Monday, 18 April 2011


blogger won't upload the film, too big? too Hogarthian? anyway, here's two photos of the event including one of Dr Mark Wyatt Lockett conducting band of urchins.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Fracas de Limoux

Fracas....load chaotic sound, something like that, I thought the name sat nicely between 'Fecos de Limoux' (carnaval) and Fricassée de Limoux, the local dish of pork and beans.
Here we are performing for "Toques et Clochers" on a beautiful saturday in Limoux before the surging hoards of pissheads appeared. As we are, none of us, svelte 23 year old Brazilians, the Dickensian look seemed a good option. A unique (I think) melange of pulsing street sounds and 'my old man said follow the van'
We played five sets of an hour, and Stan, mad quaker personage in this film, played five sets of jazz in between, thus didn't really get up on Sunday apart from a brief foray to the market.
Perfect day for the grand drinking binge, seemed to be good humour all around and some excellent street acts, notably the wonderful 'Compagnie Stromboli' theatre of the absurd, of whom I sadly have no pics. Only heard one ambulance in the night, and pretty much the sole reminders the day after were a few abandoned socks littered around the streets...?

The boy done good

Ezra with CHEQUE for his first prize in children's section Toc & Cloch painting competition. So proud I nearly dropped the camera...
Thought they might have given the parents a well done for making him prize in the form of a magnum of blanquette, most generous prize quand meme, thanks S.D'Arques.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Grand design

Just in case we forget how totally amazing nature is.
Makes me feel somehow hopeful, despite us unloading toxins into the air/soil/sea, that the natural world will prevail. Talking of dumping stuff in the sea, I read with amazement that the hole in the crippled nuclear power staion in Japan has been blocked with a mixture of.....sawdust newspaper and a form of liquid glass. I remember doing exactly that to my cousin's red spitfire in about 1976, surely things must have have moved on a bit...?
Anyway back to the vegetable featured above.
Well not much really, except that when I see these green kings of legume world I just have to spend quite a bit of time in wonder. Ezra says he saw an 'expose' about them in the Paris science museum. Even under super magnification the spirals keep on going seemingly into infinity. Well it makes a change from thinking what is outside our universe, where does it end? etc...but similarly brain taxing on a slightly different scale.
Enough, back to the washing up and cat hair removal. Safe small activities of no wonder.