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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mothers hold a very special place in their children hearts.

I love and miss my mother so much today, in yoga this morning I saw her fussing around me, she is the most beautiful sight in the world for me.  Our bond was so close, I wonder how many time we have shared lifetimes together to make the ties so strong.  Most mothers, have the most significant roll in our life, I don't think there is anything more eminent in our lives than being a mother, an experience I missed out on in this life.  It seems to me it is the most important roll we play, your influence is with that child for the rest of their lives and that influence will be passed onto the next generation.  Mothers play a paramount roll in our lives which impacts on the rest of our lives and shapes generations to come.  I feel in this society it is very much discounted and devalued motherhood.

 I am feel sad so I divert myself with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Smartphone:

I needed more distraction so I went to the movies and saw "Hope Springs"

I saw the movie 'Hope Springs' with Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones about their 31 year marriage which has lost it spark.

 Sex involving couples older than 50 is pretty much a taboo subject in Hollywood films, so to the credit of the director David Frankel who persuaded the actors to play leading roles, because this film on an important subject one that may strike a cord with older couples.  

It isn't one of those dumb comedies - it's quite a serious & extremely touching and intimate film  and the performances are quite wonderful.  

I was impressed how it was done and that it was done at all, being a subject that is off-limits.

The other 2 movies I want to see are "Chinese Take Away"  set in Buenos Aires, about a grumpy middle aged man with firm habits and self imposed loneliness who life is changed by a young Mandann speaking Chinese man.  The plot was actually based on an incredible real life incident that gave the director / writer the inspiration of the film.

And 'Your's Sister, Sister" a good independent American film which is dialogue driven. Margaret & David both gave it 4 stars.

Eugene Atget exhibition, Lunch at Bills

Eugene Atget 1857 - 1927 French Photographer
Margaret & I had a nice lunch at Bill's Darlinghurst

Between 1897 and 1927 Atget captured the old Paris in his pictures. His photographs show the city in its various facets: narrow lanes and courtyards in the historic city center with its old buildings, of which some were soon to be demolished, magnificent palaces from the period before the French Revolution, bridges and quays on the banks of the Seine, and shops with their window displays. He photographed stairwells and architectural details on the façades and took pictures of the interiors of apartments. His interest also extended to the environs of Paris.

Distinguishing characteristics of Atget's photography include a wispy, drawn-out sense of light due to his long exposures a fairly wide view that suggested space & ambiance more than  surface details.  He preferred the emptiness of most of this streets & sometimes  blurred figures in those with people are partly due to his already antiquated technique, including extended  exposure times which  required that many of this images are in the early morning before pedestrians & traffic appeared                                                       

Atget was not progressive but worked patiently with techniques that were obsolescent when he adopted them.  He did make photographs which for purity and intensity of vision have not been bettered.

"He will be remembered as an urbanist historian, a genuine romanticist, a lover of Paris, a Balzac of the camera, from whose work we can weave a large tapestry of French civilization." Berenice Abbott

Bills at Darlinghurst
Both Margaret & I ordered scramled eggs which were delicious.

Inside  Bills at Darlinghurst 
Scrambled eggs with sourdough toast: As usual these can’t be beaten for consistency. Everytime I’ve had breakfast at Bills the quality has never come short. The consistency is unmatched  Grounding some fresh pepper over the eggs.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lions in Mauritius

Two year lions in Mauritius look very cute
Carel along with Carel's children had this photo taken in Mauritius it is amazing the lions look cute Carel said they were so big and strong what a wonderful experience to have.

I had a consultation with Dr Biggs this morning the fatty tissue behind my vocal cords had remained the same size and position  it was for  6 years and he does not think the coughing is coming from there, as far as he can see but I am having a CT scan to make sure.  I felt awful my whole body acking I went to bed when I arrived home until Jan phoned me at 1:00pm.