Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

I know...more leaves. These are to be found on Saint John's, yards from my front door. Brooklyn, I tell you... (Incidentally, the tree in the background - great shape, crying out for a rope to be thrown over it, and a kid swinging from it.).

The changing of leaves is late this year, as I discovered in Vermont a month or so ago. It's almost winter now. Naturally, climate theorists blame global warming.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My Manhattan: Woody, Diane Keaton and Me.

Manhattan is probably my favourite film of all time.
Years ago, when I lived in LA and was visiting New York with my pal Rono, we spent an afternoon trying (unsuccesfully) to locate exactly where the iconic film poster (and scene from the film, featuring Woody and Diane Keaton) was shot. It's a fond memory, even tough we got it completely wrong.
Then, fast forward a few years, when my late, great ex- would often compare the two of us to Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Naturally, I balked at the idea of comparison with a small, red-headed and bespectaled Jewish bloke (being none of those things), though in fairness, she was trying to do me a favour. She was boldly offering herself up as impossibly neurotic and eccentric, while suggesting I was somehow brilliant, if not a little neurotic myself. Unfortunately, we never got around to hunting the locale out ourselves.
But today I did so.
And, the scene was not set in a park, as it seems, but at the dead end of a residential street. I couldn't replicate the shot as I'd have liked since a) it was a bright afternoon and not 4 am, b) I didn't have my wide angle lens, c) unlike when Woody was filming, a car was blocking the road, and d) in a particularly unsporting gesture, one doubtless meant to frustrate the likes of me, a potted fern has been planted close to where the famed bench ought to have been.

But anyway, this is it at last: My 'Manhattan.'

Friday, November 23, 2007

Moral Dilemna: 36W x 30L

He's on his way, presumably, to a Thanksgiving dinner. He's wearing his new pants....but he's forgotton to take the size label off them: 36W x 30L. Should you tell him, prevent familial embarrasment? Or should you take a sneaky photograph, and show it to your friends?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Off the market....

Not that she was really on it. This is Caitlin, newly engaged. "It was all a bit of a whirlwind,' she said. This from a girl who's been with her bloke for ten years. Blondes, bless 'em.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween Scene, NYC.

Positively Sixth Avenue. A movie set, or a Prada ad? Before the parade...

And so it begins...


Always a drag...

'Everybody dressed so brightly and had so much fun..!'

Although you can't see him/her, this drag artist dressed scantily - as Britney Spears - drinking and smoking and dragging two 'babies' (dolls), around, dropping them repeatedly...
Clearly a Superstar though.