Dienstag, August 30, 2005

MY OWN VISITED COUNTRY MAP


Today I've seen an interesting journey map on PAT's blog and I should really like to be a globetrotter like him, but in this life I've only been in almost throughout Europe, making my exhibitions and living there for a while ...

For making some educational journeys as a freelance artist I went to Asia minor and to Tunisia in North Africa ... and this is all!

Sonntag, August 28, 2005

FISHERMEN by PIERRE & GILLES


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TUNISIA / A PART OF THE MAGHREB


The Maghreb (المغرب العربي al-Maġrib al-ʿArabī; sometimes also rendered Moghreb), meaning "western" in Arabic, is the region of the continent of Africa north of the Sahara desert and west of the Nile - specifically, the modern countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya- and to a much lesser extent Mauritania. Its mixed Arab-Berber inhabitants were traditionally called Moors by Europeans.

From the end of the Ice Age, when the Sahara Desert dried up, contact between the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa was extremely limited by the difficulty in crossing the desert. This remained the case until after the time of the Arab expansion and the spread of Islam; even then, trade was restricted to costly (but often profitable) caravan expeditions, trading such goods as salt, gold, ivory, and slaves...

Samstag, August 27, 2005

Sousse in the morning





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Donnerstag, August 25, 2005

HALF NEKKID THURSDAY


Keeping the promise I made to my blogger-friend Pat last week I will start now my "soft strip tease" of this Thursday with a very important part of my body :-)

Mittwoch, August 24, 2005


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MY TOMCAT PETER


Once I had a male cat called Peter ... it's a long time ago ... I loved him a lot.

When night was falling down he left our house for going hunting or better for going on the pull ;-)

Oftentimes he returned after 3 nights and days, a little bit weak and looking peaky. Then he slept for 2 days. Afterwards he usually stayed at home for one night. At that time he was very caressing and cuddly and he liked to schmooze me for he wanted to be fondled ... and I did so.

But the next evening he left the house for a new walk on the wild side.

Many years later I made this painting of him and his charakter which I want to publish for my blogger friend Milind from India who is a very talented writer of Animal Stories and who has also a very authoritarian tomcat called Goobi ... who is Milind's boss.

THE ESPLANADE OF SOUSSE WHEN NIGHT IS FALLING DOWN

Dienstag, August 23, 2005

THE HAND OF FATIMAH, THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD


Two years ago I have got this beautiful silver amulet, called "The Hand of Fatimah" by my Tunesian friend Zouheir.

He said: "Everybody who has got the hand of Fatimah by a friend will return over and over again to Tunisia", and he was right :-)

One of the most famous and mysterious Islamic art images is that of the Hand of Fatimah, which exemplifies the youngest daughter of Prophet Muhammad. Fatimah has got healing hands.

Her hand is seen as protection against negativity, evil and other illnesses ... and I see: IT IS WORKING ...

Montag, August 22, 2005

12 DAYS

Sonntag, August 21, 2005

...waiting for JACKY ...

Samstag, August 20, 2005


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MY SICILIAN FRIEND GIANNI AND THE EMPEROR HADRIAN


Yesterday was Gianni's birthday and in this connection I want to publish now a drawing I made for him 3 years ago in regard to his admiration to the great emperor Hadrian.

Donnerstag, August 18, 2005

ONLY 17 DAYS UP TO MY ARRIVAL IN SOUSSE ...


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Montag, August 15, 2005

HADRIAN'S HEAD



In the Kasbah of Sousse there is today the Archaeological Museum. Here you can see also a part of Hadrian's demolished marble statue by the "vandalism" of the Vandals who came here in 439 ...

THE EMPEROR HADRIAN

ANTINOUS


The Emperor Hadrian was born in Spain. He ruled for 21 years from A.D. 117 until A.D. 138, when the Empire of Ancient Rome was at its height.
Under his dominion Sousse was the capital of the Eastroman Provinces.

Emperor Hadrian had a love of Greek Culture and he is often portrayed in statues and on coins with a full beard, which at the time of his reign was a Greek Custom, most Roman Men preferring to be clean shaven.
He also took a keen interest in architecture, and was directly responsible for the devolpment of many fine buildings and structures during his reign.

At the age of 52 Hadrian falls in love with the 17 years old guy Antinous, born in Bythinion (today in Turkey). This is the beginning of the intensive but very short love-story between the Emperor and the beautiful guy Antinous who dies 2 years later in the Nile, 8 years before Hadrian's death.

This is a poem, the Emperor dedicated to his young and very beautiful lover Antinous when his dead body was found at the bank of the river Nile.

Animula vagula blandula
hospes comesque corporis
quae nunc abibis in loca
pallidula rigida nudula
nec ut soles dabis iocos

(Vagrant soul, you tender one,
guest and fellow of the body,
Now you have to descend into places
pallid and rigid and nude,
Nor will you be playful as you used to be.)

The Eperor Hadrian, out of love for the cute and now dead Antinous elevates him to a deity.

