Sunday, 7 January 2007

Bonne Année 2007

While the Brits are clearly obsessed with sending cards. Christmas and its orgiastic card sending, the fact that Royal Mail can barely cope and have deadlines for the sending of post around that time of the year are only the tip of the iceberg for the Brits have cards for almost all possible occasions. The French are much more restrained in that department, however.

The sending of cards is generally limited to Name Days, Birthdays and wishes for the New Year (you have the whole January to send your cards). NO, my dear British readers, nothing at Christmas!

That's my excuse for not sending any cards at Christmas anyway...

The above picture (and yes, it is the same I used here) is the visible result of having at hand a picture of an empty Trafalgar Square very early on Boxing Day, Photoshop, bad typographic skills (that is what Slightly says anyway and you have to give him that: he has a few good reasons to say it), and obviously too much time on ones hands.

For the record, a tree is given every year to London by Oslo (Norway) in gratitude for its support during WWII. This has been going on since 1947 and the tree in the picture is therefore number 60. The Chorus did not sing under it this year (we were probably too busy) but in 2004 and 2005 we sung there in support of the RNIB.

The picture then become an e-card I sent to my French contacts and a few lucky Brits too.

Since I seem to be furaging in my archives a lot these days, below is one I made earlier, probably for New Year 2004 and again based on one of my pictures. Protect your eyes for negative radiations.

In 2001, I used the the figure 2000 and placed pictures of objects or places that summed up the important events of the that year: The escutcheon of my regiment as I finished the National Service that year, Big Ben Tower for my moving to London and probably a third image which escapes my tired mind at the present.

This wonderful example of creative energy was sadly (?) lost to posterity in the Big Meltdown of my previous computer about 2 years ago.

As far as I can remember, I lazily sent normal snail mail cards in the intervening years.

Anyway, this post is a long and convoluted way to wish you all a happy, prosperous and safe new year. Best wishes.

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1 comment:

  1. Christmas cards, Birthday cards, general post delivery... all these things are meaningless. The real point of Royal Mail is to ensure everyone gets their new Harry Potter books as quickly as possible.


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