The Unbearable Art of Sameness

March 27, 2015


Camera killed the canvas star?

Years ago I went to MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, you know, the one with what’s-his-face’s shark in formaldehyde and the only piece of art that has stuck with me forever was a painting called Arabs Crossing The Desert. I paused in front of that painting and I haven’t moved […]

Posted in: Bogota, Colombia

BSFF: Clichés, Banality and Inferiority Complexes

March 21, 2015


Me. No, wait. I think that's Rudyard Kipling.

The older you get, the more the line blurs between good and evil. But, if you’re lucky, you also learn that you can take something you always considered an evil and turn it into a force for good. In my case, that’s doubt and criticism, both of which I loathe and both of which, apparently, […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

Exploring The Elements

March 8, 2015


THE THINKER: A monkey pauses for thought on top of Mount Popa, Myanmar

I’ve just read an article called “How to travel” (I know, I don’t know why I bothered either) by an author who is against the idea of travelling with cameras. Take a notebook instead, she said. Scribble your thoughts and your dreams. Don’t live your life through a lens. Well, I’m a notebook person. I write everywhere, all the […]

Posted in: Colombia

Bogotá: Literary City?

January 6, 2015


Your average day in Juan Valdez

New Year is a weird time, isn’t it? A forcible measure of happiness – whether you’re anxious about the next 12 months or saying a thankful goodbye to the old ones; whether you’re celebrating what you have achieved or are excited about what you will; whether you move lightly from one year to the next […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

Face Off

December 28, 2014


Inscrutable? That's me!

Centuries ago, when this blog was a baby, I wrote about the Latin Poker Face and how it differed from my own, dismally readable, English features.  I’d been to the Bogotá Gold Museum and read about the importance the ancient, indigenous Colombians had placed on blank expressions, including the fact their leaders used to wear jaguar masks to channel the […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

Easy like a Bogotá Sunday?

December 6, 2014


Easy like a Bogotá Sunday?

You might think that when I moved to South America four years ago, I received some sound advice. Advice about ducking and diving perhaps, or succeeding and surviving – the sort of advice that might prepare you for the ever-shifting sands of a continent that seems to be writing its history twice as fast as […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

Why are Colombians so happy?

October 26, 2014


Here is a picture of a puppy in a hoodie... don't say BSFF doesn't make you happy!

I know the topic is a cliché. But those surveys that constantly claim Colombians are the happiest people on Earth tend to irritate your brain after a while. I don’t know about you, but I’ve lived with the question “Why are Colombians so happy?” for more than four years now. And I’ve no idea whether I’m actually getting […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

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