My big Sicilian road trip: Where the Gods fell to Earth

1 Apr , 2011  

Erice, near Trapani, Sicily

Zeus’ beau­ti­ful daugh­ter Persephone was kid­napped and raped by Hades at Enna and Scylla devoured sail­ors in the Strait of Messina. ‘You’ll need extra insur­ance, of course,’ said the man at the car rental desk, ‘this is Sicily’. We insured ourselves to the hilt and headed for the mean streets of Palermo.


Palermo was an Arab caliphate until Roger II invaded and made it the Norman cap­ital of the Kingdom of Sicily, which also included most of Southern Italy, for almost 600 years — the jewel in the Med’s crown. After a short dal­li­ance with Naples and the Unification of Italy in 1860, it con­tin­ued a long, slow decline, but has never for­got­ten its proud past. Grand, raw, self-assured and untamed, Palermo may be Italy’s most under­rated city.


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You’re Everywhere and Nowhere, Baby

1 Apr , 2011  

Everything is all over the place and it’s mak­ing me depressed, so I’ve decided to slowly move most of my mater­ial to this online col­lec­tion called sprks.

Here will be fea­tures, snip­pets, likes and dis­likes, new and old, pro­jects, pho­to­graphs and writ­ings. I will be migrat­ing the best stuff here and devel­op­ing the site at the same time, so it might look a bit funny here and there. It is April 2011 and it’s a lovely, warm, sunny Spring in London. Good omens.

Photographic port­fo­lio: in the developer, so to speak, but I keep a sort of pho­to­graphic scrap­book on Flickr. Here’s a fancy gal­lery (Flash) for you to pre­view. Try it full­screen.

I seem to have a back­log of posts stretch­ing back to the dawn of time, so this site is going to be some­what ad hoc and un-chro­no­lo­gical, but qual­ity is import­ant and that can’t be rushed. Photographic pro­jects will be also be pos­ted here if they seem of gen­eral interest. Anyone who would like to use any of these pho­tos, please ask me first.

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