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~ Phil Moore 3:11pm, 19 December 2006
Sunrise Smiles

I moved to Paris, from England, in August 2006 with the intention of experiencing life in another country, as well as to improve my French. I anticipated being here for at least a year. Will I still be in Paris at the end of 2007?

As well as providing a structure for documenting 2007, I hope that this project will motivate me to make the most of every day: doing things that will not only make my life more fun, but provide something worth looking at for those browsing through this wee archive.

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~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Wednesday. June 27, 2007

I'd met a guy the previous night who said he might be able to hook me up with a photo pass for a gig. He was going to look at some of my photos and let me know.

I guess he didn't like them.

God, I'd love to get more into gig photography!

But I'm kinda glad that I didn't have to go out - I finally got to finish a letter I'd started a long time ago.

And I hung out with my housemate Fanny, and some friends. It was good to chat to them again - I feel I've been neglecting them of late.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thursday. June 28, 2007

Considering where I was, today's photo should be so much better...

Fanny offered me a place to go with her to see Solo by Philippe Decouflé at the Théâtre Chaillot at Trocadero.

It was fantastic. Awesome in the literal sense of the word. I'm not very well educated in such things, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
The dance itself was good, but I was blown away by the creativity he had, the insight, in combining everything the way he did. And the music was brilliant, too.

After it was over, we walked through Paris' riche area, along to the Grande Palais where she was meeting someone. Such a nice evening wandering around a part of Paris I never frequent.

It's just a shame that my other housemate, Pierre, who's just returned from Normandie saw fit to have loads of friends over just as I tried to go to bed. And they have the most god-awful taste in music it seems...

(And in making excuses for the photo, we were late arriving at the theatre, and I just got a bit camera shy as we left.... Ho hum.)
Glow* 11 years ago
what does "gig" photography mean ?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
dang.. awesome shots.. I love that photo of the singer with veins on head... Very good, you said you need bigger aperture opening, but you did very well anyway :)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Glow...this is when a good photographer like phil gets a job taking photos at a theater or music event. Miss your photos here but find them on your stream in any case...

(thanks for the bandwidth phil)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
& Ahhh, see, I was using gig in the sense of the word as "concert"; bit ambiguous there... Glow, it's usually used for smaller, often rock, concerts. So you probably wouldn't say "The Rolling Stones gig" as they'd be playing a stadium, but you could quite use it for a concert at somewhere like L'Elysée Montmartre.
Mmmm, but if I could get some photography gigs that'd be ace too!! :)

And CG - what did you mean by "thanks for the bandwidth"?

Cheers Jallen! I found that dude so photogenic on stage, particularly with the dark background (at least compared to the spot metering from the lights on him)!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Friday. June 29, 2007

A night with the colocs et des autres, roasting a chicken, drinking the drinks, chatting the shit.
Glow* 11 years ago
Thanks for the explanation ! :-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Nice job here Phil...bandwidth = I commented to another on your thread...just a polite thanks for the space.

A note here. I have noticed on the d80 and my d200 that if you use extra vivid color setting indoors in low light - sometimes it is a little red or yellow. In this shot it works in your favor - beautiful soft colors on a very pretty young lady (ok to tell her I said so...). In some situations I move to normal color to offset this - or you can change when you raw process.

anyway - good stuff here !
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
Gig photography is the dog's !!! I still can't believe I made it to the Eurockéennes , I'll have to tell you all about it !!!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
what a pretty friend (?) you have!

~ a picture, a story
Glow* 11 years ago
@julien: I want to know too!!! :-))
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Aha, je comprends! Pas de soucis :)

Regarding the vivid setting etc - so far I've just left the WB on 'auto' - I'm not really that keen on over saturated photos, and if I do want that I can do it later... I had to cool this shot down a bit from the original lighting as it was really red from the standard lightbulb in our lounge... But thanks for the tip - so much to learn so all advice is greatly received!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Yeah man, I loves it. But alas, not many places are willing to give me the free ride in! Hmmmm...
Glad you had a good time at the Eurockéennes ^_^

I shall tell her you said so! (And CG!) She's a friend of my housemates who was over for dinner on Friday night.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
so beautiful

eelend's 2007
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
@ Glow and Fil : yeah with a photographers pass it was a blast at this festival , I still didn't come down ;-)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Saturday. June 30, 2007
Liberté, Egalité, ...

