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Gilly Mbachu Goldsworthy is a mum to two kids that are supposed to be grown up and mma to a five year old granddaughter and a one year old grandson. None of that means that I am grown up though! I love writing – travel and quite edgy fiction – and being an OU student for a degree which remains to be seen. What I do best though is counselling; I’ve been privileged to work with many people through big changes.

Photos that talk to each other

Dialogue is an engaging conversational exchange.

When it comes to photography, dialogue can be perceived as a consensual interaction between two images.

Placed next to each other, each photograph opens up to meanings that weren’t there when viewed alone.

Each composition reveals the photographer’s specific sensitivity to certain content or visual elements.

Says Frederic Biver, an architect and photographer who has created this weeks photo challenge, over at the Daily Post. He has shown  some excellent examples of how to interpret this really difficult challenge. But maybe it isn’t difficult for you?

Here is my attempt. If you have these in your house,


then there’s a good chance your family will be mentioned here.

If you can demonstrate a dialogue between images go to

Il Parco Dell’Etna

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and last year, just after my visit, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As recently as last month it was putting on a pyrotechnic display, closing the nearby airport at Catania. All was calm when I was there. Travelling friend and I stayed in an hotel with a distant view – if you craned your neck a little on the balcony, and ignored the buildings in the way.
We went up twice, first of all independently and we couldn’t resist a guided tour a couple of days later.
Here are some photos taken at about 2000 metres, cool and grey with mile after mile of lava from various past eruptions.

In June there were miles of empty roads, lots of stopping places for photos and an almost creepy stillness.
You quite quickly descend to sunshine and there the flora and fauna is pretty.

Etna can be seen from all over the east of Sicily and when you’re up there the views down are amazing.
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Going down.

Towards the sea.

I enjoyed  looking back on my time on Etna, I’ll post some photos of the guided tour soon!


Lucid Gypsy:

Tony calls it a rant but I totally agree with him, WHY, WHY, WHY? Pop over and read, let him know your thoughts.

Originally posted on 2far2shout:


Here follows a rant…



Why do we war with each other?

On a bright sunny morning why can’t we rejoice in the wonder of this world and vow to live in peace?


Human Beings have forever waged war, ever since there have been too many people to comfortably live an existence which provided all we need. When we began to travelled and saw what others had, we wanted it too, at first to share then to have exclusively. We made war for water, for access to rivers seas and oceans, for precious metals, for oil, for drugs and for slaves to do our bidding.

Our leaders taxed us compulsorily and we gave to them the means to make weapons to wage war. We still do. How much peace can you make with an aircraft carrier?

We have made war in order to dominate, to impose…

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