Archive for April, 2011

Dejima

From The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet, chapter 2: Anchored in Nagasaki Harbour. Evening of the 20th of July, 1799

Dominating the shorefront is his home for the next year: Desjima, a high walled, fan-shaped artificial island, some two hundered paces along its outer curve, Jacob estimates, by eighty paces deep, and erected, like much of Amsterdam, on sunken piles. Sketching the trading factory from the Shinandoah’s foremast during the week gone, he counted some twenty-five roofs: the numbered warehouses of Japanese merchants; the Chief’s and the Captain’s Residences; the Deputy’s house, on whose roof perches the Watchtower; the Guild of Interpreters; a small hospital. Of the four Dutch warehouses, The Roos, the Lelie, the Doorn and the Eik, only the last two survived what Vorstenbosch is calling ‘Snitker’s Fire’. Warehouse Lelie is being rebuilt, but the incinerated Roos must wait until the factory’s debts are in better order. The land-Gate connects Dejima to the shore by a single-span stone bridge over a moat of tidal mud; the Sea-Gate, at the top of a short ramp where the Company sampans are loaded an unloaded, is opened only during trading season. Attached is a Customs House, where all Dutchmen except Chief Resident and the Captain searched for prohibited items.

A list at whose head, Jacob things, is ‘Christian Artifacts’ …

He returns to his sketch and sets about shading the sea with charcoal.

Curious, the oarsmen lean over; Jacob shows the the page:

The older oarsman makes a face to say, Not bad.

A shout from a guard-boat startles the pair: they return to their posts.

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Le poinçonneur des Lilas

Video edit: http://www.coverclub.nl/

Bed Peace


Ballad of John And Yoko (vocal)

Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton
Talking in our beds for a week
The newspeople said
say what’re you doing in bed
I said we’re only trying to get us some peace.

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Tango Lesson



Waiting…


Nouvelle Vague waiting @ Orly airport : Mala Vida & Putain Putain

Osvaldo Ruggiero and Julián Plaza


Sexteto Mayor – Payadora (Julián Plaza)
Color Tango – Bordoneo Y 900 (Osvaldo Ruggiero)

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Sexteto Tango


Sexteto Tango – Nochero Soy
Composition: Oscar Herrero

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