Gay Pride 2007

After having to get up super early to meet one of our new employees to have her sign a contract, and doing the habitual market visit, I took a wander across Paris from my place (Gare de Lyon) to Montparnasse where I was meeting some friends for the Marche des fiertès.

I thought the day could prove very amusing bearing in mind that since moving here, despite not having any homosexual tendencies at all, I've had far more interest from guys than girls. (Boo!)
But it was a good craic. Joining in with the march with my friends, dancing away, wearing a variety of hats and generally just having a good day around Paris in the (intermittent) sunshine!

Once we arrived at Bastille, there was a mass of people all raving away to the DJ, and so we thought it rude not to climb up to the monument and join in ^_^

Following that, it was back to chez Tom for a wee soirée for Prachi's birthday and around 1am we jumped on to the métro to go to Triptyche. An hour or so was spent in a random little park before we went to the club.

We left around 5.30am, but due to my extreme fatigue, I didn't make it home until a little later... After catching the first métro down to Chatelet and changing on to the ligne 1 to get home, I woke up not at Gare de Lyon, but Chateau de Vincennes!
So I changed to go back, but woke up again at La Défense. Grrr!
So after a Tour de Paris, I finally made it home at around 8am...
Glow* 11 years ago
lol,you were really tired then !
Apart from you subway "péripéties ", we went quite to the same places.
Oh, so no homosexual tendancies nor experiences ?No nice men came to talk to you during the gay pride ? I don't believe you! You looked sexy with your white hat on !lol
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Whoot ! Excellent post - LMAO at the metro ride home...oh but for the grace of god go I ...

good stuff - glad you had a good time - we really did !
eelend PRO 11 years ago
i'm not surprised you're tired
what a trip!

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Ooooh, thanks for the new word! I fear péripéties is a word that may feature a lot in my vocabulary #^_^#
And no, I'm a bit lame on the homo front. Since I've moved to Paris I've had about five guys hit on me, but not taken any of them up on it. Alas, it's the girlies that interest me, but they don't seem to reciprocate! And that hat is dope - it makes everyone look good! :)

Hehe, glad you enjoyed! I'd like to say it's the first time I've made similar bêtises, but I've had numerous similar incidents with les noctiliens...

Oh eeland, toujours tired! We should start a club. Yup yup.
Glow* 11 years ago
Well, maybe some girls get interested in you but not the one(s) you're looking for ?
About "peripéties", I looked for the english word but "event" doesn't seem to match sufficiently(?) , at least for me !
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Hmmm, I translated it as 'incidents'...
As for the girls - ce ne me derange pas - je suis contente!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
yes, something like "the insomniac club"
we could post a picture every morning and explain why didn't we sleep the night before
(and the one who writes the most original reason, wins a pillow
but that's another story...)

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Sounds good! But I fear everyone would vomit at the sight of my morning face...
I'm going to a friend's for dinner tonight, which will probably be a late one, and my alarm will go off at 7am so let the games begin! hehe.
Glow* 11 years ago
hehe, and after that we can join the pillow fight club !
>>> www.flickr.com/photos/maiataieb/sets/72157594205963700/
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow great set, looks like you guys had a ball!!
Trés Jolie!!

~ a picture, a story
eelend PRO 11 years ago
yep, it looks good :)

come on, fil, you're a bit exaggerated, aren't you? :P
you only say that because you want to win the pillow

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Ooooh! I'd love to have a real pillow fight!

