‘Stillness’ – one of 300 colours by Midas Envirolite – ZERO VOC eco paint

Two things. If you want to take a photograph of something boring but potentially stunning – like a candle, for instance – you need Instagram. From tomorrow, I’m Instagramming. I’ve tried a few things already. My palms are sweating.

Second thing. I’ve come to the conclusion that lighting a candle at the end of the day, especially in winter, is a very nice thing to do. Essential, almost. Sorry if this sounds flaky, but it’s true. A flickering candle makes everything calm and pretty. People talk softer and behave better. If you want to take the softness thing a step further, flick the mains switch on your electricity board. Bring on the candles and make like the outtage is with you for the night. Bloody Eskom. The stillness that issues forth from dead computers, phones, televisions and Wii’s, is like a kind of music. The mains switch is a powerful trick.

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