Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dreaming On Track

Shopping Centres are often interesting for vantage points and if there's a special exhibition, I find that shoppers do arrange themselves in particular ways that are worth a second look. The Scalextric racing circuit was very popular on a dull, showery Saturday - although it seems that exhibitors have as much success at keeping model cars on track as I did in my youth. There is no particular symbolism that relates directly to a racetrack although perhaps there should be more recognition of such an enduring structure. It is of course a container which creates boundaries to a race. The race is a kind of game in which rivalries are channeled into an activity that offers civic involvement and diverts otherwise unproductive conflict. This we've dealt with in earlier blogs, but there is certainty to a racetrack, because there isn't much doubt about where we finish. The return to the start means the completion of a circuit - a complete voyage of setting out, adventure and endurance then return. Who comes first is another matter and depends on both the vehicle and the driver. If you dream about race cars consider whether you're in control of your vehicle. It's a single purpose vehicle built for speed and manouvreability and so the meaning will be quite different compared to driving a saloon car along the public highway. Are you in control or do you crash into anything? In the latter case something may be inhibiting your personal development. But winning a race might indicate some transformative development in your psychological life. Now I quite feel like buying a Scalextric kit again!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Transformation Beer

This is a chance shot, that in different times would have been an "end of the roll" shot - to use up the remainder of the roll and get it off to the processor. Very often, this resulted in the best shot of the roll, and so it was in this case. I merely put the small camera at the top of the glass and let it do whatever it wanted. It was pleasing, yet the colour wasn't right. The fabulous Virtual Photographer programme which is one of the best free things on the Web, took care of the rest. The photo filter is called Velvita, no doubt named after that fine oldFuji transparency film, Velvia. But what of beer as a symbol? I think this is ground I covered before, but it's worth a second look. Beer is ancient and dates from neolithic times. But the ancient Egyptians were awfully keen on this kind of fermented drink. It's supposed that German and Celtic tribes spread it through Europe. Although the Romans disapproved of the beer swilling antics of these particular tribes, they brewed their own beer in northern outposts, where wine was difficult to obtain. But whatever the origins, drinking beer was always a rite of passage. From banana beer in Rwanda to chica beer in the Amazon and even heather beer in Scotland, fermentation involves the transformation of substances. And the effervescence of knowledge enables the spirit to surmount limitations. Much beer will be consumed during European football this month so perhaps it's a substitute for supporters to surmount the limitations of their particular team!