 minutes, he made a total of eight crossings, bowed to his audience a quarter of a mile below and spoke with a seagull circling above his head.
Later, when asked why he did the stunt, Philippe Petit said “When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk.” "Man on the Wire", a documentary about Petit's WTC crossing, has recently been released. The trailer is available at: