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Calçada do Livramento

23 de Setembro de 2004

Just the same old same old. The more things change, the more they stay the same. How many more clichés can I use here? Finally cornered my employer, and things just continue 'na mesma'. On a brighter note, I finally figured out how to operate the AIR CONDITIONING in my office. Where I was going wrong before was in using the remote control that had no batteries in it... all I needed to do was use the other one, the one that does have batteries. Amazing thing, technology. I had lots of fun with it, setting it to 19 degrees celcius at full power. That really upset the people who are squatting in my office: "Epá, podemos fechar o ar condicionado? Está frio", they pleaded. I turned a deaf ear, and told them that they could always close the door or leave. I didn't really, what I actually did was hand them the control (yes, the one with batteries), and leave myself for the National Library, where I read about an attempted military coup at the Portuguese Navy barracks that are 200 yards from my flat. The attempted coup was in 1918 - I thought that I had better add that before you all wonder why there was nothing in the news. Once back at the flat, I thought I would take a stroll up to the former Presidential palace of NECESSIDADES (it is now the Foreign Ministry), where I took some pictures to add to my expanding LISBON collection. I like living in Alcântara: as a historian, I love being in the middle of an area where so much that I have studied actually took place - I recognise the street names, and can picture all these people of 80-90 years ago walking where I now walk. Isn't history a wonderful thing? I think so - it's almost as good as Celtic.

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Gavin27-Sep-2004 16:05
Stewart, very painterly. lovely :)
Guest 24-Sep-2004 11:44
They need to get used to scottish heat ;)
gary becker24-Sep-2004 11:36
Beautiful compostition and colors. Another Impressionist painting.
Dominic Kite24-Sep-2004 08:11
Nice shot Stu - love the colours!
Jude Marion24-Sep-2004 04:39
This is gorgeous Stu! I love the colours -- its almost surreal!
Fantastic catch!
Herb 24-Sep-2004 04:31
Nice colors
jypsee24-Sep-2004 02:43
interesting colors... like it's been painted; maybe I'll paint this, too...
Karen Leaf24-Sep-2004 02:31
YES! History, and the imagination that takes us back there, is the best. Colors here are spectacular.
jude24-Sep-2004 00:19
Wow.. i loved this even from the thumbnail.. The blue trailing down to purple.. then yellow then darkness and silhouettes.. it's almost like a painting, Stewart.. excellet!
Anne Young23-Sep-2004 23:51
Fantastic colors and lighting.
Larry Ahern23-Sep-2004 23:27
Very cool treatment!
Gary Blanchette23-Sep-2004 22:54
I love the mood of this image. Great job!
laine8223-Sep-2004 22:53
No batteries huh..!! * chuckle chuckle * Sorry Stu, just can't help it.
Now this photo is really good, could be a watercolour painting, colours are wonderful.
Cheryl Hawkins23-Sep-2004 22:45
Thanks for reminding me that being my own boss and working alone are OK.
Beautiful colors.
Elaine (etfitz)23-Sep-2004 21:55
Beautiful colors
Guest 23-Sep-2004 21:46
Neat shot, almost like a painting. Sounds like you had a good day. :)
Pedro Libório23-Sep-2004 21:45
risos...então o ar condicionado não tinha pilhas no comando....éhehehe...está boa essa...
belíssimas cores aqui Stewart !!! ... e realmente deve ser fantástico ler sobre as coisas e depois ir para os locais tentar imaginar como se passaram no encato meu caro.
northstar3723-Sep-2004 21:43
You're cracking up, you should nip to that nice restaurant again.