British Embassy Tehran

On a serious note… the attacks by protesters against the British Embassy in Tehran has brought home to me again that I ought to do something with the large amount of photo material that I have still in my archive from Iran. These include pictures I have taken of the Residence of the British Embassy, which was able to take by invitation of the Embassy members one day in 2008, to document the historic relevance of the building and the artifacts that have been collected over the time by the various inhabitants of the Residence. I have sorted through the material and plan to publish them in the form of a book soon, but as a teaser I am publishing here the two drawings my children made of the building after a school visit by the British School Tehran to the premises.

My daughter Madelene's painting of the Residence when she was in year 4 of the British School Tehran, in 2008

My son Tristan's painting of the Residence, its garden and pool, when he was in year 3 of the British School Tehran, in 2008.

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A random visit to the horse-races in Denmark yielded an opportunity to break through the shield of uniformity that so often afflicts the Nordics and their people. As I used a Rolleiflex, it was often not that easy to get close to the race enthusiasts, but the advantage of looking downwards as opposed to straight ahead through a view-finder made itself also felt. Denmark’s society, albeit mixed with a great variety of people from all over the world, is very homogenous. One very quickly adapts to the Danish life-style when there, and slowly also one’s thinking. This reflects itself very strongly in the social relations, that can be limited to narrow circles and sometimes only superficial relationships to “real” Danes. The Danish are the first to recognize this, and it is not particularly difficult to imagine why small, somewhat insular societies have a more inward than outward perspective, and yet, it often limits the views, opinions and life-styles of the peoples of the Danish isles. We have met many Danish returnees – Danes who spent their lives abroad and then chose to come back, for family reasons or other – who have bitterly complained about this.