Normalizing Cheese Curds

November 11, 2019

In what is perhaps the final step in normalizing (or Americanizing) cheese curds into the mainstream eating routine, A & W are offering breaded and fried cheese curds as a special this month, as this page from Nation’s Restaurant News announces.


You’ve come a long way, baby!

Poutine at La Belle Province restaurant in Montreal, Canada. (dbimages/Alamy)

Image: Street Art #3B

November 11, 2019

Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

November 11, 2019

The image awards keep coming. This time it is the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for 2019 as reported in the Guardian.

The overall winner was:

Gail and Beaux, Pat Martin


I liked a whole lot of the images shown, finally picking this as my favourite:

Eha, Sirli Raitma

Poem: On Seeing A Photograph, For Remembrance

November 11, 2019


You were young men in the Guards

treading water in wretched trenches

swinging kitbags and rifles and broad silly grins


so young

that two billion volumes single-spaced wouldn’t be enough

to list all of life’s treasures

you haven’t experienced yet

and still you would die

right then

right there

doing right

or so you thought

as you lay where

no-one could tell where

mud ended and blood began


three and four generations removed,

we lay wreathes for your wraiths

on a hollow day in November

while the parades and the poppies


an annual landscape of memory


profound today, gone tomorrow


and for three or four days the flowers fade

and the greenery browns at your memorials

and then the work crews come


young men and women with guarded futures

treading water at minimum wage

swinging brooms and shovels and black plastic bags


and when the work trucks leave

your memory has turned once again

to cold undecorated stone

and nothing can ever change

the fact

that you died before you started living.