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Page 7: Many odd jobs in France and England during these long breaks from school, to gain experience and for financial security. Distributor and handler, fruit-picker, electronic parts dealer, photographer, private Math tutor, etc….

Here, working for Smedley of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire in 1975 (taking a break from sorting peas on a conveyor belt). This agricultural work, as you can imagine, was very poorly paid, but excellent for learning English and meeting fellow Maths students, in West Anglia (England).

I discover that I am poorly suited to repetitive work.

At this point I know that I want to be a freelancer, even if I have no idea how much I will earn the next month!

I remark, among other things, that the bus queues are calm and polite in London, and that people speak kindly to one another, far from the terrible free-for-all mêlées in Arras, Pas-de-Calais. In the UK, if I am second in line for the bus, I will be second to get on the bus. In Arras, I would be the last to board. The Channel is an enormous gap!
I am always the last, for I am too polite and rational, and maybe too idealistic.

All the same, I believe firmly in courtesy. My reasoning: it costs nothing at all and can only make interactions better. For many people nowadays, being polite is a sign of weakness, reserved to homosexuals. Parisian waiters who are rude towards their clients are idiots. The only thing that comes of it are unimpressed clients who will consume less and who will not return. I know, I’m an idealist. Well, when I am poorly received in a restaurant, I leave immediately after declaring, “I prefer giving money to polite people.”

English proverb : When there is a storm in the Channel, the English say, “The Continent is isolated”.
Henri Cartier Bresson : "I have no message to deliver and nothing to prove: I see and I feel - only the eye, in its surprise, can decide."

Here, voluntary work for the National Trust (England), not paid at all, but I learn to know the trees and I get to see organizations that aren’t as awful as the French administration. Another galaxy. And also, vivent les Beatles!

I am the one in the green ecogoly circle
My camera is already an integral part of my right arm.

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (commonly known as the National Trust or NT) is a British not-for-profit founded with the goal of conserving and highlighting monuments and sites of collective interest.
The NT is active in England, Wales, on the Isle of Man and in North Ireland.
Created in 1895, within a century the National Trust had become the most important organization of its type in Europe and the second private landowner in the United Kingdom after the Crown. The NT manages more than 300 monuments and 200 gardens which range from megalithic sites to manors from every era. Its scope of work includes Industrial buildings, collections, and even the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon in Liverpool. The NT possess 250 000 hectares of land and 1 200 kilometers of coast, acquired principally through the safeguarding project “Neptune”.

National Trust in Pumpsaint

and Selbourne Hill

Croft Castle National Trust, 1975
Croft Castle est un château, une église et un jardin situés à Yarpole, dans le Herefordshire, en Angleterre. C'est une propriété du National Trust ouverte au public.

I often go back to UK to visit National Trust properties.
Here Stoneywell in 2019.
The National Trust's Stoneywell, Leicestershire, is a cottage designed by Arts and Crafts architect-designer Ernest Gimson.

Picking rasberries in Letham Grange, Angus, Scotland

23 october 1975 From Raphael Christian Fournier to Ina Cecilia Dahl, in Norway
Dear Ina, I've been delighted when I received your letter. I hope you are keeping well. You are great and I like you. I would very much like to see you in Norway. When are your winter holidays? I am free after November the 10th and ready to travel to Norway and very happy at the thought of meeting you. Tell me if I can come to you. I am still in France and after Norway I will go back to England. I hope you're not too bored in your school. How is your week-end job? I am still listening to Pink Floyd and am still delighted. Where in Hovik in Norway? How do you like this photo of mine? I'm glad you didn't like the photos of you I sent you, 'cause I didn't like them either. We could do better ones together. I agree with what you said about loneliness. One is always alone in his own mind. But friendship is something else, anyway. Write soon and tell me if I can come. Stay free. True Love.

I hitchhiked from London to Oslo, in winter, to see Ina again. We went skating on frozen fjords, it was extraordinary.

George Bernard Shaw : "We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession."
The Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here Lyrics (Waters, Gilmour)
So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, Blue skys from pain. Can you tell a green field From a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell? And did they get you to trade Your heros for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change? And did you exchange A walk on part in the war For a lead role in a cage? How I wish, how I wish you were here. We're just two lost souls Swimming in a fish bowl, Year after year, Running over the same old ground. What have we found? The same old fears. Wish you were here.

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead (England) in Somerset. He served in the Royal Air Force during WWII as a radar specialist before obtaining his degree at the University of London.
Clarke starting selling his Science Fiction stories during his stay with the RAF.
He was the president of the British Interplanetary Society, and member of the Underwater Explorers Club.
During WWII, he contributed to the elaboration of a radar alert system which greatly contributed to the success of the RAF during the battle of England.
Fame came to him thanks to his book "2001 : A Space Odyssey".
It was at this meeting that the two men decided to collaborate on the project.
His works include many other books, in particular the series Rama and the sequels to 2001, as well as a great number of novellas.
His most important scientific contribution is certainly the concept of geostationary communications satellites that is widely put into practice today which he proposed in an article of Wireless World in 1945 and later satellite platforms for observing the Earth.
He retired to Sri Lanka in 1956, where he spent the rest of his days.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth Il in 1998.
The 10th of September, 2007, limited to a wheelchair due to the after-effects of polio, he sent a message of congratulations from Sri Lanka for the flight of the probe Cassini over Saturn Japet4. This event represented for him a reference to his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or known as Asimov's Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story "Runaround" (included in the 1950 collection I, Robot), although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws, quoted as being from the "Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D.", are:
First Law
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
"You shouldn’t believe everything you see online": Napoléon Bonaparte

Space Odyssey 2025: NASA promises 'definitive evidence' of alien life by 2025.
Space Odyssey 2025: NASA promises 'definitive evidence' of alien life by 2025. Left to right: Kepler 452b2015, space cowboy Chris Fournier, the CFSS (Chris Fournier Space Station).

