Everything is (STR)AWesome – Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, European Bazaar, Festivals, Home, Photography, Society, Travel

The European Bazaar project has now been underway for 4 months. Sadly it has been set against the distressing backdrop of the twin Malaysia disasters, the international apathy toward the massacres in Gaza and the political collateral damage of the war in the Ukraine.

And it’s times like these that it is is easy to forget that we do know how to be nice to one another.

That’s why I can now tell you that if your faith in humanity is getting a little thin, then you need to visit a little scarecrow festival in the heart of Ireland.

Empires come and go, but your backyard is Forever

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, History, Home, Politics, Society

Once upon a time the world seemed more fluid than it does today. The borders of countries waxed and waned with their fortunes; nations winked into (and then out of) existence in the blink of a historian’s proverbial eye.

Yet these days we look at our maps and such things feel far more fixed. With the exception of an East/West Germany here, and a post-Soviet ‘Stan there, it hardly seems like the borders on our modern globes have changed very much. Yet you would be very wrong to assume so…