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28 de Setembro de 2004

Today all inspiration left me. All that was left was this excerable effort. Imagine! I'm in Lisbon, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and all I can manage to dish up is this piece of miséria absoluta. Car lights on an anonymous street. Pathetic, that's what it is. Now for the excuse! I worked hard and late at the National Library. I spent all day reading 90 year old copies of O Século and Diário de Notícias. I read about riots, and about potatoes, and about presidentialism, and about the war. I slaved over a hot microfilm reader... every now and again glancing out of the window at the heat haze rising from the melting tarmac on the road. Seeing all the young barely dressed meninas and rapazes soaking the sun in their carefree manner, while conducting their important conversations about who's seeing who and why on the mobile phone that seems to be grafted to Portuguese teenagers' heads at birth. While I, a poor researcher from a cold climate - o bárbaro do norte - am stuck inside Lisbon's ugliest building reading projected pages from very old newspapers. I miss my family, my cat and my home.

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Dougie Young26-Mar-2006 11:46
I think is a great shot Stewart...:>
suse28-Sep-2005 21:56
Nice shot. Great angle. Know the feeling well. I once came home from a trip to the BN in Paris for a similar reason. Microfiche readers give off strange gamma rays that mess up your head... ;)
Pedro Libório29-Sep-2004 22:00
quite interesting result indeed Stewart!!!
regards my friend.
Guest 29-Sep-2004 11:40
That trail from the trams? Nice.

Don't worry, you can get a shot from Embra Airport soon! Urgh... ;)
Zak29-Sep-2004 08:35
you'll be home sweet home soon :-)
Jude Marion29-Sep-2004 05:00
Cool shot! I love the trail of red left from the moving cars ...
Karen Leaf28-Sep-2004 23:44
~~group hugs for Stewart~~ It won't be too long, will it, before you're home??
I think this shot shows the emptiness you're feeling at the moment.
Wenche Aune28-Sep-2004 23:31
I like it a lot.
Guest 28-Sep-2004 23:17
"Hello" to my friend from Scotland! May I suggest a nice dinner, a bottle of wine, a phone call home, a chat with your Portuguese friends at a local coffee shop, and a long walk through beautiful Lisbon? Cheers, johnny :)
Guest 28-Sep-2004 22:40
Didn't you try some of these at home earlier in the year?
Anne Young28-Sep-2004 22:37
It's not pathetic at all! I think it's a pretty neat shot, with all the diagonal lines. Nice work.
Argishti Khachik28-Sep-2004 22:32
Nice shot Stu. Be patience! you'll be home very soon! ;-)
Herb 28-Sep-2004 22:20
Nice shot, you will be cold soon enough.
Gavin28-Sep-2004 22:10
Chin up old boy, not long before your're back in the bussom of your family ( for a wee while at least ) :) Oh and i like the trails.
Dominic Kite28-Sep-2004 22:09
Awww, Stu, not long now, and you'll be back in the cold wet streak of misery that is Scotland (OK I love it, but I'm trying to make you feel better! But it was cold and wet and miserable here today!).
Si Kirk28-Sep-2004 21:49
cripes it is night shot time of year again!, good photo, at least you will not waste valuable time when out of the office!
jude28-Sep-2004 21:47
Ohhh stewart! (insert big huggy here)..
Now.. i must be crazy then because I like the photo.. i like the rush of traffic so fast that all you can see is the stream of lights left behind - I like it especially next to the line of parked cars.. nice comparison.
laine8228-Sep-2004 21:46
Ah, Stu...not long now & you will be home with the loved ones. They are sure to be missing your too. Have to tell you Australians are very attached to mobile phones too....grrrrr!!!
Will miss your Portugal shots when you leave.
northstar3728-Sep-2004 21:46
Raining here!