Idle Fleet, David, Resnais
One of the largest fleets of ships ever gathered idles here just outside one of the world’s busiest ports, marooned by the receding tide of global trade...
So many ships have congregated here — 735, according to AIS Live ship tracking service of Lloyd’s..s announced on Tuesday.
China exports -22.6% in April
Philippines exports in March were -30.9% from a year earlier...
..Vessels have flocked to Singapore because it has few storms, excellent ship repair teams, cheap fuel from its own refinery and, most important, proximity to Asian ports that might eventually have cargo to ship.
..41 million tons, according to the AIS Live tracking service... 4% of the world’s fleet today.
150 vessels in and around the Straits of Gibraltar on Monday, and 300 around Rotterdam, the Netherlands
but ... Asia is the place you want to hang around this time in case things turn around.”
humans occupy automobile bridge in Auckland
The mystery woman, school of David, restored from yellowed... on the right
Ghastly Renoir in the back Thanks sparklepony
"our commitment to mutual principles and values" (which might not last too long if the Hizbollah alliance wins the 7 June national elections).
Columbus was so determined to believe that he had landed in the spice islands and not on a continent that he actually tortured the native population, and a few of his sailors, to get them to agree that he had, indeed, found the indies and not a new continent? And he went so far as to demand that his sailors sign a document stating that they they had found an island and not a continent.
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Alain Resnais’s sublime competition entry, “Wild Grass.” A story about chance, possibility and strange, reckless, impossible desire, the film finds Mr. Resnais — who turns 87 next month — doing some of his finest work to date. The Resnais regulars André Dussollier and Sabine Azéma, wearing a cloud of red hair (warning!) and at times a coat that brings to mind Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince, star as two strangers who begin circling each other after he finds her identity papers (including a pilot’s license), which had been stolen along with her purse. She’s a dentist; he’s possibly mad or maybe simply a man with a dark past..
When the characters meet face to face it’s in a street outside a Paris cinema where he’s gone to see the 1954 movie “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” with William Holden and Grace Kelly. (At one point Mr. Resnais inserts a few flourishes from the 20th Century Fox theme music.) Anything seems possible after a movie, the unseen narrator (Edouard Baer) says as Ms. Azéma’s character catches sight of Mr. Dussollier exiting the theater. He seems so lost in thought that she runs ahead of him a little so he can see her. Finally they look at each other as Mr. Resnais’s astonishingly mobile camera, which soars and soars throughout this film, lets us see the precise moment when seeing becomes the recognition of love
How charming it is to participate in blather about infants. How it eliminates the dour possibility of contemplating the immanent famines and wars coming about as we deplete our resources with our healthy multitudes.
Indeed any serious talk is in such bad taste, indicative of personality disorder, quickly change the topic back to childish things.
How delightful it is to sense the urgency of the continuance of our progeny, as opposed to the indifference of the circling spheres.
The childless savant, unbidden clarity in her view, cannot be bitter holding a child
How Oil & Climate and Politics are such a drag, mainly because they show we dont give a damn about our children & grandchildren, despite blathering on for hours about the quality of their pre-school paid care .."one on one carers! how wonderful!"
We chose 100kW 100kph steel delights over the starvation of those cute grandkids.
We dont actually care for the biosphere itself, the apotheosis of carelessness