Never any exaggeration round these parts! ^_~
But hells yes I could do with another pillow :)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Sunday. July 1, 2007
Au Parc

After going to bed later than I usually get up, I was awoken around 11am by les colocs, but spent a couple of hours just pottering around.
But the perfect way to spend a hazy day is in the parc floral with the Paris Jazz Festival, particularly when a good friend is over visiting his girlfriend! So I got to see Owen, and listen to the sweet sounds, which I followed by cooking up a wee feast.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Monday. July 2, 2007

After a tired day at work I decided tonight would be the night to catch up some sleep. So I spent some time cooking, some time trying to finish up the wee side-project I have going on, and around 11.30pm was ready to call it a night.

Except my house-mate had other ideas. Around the same time my head was saying "go to bed" she arrived back at the apartment with about 20 people in tow. My room is adjacent to the lounge. With the constant buzz of people the ding-dong of the doorbell, and after a couple of requests to "please keep it down", I didn't manage to get to sleep until around 2.30-3am ish.


(But on the plus side, I did receive a couple more post-cards from a friend who's off around the world travelling - currently in China it seems! Green with envy...)
Glow* 11 years ago
It seems like fate is against you, isn't it ?:D
what is your wee side project (and what is wee by the way ??) ?
Yes, I know, I'm too curious.... ---->
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
It is! And I still haven't caught up! ;) But at least recently it's all been au cause de fun things.

The wee side project is just a web-site to act as a means of getting some freelance web design projects, and also a small portfolio of my photographs. It's pretty much finished (although I'm still not decided on the graphic design) but I just need to add the photos and put it online! J'espere ce weekend (si je peux trouver les temps!)
Glow* 11 years ago
oh cool ! I'll have a look when it's done :-)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Sure thing - I'll post a link when I'm done!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
cool stamp!

~ a picture, a story
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I'm getting tired just reading about all the lack of sleep.. hehe
eelend PRO 11 years ago
china... i think i'm green with envy, too
or purple

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Yeah, I wanna escape and go travelling for a while so much. There is just no way I can afford to for the time being! Saying that, Paris isn't such a bad place to be not travelling in ^_^
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Tuesday. July 3, 2007

Where did I leave off?

Ah yes, sleep deprivation.

So a very tired day at work was followed by going around to a friend's for dinner. Which meant running for the last métro home.

Ah yes, another late night ^_~ But at least this one was due to my own fun!

Tasty chicken.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Wednesday. July 4, 2007
Monkey Man

This evening I had another dinner party to go to, and once again, I was exhausted before I get there. (Change the record Phil, this is boring!)
But instead of resorting to coffee and matchsticks to keep those eyes open, I decided to try a different tact, and went out for a run. Oxygen is a much better stimulant than caffeine and you don't get any of the down-sides!

My host had cooked a delicious thai curry, and we all had a wonderful, albeit slightly tipsy, night.
Catching the last métro back from St. Mandé with everyone was amusing ^_^
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Thursday. July 5, 2007
Morning Face

Following Eeland's suggestion of the Insomniac Club, this is my entry... Héhé.

A hectic day at work, followed by some quality time spent over the stove, and a spot more work on the personal project. Nearly there...
Glow* 11 years ago
did you see somebody vomit here ?;D
hey, what's the green and black behind you ? A painting ?
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
It is indeed a painting, done by a friend of mine back in England. It's actually three canvases all placed together - I really like it ^_^

As for the vomit, you wait, it'll come...
Glow* 11 years ago
hehe, ok, I'll wait ! ;D
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Phil...you need medical attention !?! Hanging out with monkey metro friends until all hours...bright fire at both ends of the candle with a match held to the middle....good stuff. Sleep is for sissies...and me of course !

CollardGreens: Oops!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
I don't know, I quite like to be a sissy if it means I could avoid this hazy delirium in which I appear to be passing my weeks within!
But the weekend offered some (welcome) respite - hopefully be able to get the pics up ASAP!
Thanks for dropping by and offering the counselling :)
eelend PRO 11 years ago
did any of your monkey metro friends (according to CG) get hurt?
i'd had some broken bones by now, if i did what they're doing in the photograph :P

heyyyyy our insomniac club is up and running! :D
i must take a picture of my(ijustwokeup)self

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Nope, everybody was fine :) And there were similar shenanigans last night, too ^_^

And yes, you have to post at least one shot to be a bone fide member!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Friday. July 6, 2007

Ahh, the end of the working week. For the past few weeks I've been telling myself that I'd have a healthy weekend: eating well, being active, not partying until the wee hours all the time. But somehow that has never passed.
This weekend I was determined to change that course.

