fredag, juli 22, 2011

Lucian Freud est décédé

Le peintre Lucian Freud, est décédé à 88 ans à son domicile londonien selon son agent.
Arrivé en Grande-Bretagne en 1933 après la montée du nazisme, il était le petit-fils de l'inventeur de la psychanalyse Sigmund Freud.

söndag, juli 17, 2011

Why a poor economical development in Greece?

This question has been discussed for a long time now and we've followed the different debates and negotiations within the EU concerning how to solve the situation...but!

About a year ago - already then a vital discussion within Europe - I read an article about the fact that Greece is the most succesful maritime nation in the world! Nothing revolutionary about that but the important thing about this article is more that one haven't taken advantage of this in Greece.
In this article written by a Swedish economy reporter - Staffan Sonning (photo above) - we get to know something essential, namely that Piraeus outside Athens is a veritable power center within the shipping world and that the Greek merchantfleet is the biggest in the world, estimated to equal 18 per cent of the freight tonnage of the world!
I don't know if people in general are aware of this.
The quays in Piraeus are filled with big ships and this giant fleet has created a lot of billionaires, from the most mythic one, Onassis, to the latterday rich and the revenues has been prodigious.

One of the entrepreneurs interviewed in this article - a Konstantinos Calicamanis - told the journalist that if one owned a tanker the size of 200 000 tons, one earned 200 000 US $ per day - when everything was payed, that is to say net!
As a young man Mr Calicamanis studied in Sweden and has a background as part owner in several succesful Swedish companies.
Furthermore he told the reporter that there are people in Piraeus that owns 40-50 such vessels and you are able to work out how much they earned per day - it's amazing!
This would contribute to a good revenue to the state through the taxes they have to pay - but no.

If these ships are registered in Greece the tax they pay amounts to 4,25 per cent(!) not much at all, compared to other taxes imposed on the citizens.
In many cases however, their companies are registered in Cyprus and Panama, whereby they pay nothing at all!
This leads us to conclude that Greece is capable of handling their economical problems very much on their own, provided that the Greek government change their taxation rules and put a pressure on these shipping owners.
Unfortunately most politicians are much to interested in maintaining a good relationship with the wealthy people in a country as this facilitate for them to receive economic fundings in connection with elections, thus making them less inclined to act against this segment of the population.

The question is: Will the Greek government - beyond other economical measures - have the 'guts' to deal with the shipping industry and not continuously ask the European Union for money?
This remains to be seen but obviously the Greek government is able to do much more in order to straighten up the economy.

(Picture map of Greece copied from:
(Photo Piraeus copied from:
(Photo Aristotle Onassis copied from:
(Photo Staffan Sonning copied from:
(Photo Géorgios Papandreous copied from:

tisdag, juli 12, 2011

Собор Василия Блаженного/Saint Basil's Chathedral/Cathédrale Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux de Moscou 450 years

The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (Russian: Собор Покрова пресвятой Богородицы, что на Рву), popularly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral (Russian: Собор Василия Блаженного) (or in Swedish the Vasilij Cathedral/russian: Собор Василия Блаженного), is a Russian Orthodox church erected on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555–61.
It was built on the order of Ivan IV ('Ivan the Terrible') of Russia to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.
The original building was known as "Trinity Church" and later "Trinity Cathedral" and contained eight side churches arranged around the ninth, central church of Intercession. The tenth church was erected in 1588 over the grave of venerated local saint Vasily (Basil).
In the 16th and the 17th centuries the church, perceived as the earthly symbol of the Heavenly City, was popularly known as the "Jerusalem" and served as an allegory of the Jerusalem Temple in the annual Palm Sunday parade attended by the Patriarch of Moscow and the tsar.
Without going in to details one can say that this cathedral has become a symbol not only for Moscow but for the whole of Russia and as such it's at least as important as the Red Square or Kremlin and to the Christians of course much more important than any of the other buildings.

According to some traditions the architect Postnik Yakovlev was blinded by 'Ivan the Terrible' after finishing this church and this because Ivan didn't want him to be able to create a equally beautiful building again!

(Picture/painting of Ivan the Terrible copied from:
(Picture/painting Saint Vasily/Basil copied from:
(The Jerusalem Temple during Solomo copied from:

måndag, juli 11, 2011

Another day in Paris... Passeport part two

La Grande Mosquée de Paris
As I had to travel twice to Paris in order to get my passeport, I took some photos this time too.

The first time I went to Paris I asked the personnel at the Swedish Embassy, if they could send my passport to the local 'City Hall' (La Mairie) in La Châtre, as they also issue passports but with the new 'safety passports' this was impossible. I had to return once more, et voila: Here I was.

On the same time it gave me an opportunity to meet my second 'first cousin first remowed', Elin Bjursell.
Now I'm not sure if this is the terminology in English but she and her sister Jenny - whom I met last time in Paris (29/6) - are the children of one of my cousins.
Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of her and not her sister either and this is a shame as they are both very beautiful and photogenic.

We went to the mosque - La Grande Mosquée de Paris - where we ate and drank, accompagnied by birds as the photos will reveal. Elin is working as a stylist (as you can see through the link on her name), Jenny is working as a make-up artist at Shu uemura in Paris.

Jardin des Plantes et
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

When eating at the mosque we were accompagnied by House Sparrows.
To the left one of them trying to pinch the bread.
To the right his friend (wife, husband, brother, sister?),
wh has joined him, finishing the rest of the couscous

The pidgeon was not appreciated by Elin who shooed him/her off.

söndag, juli 10, 2011

Roland Petit dead

Roland Petit (photo above), one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of our time has died at the age of 87.

He was the son of the stylist Rose Repetto (photo above) and he created 'Les Ballets des Champs-Élysées' and 'Le Ballet national de Marseille' among other things he achieved.

He cooperated with Serge Gainsbourg, Yves Saint Laurent, César Baldaccini, Jean Carzou, Max Ernst, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and others.
He also participated in a couple of French and American films (IMDb).

(Photo Rose Repetto copied from:
(Picture 'Dance à Paris. Ballets des Champs-Elysées' copied from:

fredag, juli 08, 2011

The Winter in Sweden and France - differences and similarities

(Picture meteorological map of Sweden copied from: