Is there any message that can’t be improved by the addition of the humble smiley?

piss off

Yes. Yes, I think there may be.


On the streets of northwest London, mixed messages abound. And the earthy sensibility I associate with such quintessentially English authors as Geoffrey Chaucer and Samuel Pepys seems still very much in effect.

killed by death?

Less than 100 feet away from this somewhat alarming sign, we noticed a used condom in the grass between a couple of tombstones. I was reminded of the Song of Solomon 8:6: For love is strong as death, jealousy as enduring as the grave…

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  1. Top photo is hilarious. Love the condom between collapsing graves, too.


    1. Thanks. I thought of photographing the latter, but it just didn’t seem in good taste, even for me.


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