It's A Pity You're On Your Own

Pity: The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) “It’s a pity you’re on your own,” she said as I set out on today’s adventure.  I looked confused for a moment,...

The Bird's Head Haggadah

Birdman is a stained glass panel by artist Ruth Kersley Greisman. Bird’s head people are common enough in Egyptian or native American folklore but I was more than a little shocked to see it described at the Victoria and Albert Museum as an example of Jewish...

Life Gets More Interesting When I'm Broke

I wanted to spend a little extra time in London while there to speak at the ICF Global conference next month but was deterred by hotel prices of over $250 CAD per night. Fortunately a friend turned me onto Airbnb, a service whereby local residents let out rooms in...

Freggio

Having followed the river to Greenwich and back, I am content to spend some time browsing the Tate Modern museum before heading home to Bloomsbury for the night. A painting by Christian Schad (1894-1982) takes my eye. It is a self portrait of an arrogant Schad with a...

The Downriver Decision

I am standing on the river walk and I have a decision to make. In front of me is the Tate Modern museum, one of the top 10 “must sees” in every London guidebook. Behind me is a river boat headed east to Greenwich. I came out this morning with the express...