Photographed with an iPhone 36.

From Claude Slowick, Haplincourt, April 7th, 1988
Dear photographer,
This morning I received your letter from February 20, 1988, the envelope was not stamped (no date), it took 50 days to arrive. My friend, either continental drift is getting worse or you chose a particularly slow postage. Anyways your letter has arrived at last, you would have a hard time making the text any shorter, although as far as photos are concerned you went to town – I guess this makes sense, you tell your life as you live it … in images.
I hope the next time you come to fall flat on your face in the Parisian metro you will have the good grace to come visit me at my home (during daytime). I don’t suppose that you are moved at the sight of a small baby sucking his thumb, or who pisses into the air at 2 in the morning on his father’s slippers. Yet if you are at all wistful for a taste of paternity, don’t take your time…
I think quite highly of myself for responding in such a long fashion to your very short letter. If you felt the need to do me a favour, you could find me a collection of Einstein’s works in English, I should really get to work on it, might as well be on an interesting subject.
At school at the moment I am working quite a lot with the drawing teacher, the guy is very interested in photography. If you come back, I think for once I will be able to refer you someone interested in some Nikon equipment (at a good price of course, teachers and artists have good reasons to be low on cash).
That's all folks. Claude.

Pi is a number that is represented by the Greek letter of the same name : π.
It is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
We can also define it as the ratio of the area of a circle to the square of its radius. Its value rounded to the nearest 0.5x10-15 is 3.141 592 653 589 793 in decimal. Numerous formulas in physics, engineering and of course mathematics use π, which is one of the most important constants in mathematics. The number π is irrational, which means it can’t be expressed as the ratio between two whole numbers; this implies that its decimal form is neither finite nor periodical. It is even a transcendental number, which means that it is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients.

Les 3 étapes de la vie : - Jeunes : On a tout le temps et l'énergie, mais pas l'argent - Travailleur : On a tout l'argent et l'énergie, mais pas le temps - Vieux : on a tout le temps et l'argent, mais plus l'énergie Leçon : Jouissez de la vie au bon moment.

Marcel Pagnol, "My father's pride", some of the best pages of French literature. Thank you Marcel. He was also the first one to make audio books of his novels. His speech is earth shattering.

7th March 2016: I pay my respects to Marcel Pagnol. His grave is in La Treille, near Marseille where he grew up.

A première vue, le lieutenant Columbo semble être un enquêteur fatigué et maladroit. Pourtant, lorsqu'il enquête sur un homicide, aucun détail ne lui échappe et grâce à ses déductions implacables, il parvient à remonter la piste du meurtrier.
Premier épisode : 20 février 1968
Épisode final : 30 janvier 2003

"I'll have to tell my wife"
Raymond Depardon : "One must be agressive towards themselves and discreet with those he photographs."

October 13, 2016: Meeting with Raymond Depardon for the release of his film "The Inhabitants". Thanks to William for the photo.

Michel Polnareff est un auteur-compositeur-interprète français, né le 3 juillet 1944 à Nérac (Lot-et-Garonne). Pianiste et mélodiste pop, il cultive une apparence singulière. Il est le compositeur et l'interprète d'un grand nombre de succès populaires, notamment : Love Me, Please Love Me, La Poupée qui fait non, Le Bal des Laze, Tout, tout pour ma chérie, Je suis un homme, On ira tous au paradis, Lettre à France ou encore Goodbye Marylou.

J'ai eu l'immense plaisir de photographier le 20 janvier 2017 le Concert Te Deum d’Hector Berlioz à La Philharmonie de Paris
• Bertrand de Billy, direction • Lionel Sow, chef de choeur • Edwin Baudo, chef de choeur associé • Marie Deremble-Wauquiez, chef de choeur associée • Marie Joubinaux, chef de chur associée • Béatrice Warcollier, chef de choeur associée • Benjamin Bernheim, ténor Avec le Te Deum, frère du Requiem, Berlioz atteint des proportions « babyloniennes ». Orchestre, choeurs et orgue résonneront comme jamais dans la Philharmonie de Paris, une salle à la mesure des dimensions inégalées de l’ouvrage. 300 choristes Orchestre de Paris Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris Choeur d'enfants de l'Orchestre de Paris Choeur de jeunes de l'Orchestre de Paris
Avec le Te Deum, frère du Requiem, Berlioz atteint des proportions « babyloniennes ». Orchestre, choeurs et orgue résonneront comme jamais dans la Philharmonie de Paris, une salle à la mesure des dimensions inégalées de l’ouvrage.

Photos prise pendant les applaudissements. Objectif Nikkor 24mm F1.4
Format Tif, 16 bits, 145Mo.


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