Posts by geoff.tarrant@galtar.fr

A Kiss in Paris

Like many people, I fell in love with the iconic black and white photograph ‘Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville’ by Robert Doisneau when it was released as a print in the mid 1980’s.  In case you are the one person in the world who it has passed by, it depicts a man and a…

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The Plight of Modern Greece – Part 2

Lillian is a student of drama and photography at the University of Athens. She is a bright, intelligent 23 year old who speaks fluently and eloquently in a language that is mine not hers.  Her plan is to work for a drama company in her home city but for the time being, she is working…

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The Plight of Modern Greece – A Land of Contrast

Ancient monuments, beautiful islands, hedonistic parties, wild mountains.  Whenever you hear about Greece being a land of contrasts, these are the images that come to mind for most people. The contrast to which I refer though is one between three people, two of whom I have met and one that I read about this morning.…

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Lost in Paris (update)

The Louvre is spectacular.  The building with its contrast between the ancient and the modern, the setting in the middle of Paris and of course, its contents.  Millions of people from around the world visit every year and they all seem to congregate in one area!  It’s a big room with a painting mounted at…

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Autumn Days

As summer slides towards autumn, a reminder of what Jonathan Safran Foer said. “August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages.”

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Living in rural France

Living in rural France makes for some fascinating times.  Between writing, building web sites and maintaining a large garden and orchard it is impossible to become bored.  First of all, I need to set the scene.  I live in a hamlet of 5 houses.  Typically for this region, 1 is unoccupied, 2 are used as…

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Before the storm – Preview of Converging Lines

He was also pessimistic about the developing storm. ‘From what I hear, it could turn out to be one of the worst in many years.  You are lucky that the Captain holds to his word because the delay caused by our little detour to Bordeaux could be costly.  He would prefer to outrun it across…

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February

  On the wind in February Snowflakes float still, Half inclined to turn to rain, Nipping, dripping, chill. ~Christina Georgina Rossetti, “A Year’s Windfalls,” 1866

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Inspiration

Writing a book is a daunting challenge.  Writing your first book is terrifying.  There are days when everything runs smoothly but equally, there are days – lots of them – when you feel that you will never be able to write another word.  Believe me – I’ve been there, convinced that I should just walk…

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Midwinter

It’s a long time since I wrote any code but here goes – if day.length = shortest then (light.level = minimum) AND (season.summer) = coming

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