Vive la France

Vive la France ! Bon Appétit !

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Cleaning the Watch

“Having my Watch cleaned” by JP Appleton.

There is something inspiring about this picture. An a bit philosophical.

This picture was featured on the BBC In Pictures gallery.
See more of JP’s artistic photographs on his website and at the photo community.

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La Marseillaise

Mireille Mathieu performs La Marseillaise on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower (1989).

La Marseillaise is the national anthem of France. The song was written in 1792.

Performance from 1988:

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The Retro Camper Caravan


A travel trailer, camper trailer or caravan is towed behind a road vehicle to provide a place to sleep… It provides the means for people to have their own home on a journey or a vacation, without relying on a motel or hotel, and enables them to stay in places where none is available.
From Wikipedia: Travel trailer

The Dub Box company (Herefordshire, England), provides a fantastic retro-designed caravan that matches the classic Volkswagen T1 and T2 buses. No, its not converted from old transporters, it is 100% fiberglass, actually designed and manufactured (see here).

The retro styling is amazingly adorable! Or maybe it is super-cool!




More pictures at the manufacturer’s photo-gallery.
There is also a site and a gallery of pictures from USA.
A YouTube channel for Dub-Box.
See also the story and gallery at

The most inspiring picture is this, with the croissant, butter and jelly:

Yum, lets go travel….

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London Burning – Great Fire of London 350 years ‘anniversary’

The Great Fire of London was a major fire that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. (see Wikipedia article and BBC History site)

A festival to commemorate 350 years since the Great Fire was held from 30 August to 4 September, 2016. It featured a series of art installations, performances, talks and tours. A 120m long wooden replica of 1666 London was set ablaze on a platform in the River Thames.

Image by John Phillips//Getty Images, linked from BBC

Image by Getty Images, linked from BBC

For more images of the 350 years ‘celebration’ see the BBC article.

An animated/illustrated story of the Great Fire – how it started, spread and was fought – at

A new £2 coin is being released to mark the 350 year anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

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Classic American Pickup Trucks

In summer 2016, the USPS released a series of four stamps, commemorating some classic American Pickup Trucks:
Pickup trucks

International Harvester D2 1/2 Ton Pickup, from the 1930-ies D-series, (original specifications), a versatile platform that included such gems as a Tanker Truck and a “Jungle Yacht” Tractor-trailer:

Ford F-1 from the Ford F-Series first generation (1948-1952). It was a purpose built truck (not derived from a car, and so known as the Ford Bonus-Built), available in many configurations, also as a panel-van

Chevrolet’s half-ton pickup truck in 1953 (Thriftmaster) belonged to the Advanced Design series (1947-1955). Fifty years later, the styling for the Advance-Design trucks was the inspiration for both the Chevrolet SSR and the Chevrolet HHR.

Ford F-100 was the pickup from fourth generation of the Ford F-Series (1961-1966). In 1965, F-100 got an all-new Twin I-Beam front suspension with coil springs. More than half a century later, the twin I-beam design is still in use in the E-Series.

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Irish storytelling revival

An article, by Rory Boland on BBC Travel, tells the story of a possible revival of Irish folk storytelling.

The seanchaí were Ireland’s original storytellers, travelling from village to village to tell tales. “Reporters, entertainers and historians” rolled into one. … Listening to the seanchaí was an oral tradition that stretched back to the times of Gaelic chieftains. But by the 1950s, it was starting to disappear. “Ultimately, radio and then television displaced the storyteller,” … “There just wasn’t the audience for them anymore.” Today, with everything from the local news to the latest Scandinavian thriller available at the press of a button on your phone, the seanchaí’s 1,000-year story looks set to come to a close.

Recently, several regular storytelling events and clubs have sprung up in Ireland.
Is storytelling making a comeback ?

“It’s a need for connection,” she said. “Yes, technology has made us increasingly connected to the world, but also less connected to each other. I think storytelling nurtures connections with people in real life.”

Images by Peter Zelei/Getty, linked from BBC. Read the story there.
‘Stroryteller’ image from (check it out).

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