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Saturday, 12 June 2004
détourner

Prague Castle Needle

The above photo of a needle is from a courtyard in Prague Castle.

Imagine my shock this afternoon when I find my webpages (bluemeanie) replaced by some porn site. As I write the problem has been resolved but the technicians from my hosting service are still investigating the cause. Apparently 13 of their customers were affected. 

On the subject of porn, the New York Times email I received on Monday advised me that:

For all the legislative posturing, the prospects for a measure banning indecent material reaching President Bush’s desk before the November election is not assured.

They seem to have recognised the ambiguity in the above, and on their website have reworded it to

But for all the legislative posturing, the prospects for such a measure reaching President Bush’s desk before the November election appear far less assured than they did a few months ago.

Now, one reason given is that

in recent weeks, the issue of the war in Iraq - particularly the prisoner abuse scandal - has moved to the forefront of the national political agenda in a way that was not the case on Super Bowl Sunday, when the exposing of Janet Jackson’s right breast during the halftime show caused such a stir. Politicians who push too hard on the decency issue may risk appearing to have their priorities out of whack.

Quite rightly, because a sense of perspective is important.  However we-the-people always seem keen to make such judgements concerning the priorities of politicians, but what about those who made such a brouhaha over an exposted nipple in the first place, i.e. the journalists?

Posted by bigblue on 12/06/2004 at 12:32 PM
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Monday, 07 June 2004
what you saw ...

Prague

You took this photo of the memorial to Jan Palach who committed suicide in this spot in 1969 in a protest against Soviet occupation.

We were later to find out that the busy road at the top of Wenceslas Square was built after 1969 with the objective of enabling tanks to enter the square and suppress future demonstrations should the Stalinist leadership decide that they needed to do this.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2004 at 09:54 PM
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what I saw

Prague

It was during our first hours in Prague. We checked into the hotel and then walked down to Muzeum at the top of Wenceslas Square. We found ourselves cut off from the square by a busy road (the reason of which we would only discover on our last day). We wandered about in the area adjascent to the fountain. We admired the vast open space of Wenceslas Square, and the various sculptures all the way down it.  This one, that resembles a telephone pole, is by the Slovakian artist Juraj Melis, and is entitled Genius Loci.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2004 at 09:45 PM
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trois couleurs: rouge

trois couleurs: rouge

I was watching the D-Day celebrations on TV this evening, and was inspired by those red, white and blue vapour trails to take another look at that traffic in Prague last weekend.  I have come up with this three part study.

These pictures originated after I decided to take some early-morning photos of the shadows of the pedestrians, but some cars kept crossing the field of view too.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2004 at 12:24 AM
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trois couleurs: blanche

trois couleurs: blanche

I thought that the planes over Normandy today underplayed the white a bit, so I am going to overcompensate with this van and car.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2004 at 12:23 AM
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trois couleurs: bleue

trois couleurs: bleue

This is the first in a three-part study in matching cars to the colours of the French national flag.  I guess that with a bit of cut-and-paste I could have made it a one-part study, but I like the way the cars arrange themselves naturally in different angles and positions.

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2004 at 12:09 AM
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Friday, 04 June 2004
what you saw ...

shadows

It was frustrating to have to turn around at that point. We could see Charles Bridge about 40 metres ahead of us and had been looking forward to walking over an historic link between East and West in this, one of the most central cities in Europe. You sat for a moment on the wall below the brocaded fence, looking at the ground. The cobbles and textures of the ground and walls of the old city of Prague are very interesting. But you were looking at the shadows. It was only later that I saw this photo that you took.

Posted by bigblue on 04/06/2004 at 11:21 AM
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what I saw

photographer

It was last Saturday afternoon. We had walked down-town from our hotel in Prague. We went down to the Muzeum, and then through Wenceslas Square. We stopped at lots of little shops as we made our way through the old town and the Jewish quarter. When we got to the river we followed the bank towards Charles Bridge. About 40 metres from Charles Bridge we hit a dead-end, against a pretty fence. We realised that we would have to backtrack. This was the dead-end.

Posted by bigblue on 04/06/2004 at 11:13 AM
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