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I SHOULD LIKE TO BE ALREADY NOW IN SOUSSE

Samstag, August 13, 2005


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LESSON

sabàh el chir / sabah el ful / aslema : buon giorno

miss el chir : buona sera

tess bachla chir : buona notte

as -salàmu aleikum

wa aleikum as-salàm

marhàba : benvenuto

labàss ? : come stai ?

na-àm : sì

lä : no

men -fadlek : per favore

men-fadlek a-tini ! : mi da' per favore !

ssamàhni ! : scusa !

kaddèsh ? : quanto?

el-yum : oggi

el-bàreh : ieri

ghodwa : domani

sàheb : amico

bismillah : in nome di Dio

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THE MAP OF TUNISIA


The nostalgia to be there is increasing ... here in Vienna it's rainy and too cold for the season ...

Freitag, August 12, 2005

ONLY 23 DAYS UP TO MY VACATION IN TUNISIA


I like Tunisia and the Maghreb as if I had lived there once in another life.

Perhaps it is the genetic result of my family history for the Jewish part of my family came from Spain ... The family Moreno was of Sephardic origin ...

There was always a good connection between the Jews and the Arabs in North Africa. So the bad situation for the Spanish Jews also improved in 711 when Spain fell under the rule of the Muslim Moors. Both Muslims and Jews built a civilization, based in Cordoba, known as Al-Andalus, which was more advanced than any civilization in Europe at that time. Jews were able to coexist peacefully with their neighbors; however, they were still treated as dhimmis, "People of the Book" (Jews and Christians) who are protected under Islamic law.

The era of Muslim rule in Spain (8th-11th century) was considered the "Golden Age" for Spanish Jewry. Jewish intellectual and spiritual life flourished and many Jews served in Spanish courts. Jewish economic expansion was unparalleled. In Toledo, Jews were involved in translating Arabic texts to the romance languages, as well as translating Greek and Hebrew texts into Arabic. Jews also contributed to botany, geography, medicine, mathematics, poetry and philosophy.

In 1492 under the rule of the Catholic Queen Isabella (The Avaricious) Jews and Muslims were not allowed to remain on Spanish territories. There was a great Exodus of Jews and Arabs. Some of them sought refuge in North Africa the other part setteld in France, in the Netherlands and in Italy ( for example) as some of my ancestors did.


Above there is an actual photograph of Tunesian Jews in the Synagogue of Djerba, the famous El Ghriba.

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Dienstag, August 09, 2005

MARGUERITE DURAS


"Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God.
It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his destiny." (Marguerite Duras)

HIROSHIMA , MON AMOUR / French movie / Director: Alain Resnais / Writer: the famous authoress Marguerite Duras


HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR

France 1959 89mins 35mm B&W French w/E.S.

Over images of bodies embracing—bathed in sweat or atomic ash?—a man tells a woman that she's seen nothing in Hiroshima. She protests that she has: she's visited the museum, she's seen the twisted metal and disfigured flesh. From postwar images we move to tracking shots of the streets of Hiroshima circa 1959, and the woman implores the man—or the city?—to "Destroy me, you are good for me. Devour me, deform me to the point of ugliness..."

A French actress making a film "about peace" encounters a Japanese architect in his city of Hiroshima. The morning after a quick affair, their fling revives memories of her first love in her hometown during World War II. The current lover acts as a medium for her attempted exorcism of this past love, one forever linked to war, death, disgrace and madness. "Each day, I resisted with all my might against the horror of no longer understanding the reason for remembering," she says. "Like you, I did forget."

This unique specimen of the French New Wave delivers a profound and romantic meditation on how humans incorporate—by accepting with their bodies and minds—the destruction of war. In this 60th year since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it still has the power to demand that we combat the oblivion of forgetting.

ONLY 26 DAYS UP TO MY VACATION


There are only 26 days and I'll be on my vacation in Sousse in Tunisa :-)


Montag, August 08, 2005

TOMORROW WILL BE THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MY WONDERFUL ENCOUNTER WITH BULKIAH


Bulkiah is my young Malaysian friend. I met him the first time personally on the 9th of August last year on his trip through Austria. Before he came to Europe we have had an extensive exchange of thoughts via email and phone ...

He is a very handsome and sexy young man who became my model posing for me for some drawings and paintings. The short time we could pass together is for me one of the most beautiful and intensive times I've ever had in my life.

Some of the erotic drawings I made last year have inspired my blogger-friend JACKY ( http://jackyfin.blogspot.com/ )for his short-story "HAWAII FIVE / SIX / SEVEN HOLE" ;-)

Last Saturday I phoned to Bulkiah and we haven't had an eye on the clock...

Sonntag, August 07, 2005

A PICTURE FOR GRACE


I have seen on the blog of Grace/ http://soberthoughts.blogspot.com/ / that she likes poppies and so I want to publish today my Poppy-Painting, which I have made a lot of years ago ...

I called it: "The Other Death"

Samstag, August 06, 2005


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THE TERROR FELL DOWN FROM THE SKY on the 6th of August 1945 over HIROSHIMA





http://www.csi.ad.jp/ABOMB/

The bomb was called by the aggressor : "LITTLE BOY" ...

60 YEARS AGO THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED



The atomic bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 bomber, at 8:15 in the morning of August 6, 1945.

HERE YOU CAN SEE THE CLOCK OF A
VICTIM STOPPED AT THAT TIME :








MAKE LOVE NO WAR ::: LOVE AND PEACE ::: MAKE LOVE NO WAR






Freitag, August 05, 2005

HERE IS A PORTRAIT OF DAVID CARRERO I MADE TODAY FOR HIM