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Welcome to my Blog!The lion roars!!!
I hope to share here my irrepressible thoughts on news, music, books, arts and such like. In general these will be items, events and issues which I feel have no place on my website (which focusses on aviation history and my travel photography).

The item immediately below this would be the latest posting.

Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself. - Charles Baudelaire
Esse est percipi (To be is to be perceived) - Bishop George Berkeley

In 2013 I started a series of photo albums on Blurb.com, named '36Exp' (a subject adressed in 36 exposures, a reference to the exposures on most common rolls of 35 mm film: 12, 24 & 36.). The books can be ordered directly from the Blurb.com website.


Threats of Pain and Ruin, by Theodore Dalrymple (2014)

Perhaps not the most inviting ititle to pick up at the bookstore, but I have read books by T. Dalrymple before and again was not disappointed: more of interest than shockingly depressing! But is indicative for his (wry) sense of humor. I like it.

The man himself has this to say of this book:
'What is written without pain, said Doctor Johnson, is rarely read with pleasure. Rarely perhaps, but not, I hope, never: for the little essays in this book were written, I must confess, without much angst.
In part this was because, in writing them, I had no thesis to prove, no axe to grind, except that the world is both infinitely interesting and amusing, and provides us with an inexhaustible source of material for philosophical reflection.
Many of the subjects treated of in this book were found by serendipity or came to me in flashes - it would be immodest to call them of inspiration - of previously unsuspected connection and interest.

I can only hope that they entertain the reader as they have entertained me. At least they will do no harm, in compliance with the first principle of medical ethics..'

Some background from Wikipedia-
Anthony Malcolm Daniels (b.11Oct1949- ), who generally uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, is an English writer and retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. He worked in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries as well as in the east end of London.
Before his retirement in 2005, he worked in City Hospital, Birmingham and Winson Green Prison in inner-city Birmingham, England.
Daniels has been described as a pessimist. In 2010, Daniel Hannan wrote that Dalrymple's work "takes pessimism about human nature to a new level. Yet its tone is never patronising, shrill or hectoring. Once you get past the initial shock of reading about battered wives, petty crooks and junkies from a non-Left perspective,
... you find humanity and pathos".
In 2005 he retired early as a consultant psychiatrist.

Regarding his pseudonym 'Theodore Dalrymple', he wrote that he "... chose a name that sounded suitably dyspeptic, that of a gouty old man looking out of the window of his London club, port in hand, lamenting the degenerating state of the world".
From his travels (see further below) one will not ethat he did not stay at home with his books to form his opnions on (to use a familiar quote from another book) "Life, the Universe and Everything"!

His writing has some recurring themes, e.g.....
  • The cause of much contemporary misery in Western countries – criminality, domestic violence, aggressive youths, hooliganism, broken families...
  • Poverty does not explain aggressive, criminal and self-destructive behaviour.
  • An attitude characterised by gratefulness and having obligations towards others has been replaced – with awful consequences – by an awareness of "rights" and a sense of entitlement, without responsibilities.
  • Technocratic or bureaucratic solutions to the problems of mankind produce disasters in cases where the nature of man is the root cause of those problems
  • &c &c...

    Meanwhile he followed some adventurous paths in his life!
    From the backcover: 'He has been arrested as a spy in Gabon, been sought by the South African police for violating apartheid, visited the site of a civilian massacre by the government of Liberia, concealed his status as a write for fear of execution in Equatorial Guinea, infiltrated an English communist group in order to attend the World Youth Festival in North Korea, performed Shakespeare in Afghanistan, smuggled banned books to dissidents in Romania, been arrested and struck with truncheons for photographing an anti-government in Albania and crossed both Africa and South America using only public transportation.'

    Life, The Universe and Everything on Wikipedia



    Fargo - series 1

    The 1st season of this black comedy-crime drama tv-series Fargo, premiered on 15Apr2014, on FX.
    Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman, the season consisted of 10 episodes.

    Set in January 2006, the season follows drifter Lorne Malvo (Thornton) who stops at a hospital in Bemidji, Minnesota following a car accident and influences local mild-mannered insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Freeman) with his violent and deceptive ways. Their meeting sets forth a series of murders throughout the city.
    Meanwhile, Deputy Molly Solverson (Tolman) and Officer Gus Grimly (Hanks) of Duluth, Minnesota attempt to solve several crimes across the state they believe may be linked to Malvo and Nygaard.

    Filming of the first season began in Calgary, Alberta in late 2013 and concluded in 2014.
    It is one of the few US tv series I actually enjoyed, being a fan of Billy Bob Thornton, I had enjoyed the original (1996) Academy Award-winning film Fargo and found all key actors here (including Colin Hanks as Officer Gus Grimly, Keith Carradine as Lou Solverson and Police Chief Bill Oswalt played by Bob Odenkirk) doing a wonderful job.
    I have been a fan of Martin Freeman since his role in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and his part as Watson in the Sherlock tv-series (starring Benedict Cumberbatch).
    Am looking forward to see Fargo 2 and Fargo 3!



    Abandoned Places by Henk van Rensbergen (2016)

    Abandoned Places by Henk van Rensbergen (2016)

    Abandoned Places by Henk van Rensbergen (2016)

    Abandoned Places by Henk van Rensbergen

    As a photographer Henk van Rensbergen explores the empty buildings of our times, an urban world where mankind has disappeared.
    In Belgium he is considered one of the pioneers of Urban Exploring in Belgium. He started some 30 years ago, venturing in abandoned hospitals, factories, hotels, etc

    The photos in 'Abandoned Places' (published in 2016, as a spin off of the bigger coffee table book, which was published 2 years earlier) show the silent beauty and the macabre decay of these places, sometimes revealing their secrets…
    "Some of the photos were taken at locations I visited during my stay after flights, most however are the result of planned explorations. I prefer to set out on my own, but with many locations it isn’t wise to do so. I am very aware of the legal questions involved. Therefore I never break my way in, I don’t invade ones privacy, take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints."

    The photos reproduce the atmosphere that reigns inside these abandoned places, the presence of people is still very tangible and it is that eerie ghost-like feeling that stirs the imagination.
    As a kid van Rensbergen first started doing this exploring, he clearly remembers the urge to explore one freightening abandoned villa in the dunes of Oostduinkerke, a Belgian coastal town and that one started a long series of explorations!

    Henk van Rensbergen (Brussels, b.1968) is an airline pilot, and currently flies as a Captain on the
    Boeing 787.
    He has already had several exhibitions and was represented at different art fairs.

    This book contains 160 pages, has a hardcover and the size is roughly A5.





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    Created: 17-Jul-2017