So after I got back from work, I jumped on my bike, rode down to Villejuif - just t'other side of the périphérique - and went climbing at the indoor wall there.

It felt good.

As did the ride home. It's nice to fill the lungs with oxygen and the muscles with lactic acid.
Y'know, remind you you're alive and all that.

And then I met up with Tom and we went to see the fantastic Persepolis, which as well as being a good film gave me another lesson in French ^_^ I can't claim to have understood every word, but I like that I can now, relatively comfortably, watch French films....

Not an early night, getting home around 1am, and then doing a spot more work, but a productive evening ^_^
Glow* 11 years ago
I'm exhausted just by reading your thread!
That guy never stops !
If I exagerate a bit, I'd say you're almost my opposite !:D
well, it happens that I do loads of things but usually that's when I sleep, in my dreams! That's why I get up tired :D

~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
héhé, think you're definitely exaggerating! But on the flip-side, I never remember my dreams so I envy you!
Glow* 11 years ago
Oh, that's not easy work, I can tell, but it's like gymnastic: you musn't think of anything else than your dream when you wake up.And then write it down.
Usually what happens is that I write it and then I forget it, so when I read the dream, i'm always amazed by my dreams.For example I know I wrote one this night but I can't remember it !lol
It's the unconscious that speaks through your dreams, you just have to listen carefully
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thanks for the tips - I'll have to try it out, I feel like I'm missing out on half of my life!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
love that unshaven face there!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I also keep a pencil and pad by the bed to write things down when I wake...just can never find my glasses ! We went to see Persepolis...we went with a friend who lived in Tehran during the days when the Shaw was disposed and strict rule returned. She had some very interesting stories to tell. The accents in the film were not too strong so it was good to be comfortable as you say...

good stuff here...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
héhé - it spends most of its time unshaven.... *cough* lazy *cough*.

I lived with an Iranian girl for a month before I moved out here in Paris - would love to discuss some of the things with her... I'd love to go out to Iran now, I fear it's all going to kick off mighty soon.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Saturday. July 7, 2007

Waking up feeling fresh(ish)! Got my market-fix in and stocked up with plenty o' lovely fresh fruit and veg - I love my local market ^_^

So after a very fruity brunch, I jumped on to my bike and crossed Paris up to La Défense, where a friend was organising a BMX competition thingumy. It turned into somewhat of a sprint across Paris - I think I was rather optimistic thinking I could do Gare de Lyon to La Défense in ten minutes around midday on a Saturday! Particularly when factoring in arguments with traffic cops and almost getting arrested (but it was my rather sweaty fault, so I can't complain too much... Jumping traffic lights and going down one way streets the wrong way. Shhhh!) But being a bit cocky/cheeky in French amused me as I rode off ^_^

To hang with the BMXers was super fun. I miss that. Last year I was riding so much, but I haven't got my wee bike over here in France. So the day was spent practising my photography with the riders, which still has a very long way to go. But good fun and good experience.
Let's add a flash to my camera lust-list!

In the evening, after having made a tour de Paris on my bike dropping round to see people, and after making a super tasty (and super large) salad, I went out to see my ex-girlfriend for drinks. It was the first time we'd seen each other for a couple of months, but passed relatively well... Having a couple of beers down by the Seine before heading to a little live music bar. Ho hum.
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
Glad you could make it and that you had fun Phil ;-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow love that shot, trés cool!

~ a picture, a story
Glow* 11 years ago
what else do you have in your camera lust list ?;-P
Mine is a looong list !lol

~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Yeah man, it was rad! Thanks for inviting me along ^_^

Thanks :)

Well, it could go on, but realistically it's a 50mm (or possibly the equivalent of a film 50mm, which I guess is around 38mm in digital? I love the 50mm on my argentique), a wide-angle, an 85 (or similar) and a flash. Oooh, and possibly a couple of filters.

