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catholic icons in barcelona

‘ “Angel of God, what are you doing here?” asked St Vincent, in Catalan. “I am guarding Barcelona by order of The Most High,” replied the angel, also in Catalan’ — The story of Dominican preacher Vincent Ferrer’s arrival at the gates of Barcelona in 1398.

broadway tower

‘Built on an ancient beacon site, Broadway Tower has a colourful history as – amongst others – home to the renowned printing press of Sir Thomas Phillips, country retreat for Pre-Raphaelite artists, notably the artist, designer, writer, craftsman, and socialist William Morris, location for the studies of the distinguished archeologist Sir Arthur Evans, and farmhouse‘ —

cardiff busker

‘From occasional bands on the Hayes to lone musicians picking out a tune under the footbridge by City Hall, Cardiff’s buskers come and go with little fuss‘ — David James, South Wales Echo

beverley callender bev goddard
     beverley goddard, now beverley callender, uk athlete

‘Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop‘ — Lewis Carroll, author, not a great running coach

speakers corner
     muslim preacher, speakers’ corner

‘Some of the most revered political and literary minds of the last century have regarded Speakers’ Corner as a window on the ebb and flow of popular opinion’ — Dean Ramsay,

gareth edwards rugby
     GaretH Edwards, Pontypool v Cardiff

‘This is Gareth Edwards. A dramatic start. What a score! Oh, that fellow Edwards‘ — BBC TV commentator Cliff Morgan on Gareth Edwards’ try for the Barbarians v the All Blacks in 1973

newport documentary
     derelict shed, newport

‘Easy to get to, Newport has a wealth of activities and attractions. Hunt out hidden treasures...’ — Newport City Council

st stephens church
      st stephen’s church

‘Located in the heart of Westbourne Park (London W2), St Stephen's is a Church of England parish church with a diverse Christian community of all ages’ — St Stephen’s Church online

vegetarian collioure
      Vegetarian Collioure

‘For centuries, a much sought-after treasure of nature has been part of Collioure's traditions: anchovies. This fish is the basis for many typical Catalan dishes and is still prepared in the original traditional manner’ — Collioure Gastronomy

bamburgh castle
     bamburgh castle, northumberland

‘...Throw in spectacular coastal castles and beautiful gardens, and you have the classic ingredients of an old-fashioned seaside holiday’ – Nigel Richardson, travel writer

snorkel bournemouth
     SNorkelling, surf reef, boscombe, bournemouth

‘For younger members of the family, snorkelling is a great introduction to underwater sports and can be their first step towards learning to dive’ — British Sub Aqua Club website

birmingham bulls russ jensen
     custom surf car, newquay, devon

‘Expressions such as “Surf your troubles away”, “Only a surfer knows the feeling” and “Blimey, that was a good laugh” only touch at the sheer exhilaration to be gained from a good surf’ — Tim Southwell, Record Mirror journalist

contact ben french jones ben in black
     evening standard vendor, liverpool street, london

‘Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another’ — GK Chesterton, writer

      london boys – dennis fuller and edem ephraim

‘No one would have believed, in the last years of the 20th Century, that two muscle-men in huge trousers could be flick-flacking their way to the top of the charts. But London Boys are there with London Nights and the new album The Twelve Commandments of Dance, and they look like staying‘ — Tim Nicholson, Record Mirror, 22 July 1989

     sheep on kerrera, near the bunkhouse

‘Despite its close proximity to the bustling sea town of Oban, Kerrera is a different world. Kerrera is ultimate escapism in all weathers, and is a wonderful day out for the family’ — Isle of Kerrera Development Trust

     Golden throne, mayfair, london

‘The Golden Throne is a large piece of work, utilizing ancient technology and designed by the Emperor. It is a complex life support machine...’ — Wiki guide to Warhammer

     punky girl at lazers night club, newport, gwent

‘The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul’ — Isadora Duncan, dancer

     black rubber fashion, skin two magazine

‘Every man prefers to look at a well-shaped woman instead of a rubber ball’
— Katerina Witt, figure skater (though she’d probably not heard of the Skin Two Rubber Ball)

     broomhill sculpture gardens, devon

‘It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it’s a painting, and if you can walk around it it’s a sculpture‘ — Tom Stoppard, playwright

     Russ jensen, birmingham bulls quarterback, salford stadium

‘Russ Jensen is arguably the greatest quarterback to have ever played in the UK’ —

     storm cloud above pontnewydd, cwmbran, gwent

‘The Dark Side clouds everything. Impossible to see, the future is‘ — Yoda, Jedi Muppet (Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back)

     man and dog on bench, bankside jubilee walkway, london

‘Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read’  — Groucho Marx, comedian

     Snow goggles, blackfriars lane, london

‘Snow goggles were probably first made at the time of the Old Bering Sea Culture in Siberia, up to two thousand years ago, and perhaps a thousand years before medieval Europeans began to use spectacles’ — The British Museum online


‘The soul cannot think without a picture’ — Aristotle, philosopher



I think of myself as an intelligent,
sensitive human being with the soul of
a clown, which forces me to blow it at
the most important moments

— Jim Morrison, singer/songwriter

Tell me about it!
— Ben French Jones, photographer

of Ben French Jones, photographer