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« Reply #80 on: June 16, 2011, 05:46:18 PM »
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... Was a time that some of us in Britain used to believe that one of the cultural differences between the US and the UK was attitude. We believed that in the US, should you see a guy drive past in a brand new Cadillac you'd think: one day, if I work hard enough, I'll buy one of them too, whereas the usual Brit response to the experience would be: mothereffer! why he and not I?...

Rob, having lived on both continents, I think your perception is quite correct, as much as broad generalizations could be. I would say it is not specifically British (sorry!), but European. I tend to think it has something to do with Christianity, particularly in its Catholic incarnation (and pardon me if wrong, I do not claim to be a religious scholar), in particular the saying "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God".
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« Reply #81 on: June 17, 2011, 03:02:15 AM »
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Rob, having lived on both continents, I think your perception is quite correct, as much as broad generalizations could be. I would say it is not specifically British (sorry!), but European. I tend to think it has something to do with Christianity, particularly in its Catholic incarnation (and pardon me if wrong, I do not claim to be a religious scholar), in particular the saying "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God".


I'm starting to suspect that, too. I've come across several people here who seem quite well off, but still spout rather leftish views; in particular I'm thinking of a couple of them who own businesses here. It appears to me to be a bit of hypocricy or, perhaps, a public display of playing safe? Something I noted thirty hears ago on first coming here to live, was that the local rich didn't spend their money on swanky cars; one multi-millionaire that I know uses the same small, workmen's bars as the rest of us, drives a modest mid-range family car and at best, as far as I remember, owned a rather small ski boat. And in those bars, chats to absolutely anyone who cares to chat with him. In a way, it's reassuring, but it also disappoints a little: I'd like my millionaires to play the part! The world needs more glamour. It reminds me of the sad claims of British football pools winners of yesteryear who used to say that a win wouldn't change their lives, that they'd continue working in the factory... as if their erstwhile mates would allow them ever to feel the same again!

But the expensive car thing seems to be growing here too, now, these past few years, mainly spurred on by the next generation that has a liking for spending the previous one's wealth. And also by the buy-now-pay-later ease.

Oh well, maybe Saturday morning's computer check will see the Euromilliones come my way. Have to say, I feel a certain sympathy with the 'not change my life' school: what would I do differently now? I doubt a boat would come to fruition and at best, a 3-Series BMW coupι or a medium-sized Mercedes; I don't really desire large cars - far too restricting in the where-to-park stakes. Perhaps I'd just call cabs? However, I'd certainly make my kids independent for ever! Or until the next financial crisis.

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« Reply #82 on: June 17, 2011, 03:37:15 PM »
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Back to the street. After finding my Old Delhi powerlines image (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=55092.0) I remembered this street shot from Delhi.




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« Reply #83 on: June 21, 2011, 02:09:29 AM »
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Took this one in Amsterdam in front of the Station a few weeks ago

"Ken, can you please come and pick me up, my bags are sooooo.... heavy"  Wink

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« Reply #84 on: June 21, 2011, 06:58:25 AM »
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Good shooting, Pegelli. Bravo.
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« Reply #85 on: June 21, 2011, 10:40:29 AM »
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Man, you're slipping: instead of snapping her you should have offered to look after the baggage and snapped her up instead of leaving her to Ken who, had he had any sense either, would have already been there!

Just an idea after the event - I have lots of those.

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« Reply #86 on: July 02, 2011, 01:43:24 AM »
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Location, location, location…



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« Reply #87 on: July 07, 2011, 08:10:43 PM »
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Location, location, location…



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Tom, Somehow I missed this one. Good shooting.
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« Reply #88 on: July 07, 2011, 09:01:06 PM »
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Thanks, I thought it was a good image. Had to walk back home and get my camera for this one.

The young guy was practicing his saxaphone under a railway bridge on Paramatta Rd, a busy arterial road going into the CBD. I guess he was using it as a sound "blocker" of some sort. It was definitely not a good place to be busking. I'll make a print and give to him if I see him again.

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« Reply #89 on: July 09, 2011, 12:11:08 AM »
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Definitely a better busking position than Parramatta Rd.

Here's one from one of Syndey's best busking spots, Circular Quay.



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« Reply #90 on: July 09, 2011, 03:40:26 AM »
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Is all of this a sign of unemployment, or do people do it for kicks? Or is it easier than regular employment?

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« Reply #91 on: July 09, 2011, 01:34:27 PM »
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But if you're no good, nobody pays attention (and you go to bed hungry)

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« Reply #92 on: July 09, 2011, 05:16:14 PM »
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Or if you're very good, you just have to pay attention to the task at hand.



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« Reply #93 on: July 22, 2011, 12:50:28 AM »
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Bike messengers or cycle couriers as they are called here really annoy me. They are a law unto themselves.

I prefer my bicycle riders to be a little more sedate, perhaps like this young lady:



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« Reply #94 on: July 22, 2011, 03:02:04 AM »
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Cheap funeral for a pet?

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P.S. Cute face!
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« Reply #95 on: July 22, 2011, 06:25:53 PM »
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Cheap funeral for a pet?

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P.S. Cute face!

Good question Rob, actually it was a film shoot. This may explain it better than words (4000?)



It seemed to be a Japanese/Australian collaboration by the looks of it. I did a reverse image search to see if I could find the film and got the following results. Need a good laugh, just do Reverse Google Image Search.




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« Reply #96 on: July 23, 2011, 03:20:29 AM »
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Skateboarders on bikes






Well, if one knocked you over, at least you got a great shot out of the connection.

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« Reply #97 on: July 23, 2011, 03:27:01 AM »
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Good question Rob, actually it was a film shoot. This may explain it better than words (4000?)

It seemed to be a Japanese/Australian collaboration by the looks of it. I did a reverse image search to see if I could find the film and got the following results. Need a good laugh, just do Reverse Google Image Search.




I think I mentioned my own search: I tried it out with an image I had up on LuLa and all it found was my own website. I'd have imagined that LuLa would have been an easy one to discover.

The shot of the girl on the bike has a terrific atmosphere, losing nothing even after being shown the context; nice shooting, Tom. If only 'street' was always as nice and productive; I'd be tempted to try again, sensibilities notwithstanding!

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« Reply #98 on: July 23, 2011, 11:52:35 AM »
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Tom, I haven't spent much time on LuLa lately. I've actually been working -- shooting pictures and making gallery prints. I really like the gal on the bike, especially since it looks as if she's staring at the store dummies off to her left as she rides by. Good shooting.
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« Reply #99 on: August 27, 2011, 03:13:32 AM »
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Balmain Market and a lamington, can't use the good china.



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