A morning walk, Bangkok

Security guard at the Palace. The pay is good but the uniform heavy. Glamour. Commuting. Bangkok art and culture museum.   War. 1914. 1939. The centre has very fine modern art and had an expo with photos of the late King Bhumibol, who was a keen photographer. The delicacy of Wat Arun temple. The Jim…

Notre Dame, livre deuxième

Notre-Dame, from Saint-Julien le pauvre. The sculpture is a fountain (c.1993) by Georges Jeanclos) The stryge. As mentioned before, (see first post), the chimeras on the Chemin de ronde between the towers are creations by Viollet-le-Duc. c.1844. The engraving comes from the book I found in the gutter and restored, a while ago. I’m not…

Notre Dame qui êtes aux cieux

Our Lady who art in heaven… Notre-Dame in 1482, as seen in ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’, by Victor Hugo. A long, long time ago, I found this old book in the gutter, downstairs from my parents’ flat in Paris. The cover was gone. I opened the book, saw the engravings, picked it up and brought it…

Can we decide?

In various parts of the world, different governments have implemented a policy of participatory budgeting and citizen participation to improve living conditions in large cities. In Mexico City, the main cosmopolitan city of Latin America, the implementation of these two public policies has not led to an improvement or resolution of problems identified by those…

Return of the Pot-pourris

Valentine’s Day. At San Angel, Mexico city. 21st century. Scotty is back from his fishing expedition in 16th century Scotland. At long last. He was  mistaken for a papist and a wizard, a follower of Mary Stuart. He owes his life to hiding away in a barrel of kippers until we could beam him up.…

The strange death of Europe*

Champs-Elysées, Paris, Saturday March 16th. (c) Marie Magnin/Hans Lucas. I was born in the Far-East, raised in Africa (the South?), went to Grad school in the US (The West? The North?). I’ve lived in (South) America for 30 years this coming December. In my compass-mad life, I have always looked back at Western Europe (ironically…