posted by Richard de Nooy at 14:01 comment View Comments

Sometimes I get hopelessly lost looking for answers. Take this delightful decorative door, for example, set in a thick wall upon which the surrounding foliage has projected a superb shadowscape. It isn’t hard to imagine an Indonesian Wayang master using this as a backdrop for a romantic encounter between two shadow puppets. Those may seem… read more »

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If you ever get a chance to be in Tokyo, don’t stay shut up in your hotel room. Sushi, Harajuku teenagers, cherry blossom: there’s enough to photograph. However, you make it very hard for yourself if you decide to go to Tsukiji fish market, especially if you have a jet lag, because it starts very… read more »

posted by Richard de Nooy at 11:03 comment View Comments

We were driving home from Italy when it began. “So, where should we go next year? Canada? Australia? Namibia?” asked my wife, whose desire to see distant destinations is undiminished, even though she spends almost a third of her life travelling. We spent a hundred kilometres discussing the options as we drove, but we couldn’t… read more »

posted by Richard de Nooy at 14:18 comment View Comments

Last week I returned from a wonderful holiday in Switzerland and Italy, rested and rejuvenated, my batteries recharged, chock-full of unused clichés and ideas. In fact, I have so much to blog about, I’m not sure where to start. Should I tell you about Switzerland, which I had previously only ever seen gift-wrapped in ice… read more »

posted by Richard de Nooy at 10:00 comment View Comments
Terra Icognita - no1 - 2

Before I head off on my summer holiday, I’d like to launch a new series called “Terra Incognita”, in which I’ll be needing your help in identifying an “unknown land” on the basis of three photos. This time round the photos were sent to me by my friend Martin Broekhuis, who has abused my body… read more »

posted by Richard de Nooy at 13:30 comment View Comments

Sit up straight! Pay attention! I’ve received distressing reports that some of you have fallen asleep, so it’s time for a wake-up call: the Headmaster’s Where’s-Where Quiz of Cities Starting with H. Listen closely because I will explain this only once. Hey, come back here! Sit down! The concept is simple: I’ll explain the origin… read more »

posted by Richard de Nooy at 10:55 comment View Comments

Sadly, it has taken me five blogs to discover that there’s actually a name for the study of place names, their origin and meaning. The word “toponymy” derives from the Greek words for “place” (tópos) and “name” (ónoma), which is so obvious I can hardly believe the Great Oracle Ogle hasn’t pointed it out before.… read more »