Pot-pourri 58

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“Uhura, Spock, Scotty, good morning. Orders for today? Yes, Lieutenant Uhura?”

“San Francisco, Sir. At a cross-point between 19th and 21st century AD.”

“Good. Ready to warp, Scotty? Hop then.” (Author’s note: the above was taken on Fisherman’s Wharf, early 21st century AD).

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Teotihuacán, Mexico. Pyramid of the Sun. Approximately 200 BC to 550 AD. In its time, the largest city of America with a population of 200,000. Mexico city today holds around 20 million inhabitants (!) This analog picture was taken at the end of the 20th century AD, c. 1991.

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Dancing with dolphins. Thames, London, 2016 AD.

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Beaubourg, Paris, 2016. Detail of the warp modules. Beaubourg is actually a stranded Time-Space shuttle, dating from the 27th century CE. Technology has been discontinued, making it impossible to overhaul. The French have converted it into a museum. Though one can still hear the engines running at night.

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Venus, and Cupid looking for honey. Lucas Cranach the elder (1472-1553). As a painter he marks the transition from the middle ages to the Renaissance. This lovely painting is in London. Can’t remember whether at the National Gallery or at the “British” (museum). “Jump, Scotty!”

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Iceland, October 2018. (c) Gini. Hop!

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Sienna, 50’s postcard. Torre del Mangia. Built 1325-1348…

“Scotty, jump just a wee bit, please?”

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Torre del Mangia, 2014. “Jump!”

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Rock with the caveman. Tommy Steele, c. 1957 AD.

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Ta-Som temple, Angkor, Cambodia. January 2018. Nowhere have I found such peace as in Angkor, notwithstanding the significant tourist flows. A unique combination of beauty and nature… (Have to go back…)

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Aztec princess, Mexico. 2017 AD.

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Khmer princess or dancer. Ta-Som, Angkor, 12th century AD. Only a few centuries after the demise of Teotihuacán. Notre-Dame was built in the 14th century…

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Bruges, 2007. During the ten minutes respite of the rain on that day… “Jump, Scotty, please, I can see the clouds coming our way…”

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Princess Puabi’s jewelry, Sumer, 2,600 BC. British Museum. Almost 5,000 years ago, a young and pretty lady put on her best jewels in the Sumerian city of Ur, in today’s Southern Irak. She was buried with 52 attendants, guards and retainers poisoned or executed to serve their mistress in the afterworld…

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My Uncle Gérard, in the jungle between Rwanda and Congo, around 1935. He was looking for gold. The mines of King Solomon were reportedly not very far. He never found gold, but the war found him in 1940, when he responded to De Gaulle’s call and joined the Free French Forces, later to participate in the Liberation of Paris. See:

https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/1944-liberation-of-paris/

Do note the safari tent with all the – then – modern comfort. Pay particular attention to the bottle at the centre of the table: Johnny Walker. Red label probably. At noon. Indispensable to fight mosquitoes and malaria, old chap.

“Scotty, make sure you drop all passengers safely in their respective Time-Space slots.”

Thank you for hopping along on Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Always a pleasure to have you on board. Enjoy your week-end.

 

 

 

 

 

46 thoughts on “Pot-pourri 58

  1. Wonderful. I loved Sienna, for the short time I was there. The house with the bike in front looks charming. I would have loved to visit the rest of the places on your post. Pyramid of the Sun, Iceland. Wow. And you uncle must have been one interesting man. Enjoyed your post very much. Thank you.

    • You’re most welcome my dear. Uncle was quite a character.
      Sienna is lovely. We just made a day trip from Florence. Would love to spend a few days though.
      Have a lovely week-end.

      • An old friend of mine from Brazil once told me his wife wanted him to buy a house in Tuscany. He could afford it. And I asked him: “What are you waiting for? Buy it. And if you don’t use all the time, I’ll rent it from you!”. I could easily live six months or more around those parts. (And polish my Italian!)
        Cheers

  2. Dancing with Dolphins seems to defy gravity. Love the charming Bruges scene. Beautiful jewelry on the princess. Amazing story about the people going with her. That used to happen a lot. Different times. Think if that happen today with our current leaders?

