The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise


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Polyrhythm

Make a rhythm they said. OK, here’s one I made earlier. The sampled beat has many rhythm lines, the lurching bass and the reggaae-ish guitar give it another dimension. The out of tune horn section is supposed to be like a circus orchestra.

Rosseau at the Circus.

Another tune from me & my Imaginary Friends… ie, myself and a 16 track recorder.

Photos…. the carnival in Figeac, France.PSX_20200422_212808PSX_20200422_212642

 


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Instrumental As Anything

The prompt is ‘instrument’.  Spins round in my office chair, takes photo.

I’ve spent the whole day rejigging my music room, going for video production next. Visible instruments, bodhran (Irish drum) two acoustic guitars, an acoustic resonator guitar, a fetching pink cigar box guitar.  Instrumental enough for ya?instPlus mic stands and a propellor hat.

 


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The Sign of Three

Photos where things come in threes.

Three wise monkeys, wisely snoozing on top of a mountain, Miyajima, Japan..100_3605

Three Spanish soldiers, out of their time, Brussels, Belgium.100_1218

Three Gilles, out of their minds.  Brussels again…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles  It’s hereditary, apparently.100_1253

Three Japanese ladies, manicuring the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Japan.100_3413


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The New Inn

I did a training course in Gloucester, UK and was lucky enough to stay at The New Inn.  It was new in 1450.  The unfortunate Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen here in 1553. They also used to host travelling theatre shows in the late 1500’s/early 1600’s.  It’s thought that ‘The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’ played a few shows in the courtyard. Certainly they’re recorded in Gloucester at that time. This would have been a good venue for them. I mention that merely because their cast included a Mr W. Shakespeare.

It’s on one of the main shopping streets of the town…. the rooms are very comfy, if a little wonky. I can forgive that!  I remember that the breakfasts were good. After 570 odd years in the hospitality business they’ve probably mastered The Full English by now!

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Distance/Enchantment

I’ve been a bit stumped by the last few prompts… but this one works for me. Distance, we know, lends enchantment. This is especially so for me, my eyesight isnt that brilliant. I often use a telephone lens just to see things clearly. The simple act of taking a photo, from however close, adds another dimension of distance.

Social distancing in Bourges, France. Is this couple an item… or is the dog waiting for their human to arrive?PSX_20200417_203911

One of my greatest hits…. I took this for the avenue of trees…. later I realised that the people in the distance were the real story. The telephoto lens does the work.Img_0029

Distance lends enchantment, or is it the champagne?IMG_20170710_154127.jpg

Social distancing, old style. It’s just really, really cold.wpid-img_20150516_033202.jpg

 

 

 


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In The Right Light

Light?  A good prompt, it’s all about light isn’t it?

Late afternoon light from Capdenac station. The rusty gantry is mirrored by the autumnal trees.PSX_20200412_203005

Mystical light. Cathedrals are designed to use light to inspire. Albi, France.PSX_20200412_204143

Blinding light. This shot hasn’t been photshopped…. the brightness of the day freaked out the camera sensor. I love the result, didn’t notice the soltary figure.PSX_20200412_210657

Abstract light. This is the sun through an external shutter, projected onto the net curtains in hotel room.  Striped light! I thought immediately of Captain Beefheart’s ‘Tropical Hotdog Night’.PSX_20200412_203344

 


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Art Bites

Today’s prompt is ‘bite’.  I’d offer you a bite to eat, but we did lunch yesterday. What to do?  I have no photos of sharks, mosquitoes or lions.

Street art is full of teeth…. lots of gaping jaws.  This is a collection from the streets of Toulouse, Bristol and Newtown, Australia. They dont really bite!PSX_20200411_203024PSX_20200411_204257PSX_20200411_202821PSX_20200411_204625

 


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Let Me Orchestrate You Some Lunch

Food can definitely be orchestrated. A meal may be a symphony… but it’s probably an accumulation of well planned quartets.  My buy, lunch in France!

We are lunching at La Vache Au Plafond, in Limoges. It’s a lovely room with a great staff. It being lunch, I’ve chosen a number of entree sized plates… hopefully something for everybody. Feel free to order yourself a drink…. there’s a good wine list and any number of fruit juices and non alcoholic cocktails.  It is luchtime after all.

From Les Jardins de l’Acropolis, Rodez, a tomato/ melon gazpacho… with goat’s cheese and serrano ham.PSX_20200410_202249

From Le Sphinx in Figeac…. a do it yourself tartare…. yes, the meat is raw, but you have an alternative. Hint, it’s really delicious.PSX_20200410_202126

From L’Auberge du Fort in Aubin… a tartare of betrave… beetroot. Tangy and fresh. PSX_20200410_202458

Still at L’Auberge… a very stylish dessert, rasberries and chocolate. PSX_20200410_202346

Coffee.  You can also order a noisette  (short black) or even a digestif… I’ll have a cognac.PSX_20200410_202638

Please choose your seat!PSX_20200410_203945