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"Why sneer at the intellectuals?"*
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Dublin/Galway, Ireland. 27, history graduate & human rights student
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*from the title of a review of Arthur Koestler's Arrival and Departure by Michael Foot, Evening Standard, Nov. 26, 1943.
Jul 28
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Found a wildflower meadow/patch of scrubland today near the Corrib that was full of bumblebees, dragonflies as big as my fist swooping around or taking off from the path in front of me with a disconcerting clacking sound, white and purple orchids, willow warblers going hoo-et from the branches of birch trees. None of which photographed particularly well or at all.

In other procrastination from thesis writing, I’m just about finished Foucault’s The Government of Self and Others (it’s not strictly related to my work) and have started The History of Sexuality.

summer galway dragonflies escaping from a thesis
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Jul 27
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Missed my train at Heuston so I decided to go and find some deer in the Phoenix Park. I found a lot more than I expected (actually, I wasn’t really expecting to see any in the time I had to walk into the park and get back for the next train). In the end I made it up to the Magazine Fort (panorama, bottom) across from Islandbridge. It made me realise how little of the park I’m familiar with, although - or perhaps because - it takes up a huge segment of the city.

(edit - I found this notice advising the public to keep at least 50 metres away from the deer, which is much further away than I was although I did give them a steady berth. Also it’s currently in between the breeding and the rutting seasons so they’re quite docile. Still, wild animals and so forth…)

dublin phone pics deer
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Jul 26
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phone pics view from the burbs summer dublin
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Jul 25
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Dragonfly (most likely a Common Darter, I think) near Galway Cathedral, on the footbridge over the Middle River - lots of the more colourful, but flitting, iridescent blue-and-green damselflies there as well. The framing in the top picture was almost entirely accidental, as I was taking the picture with the full glare of the sun on my phone screen. The Samsung macro focus mode is very good, and I had a very obligingly still subject (or one at least returning to the same spot, as flying insects are often wont), so it’s one of those cases of knowing vaguely what you want and then getting it. Lower photo was an attempt to get more of the colour in - yellowy-orange and green (I think it was a female), rather patriotic now that I think of it. 

photography not birds tiny flying dinosuars well not them either really
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Jul 24
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Sunset from the Famine memorial I wrote about (and photographed)) here.

Sunset from the Famine memorial I wrote about (and photographed)) here.

galway panorama
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Nimmo’s Pier and the Claddagh Harbour from the Long Walk (a straight quay bent into a right angle by the strange geometry of panoramas)

Nimmo’s Pier and the Claddagh Harbour from the Long Walk (a straight quay bent into a right angle by the strange geometry of panoramas)

galway summer panorama
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Went in to this exhibition, which is part of the Galway Arts Festival, yesterday (and the day before), I really liked it - the paintings are all scenes from Homer’s Odyssey - but even though they’re very much about the fleshy, mythical Greek aspect there’s also strong elements of Edwardian, Joyce-era fashion. The figures are cartoonish, abstract, but also visceral, haunting. The pieces are painted onto various odd items, from ‘unstretched linen’ (Hades, top) to mechanical objects like the car bonnet (Calypso, bottom). There’s even a toilet seat decorated with a motif inspired by Charybdis, the whirlpool… 

The whole thing is on display in an old newspaper printing works, just the white-painted shell with the industrial skylights, which makes for a fantastic gallery space - shared with a selection of Eduardo Pallozi (pre-)Pop Art prints and contemporary responses.

art galway john kindness joyce
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Jul 22
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Swallows on the rocks

galway birds photography
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I want to live in this house.

I want to live in this house.

galway panorama
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Sunny Day Beach Panorama

Sunny Day Beach Panorama

galway panorama
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