Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy Birthday to The Barb


 "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.".... Shakespeare

 

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon".
Born: April 23, 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Died: April 23, 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Buried: May 5, 1616, Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Alice in Wonderland and The House of Seven Gables

Went for a lovely walk through Luxemburg Gardens this afternoon and on the way home I found this amazing bookstore on Rue Vaugiard.



 Of course I went in ... and of course I bought a book - two actually.


A 1946 edition of Alice in Wonderland, in French, and an 1896 edition of the House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorn of The Scarlet Letter fame.

Fortunately, my grandchildren Zyg and Mila are geniuses so they'll be speaking several languages, including French, by the time they're 12 so reading this edition of Alice will be a breeze.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Robot dry cleaners and giant electric trucks

Picked up my dry cleaned jacket (a bird decided to take a dump from above on me) and discovered that the pick up system at 5asec - one of a chain of dry cleaners - is really cool.

Prepay when you drop off your item then, on the day of pick up, you scan your receipt (white box on the left), the computer finds your item, the conveyor delivers it, the glass window retracts and a robotic arm hands you your item.




Walking home I came across this 100% electric truck with a build-in shipping dock at the rear. The truck, by Libner Group, carries a mini-truck for making deliveries (see photo below)



The Queen of Hearts



The newest addition to my Alice Through the Looking Glass collection which will someday become my grand kid's.

This figure - forged by a craftman in rural France and hand painted in Paris - was purchased from Benjamin at Boutique NOXA, an amazing shop in Place Colette, Paris.

Monday, 10 April 2017

What is a military draft dodger? - Check out this amazing documentary



It is just a matter of months before Trump reinstitutes the military draft in America so if you don't know the difference between a draft dodger, resister, or deserter. Or if you missed the 60s and 70s. Check out this amazing documentary by filmmaker Eugene Ashe, of Seven Letter Word Films.

Unfortunately, the doc was never completed (this is a rough cut) because the stock footage he wanted to use was prohibitively expensive. https://vimeo.com/212496794

Click HERE

Sunday, 9 April 2017

French artist Abine Msika and Séraphine Louis


Famous French artist Abine Msika with a model of the life size bronze she is hoping to create of French artist Séraphine Louis. Ms. Louis's home town of Senlis, just outside of Paris, has refused to honour Ms. Louis with a sculpture. Please send an email to the Mayor of Senlis asking him to erect Abine's sculpture of Ms. Louis

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Séraphine Louis, known as Séraphine de Senlis (Séraphine of Senlis) (1864–1942), was a French painter in the naïve style. Self-taught, she was inspired by her religious faith and by stained-glass church windows and other religious art. The intensity of her images, both in colour and in replicative designs, are sometimes interpreted as a reflection of her own psyche, walking a tightrope between ecstasy and mental illness.

Louis was born in Arsy (Oise) on 3 September 1864. Her father was a manual laborer and her mother came from a farmworking background. Louis's mother died on her first birthday and her father, who remarried, also died before she was seven; at which point, she came under the charge of her eldest sister. She first worked as a shepherdess but, by 1881, she was engaged as a domestic worker at the convent of the Sisters of Providence in Clermont, Oise. Beginning in 1901, she was employed as a housekeeper for middle-class families in the town of Senlis.

..... Wikipedia 



Monday, 3 April 2017

Happy Anniversary to me!


Hey all you lovely folks in the Blogsphere. Today is the third anniversary of this blog (Yeahhhhhh!)

I started this blog April 4, two days shy of a month after my ex - Michelle Ramsay - cut off access to my grandchildren Zyg Ramsay and Mila Ramsay.

One of the purposes of starting this blog was, and is, to establish an electronic paper trail that, years from now, would lead my lovely grandchildren to me, or if I have already reached the end of my life, remind them that I never stopped loving or thinking of them.

I apologise to you, my readers, if some of my blog posts seem a tad weird.  I really need to keep some people's names prominent on the search engines so that they, sadly the wrong people to have been entrusted to safeguard my grandchildren, know that they are being watched by us - kind, caring souls who feel passionately about protecting children.

Over the past 834 blog posts, my following has grown from zero to many tens of thousands. I thank each and every one of you and I hope my posts about Mother Earth, nutrition, non-violence, fitness, anti-euthanasia, my Family Court battle (see It's Over), politics, ethics, my friend Mr. Fuchs, birthdays, and passings have been both entertaining, informative, controversial, and creative.

Peace,

James