Somerset Maugham used to write his numbers “backwards”, German-style: six-and-twenty, sex und zwanzig. I don’t know if that was the rule in “oulde” english. Maugham had his heyday around the thirties. I’ve never read english numbers written so by anyone else. Regardless, here is Pot-pourri six-and-twenty. Fasten your seat belts.
The above: “Global warNing”. Paris, 2016. Don’t let Jane Birkin’s lovely eyes fool you: YOU have been warned. About Brexit. About Trump. About… what is next?
Barcelona. 2016. Photo (c)ourtesy Gini. (I haven’t got a clue what it is…)
Liberty Island, New York. November 8th. Source unknown.
Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. c.1960. My father is on the left, the Air France offices were close by. The tall tree in the background is called a “fromager”. I never understood then why the name, since it it did not produce “fromage”, cheese. In Latin America it is called Ceiba. At sunset, between the roots, a beggar used to sit down to panhandle. He was a leper. The first time I saw him, I remember asking my father: “Dad? Why does the man have no nose?”
My little sister, Gaëlle, portrait by my mother, Renée. c.1960.
The original. Saint-Leu-la-forêt, France, c.1960. On “summer” leave from Africa, I remember a ferocious cold. Global warMing had not started yet.
The Sphynx and pyramids at Gizeh, c.1938. Taken by my father just before WWII.
Colonial street window. c.17th century. Tlalpan, Mexico city, 2016.
Halloween in Tlalpan. Mexico city.
Cheetah and cubs, Serengeti, Tanzania, East Africa, c.1969. We were quite lucky to spot this mother and her 3 cubs. Cheetahs are much easier to approach than “Chui”, the leopard. For Cheetahs, litters generally have 3 to 4 cubs. All fluffy. 🙂 Cheetahs are easy to tame. Friends of ours in Nairobi had two adult cheetahs, living in the garden.
The Captain, c.1954, in Karachi, with Zahman, the bearer. I realize that Grandbaby Gonzalo, 6 months old the day after tomorrow, is not much younger… 🙂
Thank you for flying Equinoxio Timeways. Until next flight, y’all have fun naw!