Sunday, 23 April 2017

Joliet Bound & Friends reprise

JB&F are in facebook, visit them here.

Friday, 14 April 2017

At dusk

14th April, springtime. Photo: E.G.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Mark Lennihan/Associated Press


‘Fearless Girl’ Statue to Stay in Financial District (for Now).

Fearless Girl,” the wildly popular statue that has spent the last few weeks staring down the financial district’s well-known “Charging Bull,” has received a new lease on life. Originally scheduled to be removed next week, it will now remain in place until early 2018, officials said on Monday." NY Times: read more.

Some views on The Fearless Girl:

“She’s not angry at the bull — she’s confident, she knows what she’s capable of, and she’s wanting the bull to take note.” Read more.

"The Wall Street girl celebrates all the people who resisted by staying in place." Read more.

And a more critical approach:

"It is that building a bronze monument to the plight of the more than 14 million women who make up two-thirds of the low-wage work force would also be worthy." Read more

What are your conclusions?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Joliet Bound: pics and vids

Joliet Bound, 16th March 2017: 
great success!!!

Joliet Bound-E.G.

Joliet Bound-E.G.

Joliet Bound-E.G.

Joliet Bound-E.G.

And a couple o' (short) videos



 More pics and info here.

Thanks for coming, folks!!!

Monday, 20 March 2017

World Sparrow Day

Today is World Sparrow Day!

"The diminutive house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is perhaps one of the earliest birds you can remember from your childhood. Their nests dotted almost every house in the neighbourhood as well as public places like bus bays and railway stations, where they lived in colonies and survived on food grains and tiny worms. Many bird watchers and ornithologists recall with fondness how the house sparrow gave flight to their passion for observing birds."

  Sparrows are everywhere, but there are many different species of them, as you can see here.

"Unfortunately, the house sparrow is now a disappearing species. But like all other plants and animals which were once abundant and are now facing an uncertain future, their numbers are also declining across their natural range. The reasons?" Read more here.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Hillbilly Nite !

Joliet Bound & Friends: this extraordinary, 7-musician international combo, especially put together for this occasion, will be presenting their exclusive repertoire of the best Appalachian, Bluegrass and Old Time music dug out of the deepest layers of Americana Music.


Featuring the best banjos from both sides of the Pyrenees...

Can't miss this, you'll end up thunderstruck!

See you all on Thursday!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Sunday, 26 February 2017

100 Years of Jazz...

... on record, today.

"Today marks a very significant centenary in the history of music, specifically Jazz. Much of the origins and early development of Jazz is lost in the mists of time, but there is one point on which most music historians agree. The first commercial recording session that produced a record that nowadays is recognisable as Jazz happened exactly one hundred years ago today, on 26th February 1917, in the New York studios of the Victor label.
The band was called the ‘Original Dixieland Jass Band’. A few months later they changed the “Jass” to “Jazz” and the name stuck."

Read more.

Billie Holiday

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Vocabulary Test

Check your English: 
Why are these product names funny?

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cranes: Homeward Bound


Cranes over Zaragoza, today.

Cranes over Zaragoza, Feb 2017. Photo by E.G.

Have a safe journey home!

Cranes over Zaragoza, Feb 2017. Photo by E.G.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Vera, TV series

Tonight, on La2.

Vera, every Sunday evening on La2
excellent detective fiction, superb actors and a taste of the real thing at the heart of scenic Northumberland. Don't miss the beautiful northern accents, watch it in English on your TV.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Love maps?

All this and much more can be found at "Mapping Streotypes".

Monday, 6 February 2017

Friday Night Show!


Great success, thanks for coming!!

Can't miss this!

Charly's site.

Cats for adoption

Lovely buddies

Photo by Barracuda

If you wish to adopt (any of) them, contact's here.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


"Dear Mr. Trump,

This is not what greatness looks like.

The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering, and bigotry."...

 AVAAZ January 2017

Read the whole letter here

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Multiverse


Great success!!

Thanks to all for coming.

You can't miss this!

Women's March

Women's March on Washington.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Windy solution


Thanks to C. for sending the video.

To be by your side

Across the oceans across the seas,
Over forests of blackened trees.
Through valleys so still we dare not breathe,
To be by your side.

Over the shifting desert plains,
Across mountains all in flames.
Through howling winds and driving rains,
To be by your side...

Song By Nick Cave, full lyrics here.

Thanks to J. for contributing.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

It's colder for some of us

Just yesterday, in Europe...

Belgrade, Serbia January 9, 2017 (Picture: Reuters)

"Refugees who’ve risked their lives fleeing war-torn countries could freeze to death during Europe’s brutal winter." METRO

Belgrade, Serbia January 9, 2017 (Picture: Reuters)

Read about it here and here.

Belgrade, Serbia January 9, 2017 (Picture: Reuters)

Cold bird, warm heart

"While feeding my horses on New Year's morning I noticed a solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the water tank.... Apparently this unfortunate bird had gotten its feet wet and, while making its exit, had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures..."

"... freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to my face... a delightful way to start a new year."

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Year, Sunday Morning

Sunday mornin', praise the dawnin'  
It's just a restless feelin', by my side  
Early dawnin', Sunday mornin' 
It's just the wasted years so close behind

Watch out, the world's behind you 
There's always someone around you, who will call 
It's nothin' at all

Sunday mornin' and I'm fallin' 
I've got a feelin', I don't want to know  
Early dawnin', Sunday mornin' 
(Early dawnin')  
It's all the streets you crossed, not so long ago
Watch out, the world's behind you 

There's always someone around you, who will call 
It's nothin' at all
Watch out, the world's behind you  

There's always someone around you, who will call 
It's nothin' at all
Sunday mornin'  

Sunday mornin'  
Sunday mornin'  
Sunday mornin'

Sunday, 25 December 2016

See like dolphins

I just read this story, and I liked it.

The "sea-nomad" children who see like dolphins.

By Helen Thomson

“When the tide came in, these kids started swimming. But not like I had seen before. They were more underwater than above water, they had their eyes wide open – they were like little dolphins.”

Deep in the island archipelagos on the Andaman Sea, and along the west coast of Thailand live small tribes called the Moken people, also known as sea-nomads. Their children spend much of their day in the sea, diving for food. They are uniquely adapted to this job – because they can see underwater. And it turns out that with a little practice, their unique vision might be accessible to any young person...

... Read more

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Fairytale of NY

The lyrics can be found here.