...and some skill ^_~
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Great action shot. I know I'd break my neck if I tried something like that.

educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
Well thank you and thanks to Mosaic ;-)

~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Sunday. July 8, 2007

Continuing with le weekend de la santé et la forme Tom & I headed out to Fontainebleau for the day. After nearly missing the train, we walked for a couple of kilometres to the forest from the station, and began the silly things :) A bit of parkour on the rocks, followed by a lot of running-up-things-and-jumping-down-them, and then I started with some bouldering problems. (Although as Tom isn't a climber, I didn't have my rock-shoes with me, nor any chalk, which made everything harder!)

And then it rained. Slippery, wet rocks got a bit dangerous.

So we went for a run around the forest.

God, I love the outdoors.

Don't get me wrong, I love all the culture of Paris, but I do miss Peak District of Sheffield at times...

After a spot of fußball in a local bar whilst waiting for a train back to Paris, I had a quick turn-around before heading out with the lovely Xynthia. We'd hoped to go and catch Monumenta before it finished its run, but despite it being open until midnight, it had closed early on the last day. *sob*.
So instead we had an enjoyable evening in the Palais de Tokyo.

A great, if not late, end to a great weekend.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Monday. July 9, 2007

Pretty much sums-up how I felt!

Aching like a beast, but good ache. The result of a weekend of physical exertion.

I was all up for a quiet, relaxing night (profiting from the fact that all my colocs are away for a couple of days), but life had other plans...

Steph's twin sister is back in Europe for a couple of days from Costa Rica, where she's currently living, and so came to visit Paris. So we went out for a cheeky drink.

And then Steph's boyfriend bought a bottle of champagne.

And some vodka.

And I got home around 1.30am.



And in the day I'd finished that wee project I've been talking about... Any feedback, suggestions, criticisms, mistakes would be gratefully received! Graphic design isn't my strong-point, so I'm not so chaud on that side of it, but I have built a mean content management system for the photography portfolio, which will hopefully lead to future (paid?) freelance projects.
So if anyone wants a website doing, give me a shout!

educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
Woa did I learn a few things on Monday ... ;-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wow... getting into this journal... Awesome stuff!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
great personal project there... you did good! Very slick!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Flying bikes, slippery rocks and threats of death - combined with a salad with lactic acid dressing...phil - I like your style. Oh yeah...flash - SB-800 would be one of choice...was able to check that off my list a while back...now....LOOOONG lens lust prevails !

Good stuff - CollardGreens: Oops!
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Still living dangerously, I see. Well done.

~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
What you be learning chap? Sorry if I was the bearer of bad news!

Thanks very much dude, and for the comments on the photos. Muchos appreciated.

Grazie mille bella ^_^

Ahhh, reading your posts/comments I feel a bit like Bush did when referring to Blair:
"Tony's great skill, and I wish I had it, is that he's very articulate," he said.

"I wish I was a better speaker. This guy can really ... he can talk. He's much more kind of lofty and eloquent than I am. I tend to be just pretty matter of fact."

Annnnyway, the flash is going to have to wait a very long time je crois. Either that or banks will be robbed. In the mean time, I hope to be serving up plenty more salads with lactic acid dressing. Yum.

Think dangerously is a stretch of the imagination but very much enjoying it! Thanks for the comment and for taking a peek :)
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
Boyfriend, twin sister yada yada .... anyway

The FM2 is brilliant , I love it !!! and te 50mm 1.4 as well. I'm sure you won't want to part with the 1.8 after using it even if it's MF !

