Excellent mashup of the visible and the invisible on the Appian way: Robert Kaster & spouse did this, and much, much more, and the resulting book - thanks tender sender! - is thoroughly recommended. (And don't worry: seasoned jaywalkers won't find the first bit anything like as frightening as they did: they're drivers rather than walkers, and I'll bet a really pedantic researcher could dig out something (12/06/2012)
Ring cycle tour crash blossoms: Someone has forwarded mail from Martin Randall Travel offering "Ring cycle tours in Beriln and Seattle", and I guess there'll be a great flowering of this delicious ambiguity as we approach the bicentenary of Wagner's birth. Hardo Wagner makes touring bikes, R&B Wagner make bike racks, and Peter Wagner created the WhymCycle, but none of (24/05/2012)
Extra Marseille guide needed: We need an extra native-English-speaking guide needed for occasional Marseilles tours with smallish (cruise) groups. You'll need an excellent knowledge of the history and culture of the city, fluent French, and an ability to customise your programme to cater for clients' interests and needs. Where appropriate you will receive training and help with devising satisfactory (20/05/2012)
Sonnet for Sassoon: Vidal "Bob" Sassoon has kicked his bucket
His heaters lie forlorn upon the floor
The king of Mayfair perms will mould no more
And maidens weep from here to distant Phuket.
He never cut no hair in grey Nantucket
Those frozen coasts he found a dreadful snore
Old Martha's vineyard was a filthy chore
So west he rode and muttered "[unclear] Phuket."
Ad: Over at the brutal Andalusian money-and-power blog, Ibex Salad, with apologies to Mr Bosch - his brilliant technique and his ability to weave conventional religious narrative into the most tremendous spectacles mean I feel slightly guilty ripping him off. I suppose there's always the possibility that he'll clamber out of the grave and come after (10/04/2012)
Old China, new Spain?: With a rather nice & interesting group (honest!) from PRC in a train in up-state Gerona:
The train stops and is invaded by children in uniform who sit down and start singing militaristic-patriotic songs. I don't know if scouting was banned in China, but their Young Pioneers are not what they were. Check.
Coming into Celrà, in (08/04/2012)
A ruined textile workshop on the banks of the Llobregat: A macabre pleasure of the Llobregat valley over the past few years has being able to walk into the factories and workshops of this once great manufacturing zone as they close. The non-fixed assets are worthless, industrial space is not exactly at a premium, so why bother with human or canine vigilantes?
Officially on a (08/03/2012)