Posted by dan on August 31, 2012
“Style is the answer to everything.
Fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous day.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without style.
To do a dangerous thing with style, is what I call art.
Bullfighting can be an art.
Boxing can be an art.
Loving can be an art.
Opening a can of sardines can be an art.
Not many have style.
Not many can keep style.
I have seen dogs with more style than men.
Although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.
When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun, that was style.
For sometimes people give you style.
Joan of Arc had style.
John the Baptist.
I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is a difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water, or you, walking
out of the bathroom naked without seeing me.”
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Posted by dan on March 9, 2012
Snapshots of Portsmouth, February and March 2012.
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Posted by dan on April 14, 2011
The video might be, but otherwise it is not funny… we will see, isa.
Text translated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69wBG6ULNzQ
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Posted by dan on March 5, 2011
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Posted by dan on February 23, 2011
Click to download as a screensaver (1024x768 px) - Banlieues Bleues 2011
Banlieues Bleues, an annual five-week festival of French and international music – jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, flamenco and world music – is about to begin next month. Some programs already start on the 1st of March, with the main festival events from the 11th of March till the 8th of April. The venues, including La Dynamo, are a bit out but can be reached conveniently by RER or other means. If you find something that you like – and if you’re around this time – maybe it’s worth that little effort.
Banlieues Bleues official website: www.banlieuesbleues.org
9, rue Gabrielle Josserand
Bus 170 – 249 – 330
RER E Pantin
Métro ligne 7 Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins
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Posted by dan on February 16, 2011
Army patrol in Paris - Montmartre
Paris is one of the safest big cities in Europe, or the world for that matter, violent crime is very rare. Pickpocketing and different scams are more common, but with a little common sense they are easily avoidable. In a world of global terrorism another worry for many visitors is security – especially with these occasional warnings issued time to time – as Paris is just as much a possible target as any other city. I personally think these threats are often exaggerated, but it is good to be vigilant. The French army has been patrolling the streets for many years and you can see them at major tourist sites, at stations, in the airports. The patrol always consists of three, often women amongst them. I met this patrol in Montmartre – one French guy, an African and an Arab. Since my Arabic is better than my French I talked to the soldier of Moroccan origin and asked if they would mind if I take a picture. They were all friendly and nice and happily posed for a shot.
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Posted by dan on January 26, 2011
Scene from the film ‘Time of the Gypsies’. Click on link if video doesn’t play. The film was made into an opera and performed at the Milan Cathedral and Opéra Bastille in Paris. See scenes from the opera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUQCNlHYDBo
The Gypsy exodus is very beautifully presented in ‘Latcho Drom’, a film by Tony Gatlif. It shows the journey from India to Europe through music and images only, recorded in Roma (Gypsy) communities in India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.
Different in style and focus, ‘Time of the Gypsies’ by Emir Kusturica is another classic on the life of the Roma people. Set in Yougoslavia and Italy, it gives a good insight into petty crime and how the Gypsy are victimized by their own people. Music, composed by Goran Bregović and based on traditional Serbian Roma melodies, plays an important part in this film as well. A famous scene is the Spring festival of Ederlezi, also known as Đurđevdan.
About the festival:
About the films:
Latcho Drom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latcho_Drom
Time of the Gypsies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_the_Gypsies
About the opera:
NY Times: Opera With Attitude, Guitars, and a Dose of Mayhem: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/28/arts/music/28emir.html?_r=1
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Posted by dan on January 25, 2011
Charles Dume Sana - meaning Praise the Lord - and his family
It’s been called the place of benevolent spirits, and Cecil Rhodes, as he wished, was buried there at Malindidzimu hill. Today Zimbabwe is off the main tourist path, but even when it was on the main route few people visited the Matopos region – also known as Matobo Hills. Much of the area is a national park – the Matobo National Park -and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is close to the town of Bulawayo and shorter or longer safaris and treks can be organized locally. The local people belong to the Ndebele tribe, which is split into a southern and northern branch – first live in South Africa, the second in the southern part of Zimbabwe and parts of Botswana. The following images were made in 1996 in a small Ndebele settlement just outside the national park, where I’ve spent a week staying at Fortune’s family with two fellow travelers, Mark from Holland and Ian from Scotland. People are almost self-sufficient – if the season is good – and earn a little cash from making carvings or working in town – and would love to receive visitors in their homes. It is a magical and sacred landscape – as powerful as the Red Center in Australia, the Sinai mountains in Egypt or Hampi in India – and could develop into a trekking, cultural and retreat destination, if things were going better in the country. The locals would definitely deserve it – let’s hope things will get better one day.
Charles Dume Sana – meaning Praise the Lord – and his family
Fortune sitting with Mark in front of his hut
Kids – including twin brothers Pride and Preacher – on rock
South Ndebele cultural village, South Africa. Image: Loopspruit.
More about the Ndebele:
Northern Ndebele people, located in Zimbabwe, and Botswana
South Ndebele people, located in the South Africa
More about the Matobos National Park:
Matobos National Park official website: http://www.zimparks.org/?option=…
Matobo Conservation Society: http://www.matobo.org/
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