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Thursday, 08 September 2011
Sunset in Brussels last night

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I’m pleased that I’ll be home tonight.

Posted by bigblue on 08/09/2011 at 09:53 PM
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
Reflection

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Another self-portrait, this one taken in Brussels earlier this month. Here’s the previous and previous-previous of this meme.

Posted by bigblue on 21/05/2011 at 09:03 AM
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Sunday, 06 February 2011
The back of St Catherine

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This is the back of the Saint Catherine’s church in the centre of Brussels. I have previously posted a photo of the front of the church here. There is known to have been a chapel on this site in 1200, which backed onto the then city’s ramparts. Construction on this church begain in 1854.  Remnants of the city wall still remain nearby, and according to Wikipedia, because of the proximity of the foundations of St. Catherine’s church and the old city wall, the line immediately to the east of the station has the sharpest curve on the entire Brussels Metro system and is subject to a severe speed restriction.  Wikipedia being what it is has an article on the St Catherine Metro station, but not on the church.  Adjacent to the church is a reclaimed dock, which can be seen in the distant right in my photograph.  There is a short article on the church at Via Michelin which highlights that the church is built in a mixture of styles, inspired by St-Eustache in Paris.

Here’s a lovely diptych of Saint Catherine’s ChurchSaint Catherine herself was from Alexandria, Egypt, and converted to Christianity as a teenager. She is normally associated with the torture wheel that she was sentenced to death on, although legend has it that the wheel broke and she was beheaded.

Posted by bigblue on 06/02/2011 at 05:29 PM
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Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Brussels at night

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With a distinctive yellow tram.

Posted by bigblue on 10/11/2010 at 08:02 AM
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Wednesday, 07 July 2010
A Walk In The Woods With Robert Frost

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Overcast but warm,
The day dry, unusually.
Walking the woods with the dogs
As many times before.
Lucy and Tig, away in the rough dark deep,
Yipping with the scent of deer, excited.
Ruby, river scrambling, biting
At the bogwater, wagging, from the shoulders back

Along the old familiar track, into
The clearing where the roads diverge.
I stopped and stood. Which way to go?
Think of another Poet, and roads not taken.
Yes, I’ve been here before. This way I came.
That way I saw a squirrel once.
And down that way a badger
Straight on, the Mill Pond where ducks dabble.
Behind me then a stag, stares my way, and
Startled, slips into the wood.
I think again of Robert Frost and look a different way.
I stand a while. I turn, retrace my steps, recall, relive,
I’ll write this down, and this will be
The road I’ve taken.

by Martin Swords, June 2007.

A response to Robert Frost’s Road not Taken.  Elsewhere, Reginald Cook has written about an actual walk in the woods with Robert Frost.

Posted by bigblue on 07/07/2010 at 09:22 AM
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Saturday, 26 June 2010
Parallel lines

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On the avenues in Brussels.

The lines I have written that you read between
The lines on the pages
The lines on the screen
Of lines spoken - I say what I mean.
It’s parallel lines that will never meet

Ship in the desert
Ships in the night
Ships that pass in the night

Evangeline stream - Evangeline’s dream,
It’s parallel lines that will never meet.

~ Debbie Harry Parallel Lines (from the sleeve notes).

Posted by bigblue on 26/06/2010 at 08:17 AM
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Friday, 25 June 2010
Community notices

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An interesting collection of notices in a ground-floor window in Brussels.

Posted by bigblue on 25/06/2010 at 08:32 AM
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Thursday, 24 June 2010
Lost cat or found

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One of the disturbing things I found about Brussels are the numbers of cats that are advertised on lampposts, with cute photographs, as being “lost” (or “found”).

Posted by bigblue on 24/06/2010 at 08:29 AM
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