Oh and flash-wise , no need to shell out the big bills for an SB-800 ( or 600 ). Take a look here ;-)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Well, you knew about the boyfriend, right? As for the twin sister. Identical twin :p Although she lives in Costa Rica. Ha.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
sheffield looks beautiful

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Aye, that it is! Well, the Peak District is. Sheffield itself is a bit of a typical Northern England industrial city, so not that pretty...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Tuesday. July 10, 2007

I had the house to myself for a couple of days, so had been looking forward to a super quiet, relaxed, well fed evening in... But then I got a call from my old housemate who is currently studying in Vienna, who was going to be back in Paris for a couple.

Bang goes the quiet nice, but a very nice alternative.

Before she came around, I still had the chance to clean the house-up a bit, and finally got around to clearing out all the shit mes colocs had left in the fridge. Yuck.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Wednesday. July 11, 2007

After getting back from work (I'm ze boss this week!) and squeezing in a run and un peu de cuisiner, I met up with my ex-girlfriend and we went to see the new Harry Potter movie.

I hated the first one -- child actors and all that -- and hadn't seen any of the other films since then. But this one wasn't bad. Some of the acting was a bit shady, and I found some of the characters annoying, but I was entertained by it. And I love Alan Rickman. And Helena Bonom Carter.

And I'm glad that I still see my ex from time-to-time.

Walking from my place to MK2 Bibliotheque there were some people having a nice soirée on the side of the Seine - I like the way they're developing that quai.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
We were just over there for the Iranian animation - very nice area - coming up indeed. Bon Fête Phil

CollardGreens: Oops !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Cool - what did you think of Persepolis? I really enjoyed it. I trust you had a good Bastille? I fear I didn't profite enough from the events that were going on, but had a wonderful day nonetheless!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thursday. July 12, 2007

It'd been a while since I'd seen any live music.

Cue a trip to the Flèche d'Or to see some Belgian indie bands.

They were pretty good.

The venue itself is a cool place - I hadn't been there since I moved to Paris, but had been a couple of times when visiting a friend that used to live here. The place used to be a railway station, and there is still the cutting for the railway that is just outside the terrasse.

I like stuff like that.
Glow* 11 years ago
I loved your note on the fridge (especially the signature and the "bisous", excellent ! :D )
Never been to la fleche d or but I already heard a lot of nice comments on it.Does it have enough light to take photos without a tripod ?
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thanks Maïa - not sure how accurate the French is but was all in jest, as well as at the same time saying "I'm not your cleaner!".

The lighting in the Flèche d'Or isn't great - the problem I had on Thursday was that the majority of light was behind the bands, so nigh-on impossible to get any decent shots - especially with my current max aperture...
As for a tripod, I'm not sure how useful that'd be for concerts as people on stage generally move around quite a bit.
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Friday. July 13, 2007
Avast, me hearties


A big ol' party chez Tom & Kezia with a Pirate theme.

Shiver me timbers! Walk the plank!

And some rather more unsavoury pirate jokes ^_^

Oh, and boy did I get some grief catching the night-bus and then walking back from Chatelet at 5am! It may have been the masses of eye-liner that did it...
ItinerArts 11 years ago
I've walked through Paris very early in the morning, and had some odd experiences, but I've never tried it with eye-liner. It might be an interesting experiment....

eelend PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by eelend (member) 11 years ago
it's good to see your ex from time to time, i think (many people don't understand it, though)

i haven't seen Harry Potter yet
(i want to, i want to, i want to)
i've seen the other ones and i think they're funny, i like them because they're not "just for children" and because harry is not a powerful hero

mmm what does your private sarkozy say?

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Just a little bit of abuse ^_~ It's just a shame I'd left my cutlass at the party - had nothing to fend of the filthy blaggards with!

I'd only seen the first Harry Potter before this one, which I absolutely hated (terrible child actors, so much stuff missing, yadda yadda yadda) but it seems that since then they've really cleaned up their act and things are a lot better! Not an amazing film, but certainly worth watching, and entertaining.

