Meet Sergio Pomodoro

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Meet Sergio Pomodoro (not his real name), an Italian chap I met at a meet up yesterday afternoon. We were sitting on the ground, trying to catch our breaths after an exhausting tour of artists’ workshop in Paris 6th district and he spotted my camera. So he asked whether I could take a mugshot of him for his Meet up and Facebook pages. It was very sunny yesterday and he was quite taken aback when I asked him to pose in the shade in front of a nondescript wall. Of course, shooting portraits in full sunshine will result in ugly shadows, that’s the reason why. Oh by the way, he is into hard rock concerts, but I believe you have guessed as much.

A Bit Of Greenery

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Today’s challenge is “green”. That’s an easy subject in a country where it rains so much, even though today, the sun is shining bright. Above the Auteuil greenhouses. This palm tree doesn’t need much water though.  


Gerberoy, West of the Paris region, on the fringe of Normandy, water is plentiful. How could the grass be greener?


Gerberoy again. Ivy everywhere. 


There’s nothing like complementary colours like these. Geberoy again.

I Make a Wish

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I missed my usual Friday night Photo Challenge boat last Friday, I was knee-deep into an invitation to tender and preparing a lecture which lasted all day Saturday. Nonetheless, here I am in catch up mode and the theme today is “Wish”. Hard to match Jen’s wonderful story about Emas in Japan. My wish is more simple and a lot more feeble I believe. It is twofold. 


I took the pictures above in the State of Washington last Summer when the climes were a lot better than today and the political atmosphere a lot more relaxed than it is today. My wish is that we get back to the tranquility we once knew and go enjoying the Peace  we have always known here, both internally and internationally. And that we have once more an opportunity to bask in the sunshine think about nothing but nice things, Art and Jeannette Obstoj’s poetry as well as Rupert Hine’s ancient but still oddly beautiful recordI make a wish

Remember the cornfields
The radio’s dead
How I worried our planes would collide
And we’d never reach
That secret tropical beach
Oh make a wish
And hand me down that clever book
I think I’m falling down…
There’s no light on the road
Oh I waited for hours
I wanted to give her flowers
I’ll make a wish
I stayed up all night for this
I’ve said enough
There’s no catch
It’s take twenty two
Met my match
It’s all happened before
A flash reflected in her eye…
how could we say goodbye…
In the heat of the day…
it could have been the end…
Of more than you and me
And didn’t you love New York
And the sight of natural green
A sad adventure this has been
But now my mind is new and clean
We’ll meet again in another dream
Make a wish for all you’ve seen
Oh make a wish
Don’t hand me down some clever book
There may be time for just one look
We’ll have to say it all
With just one look we’ll have to say it
There’s no light on the road
Oh I waited for hours
I wanted to give her flowers
I’ll make a wish
I stayed up all night for this
Make a wish and give up your thinking
Make a wish her body is shrinking
Make a wish the last eye is blinking
Make a wish for water worth drinking
Make a wish my vision is feeble
Songwriters: Hine, Rupert / Obstoj, Jeanette Therese
Make A Wish lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

The Road That Took Us

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Our trip to the French Riviera last December was a complete success. We were half expecting good weather but were quite taken by surprise when we realised we could bask in the sunshine in the very midst of Winter. So we took the road and visited the area and on our way to Tourrettes sur Loup, in the mountain, we found this. 

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Even our visit to Grasse was a success. I had no idea that the town was so beautiful and the vista from up there quite spectacular. We had taken the road, but its the road that took us.

A Match Made In Heaven

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A few months back, as I was listening to a local radio station, I heard an announcement about a demonstration of some old locomotives at Paris Gare de Lyon. As it happens, this man above is one of the few French Railways SNCF who decided to organise this gathering. There was no sign posting, the meeting was entirely organised by these people, who welcomed quite a few visitors within their drivers’ compartments. The one above is a 1950s electric locomotive, and it’s still doing the job between Paris and Clermont Ferrand on a regular basis. You can’t see anyone on the photo but the compartment was crammed.


From the same compartment, the locomotive in front was a superb 1930s job, with the great old SNCF art deco logo. Umpteen times nicer than the new one. What was striking about these drivers was their passion and dedication to their job. They weren’t trainspotters but train lovers they surely were and I was impressed with the amount of respect that they have for their passengers and the elders as well, the ones who knew everything about those machines and could repair them on the go. 


I loved that 6549 machine above, squeaky clean and perfectly maintained.


An older locomotive from the 1930s too, with its horns on the rooftop. I thought this would be very apt for the “good match” challenge of today.