Thinking of the Catalan painter Tapies I photograph these walls and the hoarding separating the building site from the road. Yes, I'm still on holiday in the photo archives at least.
Never entirely happy with the present way of describing the short, short stories in my new blog, One Fine Day, I am grateful to my friend Lucy Kempton who in an email yesterday called them "flash fiction". Sometimes a label can be an inspiration. The word fiction particularly appeals because they establish a link with the great Argentinian writer, Jorge Luis Borges who called his stories (often very short and quite unlike anything else in the genre) Ficciones.
Now is the season of catalogues which come through the letter box instead of letters. Do you remember letters? Emails have been with us for so long. Many of the catalogues offer useless and bizarre objects the oddness of which tickles the imagination. One of the books listed in Presents for Men is 101 Things to Do in a Shed.