And Monsieur Sarkozy is just warning off my lazy housemates:
No! To leaving old pasta, lumpy soup and stinky tuna in the fridge for several months
Prompted by a clean-out whilst they were both away that involved me scrubbing a lot of mould off a lot of tupperware...
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Ahhh love those river bank venues ehi? I did the same thing this week end!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Saturday. July 14, 2007
Feu d'artifice

Bastille Day

After getting to bed at around 6am, I was awoken by the military jets' flyover as part of the Fête National, as they went straight over my apartment. It's a shame I missed the parade (although it sounds as though I wouldn't have seen much anyway!) but it was cool to stand on my little balcony and watch the planes fly over.

After a very long, tasty, satisfying breakfast/brunch, I headed out to see a friend briefly, and then whiled away a couple of hours in the Jardin de Luxembourg with some poems -- I'm really getting into a lot of the Great War poets -- before some mates turned up with cakes and the like. (My texto saying I'd have no objection to them bring nice cream cakes was apparently lacking an 'n', so they turned up with some rather bizarre (but tasty) ice-cream cakes!)

After lots of chatting and chomping we headed over to la Tour Eiffel (via a nice bistro) for les fireworks (loved the choreography - particularly with the 'tie-fighter' scene at the end of the Star Wars theme!) and then to a swanky cocktail bar where I enjoyed a ginger-based cocktail. Yum.

Alas, last métros were missed, and taxis were all taken, and night-buses were full, and I didn't make it home until 5am again.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
great capture, interesting angle too! Sounds like a fun day!

~ a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thanks :) Despite having a very tired head, it turned into a great day - and the sun has (/had) finally arrived in Paris!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Sunday. July 15, 2007

Ahhhh, the Paris sun.

Riding around the city on my bicycle.

Having a grand ol' pic-nic in a secluded park.

Playing pétanque.

Going to fun-fairs.

Parce-que la vie est bonne.
Glow* Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Glow* (member) 11 years ago
Beautiful photo for the 15th !!!!I love it !
And I want to play pétanque too!
Didn't you get ruined after that fun fair ? (thinking of how many days at the ski it would have paid you....yes , i know, I'm a naughty one...hehe ;D)

eelend PRO 11 years ago
i love your shot from the 14th
did i tell i finally took my insomniac pic?

eelend's 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
those riddes scare the living shit outta me! lol
I'm a chicken when it comes to rides and heights LOL

~ a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
So - you made it round to mingle with the million others who hung out with a Elvis type on stage...I live a stones throw but could not bring myself to go to the fireworks...just toooo many people in one place...we had fun watching everyone pass by our open windows and waiting cameras...

CollardGreens: Oops!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thanks Maïa! Yeah, the pétanque was great fun - I hadn't played it since last Summer - so nice to toss around some balls again :) As for the fair, I didn't really go on that many rides (mainly due to the financial factor!) but was still fun to hang out with people there. I'm already having to skimp to enable more snow!

Thanks! Black & white covers all manner of sins ;) And good to hear you joined the club - just waiting to see! I fear tomorrow may have to be another one for The Club...

Hahaha, the rides there were all pretty tame... You'd be fiiiiine.

Ah, y'see, it wasn't too bad when we got there. We were in a bistro hidden away beforehand, and they had the concert on the big screens and it looked crazy packed! We turned up to the masses just as the fireworks started, found a nice spot, and had a nice wee time of it.
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Monday. July 16, 2007

So after work I met up with a couple of friends and headed to an expo of some photography students at L'espace Beaurepaire; some was good, some was inspiring, and some I just didn't dig. Would love to do a proper course and learn some things though. Alas, l'argent.

Afterwards we headed back to my place after stomping through the rain (I like) and made a monster salad. So, Phil's recipe for the day:

Salad of whatever-you-can-find-in-the-fridge-that-tastes-good
Peel/chop/trim any or all of the following:
- lettuce
- cucumber
- fennel
- tomato
- carrot
- smoked mackerel
- papaya
- papaya seeds (firey!)
- haricots verts
- endives (or is it chicory? I'm never sure)
- flat-leaf parsley

Make a simple dressing.

Toss together.


And then talk shit until the wee hours, blissfully ignoring le taf the next day.
Glow* 11 years ago
Are they snails ??baby ones ?
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
hehehe, nope, c'est les graines de papaye
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