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Let me post a more friendly face after yesterday's monsters !


29 April : Start of the 7th Annual London International Festival Of Science Fiction And Fantastic Film (SCI-FI-LONDON) - The Hunt For Gollum

I am not really into this type of movies, but I got the chance to be there during some promotion shooting of in the streets of London, earlier in April, and found it interesting to photograph.

For the aficionados, the 7th Annual London International Festival Od Science Fiction And Fantastic Film (SCI-FI-LONDON) will be held between on the Appolo Piccadilly Circus, on 29 April - 4 may 2009. You can check the full program at
The movie from which the photos were taken is called "The Hunt For Gollum" ( and The Hunt For Gollum official website) and is supposed to be an independent Lord of the Rings tribute film.


Tour Scor, Jean Balladur (1983), Paris La Défense

This is a photo of the Tour SCOR in Paris La Défense business district.
The building from architect Jean Balladur was ended in 1983, The three-prong shape was thus imposed, as was the plan as defined by its owner, the reinsurance firm SCOR. Its primary material, Carrara marble, was also used for La Grande Arche and lends a unique architectural style to the esplanade in contrast to the surrounding glass-encased towers. This building lies between Tour EDF and the Centre Commercial Les Quatre Temps.


Narcissus Geranium

This is a photo of a Narcissus Geranium, with pure white petals with bright scarlet-orange cup. Narcissus is the botanic name for a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbs in the Amaryllis family native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. There are also several Narcissus species that bloom in the autumn. Daffodil is a common English name, sometimes used now for all varieties. The range of forms in cultivation has been heavily modified and extended, with new variations available from specialists almost every year.


Coliseum Theatre, London

This is a photo of the Coliseum Theatre, on St. Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminter. It is one of London's largest and best equipped theatres and opened in 1904, designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham (designer of the London Palladium).
It underwent extensive renovations between 2000 and 2004 and has the widest proscenium arch in London as well as being one of the earliest to have electric lighting. It was built with a revolving stage although this was rarely used. The theatre retains many of its original features and was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960.



This photo is of course showing a Tulip. Tulipa, commonly called tulip, is a genus of about 150 species of bulbous flowering plants in the family Liliaceae. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, used as pot plants or as fresh cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana.


Cambridge Theatre, London - Chicago The Musical

This is a photo of the Cambridge Theatre in London, a modern theatre, facing Seven Dials, built using steel and concrete and is notable for its elegant and clean lines of design. The theatre was refurbished in 1950—the original gold and silver decor was painted over in red, and candelabras and chandeliers were added. In 1987, in order to restore the original decor, the theatre was once again refurbished, this time by Carl Toms.

Chicago is a Kander and Ebb musical set in prohibition era Chicago. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice, and the concept of the "celebrity criminal." The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she had reported on.
The original Broadway production opened June 3, 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for a total of 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. Chicago's 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway (not counting the revue Oh! Calcutta!) and is Broadway's seventh longest-running show in history. As of Nov 15th 2008, it has played for more than 5,000 performances. The revival was followed by a production on London's West on
The Cambridge Theatre, and several tours and international productions, and followed by an Academy Award-winning film version of the musical, released in 2002.

Below is a photo of the poster from the West End production.


The Butcher, Borough Market, London

This photo was taken at Borough Market, a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, South East London. It is one of the largest food markets in the world, and is regarded by some as one of the highest quality markets in the United Kingdom, selling a large variety of foods from all around the world. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings (2 a.m. to 8 a.m.), but the retail market only operates on Thursdays (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Fridays (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.). The market, which is focused historically on fruits and vegetables, has in recent years added stalls dealing with the fine food retail market. See also


Sénanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque), France

This is a photo of Sénanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque), a Cistercian abbey, with its famous lavender fields (see a previous post), near the village of Gordes in Provence, France.


St Martin, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

This photo was taken on St Martin, an island part of the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of Scilly form an archipelago of six inhabited islands and numerous other small rocky islets (around 140 in total) lying 45 km off Land's End, the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain.


Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia

This photo was taken in Angkor, Cambodia, in the well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple of Bayon. The similarity of the approx 200 gigantic faces on the temple's towers to other statues of the king has led many scholars to the conclusion that the faces are representations of Jayavarman VII himself, who was the Mahayana Buddhist King of the Khmer Empire (1181-1215).


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - Benjamin Franklin

This photo was taken in a pub in front of the British Museum in London.
Beer is the world's oldest (possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9000 BC) and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea.
White, Blonde, Amber, Red, Brown, Black... Beer colour is determined by the malt. The most common colour is a pale amber produced from using pale malts. Pale lager and pale ale are terms used for beers made from malt dried with coke. Coke was first used for roasting malt in 1642, but it was not until around 1703 that the term pale ale was used. In terms of sales volume, most of today's beer is based on the pale lager brewed in 1842 in the town of Pilsen in the present-day Czech Republic. The modern pale lager is light in colour with a noticeable carbonation (fizzy bubbles) and a typical alcohol by volume content of around 5%.
Dark beers are usually brewed from a pale malt or lager malt base with a small proportion of darker malt added to achieve the desired shade. Other colourants—such as caramel—are also widely used to darken beers. Very dark beers, such as stout, use dark or patent malts that have been roasted longer. Some have roasted unmalted barley.

