Searching for two soldiers (Jerusalem bus station 1991)


Cercando i due protagonisti della foto. Searching for the people in this photo.

Stazione degli autobus a #Gerusalemme 1991. Mentre fotografavo la gente che arrivava e partiva mi sono imbattuto in questa scenetta. Due militari Israeliani, un uomo e una donna che si sono trovati, abbracciati e baciati.

Non ho resistito e ho scattato questa sola foto. L’ho intitolata “the kiss”. Poteva essere intitolata in mille altri modi. Quello che salta agli occhi è il contrasto tra l’amore che i due ragazzi esprimono nel loro abbraccio e il mitra, strumento di morte, che penzola al fianco del ragazzo.
La #Terrasanta è un Paese meraviglioso che ognuno dovrebbe vedere almeno una volta nella vita. Terra di contrasti, di amore, di odio, di pace e di guerra, di verdi campagne e di aridi deserti, dove tutto è il contrario di tutto ma dove si respira un’aria antica che riporta alle origini del mondo. MIgliaia di anni di Storia si fondono con le tre religioni monoteiste più importanti del nostro Pianeta.
L’ho visitata per tre volte, due a Natale ed una a Pasqua durante i miei reportages. Una sola cosa ho capito; per noi che arriviamo da fuori è inutile ed impossibile cercare di capire i sottili equilibri e le forze che governano i rapporti tra le persone che abitano questa Terra da millenni.
Giudicare può essere facile, ma anche ad un’attenta osservazione esterna possono sfuggire dei particolari,(sempre e comunque legati ad una storia millenaria) per cui è facile puntare il dito in una o in un’altra direzione in base a poche informazioni che spesso sono filtrate a beneficio di una o dell’altra fazione.
Ho visto tante cose, tanta sofferenza, tanta povertà, tanto amore e tanto odio. Tutto questo in un Territorio che è poco più grande di una Regione Italiana. Quello che resta a chi visita questo luogo “magico” sono le sensazioni indescrivibili a parole, i sapori, gli odori, la diversità delle sue genti e l’impressione di vivere dentro ad un racconto Biblico. #IoLeggoQuesto
FOR MY ENGLISH READERS
Bus Station in Jerusalem, 1991. While I was photographing the people who were arriving and leaving I came across this scene. Two Israeli soldiers, a young man and a young woman who found each other, hugged and kissed.
I could not resist and I took this single picture. I called it “the kiss”. It could be titled in a thousand other ways. What jumps to the eye is the contrast between the love that the two young soldiers  express in their embrace and the machine gun, an instrument of death, that dangles beside the young man
The #Terrasanta is a wonderful country that everyone should see at least once in their life. Land of contrasts, love, hatred, peace and war, green countryside and arid deserts, where everything is the opposite of everything but where you breathe an ancient air that brings back to the origins of the world. Hundreds of years of history blend with the three most important monotheistic religions of our planet.
I visited it three times, two at Christmas and one at Easter during my reportages. One thing I understood; for us that we come from outside it is useless and impossible to try to understand the subtle balances and the forces that govern the relationships between the people who inhabit this Earth for millennia.
Judging can be easy, but even a careful external observation can escape details, (always linked to a thousand-year history) so it is easy to point the finger in one or another direction based on little information that often they are filtered for the benefit of one or the other faction.
I have seen so many things, so much suffering, so much poverty, so much love and so much hatred. All this in a territory that is slightly larger than an Italian region. What remains to those who visit this “magical” place are the indescribable sensations of words, tastes, smells, the diversity of its people and the impression of living within a Biblical story. #IoLeggoQuesto

Royal Baby is here. It’s a boy


The British royal family on Buckingham Palace ...
The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by pio dal cin. Codognè 

As I predicted on my recent post the Royal Baby is Here, today, on the very first day of full Moon. July the 22nd. It’s a boy (I predicted a girl) So His Royal name is not yet known
All we know is that he was born at 4:24 pm local time and weighed 8.6 pounds in London’s Saint Mary’s Hospital. William was present for the birth

The name was not immediately announced and may not be known for up to a week.
But great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II was the first to get the news from her grandson, by encrypted phone to the palace, and just in time, too. She’s scheduled to leave on her annual vacation at her Balmoral estate inScotland at the end of this week.

Amy Winehouse funeral will be private(video of her parents)


Cover of "Back to Black"
Cover of Back to Black

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14285327

Amy Winehouse’s funeral will take place on Tuesday attended by just family and friends, a spokesman for her family has said.

A post-mortem examination into her death took place on Monday.

No cause of death has been given, while an inquest was opened and adjourned until 26 October. Results of further toxicology tests could take four weeks.

The 27-year-old singer’s body was found on Saturday at her home in Camden, north London.

The spokesman would not reveal any details about the location or time of the funeral.

On Monday, her father Mitch Winehouse thanked fans for their tributes, saying: “I can’t tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier.”

Visiting his daughter’s home, he added the loss left him “speechless”.

The singer’s mother and brother also visited the site to see the flowers, cards and photos fans laid in tribute.

A family spokesman had earlier said the funeral would be held as soon as possible, with coroners issuing interim death certificates allowing arrangements to be made.

Traditionally, Jewish funerals take place as quickly as possible following a death.

The Brit and Grammy award-winner had struggled with drink and drug addiction for many years and had recently spent time in rehab.

But police have declined to say whether her death was drug-related.

The singer, who topped the charts with her album Back To Black, was found dead by a member of her security team.

The album re-entered the charts on Sunday almost five years after it was released. The record, produced by Mark Ronson, climbed to number 59.

Amy Winehouse - facts and figures