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Sailing on the steamships of Naboo

We'd just come back from Lisbon when we popped over to Lake Como for drinks and dinner (and a very interesting press conference). Drinks were on a paddle steamer which meandered up and down the lake for a couple of hours. Meanwhile the mountains loomed up around the lake, shrouded in mists and forests, a suitable home for the palazzos and villas that dotted the landscape. For the mechanically inclined, it was easy to see the steamer's fireboxes and pistons...

The pistons and fireboxes of our paddle steamer.

That lift? It's for the car...

Look up and it's more architecture.

The sky clears to reveal a wall across the world.

Narrow village lanes end at the water.


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Oct. 16th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
apologies to Ogden Nash...
"I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
In fact, until the billboards fall
I'll never see a tree at all

These days, I think I'll never see graffiti lovely as a tree. Looked out of our hotel in Barcelona, and the entire opposite street was "decorated" in spray.

Of course, until recently, writing your name in the sky was the privilege of business proprietors. "Thomson & Sons" they wrote in big letters over their shops. "Barnett Of Sheffield" they painted on their 400 yard factory walls. It wasn't lovely, but it was relatively sparse...

Now anybody with a spray can and a few square feet of concrete can impose their ego on the environment. And of course, most of them lack any other plausible hope of making their mark on the world...

Is it ambition? or frustrated ambition? or a substitute for ambition? or simple despair?

Oct. 16th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: apologies to Ogden Nash...
A lot of archaeological sites contain grafitti, it's not exactly a new phenomenon. It's just easier to do it big and difficult to remove these days.
Oct. 16th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I like the car lift. Russell gave me a card yesterday with a picture of a car elevator from the Chicago in the 1930's. Somehow this seems synchronistic. :-)
Oct. 17th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
Niiiiice photos. I especially like the 2nd and 4th ones. ;-)
Oct. 18th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
I wanna move to Naboo! Those are beautiful pictures!
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