Recently 'aegian of the FT', who is Mrs a*, was honoured by 'hard copy' publication of several comments originally published online under articles in the FT.
These appear in Before The Collapse by Cathal Haughian. www.beforethecollapse.com .
This book gathers together the informally expressed thoughts of those who can clearly see the need for change in the corporate driven, agnostic, capitalist, supposedly democratic societies of this world. This need is set to become increasingly urgent in the coming three decades; which is not all that long.
We are passionate artists and art lovers with wide ranging tastes and interests. Our long range project is the creation of 'aegian' as an aesthetic hermaphrodite, trying to express the many facets of their being. It has since emerged that we are a couple with four grown up children each of whom has contributed to this joint enterprise
While his better half prefers to remain mysterious and spends most of her time writing our journal entries, Mr A admits to having a London degree in Botany & Zoology and owning a succession of film and digital cameras. I am the man behind the lens, so there may not be many images of me submitted. We love beauty and I search for it amongst the mundane backgrounds of everyday reality as well as at fabulous gardens like the ones seen in some gallery pictures. We correspond with the Guardian as well as the Financial Times.
There will be no puckish, looped video 'web cam'; no 'fake' ID. If you want to see picture's, then this
is Mrs a*. This is a portrait after the manner of the old masters
was recently taken, straight from the camera.
Mr a*s portraits are vanishingly rare. Here is one mocked up from an old frame of 'film'
, and a much more recently taken but wildly over processed one
"Now, my name isn't Harry, but names change so often in this business that I couldn't be sure there hadn't been a time when it might have been." [the REAL 'Harry Palmer'; anonymous, insolent, insubordunate spy from Burnley, as found in The IPCRESS File by Len Deighton; Penguin Books 1962]
Favourite Visual Artist
Monet or Van Gogh
All the great Audrey Hepburn films, including My Fair Lady and Breakfast At Tiffany's
Favourite TV Shows
Good drama, documentary and 'culture' programs
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Best decade for music, 1963 - 1973 too many good bands then to pick just one!
For Mr a*, the 'Culture' novels of Iain M. Banks
For Mrs a*, possibly John Fowles, George Orwell or Nancy Mitford
For Mr a* used to be Comet Busters, scored a record 54,000+ with the elder miss a* then quit.
Favourite Gaming Platform
Tools of the Trade
currently, a Nikon digital camera and Photoshop CS5
Walking amongst trees and fllowering plants in London's parks and gardens, visiting art galleries