Pot-pourri (when I’m) 64

“I was a rich man’s plaything.” Mid 40’s maybe? A Coke was worth 3 cents… The blue man. Polanco, Mexico city. February 2020. The gate to Angkor Thom, Cambodia. 2018. The light was divine. Denmark street, Mexico city. 2020. The prayer, Cluny museum, Paris. I would say the statue dates back to the 13th-14th century,…

Roots

Square root. Cubic root. We were roots once… Sunbathing root. Root procession. “We shall overcome…” “Michael row the boat ashore…” Root control. The root of the problem. Speechless roots. “I’m filling a crack where the rain gets in…” (Lennon/McCartney) The root of success. Yes. That is a tree in the middle of the street. “Our…

Colours for winter

Gold. Copa de oro. Gold cup. This post is for our friends in the North, caught up in the drab and grey of winter rain, sleet or snow. Low light and endless nights. Hang in there. Colours will come back. Blue. Green. Orange. Cempazúchitl, flower for the Day of the Dead. Terracotta. Better safe than…

Day of the Dead. Día de Muertos

“A serenade, Señorita?” “Have we been properly introduced?” “Can I have this dance?” Le rouge et le noir. Stendhal. (The red and the black. 1830). Danzoneros. Literally Big dance dancers. Every Friday, couples gather on the main square and dance, donning their best clothes. Day of the Dead is no exception. “Don’t mind me, I…

Pot-pourri in colours

Red. Cuernavaca. Easter 2019. Beige. (Fallen) angels, Cachivaches, Bogotá, December 2017. Blue. Breaking news: “Where has Theresa May(be) been (hiding) in the past few weeks? Some sources in Blackburn, Lancashire put her on holiday. But no. She has eloped with Macron. Brigitte is reportedly devastated.” Terre de sienne. Amboseli National park, Kenya, 1988. Azul. Mexico…

Colours for the winter

Orange is the new black. Tlalpan, Mexico city. This post is for our friends in the North, caught in the drab of winter. Endless nights and shortest days. When light is dim and colours fade into grey. Here is a palet of colours for you. Hang on. Spring will come. Mary in Blue. Tlalpan. Shadow…

Day of los Muertos

Welcome! Welcome! Try our 65 Pesos menu! The Day of the Dead on November 2nd is possibly one of the oldest and strongest traditions in Mexico. I believe (no evidence) that it comes from the Chinese Ghost month, when ghosts and spirits, long-gone ancestors come back from the netherworld. In the Chinese tradition, shrines are…

Danse macabre. Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead. November 2nd. “Are you ready to dance?”   Dance the night away. One, two. One, two… One, two, Three. Day…   And night… La Dance Macabre… Dance, dance, dance… Turn, turn, turn… “Thank you for dancing with me… Until next time…” My heartfelt thanks to the Ollin Yollintizi dance company…

A morning walk: Mexico

“Good night stories for rebel girls”. Tlalpan, Mexico city. National Cancer Institute. (C)ourtesy Alex who’s a doctor there. 🙂 Dali expo, Historic centre, Mexico city. In the garden. (For the photo; those are normally kept inside) “Selling typewriters.” 2018. Seriously. Nights of Acapulco… A new series: “Beers of the world”. (And it’s 4.8% alcohol, not…

Pot-pourri six-and-fifty

Scotty is still on holiday, fishing in Scotland around 1896, with Dr Watson, not quite sure whether with John or Joan. In Scotty’s stead, Mr Spock is at the helm. “Spock, ready for some fun?” “Define ‘fun’, Sir?” “Never mind, Spock. Above: procession last Sunday in Tlalpan, a street away from the house. (C)ourtesy AMO.…