Thursday, 19 October 2017

Day 292, 19 Oct 2017: Wet leaves...

Day 292: ...October one pic:one story

Rainy autumn morning commute


Waiting for the bus
In the rain
When the maximum temperature is going to be 12
the minimum temperature is going to be, well, 12

I guess that makes it easier. 

The green leaves of spring and summer
Are finding their way to the ground, brown
In the rain

I guess that makes it easier

The bus arrived, eventually
and we sat until 
we arrived at the train station
In the rain

It didn't make it that much easier, actually

[Camera : iPhone6s, 9.50am; 19 October 2017] 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Day 291, 18 0ct 2017: Keeping an eye on the prize...

Day 291: ...October one pic:one story 18

There is always something going on on the promenade below my office building. It is a popular area for photographs, filming, staged events, running, strolling, cycling...just about anything really. 

Today as I collated a database on all the women candidates in the current election (it is work, but not as you know it), I glanced up from time to time, just to keep an eye out...

And my eye caught these lads...

And ready, roll the cameras

Cycling while filming something looking a little staged on the promenade below my office building. 

Good luck to them, I'm sure they had a prize in mind at the end of the run. 

More than I'll get for compiling a database of women candidates. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 1.42pm; 18 October 2017] 

Day 290, 17 Oct 2017: Out...

Day 290: ...October one pic:one story 17

One word...


[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 3.15pm; 17 October 2017] 

Day 289, 16 Oct 2017: I went the other way...

Day 289: ...October one pic:one story 16

Rainy day

Track, rain

Today, I took the bus
in the other direction

It took me to a station
in the other direction

I caught the train
in the other direction

I arrived at work 
the other way

in the rain

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 12.15pm; 16 October 2017] 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Day 288, 15 Oct 2017: Green balloon of hope

Day 288: ...October one pic:one story

Supporters will grasp at just about anything; candidates will grasp back in return. At some point during last year's campaign for Tokyo Governor, Koike Yuriko's supporters starting turning out with something green--a scarf, a hankie, a hat--and as momentum built, green became Koike's colour and she asks her supporters now, to show their 'colours': green.

The green has migrated from something small to coats, jumpers, bags and today, at one of her campaign rallies--balloons. In fact, a group of older women, perhaps ten in number, all held, carried, and some even wore the green balloon. They waved them at Koike and of course, one or two popped, startling everyone. 

Ballooning hope

What hope does the green symbolise?
How does green symbolise hope? 

As the rain fell from grey skies today, the green balloons 
and scarves and hats and coats 
kind of made their point. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 2.43pm; 15 October 2017]

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Day 287, 14 Oct 2017: The world spirals...

Day 287: ...October one pic: one story 14

The day is long, one where work crosses over to pleasure/leisure and back again


It is an occupational hazard as I collect my materials, my data, my observations
on what makes people tick, what makes them vote (or not)

We must be neutral
We must be objective

These mantras drummed into us from undergrad years, through postgrad
to seminars and conferences

And yet, when I stand with others
Because the world is spiralling

It is hard to remain neutral 

without some feelings about
some responsibility for 

what it is the world is coming to too.

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 12.24pm; 14 October 2017] 

Day 286, 13 Oct 2017: It is wrong to have favourites, but...

Day 286: ...October one pic:one story 13

It is wrong to have favourites

Someone once said

Tugging along

Favourite, try them all

Favourite, well coffee maybe

Favourite music...too hard

Favourite film...Russian Ark, probably

Favourite tugs...yes, no, I shouldn't but I do

When I look out onto the port and I see

Little yella, as we've come to know it, 

I get a little push, a little tug

And whatever I am doing

I know I can do it.

Is it wrong to have favourites?

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 2.45pm, 13 October 2017]