Entry for Debbie’s One Word Sunday
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Creepy • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71 In her post Leya gives a dictionary definition of this week’s theme ‘creepy’: ‘causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease’.
I have had more than my fair share of creepy foods to eat. No…fortunately spooning a brain out of a live monkeys head wasn’t one of those. But one of my worst experiences was having to eat sashimi out of an alive flatfish’s back. This was in Hokaido, Japan at a dinner hosted by a few high ranking Dentsu officials. Dentsu as in the largest single advertising company in the world (6000+ employees) and being a major shareholder in the ad agency in Tokyo I worked for at the time. The image of the fish gasping while people were literally devouring it, kept me awake for most of that night.
But by far the creepiest food experience was at a dinner table of an extremely hospitable Morrocan family we had met earlier that day when touring the inland’s of that country. Towards the end of the meal being we were served some deep fried balls that were simply delicious. When I asked what it was the host told me it was a rather old family secret. But he was willing to show me what it was if I came with him early the next morning to the local souk.
When we arrived there around 7 am he took me well into the back of the market where he suddenly stopped and pointed to these goats heads. What I had simply devoured the evening before where deep fried goats eye-balls. Needless to say I had to fight to keep dinner and breakfast in as I looked at those glassed-over eyes. Never again…
Here’s my entry for this week’s CBW Photo Challenge on Stones or Bricks.
This photo is of the statue of the renowned writer Louis Couperus. It stands before one of the majestic buildings on the Lange Voorhout in The Hague.
The inscription at his feet reads, roughly translated ‘If I am something, I am somebody from The Hague’. This is a line from one of his articles called ‘Haagse jeugd’.
Dead Center Instead of a blossoming flower I selected two famous car wheels. Which is not to say I don’t like blossoming flowers. It’s just that details of vintage sports cars make my heart beat a little faster. And if they’re Italian so much the better…
The photo on top (although not strictly dead center) features the wheel of the Lamborghini Miura. The dreaded state it was in was caused by the Greek singer/rally driver Kokotas leaving it in the Athens Hilton car park for over 40 years!
No wonder the wheel looks somewhat like a wilted flower.
For more photos of this most beautiful car ever built, right after its ‘barn find’, click here (if you can call the Hilton car park a ‘barn’…) Interesting detail: Kokotas was given this Miura by his even more well-to-do friend, the Greek shipping tycoon Onassis.
Finally, a wheel ‘in full bloom’… In case any of you Americans aren’t familiar with the logo dead center in this wheel, it’s that of the famous (well… at least in Europe) brand Alfa Romeo. It is the wheel of a Montreal.
If you’d like to read a little more on this second most beautiful sports car ever built, this is the place to click.
Here’s my entry for this week’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge on Numbers. Anything with numbers on it. Here’s a photo I took of the shop’s owner’s Jaguar XK 120. The photo above was taken of a vintage Jaguar in the workshop of Kooij Cars in The Hague.
Abandoned lines for Becky’s Lines&Squares Challenge
We Dutch are associated with more than our fair share of clichés. There’s the dykes, the wooden shoes, the beer, the stroopwafels to name a few. And of course our bicycles.
On average, some 84% of Dutch own a bike. According to this blog that’s more than anywhere else in this world. And with an average ownership of 1,3 bikes per capita (!) we outrank the #2 country Denmark by a landslide.
I couldn’t find any figures of the average life span of a bicycle. But with so many bikes, and an expected life span of let’s say 15 years that means a fair number of bikes are being discarded every year. While the 15 years are entirely my guestimate, it would mean some 1.5 million bicycles are being discarded every year! And while probably a fair amount of Dutch do the right thing and discard their old bikes properly, I have still to come across one yet…
We rather tend to leave them where we parked them and ‘forget’ about them. Or dump them a little more out of sight. In a canal for instance…
To be continued…
Meanwhile, if you’re really that bored, try and read this…
Psychedelic lines for Becky’s Lines&Squares Challenge
I’m saving the full story behind Janis Joplin and her beloved Porsche in psychedelic lines for another post. Probably featuring more 60s & 70s stars and their cars. I’ll suffice to say here she bought this 1964 Porsche (when it came in an off-factory dull grey) second hand. At the time she paid $3,500 for it. She then gave one of her roadies, Dave Richards, $500 and a blank canvas to re-paint it.
The roadie, Dave Richards, called his masterpiece ‘The History of the Universe’. In true psychedelic fashion after he had completely covered the car with images of Big Brother and the Holding Company (Joplin’s band). As well as California landscapes, the Eye of God, Janis’ astrological sign (Capricorn), skulls, mushrooms, butterflies, and more.
While Janis Joplin sang one of the most memorable lines in automotive history ‘All my friends they drive Porsche’s, I must make amends…Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz’ she faithfully drove her Porsche virtually everyday she was not on tour, until she departed for good in 1970.
To save the rest for another day, Joplin’s Porsche was, after some abuse to restore the grey paint job, restored to its psychedelic lines. It was finally auctioned at Sotheby’s for no less than $ 1.76 million to an unknown buyer. In typical Sotheby’s fashion, they have never disclosed his/her name.
For more photos of 60s & 70s stars and their cars, simply click here.