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The view I refuse to lose

Temporary halt to construction work

I’ve been trading increasingly less cordial emails with my friend low friend in high places about the concrete garden next door. There have been serious improprieties involved in this project from the beginning, but that is not why I’m here today. Today I want to share a video and some pics that I took yesterday. But first let me preface these visual delights with a wee snatch of poetry from one of my favorite Irishmen, fellow bard and victim of the stupidity of others.

I never saw a man who looked

With such a wistful eye,

Upon that little tent of blue

Which prisoners call the sky…

— Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Part I – Third stanza

A tapestry made by the hands of angels



Who perhaps set the sky ablaze?

I have not yet begun to fight for my view!

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About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.

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