One thing for sure, as Benjamin Franklin said, "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy".


Easter : St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

As today is Easter day, I found appropriate to post a photo of Saint Peter's Basilica, located in Vatican City. St. Peter's has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites and has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom". Catholic Tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to Tradition, was the first bishop of Antioch, and later first Bishop of Rome, and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. While St. Peter's is the most famous of Rome's many churches, it is not the first in rank, an honour held by the Pope's cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Latheran.
Catholic tradition holds that Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar of the basilica. For this reason, many Popes, starting with the first ones, have been buried there. There has been a church on this site since the 4th century. Construction on the present basilica, over the old Constantinian basilica, began on April 18, 1506 and was completed on November 18, 1626.
One this photo, one can recognise the iconic dome and the façade, designed by Maderno. The façade is 114.69 metres wide and 45.55 metres high and is built of travertine stone, with a giant order of Corinthian columns and a central pediment rising in front of a tall attic surmounted by statues of Christ, John the Baptist, and eleven of the apostles. The inscription on the facade reads:
"IN HONOREM PRINCIPIS APOST PAVLVS V BVRGHESIVS ROMANVS PONT MAX AN MDCXII PONT VII" (Paul V Borghese, Roman, Pontiff, in the year 1612, the seventh of his pontificate, erected in honor of the Prince of Apostles) .


8th April 2009 : Birkat Ha'Hamah (ברכת החמה), Blessing of the Sun

Just a Street Portrait for today, as reference to today's Birkat Hachama
(רכת החמה, "Blessing of the Sun"), which refers to a Jewish blessing, that is recited on the Sun once every twenty-eight years, when the vernal equinox as calculated by tradition falls on a Tuesday at sundown. According to Judaism, the Sun has a 28 year solar cycle known as machzor gadol (מחזור גדול, "the large cycle"). A solar year is 365.25 days long and the "Blessing of the Sun", being said at the beginning of this cycle, is therefore recited every 10,227 (28 times 365.25) days.
Next time will be on Wednesday, April 8, 2037 !


Roussillon & Gordes, Côtes du Ventoux AOC

This is a photo taken in Roussillon, France. It shown vineyards of Ventoux in the foreground and the beautiful village of Gordes at the background.
Côtes du Ventoux AOC is a wine-growing
AOC in the southeastern region of the Rhône region of France, where the wines are produced in 51 communes (Caromb, Mormoiron, Mazan, Roussillon, etc...) of the Vaucluse along the lower slopes of the Ventoux mountain, the northernmost peak of the Luberon range.
Grapes in Ventoux: Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdreand Picpoul, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Ugni blanc, etc..


Gemsbok, Oryx Gazella, Namibia

This photo was taken in Namibia and shows a Gemsbok or Gemsbuck (Oryx gazella), which is a large African antelope, of the Oryx genus. The name is derived from the Dutch name of the male chamois, Gemsbok. Although there are some superficial similarities in appearance (especially in the colour of the face area), the chamois and the oryx are not closely related. Gemsbok are light brownish-grey to tan in colour, with lighter patches to the bottom rear of the rump. Their tails are long and black in colour.A dark brown stripe extends from the chin down the bottom edge of the neck through the join of the shoulder and leg along the lower flank of each side to the brown section of the rear leg. They have muscular necks and shoulders and their legs have white 'socks' with a black patch on the front of both the front legs and both genders have long straight horns. Gemsbok are about 1.4 metres at the shoulder and males can weigh between 230-250kg while females weigh 200-210kg. Gemsbok are mainly desert-dwelling and do not depend on drinking to supply their physiological water needs.


D*Face, Her Royal Hideous '80th Birthday celebration' (2005), Smithfields Market, London

This photo, reworked in Photoshop, was taken at Smithfields Market in London in 2005, and shows a poster from D*Face, an English multimedia street artist who utilizes spray paint, stickers, posters, and stencils. You can see most of his work in a gallery at D*Face official website (of which the well known "Dog Save The Queen")...
Below you can see the original photo, in its context.


Old Photography Gear

This photo was taken in a flea market. Some of you may recognise :
  • the Speed Graphic, initially produced in 1912 with later versions continued until 1973, probably the most famous press camera, standard equipment for many American press photographers until the mid-1960s, especially Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, who covered New York in the 1930s & '40's
  • the Canon F-1, Canon's first truly professional-grade 35mm SLR system 1971)