Pot-pourri number…

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Another journey in space and time. Who cares about numbers? Scotty is still working on the dinosaurs safari project. So he says. I wouldn’t hold my breath. Meantime… the above was taken Rue de Seine, Paris, c. 2016. Sketch by Gil Button.

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“Dieu et mon droit”. London, 2015. Better hurry up to post London shots, before Theresa May(be) starts charging fees to pay for Brexit.

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No bat an eyelid. Tlalpan, Mexico city, 2017.

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Camel drivers on the Karachi shore. c. 1950, by my mother Renée.

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Milan, 2014. The charming blonde lady to the right didn’t budge for five minutes. I think she was trying to memorize the door panels. (How many panels are there? Don’t look back)

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“Año viejo”, Old year. Tolima province, Colombia. Early 21st century. On December 31st, in many Latin American countries, a mannequin is prepared, dressed in old clothes, and set on the street. In earlier years it was stuffed with powder… The mannequin symbolizes the year that ends and the renewal of the new year. It is sometimes carried in procession on the street. It is set on fire at midnight. That one is the neighbours’ mannequin who always stage quite a production. (No, Weinstein is not involved)

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Tuscalooser, Alabamer, c.1977. A friend of ours in Grad School was on a Biology Phd. Saw what he thought was roadkill on the highway. Thought: “Maybe ahmona get mahself a raccoon tail?”. Stopped the car. Walked back to the roadkill. Lifted the tail. And the raccoon looked at him. Alive. Just stunned. Our friend picked it up. Hid it in the dorm for a few days, while the raccoon recovered. When he’d been bit a few times, he decided the raccoon was ok, and released it in the wild. Roll Tide!

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Ganesh driven power plant, Bogotá, Colombia. 2016. Clean, eternal energy.

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Gare du Nord, Northern station, Paris. 2015.

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Amsterdam, early 21st century. Prey to global warming.

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Federico, Duke of Urbino. Florence, 2014. The original by Piero della Francesca dates back to 1472, and can be seen at the Uffizi.

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Near Waterloo, Belgium, reuniting with my old dachsund, Noémie. c. 1967.

Captain and crew thank you for flying Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Have a safe week-end. “Where to next time?” “I haven’t the faintest!”

50 thoughts on “Pot-pourri number…

    • 🙂 Bandit eyes, absolutely. (And mean teeth too) When I took this shot, the raccon was still a bit dazed, busy washing his hands in the water in the upturned frisbee. But it was wild. And belonged in the wild. Thank you for your comment. My mother was a good painter. This particular painting is small and not so easy to… identify the camels, the camel driver, the women… somewhere at the edge of the desert. I hope you are finding your marks in the US. Take care.

      • He was washing his hands?! That is the cutest thought. I did not have an idea about their penchant for cleanliness 😉
        It is obvious that she was a good artist because you can quite identify the camel, the women and even the wind playing with the turban of one of the men.
        I am enjoying my journey here, absolutely. There is beauty to be found in everything I think (and this sounds very Anne of the Green Gables but it is true) as long as you keep your eyes open to it 🙂

      • Raccoons are called “raton-laveurs” (washing ratty) in French. Glad you could “go into” the painting.
        And yes, I think you will love the journey. I’d never heard of Anne of the green Gables. Sounds very Enid Blyton. 🙂
        Always keep your eyes open. (And look up)

      • Anne of the Green Gables is a gem. I can read it even now and love it. The author is L.M. Montgomery, a Canadian, who based Anne’s story in Prince Edward Island.
        I like the French denomination for raccoons 🙂

      • There are those books that mark your childhood and can be read over and over again. Planning to re-read three men in a boat soon.
        Yeah. Raton laveur is kinda cute.
        Bon week-end

    • Thank you Gilles. Ma mère a peint tellement de choses, qu’il me manque des murs… 😉
      And the portrait is… excellent. It jumped at me from a shop at the corner of the Rue de Seine. (I have another on hold… future post) A bientôt et bonne soirée.

  1. wonderful, wonderful, wonderful as the man said years before I was born….lovely images, your mother is a great artist, love the camels, and the raccoon story is too funny…they can be brutal little beasts….dinosaurs….hmmmm…..I think some days we could all be included in that description, that is if my joints some days tell the tale….maybe we should all send pics to you for the dinosaur selfies 🙂 great piece Brian and you and that dog….too cute for words ❤

    • Thank you Janet. I actually have a movie of those camel drivers that she took. And that place had some mirage. (Need to digitalize all that) and yes it is on a wall in the Library… 🙂 (I was very pleased to organize a proper library/study in the new house with 98% of my books. (The remaining 2% are in the corridor; didn’t fit) Have a lovely week-end Janet

    • Rabies? Absolutely. But then the guy was a Biology Doctoral candidate and knew his stuff. And even half stunned in the corridor, we were told to keep a distance. Which is basically what one has to do with all wild animals… (Reminds me I have to write a story about a snake…)
      Ye be good naw… 😉

  2. Adieu, cher Brieuc, I cannot accept that much imbecility at WordPress who practically locked me out of the regular log in. It’s been a pleasure meeting you, reading your stories, taking those space-time trips and all. My regards to you and the family. Take care!

    • You might be right. I was – almost – sure I’d taken this shot in Florence 2-3 years ago. But… we also went to San Giminiano en route to Sienna. So it is possible that it is the same mural… Il mundo é piccolo…

    • Thank you Patti. I’m trying to think of other “types” of post. (Renewal anxiety?) Just did another – different – one for when you have a minute. Take care my friend.

  3. Wonderful collection Brian. Your mother’s painting captures the magic of the desert! That three headed Ganesha is a first. The delight on your face in the last image is priceless 🙂

    • Thank you Madhu. yes, it is very “accurate” painting. I have 8mm films of the very same scene. It is quite alike. Those are places you can see the heat.
      And I yes, I was quite happy to see our old dog, we had to give her up because we were going back to Africa. And we visited her new “owners”. 🙂

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