Thursday, April 24, 2014

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Gender bender?  Look who's being subdued, who's doing the subduing, and who's looking on passively. The times, they are a changin'.  [2009]

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Delhi, India

Good advice:  catch a few zzz when and where you can. And, if Ganesh is nearby, you'll sleep soundly for sure. That's because he is the remover of obstacles: as in obstacles to sleep, perhaps. The Lord's magic must work. Just look at the obstacles our napper has had to overcome: they're under his neck and knees. [2011]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is becoming one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world. Rather than encouraging rain to drain off the surface and be whisked away by storm sewers, Korea's capital is now encouraging precip to stick around for a while and turn the city green by infiltrating rain gardens like this. Nice mural, too. Happy Earth Day! [2012]

Monday, April 21, 2014

Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA

Surrounding every town commons in New England is an assortment of architecturally perfect churches. Pefect: that's the only way to describe the First Parish Church in Chelmsford. It's not Congregational, though.  It's Unitarian Universalist. [2013]

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guilford, Connecticut, USA

Everyone learns about Lexington Green, but almost all villages in New England have a 'green' or 'commons' in the center of town. Most function as their community's prefrontal cortex: the place where where long-term memories are stored.  In Guilford's case note the congregational church, the Civil War memorial, and the POW flag. [2008]

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Here be the place where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired, the place where the ragtag minutemen stood up to the British regulars, the place where the gilded weathercock swam in the moonlight and later witnessed a small skirmish that changed world history. The place is Lexington Commons, the time is April 16, 1775, and the person is John Parker. [2010]

Friday, April 18, 2014

London, England, UK

It's always time for a show in London's West End. But, if you're going to Old Vic, you better have a taste for musicals, and Billy Elliot, in particular. Billy's been on stage here since 2005, and Ben's been waiting outside since 1981. Ben?  That's Big Ben's little brother. [2009]