"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

walls

The Wall: Part Two

 Picture of the Israeli wall, encircling all Christian and Muslim Palestinian communities, taken from the web.
Whenever crossing the walls, we were requested to switch off our cameras.
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The hotel in which we were based for most of our stay was located within Palestinian-controlled territory.
To enter or leave Israeli-controlled land entailed passing through heavily armed gates, check-points and barriers. This was a very quick and easy procedure for us as tourists.
For Palestinians, however, moving from one town to another invariably involves long waits, thorough body-searches and vigorous questioning.

The current long-standing impasse, which suggests neither the hope nor will for a fair and lasting peace, is an ominous tragedy for everyone.


The Wall: Part One

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(The sound starts only at 0:40)

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Picture of the Wailing Wall taken in Jerusalem.


Opting For B&B

Brick and Bougainvillea
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Bougainvillea blossoms overhanging a perimeter wall in Fort Cochin. 


Walled communities

“…And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go…”


Good walls are said to make for good neighbours.

But a little paint can draw attention from their function.

They may be neglected

Or apparently abandoned.

Seasonal

Or overhung.

Shadowed

Immaculate

Down on their luck

Or possibly a crime scene?

Broken

Or under construction.

Vibrant with colour

Or protected by Saints


“…Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense…”

“Good fences make good neighbours.”

All quotations from: Mending Wall, Robert Frost, 1914