The Town Fair

October 9, 2011

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It was a small merry go round and it was operated by a woman.

She sat on something like a bike and pedaled to make the whole contraption turn. The kids rode on big dragons.

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Masques, none very original, but elaborate and mixed in style. There is  of everything a little, each an afterthought.

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Fortune telling: a spider hole calling itself Tarot Cristina, also offering magic stones for just 1 euro.

It is made of a beach umbrella. Inside there would be a lady that knows how to line up  words tyo make them sound cryptic.

Some take their ideas directly from a dictionary of synonyms.

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There were actors performing skits and pantomimes

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and there was some belly dancing, but not so very nice to watch:

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Jargon: What Time Is It?

September 24, 2011

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The tower received a call from an aircraft asking : “What time is it?”

The tower answered : “Who is calling?”

The aircraft replied : “What difference does it make?”

The tower replied : “It makes a lot of difference.

— If it is an American Airlines flight, it is 3 o’clock.

— If it is an Air Force plane, it is 1500 hours.

— If it is a Navy aircraft, it is 6 bells.

— If it is an Army aircraft, the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 3.

— If it is a Marine Corps aircraft, it’s Thursday afternoon.”

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The airplane is by Raphael Wünsch

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Landscapes

September 17, 2011

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All three are  made some years ago in central Spain. Landscapes are the best of all worlds, maybe because they obviate the difference between abstract and concrete, since it isn’t possible to draw and paint everything there is to be seen.

And then the light changes.

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Below, from Aranjuez, was received only yesterday in the mail and so I have not yet asked for permission to publish it here. Basically, it isn’t a landscape either —  or is it?

But it is very nice to imagine.

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The Future Queen of Spain

September 14, 2011

This reminds us of Warren Buffet saying” “I don’t buy  cheap suits; they just look cheap on me”.

 

But  her job is not easy. Imagine having to  spend hours every day getting dressed.

One thing is preparing for a great festive occasion where

the whole wide world will be watching
And the sands will roll out a carpet of gold
For your weary toes to be a’touchin

But it is  quite another thing is to go public on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day year in, year out. It is too much at any pay, but there have always been lots of volunteers for the job.

Her name is Letizia. Hers seems to be an identity problem. She has not yet found her style, something to define her public persona. She isn’t known for any hobby, any deeper interest.
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The poetry is Dylan’s
The  thumbnail is from a photo at http://www.vanitatis.com/fotos/2011/20110906-15118-album.html.

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Ferdinand Hodler

September 11, 2011

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Hodler is considered the greatest Swiss painter.

Both of these paintings are typical: the light but brilliant colours, the simplified landscape, the clouds and lots of a luminous blue.

Typically, there are mountains and lakes, though the little tree below is one of his most famous pictures.
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At Wikimedia commons there are complete collections of Hodler landscapes and portraits:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Landscape_paintings_by_Ferdinand_Hodler

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Portraits_by_Ferdinand_Hodler

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Yepes Cemetery

September 9, 2011

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Central Spain: a typical landscape: poor, harsh and somewhat dramatic, and  the picture  shows an equally typical cemetery.

I have no idea what tradition there is in this kind of burial ground, only that it looks most depressing and off-putting. The dead are buried in the earth as elsewhere, but on top of each grave there is a marble casket containing nothing: a big, solid rectangular marble box, sometimes expensive looking with sculpted ornaments, but very often damaged and run-down. Marble is not a very tough stone.

The landscape is also strange, but some of us rather like it.

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Etymology at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from O.Fr. cimetiere “graveyard” (12c.), from L.L. coemeterium, from Gk. koimeterion “sleeping place, dormitory,” from koimao “to put to sleep,” keimai “I lie down,” from PIE base *kei- “to lie, rest” (cf. Goth haims “village,” O.E. ham “home, house, dwelling”); see home. Early Christian writers were the first to use it for “burial ground”.

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They are  as clean and clear in outline  as if they came straight from a drawing board. In fact they look like the model or outline of a future house or even like a preliminary concrete cast.

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I would have expected the players to go for something much more sumptuous.  Spaniards love a demonstrative ego, big statements, expensive looking plunder, explicit  posturing.

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Some of this tendency can be seen in their indoor decoration, but it is more striking in their fassades:

This is typical. There used to be even private homes built like that. You would never guess that  this was the central post office :-D.

And unless I misunderstood recent news, it has now been remodelled to serve as a government administration building.

One of the players chose a more conventional design representing the Spanish concept of  señorial meaning something like lordly or classy.  So you would expect the inside to be decorated — not with soccer symbols and cups — but with  long couches and tea tables with picture books.

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Notice how all three have their swimming pool right in front of a door or, as above, even at the foot of some stairs.  It’s evidently not meant for absent-minded people, nor for those with  children to look after.

The original photos are at  http://www.vanitatis.com/fotos/2011/casa-raul-20110122-8939-album.html.

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