    • Glad you liked it. Scotty (and the others) just ocurred to me as I was writing one my first pot-pourri. He/they seemed to combine with the images, and stories began to flow easily. (I write as I post each image. No preparation other than the image selection…)
      Thanks for the visit et bon week-end.
      B.

  3. Brilliant collection!
    I have a shot of Dancing with Dolphins somewhere – taken early eighties i think when I first arrived home from Jo’burg at the end of my first contract. I’ll post it if it can be dug out.
    Love the Bruges shot.

    • Saw the Dolphin. It’s a great sculpture. Precious location, 360º of different angles and backgrounds…
      The Bruges shot even surprised me! It’s in an old – paper – album. I had to double-check that we did indeed take the picture… (Yes we have)
      Cheers

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    • I had to look it up. (I always do a bit of research when I post.) Mangiare = manger = to eat. The name seems to relate to the first bell-ringer who was nicknamed “mangiaguaganni” eat-gains, because he spent all his money on food… Can’t imagine a bell-ringer in those earned much more money than to pay for his food. 😉
      Have a nice week-end.

    • A pleasure Dina. “Comfort” is an interesting thought. With all the whining everywhere now, one forgets that our parents’ generation go out in the bush or the Congo forest for months with minimal facilities, illness, danger, and never complain. 🙂

  5. Ce sont de beaux souvenirs accompagnés de jolies photos. Dommage que ce ne soit pas écrit en Français et même si j’ai quelques notions d’anglais. Sinon, j’ai pu comprendre votre texte… Merci pour ce partage. Passez une belle journée.

    • Merci Cécile pour cette visite. A l’origine je pensais faire un blog trilingue, anglais, français, espagnol, mais ça ne marche pas. Donc… je continue en Anglais. 90% de mes “lecteurs” sont Anglophones… Mais WP offre des options de traduction. Je suis un blog en Afrikaans, et même si les “traducs! sont parfois un peu surréalistes, on arrive à comprendre. A bientôt.
      Brieuc

      • Ah ben chuis Français quand même! Même si je suis né et ai vécu surtout à l’étranger. J’ai même appris à écrire (lors d’un bref séjour de mes parents en France) avec une plume Sergent-Major et un encrier sur le pupitre. (Voir Doisneau et Ronis pour les photos de l’époque…) 🙂
        Et les pages d’écriture avec les pleins et les déliés. (Demande à tes parents ou grands-parents)
        A pluche. 😉

  6. My paternal grandparents came from Italy. Didn’t speak a word of Italian and didn’t have an accent. They wouldn’t talk about it. Ever. I could live in Paris for six months, maybe Italy, but I’d always pick Paris. How wonderful if you could rent from a friend who had a house there.

  7. Ah ok ! Contente de l’apprendre. Comme quoi ! Je pensais que vous étiez Anglais ou Américain. Mon père est décédé en Novembre 2017 et je n’ai plus de Grand-parents. Passez une bonne soirée

    • Oh, je peux être “Anglais” avec les Anglais, “Américain” avec les Américains. Je suis un peu un caméléon…
      Toutes mes condoléances. En plus ça va faire un an. Ces anniversaires sont toujours difficiles… 😦

      • Merci Cécile. Et de même. 🙂
        Il faut du temps pour que les souvenirs se “trient”. Au début, chaque souvenir est triste, et puis avec le temps (“va tout s’en va…”) Les souvenirs amènent des sourires. C’est là qu’on se rend compte qu’on va mieux. Bon courage. 🙂

    • Grazie mille Luisa. The pot-pourri series is quite fun to put together. Jump from here to there, and in time. And most photos are taken with an Iphone. (I’ve stopped carrying “conventional” cameras a long time ago. The iphone has limitations for certain types of photos, but it fits in my back pocket and it’s perfect for urban photography.)
      Ciao, ciao…

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