But, what´s going on in London?
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
  My Kieslowski customized Moleskine diary
My Moleskine diary, a little black book I'm specially fond of.

Well, it has just been improved.

2006 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, an artist I'm also specially fond of. These days, there are a number of retrospectives about his work to mark the date. Here in London, the British Film Institute is showing many of his movies at the National Film Theatre.
Their monthly programme contains some beautiful frames of Kieslowski's movies, "Trois couleurs: Bleu" and "La double vie de Véronique". Funnily enough, you can cut out a part of the leaflet and you'll have both the charming faces of Juliette Binoche (Julie) and Irène Jacob (Weronika/Véronique) on each side of the paper.
Just like this:

Carefully handcrafted to fit in my diary.
Now, whenever I open it, I can hear the utterly moving musical scores of both films, by Zbigniew Preisner and let my imagination fly into the magical stories within those movies. (I'm not saying that you could hear it, but I definitely can)

Eventually, I close it carefully, wrap the rubber band around the diary again, and everything goes back to normal.
But I know I just have to open my diary to create that universe again. In fact, I do it quite often when no one else is looking.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
  Man by the trampoline

About to jump.

  Paddington fifty pence

Found words on the way to a new destination.
Plural of penny.

..."que se fuera para siempre en un tren de cercanías"...
Monday, March 06, 2006
  One night I burned the house I loved - Sundays wedding

Just found this picture on the street. This size strecht onto wooden frame

One Night I Burned the house I loved

One night I burned the house I loved,
It lit a perfect ring
In which I saw some weeds and stone
Beyond - not anything.

Certain creatures of the air
Frightened by the night,
They came to see the world again
And perished in the light.

Now I sail from sky to sky
And all the blackness sings
Against the boat that I have made
Of mutilated wings.

-Leonard Cohen (Parasites of Heaven, 1966)
Sunday, March 05, 2006
  Kantak V - Desolatio (B. Atxaga)

Brighton 05.03.2006

Canciones V (Desolatio)

Dice mi diccionario
que la palabra desolación
proviene del latino desolatio,
genitivo desolationis;
Y que fue en mil seiscientos once
cuando alguien la escribió
por primera vez
después de afilar la pluma
de una oca blanca.
Dice también
que soledad, ruina y destrucción
son sus significados principales.
Pero nada dice el diccionario
del corazón de la gente
que marcha por la calle;
nada dice de nosotros,
nada dice de los patios
de la cárcel o del cuartel...*

Bernardo Atxaga (Poemas & Híbridos ISBN9788475222509)

Grabada por el grupo Itoiz, con música de Juan Carlos Perez (LP Eremuko dunen atzetik dabil Discos Elkar, San Sebastián, 1988)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006
  The Financial Times and me

Stars and sparks...and the seagull flies

The first thing you see when you enter the Financial Times building in London is a huge electronic board with red bright figures:

Once you enter you see more things. Like this funny "feature" in the toilets.
I've already worked here for a month and, apparently, I'm going to stay for a little longer. It's nice in here, it's just by the riverside.
On lucky days I get to make phone calls to places such as Leça da Palmeira. Or try to get in touch with people working in streets called Travessa da saudade, Rua do 5 de Outobro.
And obviously, there's always the French operators...That makes life a bit more beautiful.
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