La porta mediterranea

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Technically, there’s nothing special about this photo, taken in Rome – but I do enjoy the clay-like colour and the uneven textures

Foto Arte

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Completely by chance, I happened to take this photo at just the right angle to get the whole of the photography shop’s sign.

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You’ve Got Mail

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This photo was almost an invasion of the property owner’s privacy. It looks like they weren’t at home anyway, doesn’t it?

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Torso del Belvedere

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This photo was taken inside the Vatican’s Museo Pio-Clementino. The figure, apparently, is Hercules, seated on animal skin.

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Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address

The two paragraphs below are taken from Ronald Reagan’s Inaugural Address, dating back to Tuesday, January 20th, 1981. Though the speech may have taken place more than thirty years ago, does its message not seem pertinent with regard to the unstable economic situation in Europe and the United States?

“For decades, we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.

You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?”

It appears that ‘we, the people’, to quote Reagan, are headed for ‘tremendous social, cultural, political and economic upheavals’, then. However, with Greece, Italy and Spain floundering financially (and the United States shouldering a debt of over two trillion), it seems the process – a frightening, crippling one – has already begun, and nobody knows when it will end…