November 12, 2016

Leonard Cohen's Speech

"I have a Conde guitar, which was made in Spain ... I put my face close to the beautifully designed rosette, and I inhaled the fragrance of the living wood. You know that wood never dies. I inhaled the fragrance of cedar as fresh as the first day that I acquired the guitar. And a voice seemed to say to me: You are an old man and you have not said thank you; you have not brought your gratitude back to the soil from which this fragrance arose."
Leonard Cohen's speech - 21 October 2011

Posted by mehrdad at 11:14 AM | Journal 2016 |

September 02, 2016

Dam Square (1898-2016)

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Dam Square in Amsterdam painted by George Hendrik Breitner in 1898 and my photo taken in August 2016.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:53 AM | Then & Now |

August 26, 2016

Red cabbage and Klimt

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Red cabbage and Gustav Klimt (1862–1918)

Posted by mehrdad at 10:17 AM | Look-alikes |

June 13, 2016

Max's hand and mine

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Posted by mehrdad at 12:15 PM | Max's Corner | Then & Now |

April 29, 2016

Gate to the Waterlow Park

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Waterlow Park is a 26-acre park in the south-east of Highgate Village, in north London. It was given to the public by Sydney Waterlow, as "a garden for the gardenless" in 1889.

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Posted by mehrdad at 01:11 PM | Then & Now |

November 28, 2015

O lovers, O lovers, It is time of joining

ای عاشقان ای عاشقان آمد گه وصل و لقا
از آسمان آمد ندا کای ماه رویان الصلا
O lovers, O lovers, It is time of joining
Heaven proclaimed: Moon-faced ones, welcome to the ring

ای سرخوشان ای سرخوشان آمد طرب دامن کشان
بگرفته ما زنجیر او بگرفته او دامان ما
Merry hearts, merry hearts, joy has come dancing
We have seized its chain, it seized our skirts prancing

آمد شراب آتشین ای دیو غم کنجی نشین
ای جان مرگ اندیش رو ای ساقی باقی درآ
The fiery wine has come, demon sorrow sulks aside
Death-anxious soul depart, immortal Saki come to our side

ای هفت گردون مست تو ما مهره‌ای در دست تو
ای هست ما از هست تو در صد هزاران مرحبا
Seven vaults drunk in love with you, in your hand we resemble the bead
Our existence we owe to you, hurrah a thousand times, hurrah indeed

ای مطرب شیرین نفس هر لحظه می‌جنبان جرس
ای عیش زین نه بر فرس بر جان ما زن ای صبا
Sweet minstrel, ring the bell, shake every while, stir
Saddle your horse, saddle, blow on our shoulder the zephyr

ای بانگ نای خوش سمر در بانگ تو طعم شکر
آید مرا شام و سحر از بانگ تو بوی وفا
O sweet sounding reed, your notes are sweet as candy
Day and night your notes, brings the scent of fidelity

بار دگر آغاز کن آن پرده‌ها را ساز کن
بر جمله خوبان ناز کن ای آفتاب خوش لقا
Start the melody again, play the sweet notes again
O fair as refulgent sun, be coy to the lovely train

خاموش کن پرده مدر سغراق خاموشان بخور
ستار شو ستار شو خو گیر از حلم خدا
Rend not the veil, rend not, drain the silent one's bowl, be soundless
Be a veiler, be a veiler, accustom yourself to God's grace

Sonnet #34 by Rumi; the translation is by Manavaz Alexandrian

Posted by mehrdad at 11:36 AM | Music |

November 06, 2015

Iran in 1973 and 2015

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Iran will keep the same pose.

See Iran Coming Out of the Shadows by Karl Vick and the photographer Newsha Tavakolian.

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Posted by mehrdad at 09:40 AM | Photography | Then & Now |

October 20, 2015

Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin playing J.S. Bach

Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin playing J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor (BWV 1017)

Posted by mehrdad at 10:27 AM | Music |

September 15, 2015

Obi-Wan Corbyn

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Posted by mehrdad at 11:20 AM | Action Figures | Look-alikes |

September 13, 2015

Corbyn and Corbijn

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Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the Labour Party & the Dutch photographer and film director Anton Corbijn - here with the English actor Robert Pattinson.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:53 PM | Look-alikes |

August 05, 2015

Still Life Apples and Pears

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Detail from a miniature in Bustan of Sadi 1629 and Paul Cezanne's Still Life Apples and Pears 1887

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Posted by mehrdad at 09:44 AM | Art | Look-alikes |

July 20, 2015

Moholy-Nagy

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László Moholy-Nagy self-portrait (1944), part of his early experimentation with colour transparencies. He was born on this day in 1895.

Moholy-Nagy was a Hungarian painter and photographer as well as a professor in the Bauhaus school.

He was highly influenced by constructivism and a strong advocate of the integration of technology and industry into the arts.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:28 PM | Art |


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