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Prédios pintados

24 de Setembro de 2004

The women who work as security guards at the National Library are very friendly and chatty. Every day they search my laptop case in order to prevent me smuggling in the day's newspaper... and every day they take the newspaper out and let me on my way. Hey, they don't make the rules, and they even laugh at the ridiculous nature of this task with which they are charged. During the past couple of days we have got to chatting about news stories, and especially the particularly horrible story of little Joana, who was murdered by her mother and uncle, apparently for the 12 euros that the little girl's grandmother had given her to spend on food for herself. The two security guards were very angry about it... "Monstros. Verdadeiros monstros" was their conclusion. As a parent myself, I can only agree. How can anyone deliberately harm a child, not least their own child. It is beyond my comprehension. On a lighter note, I spent my lunch break reading the newspaper from 7 October 1972 - the first day I spent in Portugal. As I expected, there was nothing about this momentous event printed. Instead, we were told that the Prime Minister had published a book of his speeches (yes, that was the headline!) and the Foreign Minister had told the United Nations General Assembly that the wars in Africa were internal Portuguese matters that were none of the international community's concern. There was an advert for an 8 bedroomed mansion with sea views and double garage in Cascais, all for £5,500, or, if you preferred, you could buy a 4 bedroom flat in the centre of Lisbon for £2,500. Someone was selling a one-year old Alfa Romeo Spider for a phenomenal £92, and a Triumph Spitfire for £102. After work I went to Belém, where I saw these colourful buildings. I overdid the photos of the TORRE DE BELÉM, so please look at them and tell me which two I should keep. Have a nice weekend.

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Jose Paulo Andrade13-Dec-2006 21:44
Like these buildings!!
lou_rozensteins03-Mar-2006 22:49
I like the colour and light here, and the repetitive gable pattern makes a good composition. Well done.
Chris25-Sep-2005 00:45
That's a beautiful exposure, excellent color and I really like the rust stained facade
Ray :)24-Sep-2005 23:31
Missed this first time round. Really illustrates Portugal's vibrancy.
Guest 14-Oct-2004 18:44
WONDERFUL composition my friend.
Colours are great.
Guest 27-Sep-2004 11:57
I love the colours of these facades. They should do more of this sort of thing in this country.
Guest 25-Sep-2004 22:06
Pedro Libório25-Sep-2004 21:59
belíssima foto...a história da Joana está realmente a revoltar este país...olha grande abraço!!!
northstar3725-Sep-2004 21:00
Balamory, heheh.
Bill Miller25-Sep-2004 20:18
Looks lovely. I suggest you ring up about that Spitfire, just in case it is still for sale ! Bill.
Anne Young25-Sep-2004 19:39
Great shot! I wish the buildings in my town were this colorful!
Guest 25-Sep-2004 18:24
like it, reminds me of the Balamory Houses, nice and colourful
Zak25-Sep-2004 11:04
nice N colourful!
Dominic Kite25-Sep-2004 10:36
Ahh - well there was your mistake - check the paper for the day after you landed, I'll bet it's there! Great colours in this photo Stewart!
Lou Giroud25-Sep-2004 07:38
I saw right away that this was not scottish. I spend some time in Portugal and know this kind of coloured scenes from there.
jypsee25-Sep-2004 02:29
nice graphic...
Karen Leaf24-Sep-2004 23:52
And look at the rust on the upper window! Why no paper is the question of the day.
jude24-Sep-2004 22:56
I like the starkness of these buildings.. like little boxes of different colors against a beautiful sky.
Why can't you take your paper in the library?