Leon Theremin playing his own instrument

Is technology Art? I believe this short video offers a lot of food for our thoughts.

It has been called ætherphone/etherphone, thereminophone or termenvox/thereminvox.

Jimmy Page used it for Whole Lotta Love, Beach Boys for Good Vibrations, and Dmitri Shostakovich was one of the first to incorporate parts for the Theremin in orchestral pieces.

Still the best performance is this one

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Back to coffee

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Have you ever tasted a traditional Italian coffee? The way it has been made for centuries in Naples?
If you can try to get hold of a Napoletana. Fill the upper part with water, add a little coffee, fill the filter with fine ground coffee. Close. Put it on the fire and when water boils turn over the Napoletana. Wait a couple of minutes and enjoy!

Remembering Sharon

I am writing about travellers, curious people, flaneurs and culture. And sometimes unfortunately it happens to cross very sad and touching news that cannot be overlooked. The tragedy of Sharon Bridgeman.

Sharon died in Bolivia few days ago after her bike was in collision with a vehicle while crossing the world’s largest salt flats – the Uyuni – close to the Bolivian / Chilean border.
She and husband Tim, from Zeal Monachorum near Okehampton, Devon, were nearly two years into a fundraising cycle trip for Cornwall-based disaster relief charity spanning 32 countries across three continents.

Sharon and Tim had been cycling almost non-stop since June 2012, but intended to break their journey in July this year to return to Britain for a friend’s wedding. Sharon was the diarist for their travels, recounting their adventures in a blog with insight and good humour. Her cycling stamina hid a painful back condition, but cycling was her passion, and she and Tim used it to raise funds for charities.

I wish to make my deepest condolences to Tim, her family and all their friends.

Gran Turismo

I have done most of my longer trips on a trusty quite ugly green Guzzi SP1000 in its very standard version. I did not even have the panniers . It was possibly the best bike I ever had.  After a couple of years I stripped it down to make a Cafè Racer out of it. Unfortunately my bike completely lost its original charm.

This one is a work of art

http://www.guzzioverland.co.uk

Who is a stroller?

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There are three types of persons. The first wants to go to a certain place, the second during walking looks around and is somehow curious but the third one, the real flâneur, goes out for just finding inspirations. Most of the times he has no directions, he follows his instinct. Sometimes he even does not know what kind of inspiration he is looking for. For what? Who knows.

Honorè de Balzac defined flânerie as “the gastronomy of eyes”, but this definition is diminutive. The flâneur is an acute, detached observer, who portraits the individuals and the greater populace. He is not the gentleman strolling the cities as Baudelaire defined him.

Robert Walser wrote in 1917 a marvellous novel “der Spaziergang” (The Walk).

Susan Sonntag wrote : “The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes.” On Photography

Ti mangio con gli occhi

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This book of Ferdinando Scianna is definitely not a cookbook , nor it is a photography book. Ferdinando Scianna is telling a story about places in Sicily related with food and illustrates them with his pictures. He writes about his youth, the smells he reminds and the people he has met. This is what photography should be, a notebook. Absolutely to be read before travelling to Sicily.